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Hello everyone, my name is Nathaniel and I'm thinking of getting an Eclectus parrot. This will be my first bird but there diet doesn't scare me because I have to make a similar diet for my tegu. I was wondering could I use a room for my parrot when I get him because I have a couple of rooms that I don't use in my home. I like them mainly due to the fact that it's what my grandfather had, but his was dangerously aggressive due to o him neglecting it. Is there any advice you can give me I want to learn as much as I can. What do you guess recommend adoption or buying a baby?
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Old 01-04-2017, 11:22 AM
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Welcome and be welcomed. We have lots n lots of ekkie folks on this board, Im sure they will be along presently. Also we have a kik ass search feature here.
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Re: Thinking of Getting an Eclectus Parrot

Welcome! You would want you bird out in the main action area of your home, otherwise he may become like grandpa's!
If he can't become a family member, you may need to rethink a few things out!
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Old 01-04-2017, 02:17 PM
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Re: Thinking of Getting an Eclectus Parrot

Yeah, they really do need to be in the busiest room of the house for sure! Very important.

My advice is read as much as you possibly can about them. See if one would suit your lifestyle or not. They are very high maintenance, require a ton of interaction, etc.

Wonderful birds but definitely not for everyone!
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Re: Thinking of Getting an Eclectus Parrot

good read. I got Maxx before he hatched as I wanted to be part of his weaning to create a stronger bond by the time of bringing him home.
after doing a bit of studying up on them I chose to get a male as for due to being not as high strung as the females, and I have had a lot of bad luck with female pets in the past with reproductive issues that have cost me big bucks in the vets office. I am supper happy with him and proud of the research I spent the time doing before getting him, first time I have ever went to the extent I did with Maxx and the results show.

you also need to keep yours in the busiest room in the house as they thrive for human contact and it is a must
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Re: Thinking of Getting an Eclectus Parrot

You can't go wrong adopting! I adopted Parker from craigslist, and he is the biggest joy to have around.

You absolutely can have a room dedicated to your bird, its a common practice for those lucky enough to have spare rooms they don't really use. That said, as previously indicated, they should generally be around you when you're home. So you should get some playstand or similar item to keep in the main area of the house where you spend most of your time, the living room for example.
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Re: Thinking of Getting an Eclectus Parrot

I adopted both of my ekkies, and I couldn't be happier. I would adopt again if I had it to all do over. Then only thing I'm dreading, is my hen is young so she hasn't hit puberty yet. That is a major advantage if you adopt an older bird, you can avoid it. She is also much more assertive than my male. He is more willing to just go with the flow of things, whereas she wants to direct the flow of things.

Also, their diet can be very complex, not only in the selection of fresh food you get them, but the preparation. My two tend to like their chop ground fine, but that could change at the drop of a hat. An ekkie could like it finely chopped today, but want large pieces tomorrow, then somewhere in between the day after that. Then they may get bored of what you feed them today, so you better be ready with a different menu tomorrow.

As far as having them in a separate room, that might work, and it might not. If you are willing to have the bird either with you or on a stand or play gym where you're at anytime you are home, then it wouldn't be an issue to have the cage in a separate room. However, if you think there are going to be times when you leave him/her in the cage when you are home, which does happen at times, then you should leave the cage in a main area. I keep both my cages in the living, for there are times that I have to get work done, and I can't watch them like they should be if they were out. Keep in mind, if you have a play stand for them, they still need to be watched. They are like toddlers, and will get into anything and everything as soon as your back is turned.
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Re: Thinking of Getting an Eclectus Parrot

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I adopted both of my ekkies, and I couldn't be happier. I would adopt again if I had it to all do over. Then only thing I'm dreading, is my hen is young so she hasn't hit puberty yet. That is a major advantage if you adopt an older bird, you can avoid it. She is also much more assertive than my male. He is more willing to just go with the flow of things, whereas she wants to direct the flow of things.

Also, their diet can be very complex, not only in the selection of fresh food you get them, but the preparation. My two tend to like their chop ground fine, but that could change at the drop of a hat. An ekkie could like it finely chopped today, but want large pieces tomorrow, then somewhere in between the day after that. Then they may get bored of what you feed them today, so you better be ready with a different menu tomorrow.

As far as having them in a separate room, that might work, and it might not. If you are willing to have the bird either with you or on a stand or play gym where you're at anytime you are home, then it wouldn't be an issue to have the cage in a separate room. However, if you think there are going to be times when you leave him/her in the cage when you are home, which does happen at times, then you should leave the cage in a main area. I keep both my cages in the living, for there are times that I have to get work done, and I can't watch them like they should be if they were out. Keep in mind, if you have a play stand for them, they still need to be watched. They are like toddlers, and will get into anything and everything as soon as your back is turned.
"They are like toddlers,on crack, and will get into anything and everything as soon as your back is turned"
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Re: Thinking of Getting an Eclectus Parrot

I meant turn a room into a giant cage for him so he won't feel so constricted. Of course I'll take him out when I'm home and since I'm going on campus for college I convinced the dean to let me keep him there with me. The many reason why I have consider getting a bird because of my friend's cockatoo which he recently rehed due to him severely biting his 14 yr. old niece in the face due to her tormenting him. If you guys and gals want I am willing to tell his story on the cockatoo page titled under Sam.
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Re: Thinking of Getting an Eclectus Parrot

He only concern I have about that, and I've never done it so I don't speak from experience, is that they need some comfort in confinement my mom watches my boy when I go away. If he gets used to a large room with no cage, he may cause problems when he is with my mom. She needs to keeep him caged because she has 3 cats. If he were uncomfortable being caged he'd scream his fool head off and would never be welcome back again.

Just food for thought.
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