new member to the family!
Posted 29 March 2011 - 02:43 AM
i may be getting an eclectus soon and i just wanted some advice from those who have or still do have eclectus parrots! iv done a ton of research and i wanted a little more extra info from the experts i wanted to know this specificly.
what do you feed for breakfast?
lunch? (if you give your bird a lunch)
what about dinner?
thanks so much
Posted 29 March 2011 - 04:04 AM
Here is a picture: http://img823.images...eybreakfast.png
For lunch he gets dry food, TOPs pellets, Unpellet, Avian Naturals (I recommend the Belles and the Sammys blends), ect.
Then for dinner he gets a little bit of anything that is healthy, steamed brocolli, brown rice, ect.
I also like keeping this stuff on hand: Grain I can add it to his food dry, or if Im out of fresh food in a pinch I can reconstitute it.
Here are some great links to check out:
HolisticBird and HolisticBirds
Land of Vos Eclectus - Main Page
I really recommend getting a baby from a breeder that socializes really well and doesnt clip. Being flighted seems very important to ekkies, they are more outgoing, confident, and active. Harness training is a definite plus, also since they arent allopreeners the more handling they get as a baby is how much they will tolerate when they are older.
Pamperedpeeps Aviary-* Eclectus, Solomon Island Eclectus
This is the cage I have, I really recommend it, I LOVE the flat top that I can put perches on, and its large enough for lots of perches and toys and still has enough room for him to flap.
HQ Giant Bird Cages - Presented by BirdsComfort.com
Here are two free avian enrichment books:
The Picky Parrot
Here is a list of avian certified vets:
Very important, you are going to need to have a complete blood panel done to make sure your new baby is healthy and doesnt have any diseases, bank on it being several hundreds.
How do your parents handle noise? Neighbors? Plan at about a year and a half to two years when those hormones start coming in for a loud period, Dewey was especially nippy and ornery too:
What subspecies do you plan on? Girl or boy? Have you made any plans on how you will handle having the baby in college? Are your parents chill with taking care of him/her if you go away to school? Things to consider before getting your new baby.
Edited by loyallyroyal, 29 March 2011 - 04:13 AM.
Posted 29 March 2011 - 01:57 PM
If you *know* that no one is willing to do this, I think you should consider feeding an organic pellet and lots of fresh vegetables and some low sugar fruits. Leafy greens are a must on a daily basis as well as some almond or walnut pieces in order to provide the calcium that Eclectus MUST HAVE.
I feed two cooked/fresh meals daily and offer small seeds in a separate bowl. Volkmans sells an Eclectus safe bird seed mix, but it is not a complete diet. It is safe to feed Eclectus because it contains no enriched foods. Other seed mixes often contain enriched or fortified products. I don't buy Volkmans on a regular basis because of the shipping charges on the large bags (I feed multiple ekkies) but I've used it and it is good. I just want you to be aware of this product.
I sprout garbanzo beans and lentils every few days. I also sprout mung beans, but I have to travel or order online to obtain these (I live rurally a long ways from a large grocery store). I believe sprouting is easy and my birds love sprouts.
BTW, since the price of the bird is a consideration for your Mom, realize that pellets and good seed mixes are NOT CHEAP. Feeding one bird is not expensive if you are willing to cook and plan ahead.
Edited by sodakat, 29 March 2011 - 02:06 PM.
Posted 29 March 2011 - 03:48 PM
Also, no more teflon cooking, candles, incense, ect. So really this decision impacts those you live with quite a bit.
Posted 29 March 2011 - 10:20 PM
Parrots are a lot of work and thrive on clean cages, bowls, perches. They too will look at you depending on the time of year as their mate so be careful. Bonding with your Eclectus is very important and I hope your Eclectus will look at you as part of their flock. If they do, you will have a wonderful bird for life. Keep us posted. Joe
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Posted 29 March 2011 - 10:58 PM
thanks guys keep it coming!
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