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Kathy - 2012-12-22
I have a hawkhead that I've had since she was 5 months old. She is a spoiled, stubborn, loud, bossy, over confident, wild-like, self-absorbed, food-obsessed little demon. She is also a very affectionate, playful, funny, in-tuned with my feelings, cuddle monster. I wouldn't trade her for a thing. She views my youngest daughter as her play toy and loves to chase her around daily, multiple times, in fact every chance she gets. My kids have learned to watch VERY closely for body language, even during play, because she is a very rough player and can cause a severe bite. Being aggressive in everything they do is their nature. With me, she is sweet as can be, but I still need to watch body language. I tell people all the time that Hawkheads are not birds for amateurs. They are very high maintenance and require someone who is extremely patient, able to handle hard bites, and is very experienced with other parrots. They are definitely NOT a beginner bird. I have a cockatoo as well, which are notorious for being a high maintenance bird, and I feel that a Hawkhead is on the same level, if not harder. Noise wise, they can be just a loud as a cockatoo, if not more. They also tend to be a lot more unpredictable than a cockatoo. Please, if you are thinking of getting a Hawkhead, be sure to do lots and lots and LOTS of research first. They are not easy birds by far. You will get bitten. You will get rejected. You will get ringing in your ears. You will get all your food stolen ( :P ). BUT, if you are patient and respectful of their nature, you will be rewarded with a best friend that only hates you sometimes, especially when you don't share your food.

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  • Anonymous - 2013-02-25
    you probaly dont play wth him or her enough.
  • Anonymous - 2013-02-26
    did you get it from eggsotic parroting
  • Kathy - 2013-05-12
    Anonymous - 2013-02-25 you probaly dont play wth him or her enough. Anonymous - 2013-02-26 did you get it from eggsotic parroting Huh? I don't play with him enough? I don't get what that is a response to. My post wasn't asking for advice, I was giving it. My hawkhead is played with plenty. In fact, she's spoiled and a big 'mamma's baby'. Also, no, I did not get her from eggsotic parroting.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-13
    Hey kathy, I for one think your info is great! And I also think this is an absolutely fascinating bird. Thanks for sharing:)
  • Gayle - 2014-10-18
    Kathy, your post is absolutely, unequivocally one of the best, most accurate, and unbiased I've ever read on Hawkheads. I've been owned by one for 9 years now and have the scars to prove it!! Everything you said is right-on the mark, and I'd just like to confirm that if anyone is even remotely thinking of buying one of these birds, think again, do more research, talk to other HH owners, and then think again. You need to be prepared for a roller coaster ride of emotional response from these beautiful, loving birds. They can be oh so cuddly and affectionate for an hour, then turn right around and administer an extremely painful, tenacious bite to their human for no apparent reason. The person who commented that perhaps you're not playing with your bird enough is just plain ignorant of the HH species. Even if you've owned other parrot species for 50 years, you have no clue what you're in for if you bring a HH into your life. I ditto this: ' She is a spoiled, stubborn, loud, bossy, over confident, wild-like, self-absorbed, food-obsessed little demon. She is also a very affectionate, playful, funny, in-tuned with my feelings, cuddle monster. I wouldn't trade her for a thing.'
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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



    Cheers fluffytee

     
  • 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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