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Yvette - 2010-05-26
I have a baby Eclectus last week (female), I want to know the age of the baby. She doesn't have the baby fluff anymore I'm still giving her the baby food during the day but she doesn't eat much, however she would eat seeds after the baby food. Should I keep feeding her or should I stick to the seeds?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-23
    I don't know how old she is but if she is taking the baby food (do you mean bird formula?), I would continue to give it to her. You can cut back to let's try 30CC around 1 pm or when you get home from work and then 45 or so before bedtime. If she takes it - she does - if not then OK. I just don't like to take the chance my children are hungry. Eclectus can be difficult to feed and they can go through stages. You can also try feeding her acxtual baby food (apricots or applesauce) or adding it to the formula. That formula doesn't taste great. Then you cut out the afternnon feeding and slowly cut back the evening (before bed) feeding. Let her have the seed, cracked walnuts work good, almonds (Vitamin A) veggies. They usually like millet as well. Because she doesn't eat MUCH doesn't mean she won't eat it if hungry. I like to feed them till they really do not want it.
  • manuela rutledge - 2012-01-23
    If she does not eat it anymore don't force it. Start giving her fresh fruit and veggies and some almonds here and there .
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Mar-Louise - 2012-01-15
Hi. I have a 9 month old eclectus male, who is just adorable. His eating is good,he has alot of toys and he gets alot of attention. Until the age off about 6 months he was feeding on seeds and dry fruits alone. Then I read that they love fresh fruit and vegtables. I immediatly introdused him to that and he love his food. I dont know what could be the problem but he still has alot of baby feathers, i have come across alot of other young eclectus parrots which feathers are all grown out already. Am i doing something wrong? Does he need something? Is there something that I can do for him? Please help me.

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    Buy cheap OEM software - 2011-11-05
    B8BToQ Strange but true. Your resource is expensive. At least it could be sold for good money on its auction!....

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    Cobus - 2011-12-17
    I have been given a baby African Red-Bellied parrot that must still be hand fed. He however spits out the bird porridge I got from the petshop. What can I give him to eat and not spit it out? Please advise me cause the petshop owners advice don't seem to work.

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-19
      Usually they spit it out if it isn't warm enough. Should be between 100 and 105 degrees. A second reason is the hand feeder has changed and it might take the little one a couple of day (only a couple) to get used to the new feeder. One thing you can do is add baby food apricots or applesauce - a tablespoon - to the mixture. I prefer Zupreme or a least my birds do. One other is when the little guy has had enough - say you gave him 60 cc - he will spit out more if he doesn't want it. They sometimes get a little fussier during the weaning process.
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    natali - 2011-12-11
    how much do they normally go for the price range ?

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-12
      The eclectus runs about $600 - $700 purchased hand fed diretly from a breeder. They run about $1200 in a pet store.
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    Kingsley Kezinibe - 2011-06-30
    I have a senegal parrot that is 9 months old. I named him Paul. He is sometimes restless but very active. I am not very sure of its sex. But I have read some peoples experiences about their parrots laying eggs after some years. I want to know if my Paul can lay eggs on its own without having a mate of different sex. Can they reproduce even while in their cages?

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-30
      If your Senegal is a male there is no way he can lay an egg. However if your Senegal is a female it is possible that she can lay an egg without having a mate. Her egg would not be fertile and would not hatch and no chick could be produced. She may want to sit it for awhile or not sit it. Many people write in regarding their parrots laying an egg as they are surprised and shocked. It does happen but it does not happen frequently. It is not the norm but it does happen. Female chickens just lay eggs.
      Yes, a bird can mate and reproduce in their cages but if you wish to breed your Senegal it would be a whole lot easier to do it with a flight cage and a nest box. Attmepting to breed a Senegal in a regular cage and no nest box would probably not be sucessful.
    • Kingsley Kezinibe - 2011-11-30
      Thanks Charlie. Is there a way I can determine the sex of my senegal? That's one. Secondly, my senegal often pecks me even though its quite friendly. What do i do to stop this behaviour. Finally can they talk clearly? Thanks.
    • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-30
      There is no 100% accurate way to determine the sex of a senegal parrot without DNA sexing. However, most breeders can tell by looking with about 90% accuracy. The females top of the head going from the eyes and up and over the top and then to the top of the neck is a smoothe curve. The males head is flatter and you can usually feel a sligh angle ridge at the back of the head before you get to the neck area. Femlaes head is smoothe and males head is flatter. Real easy to see when babies before they feather in. Senegals don't usually talk clearly. They will say a few words and you will know what they mean but someone else may not. You will know though and that is what counts. Pecking you --- parrots have just a few ways of telling us humans they don't like what we are doing. A foot can come straight out - sorta like a cop stopping traffic. That means 'hey I don't want pet now' and if you continue anyway - they will sometimes peck at you. Pecking can just be an attention thing or habit in which case the easiest thing to do is when she does it just grab her beak with your thumb and finger and say a big 'NO' and then say 'good girl' and give her a kiss on the beak. You can also grab her beak and do a figure 8 with it and come up with a rhyme of sorts. Replace the behavior - via showing her another behavior.
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    Will - 2011-11-29
    I have a 7 year old male mesotypus senegal (Orange ). I am hopeing to get him a female. Can the subspecies be mixed?
    Nominate senegals (Yellow) are so common.
    Would there be any health issues for subspecies hybrids?

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-29
      You shouldn't have any problems and I don't know of anyone that would tell you that hybrids would have health issues.
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    DAWN - 2011-11-29
    My Ekkie is driving the family nuts with hiss ear piercing screeching and squawking, so much so that talk has been of finding him a new home. Much of it I am sure is when he wants more attention than he is getting other times it seems to be just for the hell of it. The only way to quieten him is to place him in his cage and cover the cage and once he's quiet let him back out. His cage is inside and unless we are going out he spends the majority of his time out of his cage, on the upside he is the most gentle bird you could ask for he loves being with you, he loves having raspberries blown on his chest and loves kisses, he is also a good talker. I just need to find a way to keep him a bit quieter before the rest of the family get their way and rehome him, any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-29
      Try different kinds of toys. Paper rolls (there are toys set up and you put rolls of cash register paper on them) usually keep them busy. Bells, anything he can demolish. They need things to entertain themselves with when you aren't right there. Many times it is a contact call and if you just sorta say back 'I am here' then they know where you are. Also, it usually calms down as they mature. Like a puppy. They get calmer.
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    JAZMINE - 2011-11-23
    I HAVE A MEYER PARROT HE LIKES TO BE OUT OF HIS CAGE A LOT HE ALSO HATES GOING OUTSIDE AND HE LOVES ME A LOT HE DOES NOT BIT ME AT ALL AND HE IS FUNNY HA HA HA HA HA

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-24
      Glad you enjoy him. They are fun.
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    VICKIE - 2011-11-07
    My eclectus is a male and I have had it for almost 2 years . I have NEVER had a problem with it biting and about 2 months ago it started pinching me just for putting food in his cage or when I go to put him back in. He puts bruises on me and has drawn blood. Otherwise he is good natured loves attention ect but I never know when he is going to attack. I am thinking about giving him up if I can't find a solution do you have any suggestions?

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-07
      Many parrots do not like a human putting their hand in their cage. It is their safe territory. I would just stop doing that. He obviously has a mind of his own and doesn't wish to go back to his cage. I had a bird that would bite (for no rerason and no body language) and I finally called a trainer. The trainer tole me when the bird goes to bite, grab him up yell 'JAIL' and put him in the bathtub for 60 seconds. Yell 'JAIL' put him in the bathtub, turn the lights out and close the door. The third time I yelled 'JAIL' the parrot just sorta shook like a wet puppy but didn't bite. This sounded a little off the wall to me but for whatever reason it did work. Watch you little guys body language and you will be able to tell when he is going to bite. Putting him back in the cage - maybe do it with a peanut.
    • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-07
      Was thinking more and wondered if your cage has the perch top? Most of the time parrots will go into their safe place/cage when the sun starts going down. Mine are all out and come sundown they all go to their own cages - they go in on their own. Just a thought. If your fella is fine except if you put your hand in his cage or when you try and put him back in his cage - just don't do those two things. Is that possible?
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