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Old 11-03-2018, 09:14 AM
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Re: Eclectus or B&G?

Quote: Originally Posted by ChristaNL View Post

but...
a room for a bird somewhere else in the house?
Never a good idea (unless you go Birdman666 f.e. and have a complete flock in there).

Oh good Lord no, I wouldn't just leave them in there, a lot of people just use rooms as a big cage, they'd only be there when they want to sleep or when they want to be in there.
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Re: Eclectus or B&G?

Oops! Was going to edit then my phone died. When you go to vet school you will have to do clinics after classes finished, you will rotate through the large animals barn and can be up all night with colic I. Animals and you will rotate through the er emergency room, clinical pathology, surgery department ect.. this will be at night sometimes all night, and you will still be expected to go to your classes during the day, if you aren't also active in the various clubs and do internship, or volunteer, or do residency your prospects at a career job st the finish line will be slim, most ate required to graduate anyway. Even if you choose to do online vet tech program I'm pretty sure you have to get hands on experience in an internship or volunteering, if your program doesn't require that it will be difficult to get a good job. Now if you have any hobbies or social life and dating well your parrot won't have it's needs met, and that is neglect! I do not think this is the best time to get a companion that is as smart as a primate, and extremely social. Plus even while you take online courses a parrot can easily destroy your computer, shred papers, and scream loudly making concentration difficult. Also many significant others end up hateing or being hated by your parrot and it's demands. The best time to decide on a parrot is when you have your own home, and ate in your career...
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Old 11-03-2018, 11:54 AM
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Re: Eclectus or B&G?

Well, I have to agree Laurasea. Wait until you're on your own and your career is stable. If you can't wait, get a smaller parrot, like a Quaker or a Conure. They're just as smart, just as cuddly and just as talkative. And MUCH easier to take care of its needs. Don't get me wrong. They ALL require hours and hours of attention and handling to make a good companion. But if your situation changes, a smaller bird will be easier to take along.
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Old 11-03-2018, 11:58 AM
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Re: Eclectus or B&G?

I wouldn't get an eclectus. I got mine when I was 17 (2 years ago) and it's been a serious roller coaster. Eclectus parrots are super unique parrots in dietary needs, social needs, and just pretty much anything. I have yet to see an older eclectus that doesn't pick at its feathers. I'm currently tearing my hair our trying to get my boy to stop again and just the last week I spend 400$ on toys and what not trying to find a solution. Today I spent another 30$ on stuff for his chop since eclectus parrots dont do well on most (or sometimes any) pellets. I'll probably have to spend another 30$ in the next week or so to vary up his chop so he doesn't get bored and start having impulsive behaviors (toe tapping, wing flapping, screaming for more food even though he has food in his bowl he just wants something else, etc)

Eclectus are probably the hardest birds to keep happy and healthy imo. Their diets are so complex and hard to get exactly right while continueing to keep it varied. The slightest misstep can result in muscle spasms (toe tapping / wing flapping) or feather mutilation. They're insanely intelligent birds and get bored fast so you have to have a constantly supply of new toys on hand. Male ekkies tend to have a problem with rapid beak growth regardless of how much they chew toys or rub their beaks on cement perches and what not. That's another 20-30$ every month or so for beak trims.

Baby eclectus can be cuddly, but once they hit maturity it is usually a hit or miss and they'll become relatively touch phobic and not enjoy being scratched.

There's honestly so much more but I'm gonna end my tired rambling here because I need to get ready for work.
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Re: Eclectus or B&G?

While I agree with lPlummer52 agreeing with me lol do not get a quaker they are extremely intelligent and social and active! If you aren't spending hours s day every day interacting beith them they will be screams and tearing out their feathers, they can suffer from quaker mutilation syndrome, because they ate so very smart and highly social.
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Re: Eclectus or B&G?

I’m surprised nobody is latching onto the fact that this is a 17 year old facing still another 8-10 years of schooling. Now is not really a good time to be owning a parrot.

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Re: Eclectus or B&G?

Yes I thought about it.
But anyway heís gonna get the parrot if he wants so Iím not gonna tell him anything..
Iím 20, studying international business and I have time
For my amazon


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Re: Eclectus or B&G?

Chirs MD I posted at noon, not a good time ect....I agree not a good time in a persons life to basically adiot a child....vet school and a parrot don't mix, I had friends in vet school who gave their parents their dogs and cats, just zero time , I mentioned you have to do overnights on clinic rotation in vet school...
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Re: Eclectus or B&G?

To be honest: I sort of zoomed out after "17 and have had many birds already" if you go through birds at that rate ...

None of my CAV's have parrots (I asked) because they just do not have the time for them, only vets with partners (who are non-vets) can afford to keep dogs or cats or livestock, but never something highly bonded and interactive.
Not to mention the risk of bringing diseases home with you etc.


Vet-techs are still mostly the maintenance ones ( cleaning the cages, monitoring feeding, medicate etc.) and manning the desk right? or is that something else?
In that case you have the same hours as a deskjob ..

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Re: Eclectus or B&G?

If I may ask, what draws you to these two species particularly?
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