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Hi , have an eclectus parrot. Born July 2014'. He does not seem to eat very much, I put carrot chick peas mcaulie broc,couliflower, flax seed barley , quinoa peas , mung beans , other beans. Boiled egg. Should these foods be mashed or should they be. Chunky. I think he was given pellets. He get about a tablespoon. He dunk the pellets in water , more residue from pellets in the water. He gets apple pear, grapes . There is a lot of waste.

He weighs 359 grams. Is this ok. I am worried he is not getting enough and perhaps. Pellets would be better. Please advise

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e does not seem to eat very much, I put carrot chick peas mcaulie broc,couliflower, flax seed barley , quinoa peas , mung beans , other beans. Boiled egg. Should these foods be mashed or should they be. Chunky.
He weighs 359 grams. Is this ok. I am worried he is not getting enough and perhaps. Pellets would be better. Please advise

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Hi, I noticed this is one of your first posts so I'm just saying a quick 'welcome!' I am sure other, more experienced, people will answer you, soon. Can I just ask how you prepare/cook/serve your beans and veggies?
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I have cooked the quinoa, soaked the seeds, raw vegetables cooked sweet potatoe,

Have you any suggestions,
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Are you feeding it chunky or chopped? Try the opposite of what you're doing now and see if he has a preference! How old is he? And what subspecies is he? That is definitely a little bit light. The lowest they tend to be is in the 380s and the highest is almost 600, again depending on the subspecies. If you can tell us what he is we could give you a better estimate

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Barny is an eclectus parrot and hi green with blue and red under his wings. His tail is tipped with yellow. I think he is the most common. Species
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Thank you for your interest. Barney was bought in Australia , he is green with a yellow beak, red & blue under his wing an his tail is tipped with yellow. He has a beautiful nature. Spends most of his time outside his cage. He does not seem interested in the toys I bought him. Likes to chew light cardboard.
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Re Barney, I forgot to answer your question. I chop his food up small and give it to him raw. I even sat him next to me when eating my dinner. Gave him some mashed broc., potato with carrot, he just tasted it...didn't really eat it.
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Perhaps leave it quite chunky and see if he likes it differently? You could even try cooking it too. Anything to get him eating really. I know that he's an ekkie and what they look like but there are quite a few subspecies within the eclectus family and unfortunately the males tend to look very alike in all of them. He's probably either a Solomon Island ekkie or a red sided ekkie. I would ask the breeder, as they do vary in size and it will help us tell you the average for that species

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I will start trying him with chunky vegetables etc. I think he is a Solomon Island bird

In Australia this species is the more popular. The previous owner of the bird does not know his what species he is, He was told that he was am ekki that's all I can tell you
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Hi Theresa. Do you have any idea what Barney was weaned on as in eating after he was weaned? Such as the veggies and fruits the breeder started him on after he finished weaning? If you could find that out, you may can get him to eat this to begin with and then add one or two new veggies and cooked foods to get him eating a better variety.

He's pretty young still. Ekkies tend to take a while to wean. It is not uncommon for them to take 6 or even 7 months to fully wean. It is a possibility that the breeder rushed Barney and then didn't properly condition him to eating solid foods before selling him. If that happened, you will have to be diligent in offering a wide variety of fresh and cooked foods til Barney develops a taste for the new items. And you can try a little plain oatmeal with finely chopped apples and nut meats in it slightly warmed. Offer this from a spoon. He may still be needing comfort food. If he doesn't like oatmeal, you can try some other soft warm food. Worth a try in case he is regressed a little from weaning.

Some folks don't like using it, but I do cook a little rice along with flavored noodles (these are the noodles that are made from veggies and sold for human consumption). Since I am from the US, I don't actually know what is available to you in Australia. My flock love the noodles like that and rice. When I give them the cooked rice/noodle mix I add it to lightly cooked frozen/thawed veggies chopped up fairly small. I feed cut up fresh veggies on the opposite days. I also cook lots of "birdie breads" for my flock. Some I add fresh and frozen veggies, plus flax flour and pellets to it. The other I add fresh and frozen fruits, plus flax flour and pellets. That way they get some of the good from pellets and never know it.

I have a female Solomon Island Eclectus that eats many different foods. She does toss a lot out of her bowl, this is a typical Ekkie trait. And what she may toss in the morning, she will gladly eat later in the day or the next day if offered again. She eats very little pellets and when she does she soaks them in her water.

Hope this helps a little. Just keep trying a variety of foods and even if Barney refuses certain ones, keep offering it. They change their minds just like human children. One day they hate it and the next it is the best thing they ever ate.
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Hi Turquoise,
Thanks for your help, I bought him from a fellow who hand raises birds. He is breeding conurs but I feel he is knew to this. I think he got the egg and then looked after it until it hatched then hand fed Barney on a bird raising mixture, he then gave him pellets. And then some vegetables and fruit. I did not actually see him eating very much because the guy always had him on a perch when I came to visit. Perhaps he has not been weened properly. What do you think of giving him pellets. When he has pellets he goes and dunks them in his water. If he like eating pellets. Should I just give him that...it would be a lot easier. Fromwl what I have read they are fruit & veg I eaters flowers nuts etc.,
I will try what you have suggested. I recently read an article from the University of Vetenary Science that pellets is the way to go. Also that cattle ,dogs & cats are now fed are fed a diet of pellets. What are your thoughts Wiseo
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If Barney is eating only pellets it will be a chore to condition him to start eating other foods. But a diet of only pellets is not a balanced diet for any bird. Pellets can only go so far in way of nutrition and are very limited in giving our feathered kids variety. It gets boring for a bird just as it does for us if we eat the same thing every day.

My ekkie Leyla Belle dunks her pellets and other foods in her water too. So does one of my macaws and my pionus. Leyla Belle eats very little pellets daily, but I do keep a small amount for variety in her dry food bowl. I give all my birds a helping of pellets, but most of it goes to the cage floor. Nonetheless it is available if they feel like eating it. My flock prefers natural foods to the dry pellets.

As far as I know for Eclectus it is suggested they be given lots of fresh foods, natural foods they would eat in the wild and cooked foods with very little to no pellets in their diet. I admit I have not done a recent search on care and diet for them tho.

My personal opinion I still suggest you keep offering Barney different fresh veggies & fruits along with cooked foods while he is adjusting to his new home along with the pellets he is eating now. There are commercial cooking mixes you can order from bird sites that sell bird foods. They make it easy to just add hot water to the mixes and then add them to the bird's daily diet. I have used some in the past and all of my flock enjoyed them.

Good luck and please keep me informed as how Barney is doing. And if you haven't taken him already, I would suggest a visit to your avian vet for a wellness checkup.
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