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Old 06-06-2019, 10:48 PM
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I have some questions! I just got my new boy from a coworker who wasnt giving him enough attention (but otherwise took great care of him). He has been on the same diet for about his whole life I think, for a majority of it. Just frozen veggies, some beans and frozen fruit, and pellets. She also gave him seeds on the weekends. I have been trying to give him some fresh stuff, but he doesn't seem interested in it. He will eat the apples but not interested in other squash or peppers. I'm not sure if this is just because he is still stressed and adjusting or if he is actually just a picky eater. Otherwise he has been doing really well. Should I just slowly start mixing in new ingredients to his food now to start to see what he likes? Another other recommendations? Also, I just got a whole bunch of foraging toys for him, to keep him busy while im at work. What sort of treats should I put in them to keep him busy? Like I said, he's picky so I'm not sure whats going to work here. ALSO, can I give him dried fruits? they had a bag of dried fruit at petsmart for birds, but i wanted to do some research and make sure it was safe before I bought it. Thanks for reading all the way through! I appreciate any ideas!
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Old 06-06-2019, 11:27 PM
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Re: New ekkie owner!!!

Hey, I'm not a dietary expert but be careful with those dried fruit bags. Even if some are marketed towards parrots, they still include ingredients like fillers and preservatives that are bad for parrots.
Double check the ingredients.
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Old 06-07-2019, 05:46 AM
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Re: New ekkie owner!!!

I agree with that--the preservatives and sugar in dried fruit can make them less safe. Some dried fruit also contains added oil.
I want to say that in some cases, a chemical is added to speed the drying process---I remember reading this anyway but it escapes me.

In moderation, the bits of dried fruit for parrots are okay for most parrots, but they are like treats.

I don't have an Ekkie, but I do know their dietary sensitivities are unique, so take it with a grain of salt...The preservatives may be even more dangerous in them (??)

Oh- and the pellets-- Ekkie owners are discouraged from giving pellets due to the added vitamins and minerals.

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Old 06-07-2019, 06:13 AM
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Re: New ekkie owner!!!

Hello and welcome!!

Frozen veggies actually aren’t bad at all! they are usually picked at the height of freshness so retain maximum nutritional value. Keep that up. Frozen veggies usually make up the base of the chop I make for Parker.

Go easy on fruits - ekkies are on Of the rare species of bird that are not restricted to breeding in the spring time. They are capable of breeding all year, which means they don’t just experience hormones in the spring, they are actually induced into hormonal behavior by environmental factors. Excessive sugars in the diet, which include sugars from fruits, are one of those triggers.

Part of the key to get your bird to accept new foods is to prepare them in different ways. Try serving at different temperatures, Cut them differently (Julienne, cube, put through a good processor so the pieces are tiny). Most importantly: be persistent. They may not recognize it as food, or may be afraid of it - birds are weird that way. Keep offering the food over and over again. You’re gonna waste a lot of food but he’ll eventually get it b

To get him to eat healthier fruits, which are considered the tropical fruits that are colored throughout such as papaya and mango, find his favorite foods such as a nut and LET HIM WATCH YOU stick pieces into the flesh so that he has to dig into the fruit in order to retrieve the nuts. Good foraging opportunity and gets good nutrition in the process. He’ll eventually dig into the fruit on his own.

If you are going to feed any pellets, only give goldenfeast goldn’obles or TOPs pellets? Which both lack added vitamins and supplements (ekkies should never have food with supplements/added vitamins/minerals).

For your foraging, get a nice treat mix such as Higgins fruit to nut mix, or you can gather some stuff from around your pantry: whole grain noodles (no “white”/“enriched” noodles), seed crackers, dry/uncooked oats, dried coconut (NO ADDITIVES), assorted dry grains (spelt, quinoa, oat groats, etc).

Make sure he knows how to forage! It’s not necessarily an innate behavior for all individuals, some need to be taught.

Lastly, a word on the diet: the diet is not optional. Ekkies have very sensitive digestive systems, so require a special diet. You can’t quite feed them as you would other birds. When I say no additives, I mean it: NO ADDITIVES, NO SUPPLEMENTAL VITAMINS IN ANY FOOD THEY RECEIVE, NO SUPPLEMENTAL DYES. Minimize sugars and fat - nuts are a to be kept to a minimum. Ekkies need a high fiber diet rich in vitamin a. Get in the habit of including plenty of red/orange/yellow colored food, such as peppers and sweet potatoes. Grains are a good friend as well.

Be on the look out for toe tapping. It’s easy to miss but is a huge indicator that something is wrong with your diet.

And of course, stick around! We have a great Ekkie community on the forums really willing and able to help you in every aspect of caring for your new boy

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Thanks so much for the long reply! That really helped!
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He seems to like the pellets over his veggie fruit mix. Should I just stop them cold turkey or give him less and less?
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What pellets are these?
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Re: New ekkie owner!!!

Excellent response by Chris! I'd only add this link as a great resource for ekkie diets: fruitandveg

Read that site through in its entirety. You won't regret it. It's just chock full of dietary information for eclectus parrots.
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What pellets are these?
They are Zupreem Natural pellets for Eclectus. He came with a big bag of these.

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