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Alex - 2012-07-08
I have a 6 month old male eclectus that is super tame but was thinking of getting a baby female as well and put them in the same cage. I want to keep them as companion pets. Was wondering if putting them together would change the males friendly personality. If anyone could give us tips or opinions would be greatly appreciated. Would also like to hear if anyone has two eclectus parrots in the same cage as companion pets. Thanks..

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-08
    Two birds have a tendency to pair bond when in the same cage and essentially leave the human out.  Two birds that are the same species will develop a strong pair bond and normally no longer be companion birds.  The female eclectus is a very agressive and territorial bird that will protect her territory (in the wild) to the death if she has to.  The male is more submissive and easy going.  Having had them, I'd say the chances of you being able to put a female with your male and have human companions would be extremely unlikely once they achieve sexual maturity.  Breeeders will frequently put two males in a cage with one female as she will even become agressive with them.  If you would like them as aviary birds, to enjoy their beautiful color and possibly have babies - then get a female but otherwise I would not advise it. 
  • Alex - 2012-07-08
    Thanks for your reply.. What would be your opinion of having them in separate cages but they can spend a couple of hours a day on a play stand together. Also would it be ok if separate cages were in the same room. Thanks again!!!
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-08
    In the wild the female sits in front of the nesting area up to 11 months out of the year.  Various males will feed her (as well as feeding other females) in hopes of being the mate.  If another female tries to move into her territory, they will fight - fight to the death on occasion.  They will breed as early as 3 years of age.  The female is just not going to paly.  The males will and many make excellent pets.  Sometimes the females will but that is not the norm.  In any case you will have a female extremely protective and territorial of that male.  Again, they are beautiful and there are many cages that are beautiful and the male/female eclectus make excellent aviary pets - you just may not be able to really pet them.  They (as a pair) might just be for being beautiful and to have babies.  To every rule, there is always an exception. 
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Martha - 2009-08-28
Hello,
Thank You for sharing pictures and information about precious.
We have a Meyer's Parrot, named Luki. My husbands baby. He loves him, as for me, well I was good for cleaning the cage getting him water and letting him play in it.
but for some reason he has put the fear in me, after he bit my neck and pulled my hair.
I have a couple of questions. Can these little guys get sun stroke?
What kind of branch is good for his feet?
What is good for him to chew on?
He wants to chew my table and my hutch, when I said no! He became extremely angry and fluffed up his feathers, spread his wings and walked like he was ready for a fight.
If anyone could help me here, I would really appreciate it.
Thank You
Martha

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  • JAZMINE - 2011-11-23
    THAT'S A GOOD STORY MARTHA I HAVE A MAYER PARROT TO BUT HE IS A BOT AND HE IS 3. MY PARROT IS NOT A FIGHTING ONE I JUST GIVE HIM LOVE .
  • ma jan - 2012-01-02
    We also have a Meyers Parrot, Buddy, he was adopted and put into my care. He's quirky too. He loves me but it has taken him 6 yrs to like my husband that was after many gifts of seed fresh fruit and fresh wood to chew and play with. I have found interacting with him verbally in the cage or out helped a lot. He does use a language of sorts us so I use my poor version of it to respond to him. It's a limited conversation but it pleases him. Buddy will bite those he doesn't want to be around at the moment. Also when he is not greeted slowly. His version of a Knock on door before entering or being familiar. A gentle one finger soft stroking on his head with soft talking before he will usually do the trick. He will pull hair when he feels ignored, and attention getter. We all have been seriously bit a time or two. Meyers are definitely Cocks of the Walk when they feel offended or disciplined. Yes they can get sun stroke. Keep them in locations that have half shade and half morning sun with a good view of the world around home for them. We have a smaller outdoor transport cage for suspending in our maple tree. He loves warm spring and summer days while we are outside working. He also has great mimicry ability. Ours does a great Blue amazon and a grey cockatiel (previous owners), my personal favorites is meowing like my cats and imitating my call for the cats also imitating the starlings, sparrows and the mocking birds outdoors. My advise - love the stinker as he is and get a nice 12 - 15 inch cleaned apple or maple stick to let him mount till he wants to get close to you. It will protect your hand and give you a moment to get him safely put in his home. Good luck and have fun.
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JAZMINE - 2011-11-23
I love my meyer parrot he is just plan funny when i got him he never got along with the other birds but now he does wierd my parrot loves justin bieber songs he gets fluffy a lot and he loves dancing gotta love dancing also he only loves me nobody else but me

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-24
    Parrots love music and I don't know how but they keep perfect beat. Love to watch them dance.
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Kevin - 2011-12-04
My Meyer's loves to come out of his cage, but when I try to put him back in he bites, sometimes hard enough to draw blood. Any suggestions?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-05
    Another though. Is the cage and cage door too small for your little guy? Is there enough room for him to spread and flap his wings? Toys? Some of these safe places have really small opening and birds are 'afriad' more than they are being feisty.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-05
    I am not trying to be funny. Easy solution is birds really only bite with the bottom part of their beak. The top part stays in place and used for climbing. Parrots bite with the bottom. If you just hold the bottom beak up against the top beak your parrot will not be able to bite. Sounds funny but true. I would yell a strong 'NO' or 'NO HURT' also. Sometimes parrots can be really difficult when they don't want to go back to their safe place. You can also try and place a treat in the cage for him but keep the bottom beak inplace while you do it.
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Norman Moss - 2012-04-04
Can anyone please tell me the best seed mixture for my Meyers. I have tried Parrot mix but he sorts out what he wants and the rest goes to the bottom of the cage.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-04
    Some seed mixes are much better than others. But regardless of the one you purchase, your little guy will like certain seeds or items better than others and the rest will be on the floor - floor of the cage or the floor itself. I have had many birds over a bunch of years and love them all and for the past 15 - 20 years have always used Goldenfeast as my seed. Most of the better quality parrot stores carry this mix but you can email or call Goldenfeast to find the location or place to order for yourself. If you read the ingredients in Goldenfeast mixes and the ingredients in the mixes you normally see on pet chain shelves, you will be amazed. Yes your little guy will still throw some stuff on the floor but not nearly as much. Many manufacturers use cheap seed that birds don't like or that isn't very nutricious to weight the bag so you get less for your money. Look at the menus and contents and I think you will see a drastic difference. They also have pellets - Granobles. Goldenfeast
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Jennifer - 2007-08-16
I have a senegal parrot named Hawkeye. She is about 17 years old but could be a little older then that. She is the most loveable thing ever! Takes showers with me, sleeps on me, goes on rides with me, she's like my little baby! She loves money and goes crazy over it, also my expensive hand bags and shoes. If i leave them out she'll chew them up, lol. She squawks like crazy when i come home and she gets too excited. Also when i leave without taking her too, she makes me kiss her before i leave. As soon as she sees the sunlight everyone has to wake up because she'll be our alarm clock. I had one accident with her were she flew away the day before the fourth of july. Had her outside in a cage ready to go for a ride and somehow she got loose. Searched all day for her and believe it or not i found her on the next day, the Fourth of July, by putting posters up. Someone called me and had her! i had to clip her wings after that. I felt bad but i love her so much and could'nt picture my life without her. She's the biggest sweetheart ever, my baby girl! Best pet i can ask for.

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Someone Who Cares - 2006-02-03
I have had my Senegal Parrot for 5 months now (He will be 1 year old in 8 days!) and he is my life! Techo loves to play, dance to music, and nod his head at me (which I think means he wants to feed me :/).
Although he doesn't talk yet, I'm not bothered! He prefers to whistle and cluck his tongue anyway!
For anyone wanting a first parrot (Techo was my first :P) the Senegal is an ideal choice; they're funny, relatively quiet, and love to play!
Remember that the choice will be for a lifetime though, and they need entertainment every day. Overall? Well worth it!

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Keiko and Chloe's mom - 2006-05-17
I am the proud Mom of an Eclectus pair. Keiko, 3 yrs and Chloe, 2 yrs. I have a background with exotic birds and I brought them both home just as their feathers were beginning to show. Hand feeding was a joy and Keiko truly thinks I'm his Mom. He is amazingly friendly, talks up a storm, is too lazy to fly, lives on my shoulder whenever possible and plays "dead bird". He loves to meet new people and has never even attempted to bite anyone. He is jealous when I give attention to Chloe and he tries to get between us so he can give me a kiss. He's a great traveler and loves to take a shower. Chloe is a little more timid when it comes to strangers but she absolutely loves Mom. She took longer to warm up, but taking their cages from the living room and giving them their own room, definitely made the difference in Chloe's social temperment. She is eager to come out of her cage now and will stay with whoever is currently spoiling her, until they put her back or pass her on to someone else. She says "hello" very clearly and jibber jabbers constantly. She jumps on my shoulder whenever I walk by her and also loves her shower. She and Keiko fight for the best position on the shower perch. She sets her own bedtime. Around 8PM every night, she flies off the couch, my shoulder or where ever she is and walks to her room. We follow behind and pick her up to put her in her cage. We never hear a peep out of her after that. Keiko, on the other hand, has to be sent to bed. He would live on my shoulder if I let him. Thank goodness he has NEVER used me as a potty. He will leave me, go to Dad to do his business, and then return to me. Chloe, on the other hand, could care less where she goes, so I'm constantly cleaning up behind her. We keep a fresh towel on the back of the couch and another on the floor behind. That takes care of most of the mess.
The two are considering starting a family and we're anxiously awaiting the first arrivals.

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Rachelle - 2006-05-17
I acquired my senegal "Jo Jo" in 1998. he had been badly treated and was in such a sorry state, bless him. he had little feathers and was very scared and nervous, he wouldn't come near me and just screeched really loudly. After months and months of talking to him and coaxing him he eventually started coming closer to me in his cage. I always made sure that I was at his level so that he didn't feel threatened at all. I then started putting my finger near his cage and saying tickle, after many months he eventually let me tickle his head. And now years on he loves his mummy and trusts me...Years later he started whistling and started chattering away in his own language. His vocabulary is fantastic he says... Jo Jo's here, Mr Jo Jo, Jo Jo is beautiful, Jo Jo is silly, Hello, Hey baby, Hello darlin, Rachelle where's Andy (Andy is my husband) he shouts Andy if he is upstairs, tickle tickle, tick for short, what's up, what's this, who's this (when someone comes in the house), oh shi*, where's Rachelle. if you are eating and he wants some of what you are eating he says Jo Jo's, mmmmmm, impersonates the telephone, the smoke alarm, the burgular alarm, the list is endless. He loves you to whistle a song and he tries to join in. He is such a joy to have and great entertainment!!! He has a nice big house to live in but also enjoys coming out but only occasionally. He isn't too struck on men apart from Andy. He is definitely a mummy's boy. Saying boy i actually think he is a she! Just wish that I knew how old he/she is. But whatever I would never be without him...

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Julia - 2006-11-18
I have a 5 year old Senegal named Eugene. I highly recommend these birds as a pet, my Eugene is very quite and only screams if someone makes a loud noise or smokes (A very reliable smoke detector). One slight downside is that he can be very cranky, if he wants to be left alone, LEAVE HIM ALONE, unless of course you don't mind bleeding and scarring. But when he wants attention, he weill be very affectionate even letting me turn him upside down and he stays in that position making kissing noises for some time. When he is in a mushy mood he likes to be very close to my face and puts one foot on my mouth and tries to feed me (if you are familiar with birds you will know what I mean). One thing about this breed more than other birds he can EAT. He has not met a food that he didn't like. His favorite is mashed potatoes and pasta. This bird can be very jealous though. I recently brought home a Greater Sulphur Creasted Cockatoo and Eugene hates him. If they are both out Eugene will chase after him and try to attack. It is kind of amusing to watch a small 8 ounce bird chase a very large 2 pound bird who is running away. Eugene is very brave and has even bitten a few dogs that were curious and just wanted to smell his cage.

This bird is very intelligent and has an excellent memory. One time he was left outside in the heat by someone who was birdsitting for me. My mother rescued him. Since then whenever he sees my mother he flies to her and lands on her head. He remembers his rescuer. Prior to her rescuing him he didn't like her at all because he remembers her as the lady with the scary vacuum cleaner from when he lived in her home. I absolutely love this bird so much and hope he lives a very long enjoyable life.

Sincerely,

Eugene's Mommy

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