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julie - 2014-07-10
My Rosie has been my baby for 2 and a half years now. I hand reared her and she speaks so well and is so adorable. Past month or so, she has started to be rough with me and makes growling noises and attacks me. This could be around her cage, or out. 90% of the time she is good with me. She always wants to be near me which is so hard. Rosie flaps her wings in the cage, just like she is ready to fly on my shoulder but obviously she can't from the cage. She is also very itchy and is forever picking on her wings. Not losing any but just picking and flapping. My concern is her anger. I have read that she could be hormonal, and also that she might lay eggs, but can this happen without a partner? I'm a bit confused. Any personal experience and info would be great.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Rosie sounds wonderful, I had a male Eclectus named, well what else... 'Beauty'! All parrots seem to go through what I call a 'teenage' cycle as they become sexually mature. During this time their personalities can change and they can become moody. It can last for a while too, often a year or more. It sounds to me that may be what Rosie is heading into, so a lot of patience and love are going to be needed. Good luck to you both:)
  • Fluffytee Witte - 2014-09-06
    Hello, I am about to buy a male eculectus, there is a lot of info on diet etc, but none have said how many times a day should he be fed?   Would appreciate any info



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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-07
    The correct amount of food to feed on a daily basis is hard to determine. Usually people who have birds in training will weigh out exactly how much they want to feed, but for most keepers it depends. Some pet birds are very wasteful, 'playing' with their food at times instead of eating it. The best way thing to do is make sure your bird maintains a good weight and is healthy. Feed a variety of fresh foods, along with a dry food like a pelleted diet.
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Lorna - 2014-08-24
Is is normal for my Senegal to put his head in his water dish and make himself wet all over by flicking the water?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-26
    Yeah, he's fine doing that, he just wants to take a bath. You could also try providing him with a bird bath - flat dish with lukewarm water on the bottom of the cage - and see if he likes that, or using a misting bottle with a gentle spray may be appreciated.
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Lee - 2014-08-09
My 4 yr old Senegal has taken up attacking the dog! She is down right mean about it..... what can I do?

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  • Limubhuiya - 2014-08-11
    I suggest that you separate the dog away from your Senegal.
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Geoff. Bland - 2004-07-19
We live in Cheltenham (in the west of England) and for four months we have been the proud owners of a Meyers Parrot named Cupcake. He was only five months old when we bought him and in the short time since then he has learned a great deal. He can imitate the telephone and the sound of the curtains being drawn and he cries pitifully when left alone. However, what particularly amuses us is his behaviour during our meal times. As soon as he sees the table being set he comes to the bars of his cage and chirps at us for food. He loves peas and baked beans and he is particularly fond of toast (which he dunks in his water pot before eating). So far he has not said an intelligible word - but he chats away happily in his own robotic language and clicks his tongue as a greeting each time we come into the room. He enjoys riding around on my shoulder but, when thwarted, he can really bite!

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Ronald&Rhonda - 2014-06-30
Just purchased Sam. He's(?) a 4 month old Meyers. Things moved pretty quick for Sam. He got to the pet store on Friday and we picked him up on Sunday. 2 moves in quick succession. Today is the next day from purchase (Monday) and he started eating and drinking this evening. He has a pretty hard bite! Searching online for tips to break this. From what I see, just training for trust by doing a couple tricks should do it. We're looking forward to a long happy relationship with Sam. He's our first pet bird, so we all have a lot of growing up together.

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Bchillin - 2014-06-18
Hi! I am purchasing a female eclectus parrot by the end of this week. I got the chance to see two females today & I have the great opportunity of choosing between the two but I have no idea which one to choose! There's a 7-8 month old & there's a 9-10 month old. Would you prefer the younger or older parrot?! I don't know if the months make a total difference or not but I'm just having a difficult time choosing!

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Catherine - 2014-06-04
I have had my beautiful Gypsy for two years now. She will be nine in October. I adopted gypsy from a friend who was extremely busy and couldn't commit to caring for gypsy any more, he had gypsy for six and a half years. Gypsy is a chewer/plucker and has been since she was young, a year or so roughly. The breeder who sold gypsy originally to the pet store failed to mention gypsy had a gimp foot which causes gypsy to fall from her perch causing her a severe injury, in which my friend chose to keep her for several years. Gypsy had literally cracked her chest open as a baby and basically started plucking and chewing her feathers then and has pretty much continued ever since. To prevent injuries, ever since her first fall as a baby, her cage floor is padded with pillows or foam bed toppers to protect her when/if she falls from her perch. It does make cleaning her cage more work but she is more than worh the work. She talks fairly well- says hi gypsy, hi gypsy girl, makes kissing sounds, lots of other odd and funny sounds, unfortunately she says a few swear words as her former owner was male, she also tells my other birds to shut up ( I have two quaker parrots), she was with other birds in the past also. She loves to play with any kind of a ball, and if she doesn't like a food, or is just being silly she'll run (actually hobble) to the nearest corner and make like she's a chicken and do these hilarious motions likes she's truly a chicken. She's a huge suck and very affectionate now compared to our first 6 months where my arm had several bruises/ lumps etc from our adjustment period during her first six months with me. She nuzzles me with her beak, stretches her neck and cuddles under my neck and coos. She loves to play with my male quaker Romeo they are hilarious! Gypsy and my female quaker Juliet have a mutual respect for each other for the most part but don't really interact that much together as they both compete for Romeos time and affection lol. I love my Gypsy girl! I'm so glad I adopted her as she has made huge progress. Unfortunately I've been told she's probably done folical damage and her feathers will never grow in where she's chewed them ( her entire stomach- she constantly gets new feathers and always has light feathers on her tummy but will never be full feathers, also back of her neck is a small area she picks/chews and each wing (shoulder area) are tiny spots she pick/chews.She no longer picks/chews her feathers on her neck and legs which makes me happy. I spray bathe her five days a week and blow dry her on low heat which she loves and her healthy feathers are beautiful and vibrant. She also had beak issues in which she'd get overgrowth and the bottom part of her beak was very brittle and prone to fine cracks. I have her groomed every six weeks and a piece of cuttlebone every other day has resolved her brittle lower beak which is wonderful as the calcium has strengthened her beak. Our home would not be the same without our gypsy girl!!!

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Rachel - 2014-06-03
My Senegal parrot escaped three weeks ago. When he got out, he was in the early stages of puberty: lots of molting, his eyes beginning to change color from grey to a definite yellow. Four days ago, I got a call that he had been found and went to pick him up. The found parrot is farther into puberty, with orange eyes with dark circles around them and very bright plumage. So my question is: is it possible it is the same parrot? It is friendly toward me but, so far, does not show any of the behaviors I had known my parrot to. However, the combination of puberty and three weeks in the wild, plus the fact that he's only just gotten home ... he might just be tired and stressed. Any advice?

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Kim - 2013-08-12
Female SI Eclectus eats feet to point of open wounds. Started six months ago. Good avian vet saved her infected legs and feet. In collar feet heal with daily soaking and Harrison's Soothing Cream. Take off collar she lasts 48 to 72 hours then goes back to scraping delicate flesh eats feet/legs to point of open wounds again. She's 13 and never any problems till now. Very little feather plucking. Chronic egg laying for past 10 years. Hopefully cycle finally broken with her in collar. Blood work ok. Any ideas/solutions? Mites?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-01
    Wow, that's a problem. I know these can be demanding birds. I've had a male and he could be a handful, but I've heard the females are even more so. The behavior sounds more like what I would expect from a cockatoo. Solving this problem is going to be a project:) but here's some suggestions:

    For cockatoos (so maybe for this bird)  I recommend a soft blanket or maybe a sheet put on part of the cage to give it something to focus its strong need to chew on. I would also try introducing a variety of differnent 'destructible' chew toys (not acrylic) so that it can chew and feel like it's getting somewhere.

    You might also try adding new things to the diet, or changing the diet. There's a lot of great reasons to feed birds pellet foods, but seriously, many birds get real bored with it. So if that's the main diet, try offering seeds and maybe some nuts as well. Perhaps even Insects like crickets.

    Good luck!
  • Anonymous - 2013-10-29
    It might be a food allergy causing itching. I give my Eclectus only organic nuts and almonds from a local Health Food store and 'natural' pellets made for parrots without any synthetic colors. Also, I give him plenty of fresh fruits from a local organic market. A few times per week he enjoys his bird bath. I also let him out from his cage to fly around a few times per day. So far, he is doing OK.
  • Anonymous - 2014-04-30
    Could it be she is wanting a mate? This has been along with chronic egg laying. Or maybe just a friend will do? Just a thought.
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chris - 2010-10-03
I have a 4 month old senegal who seems to sleep upside down in its cage. Is this normal? The cage is 20x24x36 with a play top area. The bird is tame bought from a breeder who I feel loves her birds and takes pride in her birds. I really like this bird and look forward to the future with this pet but was wondering if they sleep this way?

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  • John - 2010-10-21
    Chris, I have a three year old Senegal who started sleeping upside down about 4 months ago. He is very happy and well adjusted. Should have named him "Batman". I think it's perfectly normal. I got my bird when he was two. Apparently he had little attention given to him and just sat around. It took about 6 months but he now is very active, loves toys, and is quite playful and affectionate. By the way, my cage is a similar size.
  • encee - 2010-10-30
    I have a Senegal, too and she does this all the time. It is very normal for her!
    In fact sometimes, to tell me she wants to go to sleep, she goes up to the top of her cage and holds on to it upside down. So I cover her and she's happy. I asked a bird store owner if this breed does this a lot and she said they did. Mine also likes to dangle upside down on one foot from a towel hanging in the bathroom. Real acrobat!!!
  • Andrea - 2011-01-17
    I have an 8 year old senegal who sleeps upside down half of the week and on a perch the other. He seems to be fine and just loves to view the world upside down.
  • Jenni - 2011-01-30
    Chris, I'm not sure if you are still looking for an answer to this, and hopefully everything is still okay with the bird. It is normal for birds to sleep in different positions. We are familiar with birds who perch on one leg or sleep against something, but there are many birds who like to sleep upside down or even on their backs! Just like people, every bird's sleep style is different. Make sure he is getting proper nutrition, play time, a good diet (NOT a seed-only diet), and good socialization with you and other members of the house.
  • Jo - 2014-02-07
    My Senegal spends pretty much her whole life upside down !!!
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