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Forum: Eclectus 09-29-2019, 01:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 621
Posted By picklesandjesse
Re: Is this cage large enough and amazon online shopping recommendations

i agree with that. We live in Australia so an Australian parrot is not unusual and he is surrounded by other parrots. Although we are south of his natural habitat he does come back sometimes after...
Forum: Eclectus 09-28-2019, 07:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 621
Posted By picklesandjesse
Re: Is this cage large enough and amazon online shopping recommendations

Get the largest cage that you can afford. Our bird Sonny does not even have a cage, I built him a house that he sleeps in with a soft cloth on the bottom, he lays down and sleeps in it a couple of...
Forum: Eclectus 09-15-2019, 01:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 888
Posted By picklesandjesse
Re: Nervous to bring home new baby! Tips?

When we got Sonny last year he was 8 weeks old. He only had a 1 hour trip in a box inside our car. He was reared with his sister so must have been a bit lonely. He really did not want to be touched...
Forum: Eclectus 09-10-2019, 02:29 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 290
Posted By picklesandjesse
Sonny plays " Piggy in the middle "

Sonny is now nearly 18 mths old and flies outside each afternoon. But after treats for coming home he likes to listen to music and sing along. Lately he has been playing a new game and has a flying...
Forum: Eclectus 08-18-2019, 03:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,424
Posted By picklesandjesse
Re: Eclectus - travelling, walks, loneliness and a dog :)

I think you will be OK. My bird who is now 17 months old seems to be fine with different situations. I take him 500 miles south in the car and have him on a sailboat for a few days. He's free inside...
Forum: Eclectus 06-24-2019, 06:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 599
Posted By picklesandjesse
Re: 15 month old molt... normal ??

Thanks for the info. I've found an avian vet a few hours drive away and sent the photos to her. Given all the details to her. He is a very happy bird and is eating, talking, flying etc as normal. I...
Forum: Eclectus 06-23-2019, 11:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 599
Posted By picklesandjesse
Re: 15 month old molt... normal ??

He's never been to a vet yet. We live near a country town with no avian vet that I know about. Might make some inquiries if you think it could be serious. All the local birds that he flies with and...
Forum: Eclectus 06-23-2019, 09:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 599
Posted By picklesandjesse
15 month old molt... normal ??

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Sonny is now 15 months old and has been losing the odd feather most days. They are being replaced on his tail and wings slowly. However, on his neck he's getting progressively...
Forum: Eclectus 05-27-2019, 11:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,341
Posted By picklesandjesse
Re: 1st time, got ordered around in human-speak with context :p

I wish that Sonny still liked his harness but since he flies free these days he really does not go for it too much...... apart from chewing it !!!!
Forum: Eclectus 05-10-2019, 05:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,341
Posted By picklesandjesse
Re: 1st time, got ordered around in human-speak with context :p

Sonny is now nearly 14 months old and is free outside each day from about 3.30. Comes back home after about an hour. He joins the local Galahs sometimes but mostly flies with the rainbow lorikeets. I...
Forum: Eclectus 03-20-2019, 08:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 425
Posted By picklesandjesse
Re: More than 125 hours in the wild

Won't be easy Jim. I'll try next time he's out. That's tomorrow as he went out yesterday. Should be able to get him sitting in a tree at least, then have to figure out how to post a pic or video on...
Forum: Eclectus 03-18-2019, 08:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 425
Posted By picklesandjesse
More than 125 hours in the wild

Sonny is 1 yr old next week and has logged more than 125 hours flying outside. The average time away is about a hour and the longest was 11 hours. Mostly he flies within 300 metres/yards of our place...
Forum: Eclectus 02-14-2019, 10:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 835
Posted By picklesandjesse
Re: Holding food with both feet... unusual ???

I have no idea what is usual but he still uses either foot to hold some foods. He's taken up flying with the local Galahs now. We let him out every second day and he joins them if they fly over. Have...
Forum: Eclectus 02-03-2019, 11:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,257
Posted By picklesandjesse
Re: Eclectus with other birds

Our 10 mth old Ecky Sonny thinks he's a rainbow lory as he sits in the trees with them and they fly in the house to feed on the food I put out for them. We have about 4 pairs that come in the...
Forum: Eclectus 02-01-2019, 12:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 719
Posted By picklesandjesse
Re: Normal feather for 1yo molt?

Sonny is just over 10 mths old. trying not to panic when it happens.
Forum: Eclectus 01-29-2019, 05:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 374
Posted By picklesandjesse
Re: Sonny homes for fish oil gels !!!

These birds were so sick I could pick them up by hand so it seemed kinder to finish them off, they could barely fly.... if you can call it that. Also unable to eat. They were rainbow lories. They...
Forum: Eclectus 01-29-2019, 02:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 374
Posted By picklesandjesse
Re: Sonny homes for fish oil gels !!!

The local birds seem to be very healthy at the present time. I had to catch a couple of birds 3 years ago and hit them between 2 pieces of wood... not easy !!! They had some beak and feather disease...
Forum: Eclectus 01-29-2019, 01:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 374
Posted By picklesandjesse
Sonny homes for fish oil gels !!!

We've finally found what Sonny will come down from the trees for and it's fish oil gels. He is allowed out about 3 times a week if the wind is less than 15 knots and all the wild birds seem to be...
Forum: Eclectus 01-08-2019, 02:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 835
Posted By picklesandjesse
Re: Holding food with both feet... unusual ???

Sorry..... guess I should have said that he uses either his left or right foot to hold food, whereas I believe other birds such as cockatoos use their left feet. He does lay on his back however and...
Forum: Eclectus 01-08-2019, 01:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 835
Posted By picklesandjesse
Holding food with both feet... unusual ???

Our 11mth old ecky Sonny is using both feet to hold food when he eats. I believe that most parrots just use their left feet for this. We are looking after a Major Mitchell cockatoo that only uses her...
Forum: Eclectus 12-17-2018, 08:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,589
Posted By picklesandjesse
Re: Coffee addict !!!

A few more posts I see. Haven't checked here for awhile. Yes he flies free but not every day and mostly he comes back after a few minutes. The women that breeds them allows a couple of her birds to...
Forum: Eclectus 11-28-2018, 06:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,589
Posted By picklesandjesse
Re: Coffee addict !!!

Yes, he'll try anything. Never seen a bird like it. Loves food. Great bird though. Crazy flier too. Can get away from magpies when they chase him. Last week he went up about 1000ft and headed north,...
Forum: Eclectus 11-28-2018, 05:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,589
Posted By picklesandjesse
Re: Coffee addict !!!

Thanks for all the info. Coffee will now be denied. I'll grind the beans in the shed !!!!
Forum: Eclectus 11-28-2018, 04:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,589
Posted By picklesandjesse
Coffee addict !!!

Interested to know if anyone else has an eclectus that likes coffee beans. Our bird Sonny wants to know whats going on around the place and a couple of months ago when I was grinding coffee beans he...
Forum: Eclectus 08-21-2018, 11:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 635
Posted By picklesandjesse
Re: So many questions

Hi Emi, we also have an Ecky that is now 4 mths old which we bought from a lady in Wardel NSW. He is pretty much the same and free flies around the house all day and eats 50% of the day. We leave...
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