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Old 08-15-2019, 07:46 PM
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Hi Folks

Tim here, new to the forum and based in New Zealand. No Parrot yet but longing for an Eclectus. I'm spending my time researching and trying to figure out if I'm right for one.

I have my eye on a young male Solomon Island Eclectus from a nearby breeder. Any advice for a newbie very welcome.
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Old 08-15-2019, 07:53 PM
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Re: No bird – yet

Hi Tim, big warm welcome from your neighbour. I reckon I'm a tad bit biased on sending kudos for your choice in parrot companion LOL.
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Old 08-15-2019, 07:57 PM
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Re: No bird – yet

Hi welcome! Will this be your first parrot?! How exciting! Make sure get one fully weaned if you aren't planning on taking in a rescue. And I think letting them fledge and learn to fly well before ever clipping the wings, really important to long term mental and developmental health. If you plan on harness training have it already before you bring the bird home, baby birds are tons tons easier to harness train ! So exciting! Can't wait to hear your adventures
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Old 08-15-2019, 08:27 PM
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Re: No bird – yet

Welcome to you! Lots of great info here, and people with a myriad of different species to help provide perspectives for you.
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Old 08-15-2019, 08:32 PM
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Re: No bird – yet

Welcome, Tim! We’re happy you joined us! We have an amazing group of Ekkie enthusiasts, I know they’ll be willing to answer your species specific questions. The rest of our members are also a pretty great group too.
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Old 08-15-2019, 09:40 PM
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Re: No bird – yet

If possible, I'd recommend adopting an adult, rather buying a baby from a breeder. Eclectus parrots live about 50 years, and there are so many parrots who are give away due to changing life stages (owners unable to care for them anymore for a variety of reasons). With an adult, you don't have to worry about going through the puberty phase (hormones galore, personality changes, etc). Many actually rehome their birds during the puberty phase - cute cuddly baby no longer sweet, now testing boundaries and struggling with managing the waves of hormones.

There's a small but mighty ekkie contingency on the forum, and we love to have people join us! Welcome

Edit: Do note they're a parrot species apart from the rest, especially regarding their diet. So if you're keen on an ekkie, do be aware of their special dietary needs (fresh chop, or else toe-topping and wing-flipping) and other species quirks (some are habitual pluckers).
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Old 08-15-2019, 10:42 PM
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Re: No bird – yet

Welcome aboard Tim! Respect for your attitude; finding out if you are right for an Ekkie!!
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Old 08-16-2019, 07:02 AM
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Re: No bird – yet

Welcome Tim! I second the suggestion of an adult! There are many advantages in going this route! For you both!
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Old 08-16-2019, 08:13 AM
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Re: No bird – yet

Welcome! I’m still kind of a newbie to Eckies too, having gotten my first last year. I adopted a 7 year old male, and he is such a gentle soul! Although their diet may seem intimidating at first, you quickly get the hang of it and it becomes an easy routine. I’m probably a little biased too, lol, but I love them!
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Old 08-16-2019, 11:22 AM
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Re: No bird – yet

Welcome from one newcomer to another. There's a wealth of information on the site and it's so smart of you to do your research before you bring a bird into your life. I hope you find the perfect companion for your situation and that you both have many happy years together.
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