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7 month old eclectus parrot

Hey guys! Just recently joined this so still a bit new to this thing. Just wondering if I could get some advice. I have a 7 month old female eclectus and I have had her since she was about 7 weeks old and she used to let me pick her up and cuddle her and pat her all over her body and head and now she hates it. I will get bitten or she will run away from me if I try to do these things. I have recently started to use sunflower seeds to lure her over and while she is nibbling on them I pat her her on her head while saying over and over good girl sunset. But I just want to know what I did wrong and why is she suddenly like this? And am I doing the right thing by using these seeds as a training thing to help her trust me again? Thanks
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Have a look into clicker and target training! I write some really simple posts on it in my blog (you can see it in my siggy!) that could help you

As far as I'm aware, seeds should not be a large part of the ekkie diet and they should be fed around 80% raw produce, so personally I would try aiming for maybe a fruit she likes instead of the sunflower seed. I'm not saying you should cut them out completely, but if you're going to use seeds there are definitely healthier options

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Is her puberty already beginning?
That could cause the change of her behavior.

With hand raised and solitary kept parrots you have a high risk that these kind of problems happen.
They have no adult example of their species that teyches parrot behavior to them.
In my opinion the best option would be to get a male eclectus partner for her.
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Female Ekkies can be quite tempermental. They are super smart birds and some stay cuddly, but others begin to gravitate away from it. At 7 months old sh is still a baby and shouldn't be going through a hormonal change yet. But she is definitely becoming an assertive girl.

In nature the female ekkie has been known to kill their mate sometimes. They are true to their 'redhead' with a temper to match.

My ekkie Leyla Belle is not a cuddly girl. She can change her temperament in a blink of an eye. And she can be as sweet as pie when she wants. It's what makes female ekkies so much fun to own.
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