Am I Feeding my Ekkie Enough?


New member
Mar 4, 2024
14 year old female Blue Head Pionus
3 year old male Eclectus

I have a 3 year old male eclectus that has been home with us for about 2 months. He's settling in to the family and as time goes on, he is more and more mellow, curious and delightful creature.

His diet is a work in progress. I had him get a full workup at the avian vet, which showed he had extremely high triglycerides (fat in his blood). This is due to the fact that he was fed primarily seed his first 3 years of life. He had been switched to pellets just before we got him. I changed him from Roudybush Maintenance to Roudybush Low Fat, to reduce the potency of the pellets he was eating. Now that he's better settled into our home, I am now drastically reducing the amount of pellets offered to try to get him eating more of his chop. Right now, he only picks out peas, corn and cooked beans from his chop and refuses virtually anything else other than apple slices (I try to limit fruits and emphasize veggies). This weekend I baked him a bird bread with wheat flour, pureed unsweetened pumpkin, rolled oats, his chop and some frozen veggies. He is eating about one square inch of this per day. I have restricted his pellets to only about a teaspoon per day. I am also offering his chop, but he is only picking out the beans and corn as is his custom. He also eats sprouted seeds maybe one week out of the month.

Is he eating enough? I want to get him eating chop instead of pellets but also not starve him. He is still pooping big brown poops so I'm hoping that means he is okay. But I can tell he is hungry and looking around for his pellets. I'm thinking I'll start mixing his teaspoon of pellets into his chop.

Any other advice on getting him to eat his chop? I tried Bird Street Bistro but he picks through that too for corn & beans. I've tried offering bigger chunks of veggie but he's not really interested.
To improve your Eclectus's diet and manage high triglyceride levels, gradually transition to a healthier diet by reducing pellet intake, offering variety and presentation of fresh foods, using positive reinforcement techniques, being patient and persistent, and consulting an avian nutritionist if needed. By providing variety and encouragement, you can help your bird develop healthier eating habits and benefit him in the long run.

Most Reactions