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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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kim - 2014-01-27
I just got a 4 month old 'hand-fed' baby from a breeder. The baby is not eating nor drinking and seems absolutely terrified. Just brought home yesterday evening. Meyer is in a cage in my bedroom to have some quiet/acclimation time. Has been held minimally maybe 3x 5min each-tries to fly away in fear. Opened cage while speaking smoothly this morning and flew away in fear. Now, I do have other birds that were bought at an older age. Is this normal for a baby? Does not perch on finger, but will on perch. Is this bird just not socialized?? Normal reaction for a baby? I am very worried about the not eating part. I was hoping for a tamed, hand-fed babe. Can she come around? I know I may sound crazy since I just got her---but she IS TERRIFIED. I fear for the amount of stress she must be feeling. Bird not sexed. Breeder said she seemed like a girl. Please help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-27
    It is concerning that your bird is not drinking. This baby could very well have been hand-fed, but has probably been weaned for several weeks now. It may be that the breeder was feeding many babies and didn't give this bird much one-on-one time, that  happens with some larger outfits. He may then have been housed with other birds, so no longer is well socializd with humans. Birds always prefer other birds over people.. it's a natural behavior, and so then become cautious with humans. Usually it takes time and patience, offering treats and soft words, and a bird will start responding.

    Not drinking or eating is concerning however. If the bird doesn't start drinking soon, you may try to offer assistance. Try getting some handfeeding formula (Kaytee makes great formula) and offering it.  Take the bird out, put it on a table (or in a large flat box/bin). Hold it from the back with your hand around its body, thumb and forefinger on either side of the head. Then offer a bit of food  with a syringe (a spoon may work too).  Be very gentle and soft-spoken, but try to get it to take a taste. This can help remind it of being a baby, because it's still young enough to remember being fed. It may still refuse, but it's worth a shot. Work on letting it know you are its 'flock' and continue to show you care about it. If it goes too long without drinking or food, taking it to a vet could end up being necessary.
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Kevin westney - 2013-11-07
What temperture for breeding senegals in outside shed thanks

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-07
    Parrot species originate from places with warm, tropical climates. For most parrots the comfort range is between 65º to 80º Fahrenheit, with an average ambient (room or outside) temperature of 72º being good for most. They can withstand a much broader range, however, of 40-90º Fahrenheit, but for this they need time to adjust. Any quick drop in temperature can be devastating to both their comfort and health and more extreme temperatures may not inspire breeding. Also make sure they are in a draft free area.

    A newly-hatched baby needs a temperature of at least 95-98º Fahrenheit (in hand rearing situations this usually provided by some sort of artificial heat). As they grow to the pinfeather stage (at around 4 weeks of age) they can be kept at room temperature of about 72º Fahrenheit.
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Norbert - 2012-09-26
Is cold weather bad for them ( Florida ) out side ?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-27
    They can tolerate a certain amount of cold.  There are many many breeders in Florida and the parrots do very well in that temperature but there is shelter from cold and wind and usually a nest box if outside.  There are heat lamps or even just regular projected lamp lights that you can shine onto the cage if really cold.  I'd look into a bit first.
  • Audalina Byrum - 2013-09-10
    I haven't had my eclectus long but I heard they need humidity so I think florida would be a good location. Im in Arizona and the beautiful girl i rescued has a plucking problem but shes doing much better since being with me :)
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Anonymous - 2013-09-10
Hi there, I have an eclectus female bird, I'm realizing that she's losing her hair under her chin. :( What can be done to support her? Thanks.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-10
    Plucking the feathers under the chin is unusual. There may be a problem with her skin, or a problem with an infestation of mites or lice. Examine the bird and your cage closely to see if you have an infestation, and if you do you'll have to get rid of it. But if you can't find anything, then you may want to take the bird to an avian veterinarian for a checkup.
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Gabby - 2008-10-03
Alas, fellow Senegal lovers it seems we are destined to try to please what can be a very moody bird species. I have two Sengal parrots. Scooter, the male, is 20 (yes, that's twenty!)years old. I got him at 4 weeks of age and he has only just become more predictable in his behavior. I am hoping his hormone levels have peaked and are now on the decline that will hopefully lead to more dependable, good behavior. For many years, he would give me severe bites on the hands, arms, and face. These bites were always unexpected and I could never really pin down what might have sent him over the edge. I have read everything out there on Sengal behavior and what has worked best for Scooter and I are boundaries and setting limits. I do not let him have the run of the house and return him to his cage periodically and latch the door to reinforce his dependency on me. If he goes through a spell where he acts as if doesn't respect me, I will take him out of his environment and upset his comfort level with a trip to the post office, etc. so that he again views me as his safety net. Keeping their nails groomed and wings trimmed is especially important- an independent Senegal can get pretty full of himself. Track on a calandar what months you seem to be having the most behavioral problems. It could be cyclic with hormones and the seasons. Don't give up! Maintain the commitment you made to your Senegal when you first got it. Be aware of your Senegals body language and know the signals- flashing eyes, low aggressive stance, etc. Sengals should not be placed on your head (Scooter leaned over and bit my eyelid) and shoulder time is stongly discouraged. There is a reason the pirates with parrots wear eye patches! There is no reason that you can't enjoy your Sengal for as many years as I have plus 20 to 30 more.

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  • Anonymous - 2013-08-13
    Just about to get a rescue bird, thanks for positive flow. I know this love is love. You step in, never give in. Animals rock, god bless.
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Ashley - 2011-01-22
Just reading this thread... Where are you all from? I am a keeper of Many poicephauls parrots and I am keen to gain contact with other keepers and breeders.. I am based in the north of the united Kingdom, I bet you are all American knowing my luck.

Please email me parrotsaregreat@live.com.

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  • Lisa - 2013-04-23
    I have a new baby I just got 7 days ago and not sure when I or how I should start training. He was scared so I havent bother him alot other than talk to him. He did fly from Austin to Missouri where I picked him up so I thought I should give him time to settle in. Thanks for any help!!
  • Anonymous - 2013-05-03
    I thought I was replying to Lisa. I'm sure I have a brother of your red-bellied if that is what you got and I assume you got it from Scott at Old World. Did you get the female with the missing toes? I've had mine home for three or four weeks now and he sttill isn't stepping up or coming to my hand but I am not rushing him. He has started to come over and visit me but he still likes to bite. I just don't think he knows any better yet. All in all, for 7 months old he is a beautiful and quite enjoyable little guy. I've had amazons in the past so this is a whole new world for me.
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manuela rutledge - 2012-01-23
Hi I'm the proud owner of an female soloman eclectus. Annie was a rescue bird. I got her from a couple who did not want to bother with her anymore and they got her from a petstore where the previous owner brought her after 3 years. Anyways the last owner did not want to bother because after they had her for a month she started eating her feet and peeling the skin right off. So I took her and brought her to the vet done all the bloodwork ,it came out good oh and she is toetapping and wingflipping also. They said she does it because she was bored but watching her she bites because it is very annoying the cramps in her feet. So I did everything I could find on it out on the net ,my vet is clueless she never had that in her office and she is an avian vet arghhhhh lol.So I am surging everywhere in the hopes someone out there has others idears . sorry for writing such a long story ...

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-23
    Many people use doll rods for perches and just about destroy a birds feet without realizing it. There are many types of 2 - 3 inch perches avaiable to put in a cage that allow the parrot to step on it more flat footed and way easier to hold on to. Cholla wood, sanded manzanita, branch from a fruit tree. Birds don't sit on the narrowest end of the perch on a tree - they are in the widest part - almost flat footed and well balanced. The birds feet should not be able to go around the perch - Toe tapping. Toe tapping can be a normal body expression for a parrot in that they stamp their feet. Sounds like yours might be doing it to stretch out tendons.muscles and excercise or maybe the perch is so small, his feet are actually flling asleep or cramping. The parrot is not going to go down and wlk on the bottom of the cage - they don't go down. Wingflapping - again could be body language but also could be keeping balance. I'd get way wider perches - cholla - works and Golden Cockatoo has a web site and you can order them from there. They screw on. Did the vet check for gout? Many vets say they are avian but they just took a two day class. Just thoughts. Good luck.
  • Loree McKee - 2012-03-12
    in response to toe tapping - it is possible that your bird may be having a reaction to colored dyes in food. My eclectus did this once when we changed his diet and gave him colored food (from teh pet store) as soon as we changed his diet back to all-natural (no dyes) he stopped this behaviour. Also, I am not sure where the previous writer got his birds, but mine absolutley love to "come down" to the bottom of thier cage - they play with foot toys there, and their food dishes are ob the bottom of the cage as well. I have ladders that dangle all the way to the floor - so they like to walk around the house on teh floor. You can try a resting stone also, these can be placed in the cage on teh floor of the cage, or attached to corners like a shelf. Mine like thiers a lot. - Good luck!!
  • Abi Leonard Al Omari - 2012-07-24
    I have done resaerch that eclectus are very sensitive to lack of appropriate vitamins, which causes itchy skin. Make sure you are feeding your bird LOTS of fruit and veggies. Leafy greens, citrus, and legumes. I also use a vitamin supliment in my birds water. Ekkies have very different diets than most birds, You need to limit seeds and provide a half a boiled egg once a week. My female had feather loss and wing flapping from her previous owner, and a change to a correct ekkie diet was all she needed. I also feel a correctly sized pearch would be helpful.
  • Kaori - 2012-08-24
    Hi Kelly,Thanks for writing in .sorry to hear about your Lab gitteng pancreatitis well wishes for a full recovery! The most important dietary management strategy for pancreatitis is a LOW FAT diet. Be careful with canned food in general, it tends to have more fat than dry food of the same variety. Always evaluate the fat content of a food on a dry matter basis, so you can easily compare canned and dry foods. Good Luck. Dr. Donna
  • manuela - 2013-04-14
    Hi sorry it's been a while since I've been on here, well we found out what's wrong with annie. She got diagnosed with the borna virus and is on celebrax now and doing good. She does not eat her feet as long as she is on the meds she still toe taps here and there but not bad anymore. Overall she does great. Thanks for all your input.
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Cindy - 2013-03-10
I recently adopted a 9 y/o male Eclectus. My brother in law decided to give him a 'shower'. He sprayed him, including his head, in the kitchen sink without me knowing. Later that day, I noticed he was wheezing. I'm afraid he got some water in his lungs so I took him to the vet the next day and was prescribed antibiotics. It's been a couple days and he is still wheezing. Any ideas what could be the problem or what could help??? Thanks!!!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-10
    The meds may take some time to work.  Make sure the bird is in a warm room and is getting proper hydration.
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