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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-23-2011, 11:23 PM Thread Starter


 
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Smile Tell me about your Eclectus'.

As some of you know, I lost my Alexandrine Parakeet baby, Coby, to a respiratory infection just recently. I miss him, a lot more than I can say, and I didn’t want to be quick to add another fid to the flock, but at the same time, it wouldn’t be replacing Coby either, more so to help me heal.

I was debating on getting another Alexandrine Parakeet, but, the more I thought about it, the more I wasn’t sure if I could cope with the same species just recently having lost one already. An Alexandrine Parakeet was top of the list of my dream birds, and they such an amazing species, until you meet one, you can’t help but fall in love with them, and their big beak!

An Eclectus is also top of the list of my dream birds, I had been deciding between an Alexandrine Parakeet and Eclectus before I got Coby, and when the chance came up, I went for it and got my Alexandrine Parakeet baby. (Eclectus’ aren’t the easiest birds to get in my area…)

Soo, after emailing and phoning, I found someone with Eclectus babies, and I have decided to get a female Eclectus — my name has been put down, and she will be ready in about 12 weeks time!

Edit: I remember making a thread awhile back about wanting an Eclectus, I have done research (and continue to, there is never not enough), asked questions on everything including: cage, diet, behavior, toys, etc, and got opinions about them in a family home with other birds and such.

For those that have an Eclectus, can you tell me about yours?! I am looking to get more information about them from people that own Eclectus’, and I am going to be doing further research for the next 12 weeks.

Thanks guys!
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I don't own one but I would love to have a female Solomon island at some point so I would like to learn too. Congratulations though I still feel bad about Coby I bet you can't wait! Its some time away though, I don't think I could do it haha!

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I don't own one, but I have raised quite a few. The females are super sweet till fledging age, then they get an attitude They mellow out again, but they have quite the independent streak to work through - no more baby snuggles, I'm a big girl! Now get out of the way, I'm going to explore! lol This can also come with some nipping. Not baby learning how hard to bite but full on biting and aggression.

We had one female almost overnight go from being a sweet little mush to screaming and lunging at you for even getting close to the brooder. If you got her out, she would latch on and gnaw on you as hard as she could (still not very hard as a baby, but enough to hurt lol) until you placed her on your lap and moved your hands away. Then she was content to explore the area, roam the counter and shop floor, but if you went to pick her up more screaming, open beak,and lunging, full on threat display hehe. It lasted a good 2 weeks before she stopped lunging, just screaming and threat displaying, then another 2-3 weeks later she would just scream if she didn't like what you did and she went to her new home lol

All the adult female ekkies I've worked with are mellow, slow movers, but are finicky about who they will go to. They make me think a little of linnies on being slow to trust new people and new hands. They can be a little hard to read, though, IMO. Since you're raising the bird, you will know it well and shouldn't have that problem, but the adults I've worked with seem sweet and like they're going to step up, slowly moving towards you and checking you out, then bite you out of the blue because there's no obvious body language to show they're upset.



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I know much about them other than they're gorgeous!


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Thank all, I can't wait to get her, I had been stuck on getting a male previously, but I decided on a female. Glad to hear that they are at least mellow, I am happy to handle any future biting/any behaviours and such as well, if I can do it with Bubby, I am sure I can do it with an Ekkie. Yeah, still a bit of a wait, but it will be totally worth it!

PS: I decided on a name for her too, it is going to be Mia.
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Mia is a gorgeous name! You best share pictures when she gets home!

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Mia is a great name!! I know you'll do well with an Ekkie, you have more than enough experience to handle any moodiness



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Congratulations, you sound so excited!!! I have quite the fascination with Ekkies and canNOT wait to hear ALL about Mia! Has the breaded been able to tell you much about their diet? I have read conflicting information on-line and am very interested in anything you can share. Did you say what sub-species she is? I know she will be beautiful!

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We'll be waiting for pics!


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I've had my male for 1 year now. Since you've made up your mind about wanting a female, I won't go into that, but I agree with Jenny's description.

Jazz is an independant enough kind of guy, like most Ekkies are. I have to admit that's how I like my birds though, so he's encouraged to be that way. He started talking when he was avout 5 months old. Now he says about 20 words and 3-4 full sentences. Not that it matters, but it's nice.

Ekkies are very smart. He learned to poop on command the third time I said it (although I stopped practicing after a few weeks, so he forgot), and he learned to accept the harness in 3 days. He likes bike riding in the summer (that's over for at least 7 months, so we'll see next year) and he enjoys just suntanning and having a shower outside. He is the boss of the dogs.

I'm his favorite but he will go to other people he knows and even the ones he doesn't know. He likes playing with his toys, especially with bells, and enjoys destroying a bit of soft wood. His feathers are growing back and he's becoming a good flyer.

He is noisy in the morning. His screaming is VEEEERY LOUD just like any Ekkie. It is actually deafening, which is why he stays in his room in the morning. In the afternoon and at night, he enjoys perching on one of his playtop or just terrorizing the dogs on the floor. He loves a good shower, spreading his wings to get water everywhere.

I've had a few issues with him, but they were just normal ones. No parrot comes perfectly adjusted to a new house.

I'm sure you'll have tons of fun with yours also. I love mine and I am truly convinced he was the best choixe for me. Oh, and by the way, Ekkies don't have dander and they are good for allergy sufferers (like me) !
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