Breeding Eclectus

Does anyone have any diet suggestions to get our babies to breed? The female lays eggs but they are never fertile. The two of them have been caged together for over 3 yrs. He feeds and grooms her and protects her. but no babies! Help!

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Oct 22, 2012
same here
by: Anonymous

i also have a pair of eclectus and have seen them mating but they still produce infertile eggs , laid 6 eggs in total and all have been infertile , but i also had a pair of african greys that gave me 9 infertile eggs before i eventually got a chick from them , so patience is the key

Feb 29, 2012
If Eclectus eggs are not fertile, should you remove them from the nesting box?
by: Anonymous

My female laid two eggs a month ago and now a third egg a week ago. Sould I remove them from the nesting box since they don't appear to be fertile?

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Feb 29, 2012
Breeding Eclectus
by: Linda

As Tracie said, both birds have to be examined by an Avian Vet in your area to see if either or both have infections or other physical issues. A good, reliable test for bacterial infections is a throat swab as the anal swab is unreliable. To check for viral infections or any abnormalities in the organs and system, some basic bloodwork has to be done on both birds. These exams have to be done prior to any breeding with any parrot pair.It sounds like your birds are bonded, so unless you see evidence of plucking or fighting, consider them a pair.

Diet is very much a factor, and our Avian Vet and other avian vets recommend Harrisons organic pellets. Organic pellets have no chemicals, dyes or sugars added and are cold extruded leaving in all the vitamins, minerals and high quality proteins. It takes time to change birds over from a poor quality pellet(any pellets that have preservatives, sugars or dyes) to the organic pellets. Harrisons makes a bird bread mix that will help bridge between other less healthy diets and the organic pellets. Use Sunshine Factor's Organic Red Palm Oil for the oil and 2 whole eggs and water. It freezes well and keeps in frig for up to 5 days. I bake it, slice it and put slices in saran wrap and then all of it into freezer bags taking out what I need when I need it.

Here is a link about going about changing from seeds and low quality pellets written by avian vet:

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Here is another with some specifics about the Eclectus' diet:

According to Dr B, an avian vet: Eclectus do better on about 65-70% pellets and 30-35% fresh vegetables and other healthy treats.

For now, take out nestbox and get your birds into breeding condition which means change in diet and avian vet exams. A dietary change will not start to show a lot for up to a year and less time if birds are already healthy.Thank you for writing, and keep in touch!


Feb 29, 2012
Infertile eggs
by: Tracie

You need to have your birds examined by an avian vet, if you have not done that yet. It could be one or both are not ready to breed, it could also be that one or both have a health issue that prevents successful breeding. Find an Avian Vet

High quality pellets are great for making sure your parrots stay healthy and have enough nutrition for feeding young, but making sure your parrots are ready for breeding is the first step before putting the parrots together.

Feb 29, 2012
by: Vania

I have good results with zupreem 78600 or 79600.

Feb 28, 2012
breeding (from an eclectus breeder)
by: Anonymous

If she is laying eggs there is nothing you can do diet wise to promote breeding any further. The problem is most likely they're not compatible. It is common for people to think any male & female bird will breed. What they don't realise is how common it is to have a pair of eclectus for breeding & they never do breed, simply because of incompatibility. Grooming & feeding each other & enjoying each others company of normal for any eclectus to do & it's a social thing. It has nothing to do with breeding. They have to bond together a lot more than this to breed. Unfortunately you can only wait to see if over a couple more years they do bond strong enough but if they don't bond strong enough you can't make them breed.

Also a warning on incompatible pairs. Some incompatible pairs have been know to pluck themselves or each other. They have a such a strong urge to 'need' to breed but incompatibility is stopping them, therefor they take their frustration out on plucking, so do keep an eye on this. If it start you may need to separate them.

Please google specifically for eclectus information as there are eclectus breeders that & sites that have relevant & fantastic information on these birds.

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