Animal Stories - Eclectus Parrot


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LeAnn Spychalla - 2012-01-24
I have about a 7 to 8 yr old beautiful male, he's so quiet compared to other birds I have and I love it HOWEVER my concern is this, he's getting a dull oily look to his feathers. It goes away after a bathtime for a day or two but then right back. I was wondering could he be starting his firt molt? I noticed it about a month ago..I haven't seen any new feathers coming in and I know he hasn't molted as of yet

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-24
    If you have a 7 - 8 YEAR old eclectus, he has molted although depending on where you live, it may not have been obvious. ie Arizonia or some such place. The Eclectus will molt, usually somewhat gradually in late summer where there is 100 % exchange of old feathers for new. You see large feathers on the ground but frequently just one at a time and new feathers coming in with sorta a white wax around the new feather. They just love being preened this time of the year. They go through another molt in real early spring and you see this white down (regardless of the color of the parrot) in the cage or on the floor. It is similar to a cat/dog shedding its winter undercoat. The white down feathers are so light they just blow around. So whether real visible or not, your fella has gone through some molts. Again, I do not know where you live but my birds now are shedding their undercoat and they look a little oily. I spritz them with an Aloe spritz. My birds are also big nut eaters and that has a tendency to create oil. Think about what you are feeding him but it is probably just the normal early spring getting rid of the under coat and him over preeening to get rid of excess down.
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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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  • Anonymous - 2012-01-15
    I don't think you are doing anything wrong, actually I think you are doing great! Eclectus usually start their first molt around 7 months, but in captivity it can be delayed due to lower light levels than they would have in the wild, and being kept at a constant temperature.

    To help encourage a molt, there are several things you can consider. Increase the light output by using full spectrum or other lighting (but use with caution as you don't want the cage to overheat). Increase the photoperiod... up to two hours a day of additional lighting - one hour more in the morning and one in the evening. If you keep your bird in a cool house, you can increase the temperature. You can bathe your bird daily. You can increase the amount of protein in the birds diet along with a good balance of deeply colored vegetable foods. Some protein you can add include fully cooked poulty, eggs, fish, shrimp, or steak. And finally, reduce any stress in the environment.
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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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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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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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Tom T - 2011-11-06
I have a question about Eclectus Parrots. Is it true like
macaws they should not be around cockatoos and African
Greys because of the heavy amount of dander?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-07
    No that isn't true. I have had cockatoos, macaws, amzons, conures and greys all in the same room or on perches in the living area for years. Cockatoos have a powder but if spritzed - it doesn't get all over and my cockatoos and macaws have just always been fine together. Only had a male ecletus for little awhile but no problem with the other birds.
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Sharon frankovich - 2011-06-28
I bought an Electus. She's about 3 to 4 yrs old. She will not let me handle her. She flops all over her cage if I try to get her to step up and come out. I talk to her before I try. She says step up.lol. She eats good and seems happy. I don't know what to do Please help Tks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-28
    A female Eclectus can be very agressive and is known to fight another female Eclectus - even unto the death for her nest. You have a female and she has her nest (which is her cage). In the wild a female Eclectus will perch in her nest up to 11 months out of the year being fed by several males. She will only select one to mate with. So your female Eclectus by nature is attached to that cage. You need to get her out of her cage. It is best with an Eclectus to have a perch on top of her cage so she can go in and out as she pleases. Put toys and food on the play top perch. Given it was another bird, I would tell you to place her food outside the cage so she is forced to come out and you can try that first. Put treats, food etc outside her cage on the play top and hopefully she will come out on her own. Then you can try feeding her with your hand (but only outside the cage) something like a peanut first and then go smaller like a hulled sunflower seed. Initially you can just put the peanut down on the perch so she knows what it is. You need to go very slowly with this creature. So just open the door to her cage and see if she will come out on her own to the play top perch and then gradually give her treats.
    She is frightened and you are too so just go slow. The female Eclectus by nature is agressive. It is not considered by most to be a cuddly bird. It is a beautiful bird and will interact with you but it is not a bird for cuddling. Let me know how you are doing and if she comes out of her cage to the perch. We can take it from there.
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elizabeth - 2011-01-14
I have a 9 month old male eclectus hand fed from a breeder. I work nights but most days of the week he spends at least 6 hours out on his tree stand with me close by. Just recently he has started pacing and looking like he wants to come onto my hand and be with me, and then once he is on me he bites. I have trained him to wave and say hello, shake 'hands', so he doesn't seem to be afraid of my hand, but he won't let me pet him. He doesn't seem content to just sit with me. He has many toys etc, but doesn't play with them a whole lot. He eats lots of fruits, veggies, and organic pellets. I am confused by the aggression of what is classically supposed to be an affectionate loving species. Please help!

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Christine - 2010-03-06
I never owned a bird before but my husband and kids are allergic to cats and dogs, so that sent me searching for a pet with out dander and such. I came upon the eclectus parrots and decided that they would make a good pet. We found a little boy on a parrot website that they had bought for their 12 year old son that just lost interest. Oh my, I could have never asked for a better pet, I have two children 5&6 and they play with him so well but always supervised. Keiko loves the girls and has never bitten any one just snuggles and kisses. His vocabulary is about 20 words and so unbelievably loud and clear its amazing, one thing he is great at it mimicing all kinds of silly noises, knows all the cell phone tones in our house, door bell,and kids silly toy noises. Keiko has the largest cage I could buy him 70" x 40" x 30" and he has free fly of our house in the morning when we are getting ready for work and school and all night till bed time, so he does interact with us alot so maybe thats why we have no screaching or bad behavior with him. I could not have been more pleased with any pet in the world and all my friends love him to death.
If you want a bird that eats well, plays well, showers, travels and even goes to me with work a couple days a week this is the bird for you.
Keikos one bad habit is he learned from his previous owners, he is a Dorito Junkie... I just open a bag and he flies over and gently tugs on my hair till I give him a tiny piece. He is just too cute!

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  • cheryl - 2010-09-26
    Hi Christine, I loved your post about keiko. I have Oscar who is sooo precious and well behaved as well. He too is a dorito junkie lol I could not ask for a better bird. my family have severe allergies and my husband was in the hospital in crisis. the doctor said my birds had to go and I was devastated. When we found Oscar was hypoallergenic my prayers were answered. We have a 37 year old special needs son who Oscar adores. He has to be in a nursing home for a while and Oscar goes to visit. When I don't bring him all the residents are upset.
    Would love to be friends with another ekkie lover. If you would like to connect my email is molymisfit123@aol.com
    Cheryl
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