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Eclectus Daily Diet

I am considering acquiring an eclectus in the next year or two (I am planning fairly far ahead)...for eclectus owners - what does you average daily diet look like for your bird?

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I too would like to know this my self, Renae (solace) has just bought one herself so maybe she could help!

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They need pellets but that shouldn't be most of their diet. They need lots of fresh fruit, rice, legumes, etc.
Bird Talk Magazine had an article about the Eclectus diet, you should see if you can find it!



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We just got one and it is definitely a different bird quiet, observant and not exactly a person bird although we spend time with him you can tell he got enough human interaction after a few minutes. As far as their diet I have been reading the eclectus forums from Australia and the Aussies are suggesting to use pellets to the very minimum one table spoon a day! Then again their pellets are different than what we buy here in America. The recommend to feed lots a fruits and vegetables as well as sprouted seeds and apparently they love hot peppers and they have to be part of their daily diet.

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They are also very prone to calcium deficiency. If they don't get enough as babies they are prone to back deformities, so you need to make sure the one you get has a lovely straight back. Many breeders sprinkle Calcium Carbonate powder over their fruit and vegetables daily. Just a small amount, you don't need much. But also remember if they are inside and not getting any direct sunlight to produce Vitamin D3 they will also require a D3 supplement so that they can assimilate the calcium. The birds in Australia are usually bred in outside aviaries so they usually get plenty of D3 but can still be prone to calcium deficiency.
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Yup, we just got a Eclectus, and I done A LOT of reading, asking questions and such regarding diet.

We won't be giving Mia any seed or pellets, we plan to make her diet 70% of fresh stuff (fruit, veggie mash, and just veggies) and the other 30% sprouts, a blend, and cooked foods which are a sweet bean mix, tropical fruit mix, and a veggie supreme mix.
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Out of the 70% how much is fruit?
In the other 30% - what is "a blend?
What is in the sweet bean mix? What is in a veggie supreme mix?

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She is not on that complete diet yet as she is only 12 weeks old and is still on 3 hand-feedings a day. But, considering that (fresh) veggies and fruit should be the larger part of their diet, I would think an equal amount of each which is 35% of fresh fruit, and 35% fresh veggies, would be alright, that is around what I plan to give her.

The blend will only make up a very small % out of the 30%, it is a low fat blend with lots of different foods in it: Wheat, Sunflower Seed, Safflower Seed, Hazelnuts, Brazils, Coconut, Cracked Maize, Peanuts, Dehulled Oats, Flaked Corn, Banana, Rye & Barley Flakes, Chickpeas, Mixed Beans, Pineapple, Green Peas, Rice Flakes, Pumpkin Seeds, Raisins, Sundried Tomatoes, Walnuts, Rolled Oats, Chilli Peppers, Papaya, Apple, Carrot, Apricots, Pine Nuts, Almonds, Sesame Seed, Poppy Seed, Linseed, Sorgum, Alfalfa Seed, Currants, Soyabean Meal, Ground Corn, Ground Wheat, Soyabean Oil, Molasses, Wheatgerm, Alfalfa Meal, Brewers Yeast, Parsley, Quinoa, Egg White, Almond Meal, Kelp, Beet Pulp



Sweet Bean Mix:

Rice, Pasta, Pearled Barley, Sunflower Kernels, Quinoa, Cashews, Sweet Potato, Red Peppers, Spinach, Sweet Corn, Pre-cooked mixed Beans, Herbs



Tropical Fruit Mix:

Basmati Rice, Pasta, Rolled Barley, Dehulled Millet, Yellow Split Peas, Sunflower Kernels, Almonds, Coconut, Sultanas, Dried Apple, Dried Banana, Cinnamon



Veggie Supreme:

Basmati Rice, Pasta, Pearled Barley, Lentils, Sunflower Kernels, Almonds, Dried Corn, Dried Peas, Dried Pumpkin, Dried Beans, Dried Red Pepper, Dried Zucchini, Dried Beetroot, Parsl

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Where did you buy the mixes? (tropical, veggie, etc)?
We eat alot of fruit and vegetables and I am wondering how well a diet "straight from the fridge" would work.
Could I make a breakfast out of broccoli, carrot, spinach, sweet potato, squash, kale and bok choy?
Do they need the mixes or can I feed "straight from the fridge?"

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It is a store called Birdzone: http://www.birdzone.com.au/shop/ They post outside of Australia too, you can read more about it here: http://www.birdzone.com.au/shop/inde...iewDoc&docId=8

Yes, that would be fine, they need a large variety of different fresh fruits and vegetables though (they love corn especially). By straight from the fridge, do you mean throwing together a few different vegetables and serving them? That should be alright, as long as the vegetables are fresh, but them may prefer them cut up. You don't have to give the mixes either, I am just wanting Mia to have a diet of a variety of different foods so she will be healthy.

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It is a store called Birdzone: http://www.birdzone.com.au/shop/ They post outside of Australia too, you can read more about it here: http://www.birdzone.com.au/shop/inde...iewDoc&docId=8

Yes, that would be fine, they need a large variety of different fresh fruits and vegetables though (they love corn especially). By straight from the fridge, do you mean throwing together a few different vegetables and serving them? That should be alright, as long as the vegetables are fresh, but them may prefer them cut up. You don't have to give the mixes either, I am just wanting Mia to have a diet of a variety of different foods so she will be healthy.
We are part of a food co-op that and so weekly we receive a large (laundry basket size) amount of fresh organic fruits and vegetables. There is usually a large variety and it varies from week to week what is in the basket (i.e. what is in season). I don't mind prepping the food (cutting, cooking, etc) I was just wondering if for an eclectus is would be better to do a "mix" or if I could feed straight from the fridge (with prep). I guess I am just trying to determine what would be better for the bird.

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