Animal Stories - Eclectus Parrot


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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.
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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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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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Dennis - 2012-09-01
Hi All..I have recently Adopted [by forceful persuasion] my 1st Parrot BUGSY [Eclectus M +- 4\6 years old] was neglected and un loved shoved away in corner ... I saw him fell in love and took him home the next day..He is Wonderful...lovely nature ....I have had him now 6 months..made progress we hug ..kisses mostly from his side.. but I need help with 2 things..he hates bathing...I have been splashing him with my wet hands[hate] any other way; spray, bowl or form of water he hates it badly...2nd thing his feathers are very tatty ..tail especially have noticed some improvement but not much..him not bathing...surely not helping the matter with the feathers

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-02
    Some birds just HATE bathing - I don't care what anyone says.  I place one in a walk in shower and turn the water on and he seems to sorta like that.  Another - I can always count on every time I run the vacumn, he will run into and bathe in his water bowl or any other bowl.  Another we bathe in the kitchen sink with a sprayer.  I also use Aloe Bird Bath.  I have no great idea except just try things.  He may NEVER like it.  I have also found it is much easier to bathe them when it is raining.  Most love their baths but some just don't.  Tail - this is the time of year when parrots are at their worst looking.  There old feathers - many of them especially when no bathing - look tattereed and dry.  They are the old feathers.  They are going to replace every feathers this time of the year in a big molt - all the old feathers will go and all the new ones will come in. 
  • Abi - 2012-10-05
    My eclectus did the same thing. Hated bathing, so we can only bath her with us and perferably with my husband as he is her fav.
  • Anonymous - 2013-02-06
    I have 2 breeder Eclectus parrots. I run the shower for about 1-2 minutes and set them on the floor of the shower. they are 4 months and i put them in the shower shut the door for another 1-2 minutes then look in. they are so sweet and lay at the bottom with their eyes closed and the water hitting their backs.
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LaShell West - 2013-02-03
What are the signs my Eclectus female is in heat ?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-02-06
    Actually birds don't go into heat, rather their breeding cycle is a hormonal change. It is controlled by things like the weather, how much daylight there is, the food supply, etc. Going into breeding condition is stimulated by these things as well as attention from a potential mate. What you can watch for is changes in mood (often becoming rather testy) and displays like rubbing up to things, and of course... if she lays an egg.
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Linda Gillbanks - 2010-09-27
We have a pair of Eclectus parrots who have bonded very well. Bes, our female has laid unfertilized eggs three time now. Is there any way we can encourage our male to "do the right thing in the right place" he seems to have directional difficulty and ends up mating underneath Bes's wing or around her head..

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-11
    It sounds like you could have a number of things going on. I've not breed this species, but from what I've read Eclectus have very complex breeding behaviors. They can be affected by all sorts of things from the maturity of each partner, the type and size of the nest box, the size of the aviary, the daytime/nightime light cycle, the type of environment they are in and more. They are really not monogomous but will naturally breed in a colony, with the male reacting to more than just one female, or even other birds. Try and find an experienced breeder to give you better tips and advice.
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purple - 2013-01-10
please help my 3 month male eclectus has some wierd blackish colour on its body and lately i hav noticed that it's spreading

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-11
    Not sure what could be happening, but feathers can change colors due to a couple of factors. One is stress bars/feathers that occur while the feather is in development and can be the result of a diet deficiency, and needs to be addressed with a proper diet.  Another is feather bronzing (turning dark) which occurs after the feather has already grown. It can be caused by a number of things like over-preening, petting, rough play, even cage toys or bars, and the feathers will eventually molt out and aren't really a problem.
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Stacey - 2012-10-28
I have adopted an eclectus that is 11 months old. Now someone would also like me to take their 2 year old male. I do not want to breed the birds though. I love my Scarlett very much. Is there anything I can do that would prevent the birds from being a breeding pair, or should I try and find someone else to adopt the male?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-29
    No there is nothing I have known or heard of that you can do to prevent the ecelctus from breeding.  They are consistent breeders and breed very well at a young age - 3 years old.  Unless you wish to breed I'd find another home for one of them.
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