Eclectus diet.

by Patricia
(NJ)

I recently acquired a female Eclectus who was mostly plucked. I was told that I should not feed pellets because they are vitamin fortified, but before getting that info, I started feeding her the Harrison's High Potency pellets, which she loves. I also mix in Goldenfeast Hookbill Legume blend and Red Palm oil with them, and she eats that very well. She is also fed plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, which she will only pick at. She looks great and is growing back her feathers nicely. She is now covered in down and has a lot of feathers coming in. She does not wing flip or foot tap at all.

Should I continue feeding her the Harrison's even though it is vitamin fortified and she eats it so readily, or switch her to Goldenfeast Goldn'obles which is not vitamin fortified?

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Sep 08, 2011
My male Eclectus scratching back of neck
by: Vicky

My eclectus has lost the feathers of the back of his neck (about the size of a half a dollar coin). He can't pluck back there, but I noticed him scratching quite a bit after we came back from Ca. We take him camping quite a bit. I thought he was molting at first, but now I'm getting worried that I'm doing something wrong.... Please help. I love "Chico" a lot and give him lots of love and attention. I prepare his food every morning with: bell peppers, apples, cabbage, carrots,grated cheese,legumes (half cooked), rice. I also feed him dry seeds (Wild Harvest parrot advanced nutrition diet) I give him kiwi, guava, mango, and other seasonal fresh fruit. Could he have mites and if so, how do I get rid of them? Is it safe to water spray him when he doesn't take a bath? thank you for help.

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Sep 02, 2011
Best diet for Eclectus parrot
by: The Avian Vet

Harrison's is the best food available. You should continue feeding that. It should make up 65-70% of the diet and the rest should be mostly fruits and vegetables with some seeds and other treats. This is the ratio that I see eclectus doing the best on. All pellets are fortified with vitamins, even Golden?obles, and Golden'obles are not available anymore I believe.

Dr B

Sep 02, 2011
Harrison's pellets - Eclectus diet?
by: Tracie

Dr B will answer this eventually. He DOES suggest Harrison's for Eclectus, but I am not sure if it is the High Potency or not.

Dr B is a scientist, teaches aviculture at a university along with having an avian practice. He has treated and watched birds for 30 years and knows what has worked and what hasn't.

Then you visit those "expert" sites that tell you this and that and say the avian vets don't know what they are talking about??? Personally, I put my vote on the ones that treat the birds and study the REAL research on parrot diets.

Hopefully Dr B will answer this for you soon.

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