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Old 12-14-2019, 07:08 PM
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In need of a male eclectus companion for my female.

Hello, I have a female eclectus sweetest bird every, very friendly, loves kids, likes to be picked up and played with. I am looking for a male electus companion for her. We think it would be a great addition to the family especially after being able to bond so well with my beautiful female eclectus. I will consider someone looking to re-home a male eclectus or even looking to sell one. If someone has a male the they are interested in selling or re-homing please feel free to reach out to me ASAP. Thanks. Fingers crossed. We have been doing extensive research but no luck.

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Re: In need of a male eclectus companion for my female.

Do you have any plan if your female ekkie rejects him?
Also, how old is she? Has she even hit puberty yet? That's a whole nother bird you'd be dealing with.


Female ekkies are notoriously protective of their homes and frequently reject newcomers. Yes, you should keep them in separate cages always (ekkie babies are difficult to raise and take forever to wean), but even time outside of cages might need to be separate.

On top of that, domesticated ekkies often don't know what to do with each other. I've known breeders who lost male ekkies because the female killed them when the male ekkie doesn't know how to feed her properly.


In addition, oftentimes, when you have two birds, especially of the same species, if they do get along, they sometimes start preferring each other rather than human contact. Your sweet female may start rejecting you and your kids.


If you want a boy ekkie for the sake of himself, go ahead. Be prepared to keep them completely separate - separate time outside of their cages, separate everything. If you don't have the time, I'd reconsider getting a second bird.
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Re: In need of a male eclectus companion for my female.

eek..have you ever bred birds before? This is a complicated situation and I would definitely not get a 2nd bird, let alone a bird of the opposite gender. With a bird of the opposite gender:
1) You will put your bird's health at risk potentially due to egg-binding and prolapse possibilities. Plus- the new bird will have to be strictly quarantined (w/blood work etc) in a totally separate location for at least 1 month (that means not even wearing the same clothes when handling the birds initially).
2) your birds may or may not bond and if they do not, then they may fight seriously.
3) If they do bond then you will be less important to your bird. Your currently sweet bird could do a complete 180 if she takes to the new companion and that means pulling away from you.
4) If they bond their cage may become a location of aggression for "outsiders" e.g., you etc.
5) If they lay eggs then you either have to boil them and return them to the cage or let the chicks go to term, and if you do that there are BIG bills and complications involved....and often a lot of heat-ache (truth be told). Parents can kill their chicks, hand-feeding may become necessary and if that is the case, then you are looking at round-the clock feedings, a brooder, specific temperature and humidity concerns etc etc.
If they DO raise chicks, where will you house them? If kept in the same cage together, they will mate eventually or even fight. If they mate then you end up with an inbred mess (birds with genetic issues). Therefore, each chick would also needs its own cage.

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6) if they do not get along and you already do not have enough time to keep your lone eclectus happy, then what will you do? If you can't give one enough attention, how will you manage 2 on totally separate schedules?
You should never get a bird for your bird because they may not even get along. It could end up that you have to devote equal amounts of time to these birds in totally separate spheres----many cannot be let out at the same time. Even if they do appear to get along, you will always have to be vigilant. Many members on this very forum have lost birds (or bird body parts-eyes, toes etc) to other members within their flocks.

I am not saying this never works, but if you are bent on doing it, I would STRONGLY suggest a bird of the same gender. EDIT----Apparently this is a bad idea with ekkies---SO DO NOT GET 2 FEMALES....I wasn't aware that 2 males could be okay, but 2 females could not.

Keep in mind, even a bird of the same gender can trigger egg-laying in your bird but at least the eggs wouldn't be fertile.

There are people who keep multiple birds of the same species, but unless your goal is to reproduce then there is no purpose to get birds of the opposite gender. The bottom line is getting any new bird (gender aside), this is a HUGE gamble that could actually make your bird LESS happy and cause more trouble for you (if you are already pinched for time when it comes to spending adequate hours with the one you have).
With birds of opposite genders, it is really a lose-lose situation for you unless your only goal is to get chicks and keep them as a breeding pair...without concern to their bond with you or your family.

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Re: In need of a male eclectus companion for my female.

With ekkies, it is best you do not get two females. Two males have a potential chance of being ok together, but not two female ekkies. The way they live in the wild means their instincts does not allow another female in their home. The female rules her nest - the males all come visit her, and they fly kilometres to serve other females.
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Re: In need of a male eclectus companion for my female.

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With ekkies, it is best you do not get two females. Two males have a potential chance of being ok together, but not two female ekkies. The way they live in the wild means their instincts does not allow another female in their home. The female rules her nest - the males all come visit her, and they fly kilometres to serve other females.
Ah--- see I did not know that about them. That having been said, I think getting a male is asking for added complications and should only be done if the owner has the time to devote to both bird separately.
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