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Old 01-17-2018, 02:53 AM
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Re: Thinking about getting a female / are they really bad?

exactly the sentiments I have with above

Always prepare for the worst so it can only go better. I definitely think you're overwhelmed right now and you think it will help but that's assuming the best which is the fastest path to disaster.

Take a step back and take a breather. Remember it's not just the Ekkies you have to worry about getting on together, it's the whole flock. The last thing you need is a temperamental ekkie girl taking lunges at your macaw. would you truly be willing to stand in the way of a knife fight?
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Re: Thinking about getting a female / are they really bad?

My experience with Ekkies is limited to a pair - that hated each other!

We purchased Angel and Sasquatch from a breeder friend of my mom's circa 1987 or so. Angel initially tolerated Sasquatch but soon dissed him and refused entry to her nestbox. They were ultimately separated and could just barely tolerate being on the same playpen.

Sasquatch (male) was an exceptionally clear talker and preferred women. His mannerisms were typical for an Ekkie, no petting on the head, would bite on occasion with a pulsing "sawing" motion.

Angel loved one person only... me. I could cuddle with her like a cockatoo, scratch her head, turn her upside down, etc.

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Old 01-21-2018, 10:49 AM
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Re: Thinking about getting a female / are they really bad?

I can definitely tell you that the descriptions of female ekkies can be VERY misleading. Not that there aren't elements of truth to them, but rather that they are seen from the wrong perspective. They aren't "meaner" than the males. They are just different. And these differences are hard-wired. Eclectus society is very much matriarchal. They are the protectors of the nest. And they are usually courted by several males at a time.

These traits mean that female ekkies tend to be less hyper and energetic (it's the males who travel in excess of 40 miles in a day to find food and bring it to their most desired ladies), somewhat more wilful (protectors of the nest), and a bit more cuddly once you get what makes them tick.

My Maya is a sweet and loving girl who enjoys being petted... in the way she likes to be petted. Ekkies are just picky that way.

All that said, Chris and several others who have suggested that now might not be the best time for you to expand your flock have a point. Each bird deserves your time, and if you're already feeling rather stretched thin, getting yet another bird will only make it worse. You might want to put any thought of getting a new bird on hold until your situation allows for better balancing of your time.

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