Feeding my Ecleptus

by Beth Viola
(WEstminster, Co)

I am getting a young ecleptus in a couple of weeks, and have been told to feed him Harrisons lifetime pellet food, high potiency. Is that instead of any seed mixture, and do I go ahead and also feed fruits and veggis with that?
Thank you

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Apr 13, 2017
? On organic vegetables
by: Tammy

Does anyone feed their birds the organic vegetables packaged in the clear containers that say ready to eat? Has anyone had any issues? I wash them and have fed to my bird just wondering if they use any crazy preservatives .

Oct 31, 2016
Eclectus pellets
by: Anonymous

I feed tops pellets and golden feast oobles and seed mixes as They have not added vitamins dyes colors etc volkmans has an eclectus seed mix designed just for eclectus

Aug 11, 2016
I would like to know
by: Billy

All well and good saying **% of this and **% of that but how do you regulate that, Example: Lets say 30% pellet, how do you put that in a dish then they come eat it ,surely if you put 30% more in it is like just keep topping it up when it`s empty ! I find it hard to explain it let along do it.. Hope someone know what I mean if not please say so and i`ll do my best to explain more if I can..
Thank you .

Editor's note: This page has instructions, look for the feeding pellets articles. http://www.parrot-and-conure-world.com/parrot-training.html

You look at the Harrison's pellets package and feed the bird the amount suggested. Then you see that little tablespoon, or whatever, and know NOT to give a lot of treats.

Jul 17, 2016
Feeding my eclectus
by: Anonymous

I have had 2 Solomon island eclectus birds for about 12 years now. I have found personally that they do not do well on a pelleted diet. They start feather plucking until they are completely bald on the belly and wing feathers, they also pace back and forth in their cage with their head bobbing in circles, not to mention they start screeching. They act like they are completely crazy. Once I take away the pellets the behaviors completely stop. I have even tried adding pellets several more times to see if it was really the pellets causing this behavior and every single time I added the pellets back into their diet they started acting crazy agian. I have tried both Lafebers and Harrison's pellets. My eclectus parrots personally do so much better when they receive a diet of fresh fruits and veggies, some quinoa, beans, and a few seeds and nuts . I will say my 2 African greys and Amazon parrot do very well on a pelleted diet. They do not have any behavior changes. I completely respect that some veterinarians recommend pellets but like anything, every animal is different. All humans can't eat the same foods without reactions so why would it be any different for animals to not have reactions to certain foods?

Jul 28, 2010
Feeding eclectus parrots pellets debate
by: Tracie

We will NOT be posting any more links on this subject. Dr B is an avian vet, that means he has medical training and experience. Just because people breed eclectus and have a website with the word eclectus in the name, does not make them more experienced or know more than avian vets. If someone wants to post a link to other avian vet sites, then we will consider publishing them.

Do you want to trust someone who treats sick eclectus and sees them get well, or someone who is in the business of selling eclectus and want to sound like an expert on eclectus health, even though they have no avian veterinary training?

Jul 28, 2010
by: Anonymous

My avian vet has put my Eclectus on a healthy diet of natural human healthy foods and some pellets on the side. He works with a lot of Eclectus.

Editor's note: Links removed, because we do not want this to become a site for debate.

Jul 24, 2010
Feeding eclectus Harrison's pellets
by: The Avian Vet

Well, this person's response has many contradictions. First they say to feed organic pellets. Harrison's is organic, and one of the primary reasons I recommend Harrison's. Roudybush is not organic, and neither is Dr. Mac's. There are NO species specific diets for ANY species, not even eclectus, and if someone says there is, it is a marketing ploy and not a scientific based diet. Harrison's and Roudybush are the ONLY parrot diets that have been scientifically developed and tested.

I see dozens and dozens of eclectus in my SPECIALTY AVIAN VETERINARY PRACTICE. The ones that come in who are not on pellets will always display nutrient deficiencies, and health problems. The ones who come in on pellets NEVER show these problems. I can guarantee and any other avian veterinarian will tell you, that the only way to balance a diet is to feed pellets. There is no evidence that pellets cause health problems in any species, even eclectus.

I have helped many eclectus with the recommended diet of 65% Harrison?s High Potency and 35% healthy treats. What credentials does this "expert" have? A few links to web sites of other "experts"? I have 31 years experience working with birds, 17 years of which are practicing avian medicine and have been board certified for more than 8 years. I have dozens and dozens of eclectus patients and I see first hand the results of following advise of like that being offered by this "expert".

Dr B

Jul 23, 2010
Do you mean Eclectus?
by: Anonymous

Eclectus parrots require a 80% natural healhty human food diet & 20% everything else including pellets & seed. Eclectus are a different species when it comes to dietary requirements. Feeding high amounts of pellet may cause health issues as well as behavioural issues. Feeding high potency pellets WILL cause health issues in your eclectus. Pellets can be fed to your eclectus but it should be eclectus specific, organic & fed on the side, not as a main diet. Sometimes you can't get eclectus specific. Parrot adult maintenance is OK, never high potency.
Harrisons, Roudybush & Dr. Macs are the best brands to buy.

Please read eclectus specific dietary requirement as they're not the same as other parrot species.

Editor's note: Please note that even the site above suggests that pellets are safe for eclectus parrots.

Jul 22, 2010
by: Ginny

They are not supposed to eat 65% pellets - go to Landofvos.com - they are the experts in eclectus parrots. They eat different than any other parrot. Please check out that website - it is invaluable.

Jul 22, 2010
Eclectus Harrison's diet
by: The Avian Vet

You should feed 65% Harrison's High Potency, with 35% treats, focusing on fresh vegetables, some fruits, some seeds (less than 5%), and good nuts such as almonds, macadamias, cashews, and walnuts. Avoid lots of peanuts, and be sure the nuts are not salted.

Dr B

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