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Forum: Cages 02-20-2020, 05:01 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 592
Posted By charmedbyekkie
Re: Can any one help?

My cage is definitely on the larger side of minimum size cages for ekkies. I believe a few ekkie members have cages the size of the ones I linked to you which are a bit smaller than mine.

That...
Forum: Eclectus 02-19-2020, 10:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 243
Posted By charmedbyekkie
Re: Which Parrot is best?

I'd recommend you do more research before deciding if a parrot is the family pet for you.

Asking for a cuddly bird is tricky. Petting a bird anywhere other than their head can lead to hormones,...
Forum: Cages 02-19-2020, 04:50 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 592
Posted By charmedbyekkie
Re: Can any one help?

This would be the smallest I would go if you really want a playtop: https://www.scarlettsparrotessentials.co.uk/rainforest-belize-large-cage

Still in the above cage, your ekkie won't be able to...
Forum: Cages 02-19-2020, 04:27 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 592
Posted By charmedbyekkie
Re: Can any one help?

Those are good sleep cages, not cages you would expect a bird to spend any time in.

One rule of thumb I try to keep in mind is, if *ahem* things hit the fan (like hospitalisation), will I be ok...
Forum: Questions and Answers 02-18-2020, 12:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 820
Posted By charmedbyekkie
Re: Did I make the right decision with my Timneh African grey?

I don't have a TAG, but when our ekkie was hospitalised (I was working overseas) my partner visited him. It did help relieve his stress a bit, I believe. My partner skyped me into the visit, so I got...
Forum: Off Topic 02-18-2020, 11:37 AM
Replies: 264
Views: 6,853
Posted By charmedbyekkie
Re: Wuhan virus

With China in shutdown, I think folks should be aware that this does have an impact around the world. Many parts are made in China, even if it says "Assembled in USA". My partner and I bought stuff...
Forum: Questions and Answers 02-18-2020, 11:20 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 756
Posted By charmedbyekkie
Re: How structured are your routines?

Erm, I lean perhaps to more extreme than Chris in terms of unpredictability.

Cairo knows he gets two meals a day. Sometimes he gets snacks in between, sometimes he doesn't. His two meals don't...
Forum: Off Topic 02-17-2020, 04:57 AM
Replies: 264
Views: 6,853
Posted By charmedbyekkie
Re: Wuhan virus

Unfortunately it's very much 'expat ignorance' in this particular case.

To give better context, most 'local' shopping malls are now implementing entrance checkpoints that scan your temperature...
Forum: Off Topic 02-16-2020, 02:16 PM
Replies: 264
Views: 6,853
Posted By charmedbyekkie
Re: Wuhan virus

Here's how Singapore is currently handling cases that have identical symptoms but are unlikely to be COVID-19: https://www.mothership.sg/2020/02/ncid-experience-suspected-covid-19/





Just...
Forum: Behavioral 02-16-2020, 09:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 266
Posted By charmedbyekkie
Re: Bird behavior resorces

Oooh, if I could recommend an ekkie YouTuber, though I doubt he calls himself one, is Chris, who is replying you in this thread. He's done wonderful work with Parker. Sure, they don't have a lot of...
Forum: Behavioral 02-16-2020, 07:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 266
Posted By charmedbyekkie
Re: Bird behavior resorces

Wonder whom I got it from :p thanks, Chris!!
Forum: Behavioral 02-16-2020, 06:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 266
Posted By charmedbyekkie
Re: Bird behavior resorces

This is a good video for ekkies: What Parrots See VS What Humans See - YouTube
Here's the accompanying post: https://birdtricksstore.com/blogs/birdtricks-blog/does-your-bird-use-light-to-communicate...
Forum: Cages 02-16-2020, 05:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 592
Posted By charmedbyekkie
Re: Can any one help?

For an ekkie, you should be looking at no smaller than 106cm (W) x 76cm (D) x 121cm (H) for internal dimensions [or 42"(W) x 30"(D) x 48"(H)]. Remember the rule of thumb with size of cages is 1.5x...
Forum: Parrot Food, Recipes and Diet 02-15-2020, 09:02 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 123
Posted By charmedbyekkie
Re: Anyone use a dehydrator?

Not sure dietary requirements of an Amazon, but yes, we use a dehydrator.

The problem with dehydration is it compacts the size of the food. So if a fresh banana slice would take 6 bites to finish,...
Forum: Parrot Food, Recipes and Diet 02-15-2020, 01:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 179
Posted By charmedbyekkie
Puffed Buckwheat and Puffed Brown Rice - healthy?

Basically the title question.

I've been going to an organic bulkfood store to liven up Cairo's base chop. I just noticed they had puffed buckwheat and puffed brown rice. Now, currently I don't...
Forum: Eclectus 02-15-2020, 01:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 165
Posted By charmedbyekkie
Re: Young eclectus help?

Chris has got it covered, but if you really want a second voice to echo...

We met our ekkie boy when he was 5 months - recall trained perfectly.

We adopted him when he was 9 months old and,...
Forum: Adoptions/Re-Homing 02-13-2020, 11:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 351
Posted By charmedbyekkie
Re: looking to adopt a cockatoo

I'm a bit surprised you're grouping cockatoos, indian ringnecks, and quakers all into one acceptable group.

All there are VERY different. Very different communication methods, very different...
Forum: Budgies/Parakeets 02-13-2020, 09:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 293
Posted By charmedbyekkie
Re: Looking for honest opinions

A few considerations:

Anytime you add a new bird to your flock, you should quarantine for at least 1 month. Quarantine should be done in absolute separate rooms, not just separate cages. The idea...
Forum: Budgies/Parakeets 02-13-2020, 09:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 186
Posted By charmedbyekkie
Re: Flight suits?

I have seen flight suits on cockatiels and caiques - I don't recall budgies though.

While it is technically possible, it can cause problems. Because they are essentially diapers, oftentimes the...
Forum: Amazons 02-13-2020, 09:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 210
Posted By charmedbyekkie
Re: Traveling around town with my bird. Cage?

That's a good travel carrier for vet visits. I wouldn't know if your Amazon is ok with being in confined spaces for such a long time. I know our ekkie goes bonkers if we're sitting and eating and...
Forum: Off Topic 02-13-2020, 09:20 AM
Replies: 264
Views: 6,853
Posted By charmedbyekkie
Re: Wuhan virus

A very good article here: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-51480613

I'll just highlight some key parts.
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Forum: Eclectus 02-12-2020, 10:38 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 673
Posted By charmedbyekkie
Re: Toe tapping, UGH!

Good luck!

I doubt being hungry is the true cause behind the toe-tapping (no doubt the empty stomach causes a deficiency of some kind that then triggers the toe-tapping). So if you do find out...
Forum: Amazons 02-11-2020, 09:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 210
Posted By charmedbyekkie
Re: Traveling around town with my bird. Cage?

There are multiple options for you if you want to bring your buddy around.


If you're thinking about overnight stays or long trips in the car, a metal cage works.

If you're thinking about...
Forum: Eclectus 02-11-2020, 08:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 673
Posted By charmedbyekkie
Re: Toe tapping, UGH!

I feel ya.

What I've noticed for Cairo is that his toe-tapping starts when he's not eaten recently. So if his dinner is delayed or if he had an early breakfast or if he didn't eat much of his...
Forum: Off Topic 02-09-2020, 12:32 AM
Replies: 264
Views: 6,853
Posted By charmedbyekkie
Re: Wuhan virus

Singapore is at 40 cases now and rising.

We're about half the size of Los Angeles (city, not county), with a population density of 8,136.78/sqkm.

In contrast, LA is the most densely populated...
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