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MYRNA - 2010-07-08
I have a 5 yr old eclectus parrot female that has started laying eggs. She searches out behind the couch and stays there on her egg. I have taken them away and she lays more. She is not eating well anymore and when I do put her on her perch to feed she makes the little chirping noise constantly. I read that this is the noise they make to get the male to feed them on the nest. She has lost weight and I need some help. No avian vets in my area. Any suggestions?

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  • Bird Lover - 2010-07-14
    Hello, I am not an eclectus expert but I know a really good one who will be able to help you. Her name is Jane, she is a very reputable breeder of only eclectus and she's extremely knowledgeable. She will know what to do and is used to getting lots of calls from eclectus owners seeking answers. Here is her number: 1-404-321-4488
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Joy Welsh - 2008-12-25
I am the third owner of my Senegal parrot - Nubbie. At the time I named him that, I didn't know it would be-come him! He can leave you with "nubbie" fingers. I knew my work would be cut out for me when I got him. But I could tell he was depressed. The pet store had him caged on the floor! A big no no for birds. He had no toys to play with. The owner said he fought with the bird every day for a year at just trying to get food in his cage. Nubbie immediatly liked me & stepped up on my finger. The owner was amazed. I worked with him for a year & was getting pretty discouraged. I did not experience the territory behavior that the previous owner had. I made sure he had the biggest cage available. I felt that maybe he missed being around other birds. I ended up bringing him to a bird store to see if they could find him a companion. He stayed there for 2 months. I couldn't sleep at nights worrying & missing Nubbie. I went & picked him back up. He has been so much better behaved since then - BUT - I changed MYSELF. I did a lot of thinking as to what I was doing wrong. I would take him out of the cage at 8 in the morning & keep him in my work room with me until about 6 in the evening. I realized that I may have been over stimulating him & not giving him his own space in his cage. So now he stays in his cage until 2:30 when we go ride in the car to pick up a grandchild at the bus stop. He loves this! He goes back in his cage about 5:30. We now have a much better relationship. I work hard at "reading" his body language. Things are so much better between us. That is not to say that he doesn't have his moody problems. But who doesn't? When he is like that - he is telling me - "back off" I want to be left alone. I love this bird! He makes me so very happy.
The bird store called & told me they had a Senegal parrot who needed a home, as his former people gave her up. So, once again - here I go! I hope to be able to bring Baby to the same relationship that I have developed with Nubbie! I have had her for 4 days now, I can put my hand in the cage to touch her head. Hopefully she will get comfortable enough to step up on my finger soon! I want to give her a kiss!

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  • joshua m - 2010-03-20
    Hello! My name is joshua and I'd like to know if u got any tips on breeding senegals. I got a pair my self but they seem too apart. I'd apreciate ur help>
  • ANNA - 2010-07-02
    How can i get my senegal to stop biting me?
  • Ripley (Portland, OR) - 2010-07-13
    I'm really curious to know how your two senegals have gotten along. I have a rescued senegal myself, no idea how old but I know he is a male and I've often thought about getting him a friend. I've heard they tend to be the jealous type and I already know my little guy is. I hope all has gone well!
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paula reeder - 2009-06-21
My eclectus, clementine, was beautiful. was. she has picked almost every feather she has. she has been bare chested for nearly 2 to 3 years. she has also been short on her other feathers elsewhere. what has happened?

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  • Rachel - 2010-05-03
    Your bird is suffering from bordeom and depression, feather plucking is a sign of neglect. Do you leave her alone for long periods of time?
  • Stan Sweaney - 2010-07-07
    Boredom, food sensitivity, and possibly can start, as my female eclectus did, from a skin irritant that has morphed into an obsessive compulsive disorder. Parrots in their native settings are preoccupied with feeding,breeding and survival,and have little time to become bored or preoccupied with an itch or irritation. Wild parrots are well socialized, are on the move, breeding, or avoiding being eaten by predators. A cage is not natural for a parrot, so you must compensate for her needs as one of her flock, and include her more in day to day activities. Also provide her with natural vitamin D, if possible. Stan
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Irene - 2010-04-23
I'm hoping someone out there can help me. My problem is that I don't have any money to take my red-sided Eclectus parrot, Sierra, to a vet right now. She appears healthy otherwise, is eating and drinking with no problem, her feathers are still brilliant colors, and she is behaving fine. Her left eye is fine, but her right eye seems to have lost the tiny "eyelashes" that make up the "red-sidedness" of her. She is blinking a lot and sometimes holding her eye closed for a second or two. Her eyes are not red or watery and there is no discharge, so I don't think it's conjunctivitis. She is not around any other birds and eats a pretty balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts. Does anyone know what I should do? Perhaps a home remedy? Thanks for reading!

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  • Carlos - 2010-06-28
    Hello Irene,

    Hmm, you're parrot otherwise seems perfectly healthy apart from the eyelashes falling, I'm a trained Avian vet and I'm going to ask you to do something.

    Gently put you're thumb and feel above the eye of you're bird for any little balls (sometimes tumors cause a tad of hair loss).

    If there is nothing there, it means maybe too much concentrated air is rushing to that eye (heater or lots of wind) causing it 2 blink often hence eyelashes falling out.
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jeff - 2009-01-21
This February (2009) my Senegal named Tobias will be 30 years old. I have had the pleasure of his companionship for 28 years. He also trusts only one person and tolerates everyone else. He is generally calm yet he has his moments. There have been times he has bitten me well enough to break the skin. This usually happens when other people are around and this may be his way of telling me he doesn't like sharing me with anyone else. After so many years he knows me and every movement I make in the house wanting attention constantly. As I arrive home from work down the driveway he knows it's me and I can hear him vocalize wanting out of the cage and his head feathers rubbed backwards. After all these years the routine has not changed much which consists of a lot of attention. I guessed as he grew older he would slow down, not so! It seems he requires more attention as the years go by. I love it. He picks up on what goes on around him and mimics what he can. I get a special kick on how my Son taught him to grumble. I have not regretted one moment since I

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  • Richard - 2010-06-03
    I stumbled on this site while looking up whether my Senegal would like papaya. From what I've read it seems they like papaya and also like the peppery taste of the seeds.

    My Senegal is female, about 12 years old. I hate to leave here with anyone but we know a good vet who loves all animals. Her husband keeps birds in back of their office. One is a Senegal, but not so tame since it is a rescue bird from a previous owner who for whatever reason didn't want it.

    My bird, Zoe is her name, is so loveable. I can pick her up anytime. She puts her head down first thing in the morning and wants her birdie scratches. I could be cleaning her cage, changing her water and putting in fresh food and millet sprays. You'd think she would make a bee line for the food right away as one of my other birds, a gray cheek parakeet would always do. He died a little over a year ago at 20 years old. But Zoe wants to get on my shoulder, she wants me to pick her up and talk to her all the time. Lots of head bobs, wing flutters and tail waggles and little chirpings. What a great little companion pet. Like you, I would never give her up for the world.
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Joanne - 2008-11-25
I have an eleven year old Red Bellied aptly named Sinbad. He is very attached to me and when I have to leave home for any length of time he is my road buddy. I'm wondering if anyone knows what the life-span of these guys is. I'm working with several family members to address his attachment issue. Also, Sinbad has a genetic color mutation and has developed some beautiful yellow and orange feathering on his back and an orange collar. His clutch mate, a female, was completely yellow during her first moult. He is definitely my little companion bird and certainly nothing like the Pionius parrot he lives with!

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  • Sandy - 2010-06-01
    Hello,
    I have a 21 yr old Red Bellied Parrot. I've had Razzmann "Razzy" since he was a baby. They can live 25-35 yrs. My Avian vet Dr. Speer calls my guy a senior bird. I want to address the yellow feathers--
    I once remember a few yellow feathers mixed in with his orange feather and a couple mixed in with the green on his wing (very few). I was concerned and brought him to the vet for a check up and blood work. Apparently if I remember he had too much fat in his blood. The Vet called it fatty liver--even thought my guy is on Harrison's pellets, good fruits, vegies and nuts--he also love people food. We cut out some foods and he is back to beautiful color--yellow gone. Something you might want to watch or get checked. Dr. Speer is one of the best in avian medicine and has help me so much with my guys diet for a long healthy life. Razzy's favs are chicken leg bone, scrabbled eggs, cottage cheese, cream of wheat with toast, cherrios and lots of greens. They are prone for lacking vitamin A--eggs are really good for them. Sorry for so much rambling but I just love these little guys. Best of luck with your Sinbad. Sandy, Razzy and my congo grey Baby girl.
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Jessica - 2010-03-30
I have a four year old Senegal named Griffin and he is absolutely the best bird I could have ever asked for. He is the sweetest little guy, only cranky in the morning, always bending his head down for a neck scratch and putting his foot up while saying "step up" so I'll pick him up. He loves perching on my shoulder and comes to me when I want him to come down, he never gives me a difficult time. He can be a little stubborn at times though, and loves to shred anything left lying around (don't leave any important papers near him!) He is also very smart, and has a vocabulary of about 15 words and phrases. He gives kisses on command and even imitates the alarm system! He is not a one-person bird at all because we spent a lot of time socializing him from when he was young, so he will "step up" for just about anyone (though only his chosen "flock" are allowed to pet and cuddle him). He will also lay on his back in my hand, and swing back and forth upside down like a little acrobat. I love this little guy to pieces, what a great big personality for a tiny little thing!

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Kelly - 2009-04-05
I have a 19 year old Meyers Parrot named Jasper and he is so sweet! I got him as a Christmas gift when I was in 7th grade and he has been with me through a lot. When Jasper first met my husband he would bite the crap out of him--finger, forehead, whatever--now I think he loves him even more than me (sometimes I get jealous!!)
He loves to eat and tears up newspapers like crazy. He seems to look forward to my children's nap times when he will also take a nap and make all his tiny little cute noises. The rest of the time he is very noisy (living in apartments was tough--all the neighbors hated his early morning chirping) He also loves to chew on the furniture!! "Jappy" is an amazing part of our family!!!

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kerry Lampkin - 2009-03-05
So, I really wanted a parrot.
I did all the reserch a person should do when thinking about getting an animal.
I kept seeing Myers parrot, in descriptions of mellow, sweet birds.
I was very intrigued.
One thing led to another and brought Sophie into my life.
She had been in the middle of a divorce and was living in a cage with no human interaction. She was two years old when I first met her.
I'd raised pigions and cockatiels, but never a parrot.
I was hoping this was a good fit for the both of us.
Time has passed and Sophie is about four.
What a hoot she is, I just love her.
We definitely are a family. I have her, two cats, and a fish.
She is affectionate, she cuddles under my chin for warmth.
She loves apples, carrots, and red vines.
Don't get angry, I do not give her red vines anymore because they turn her poop red. And of course it's not good for her. But, man she'll do anything to get to that red vine, if I am eating one.
She holds her own with my two cats, who are afraid of her.
She says; give me a kiss, Meow, I'm right here, and she laughs out loud.
Plus, all her really cute noises.
Sophie lets me know when someone is comming up my path, by a loud high pitched whistle.
She has her own perch in the bathroom, and likes to spend the night in there.
I have two outdoor cages for her, one in the front yard, and one in the back.
I found some old paperback childrens books and a thrift store and put them in her cage. She chews the heck out of them and it turns out to be good enrichment.
And its much better then when she trys to chew my books.
I try to give her a lot to do when I'm home.
Sophie loves music and loves to sing and dance.
I'm telling you she's the best!
If you are thinking about a Myers Parrot, you will love them.
Sophie is my little darling, and I'm glad she's on my shoulder right now.


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Anonymous - 2009-02-10
Hi my name is Jay and I have a 2 and a half year old meyers parrot named "Oscar". He is so funny because he will only go with me if I'm wearing a hooded sweater. He will sit right on the edge of the hood and will stay there all day. Even if I'm driving he will stay on the hood. He doesn't like sitting on shoulders. I pretty much take him almost everywhere I go as long as it's not too hot to wear a hooded sweatshirt.

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