Feeding new eclectus parrots

by Jen

I've recently bought a pair of electus parrots, the hen is very shy and timid and I have not seen her feed in the 4days I've had her. she's hiding away in her nest boat, can anyone help or give me advice?


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Mar 07, 2013
by: Anonymous

Hi Alex

Thanks for your information, I think she's in the nest box because she's nervous but at the same time the male does go in and out the nest box throughout the day, he's eating fine so he may be feeding her too as she looks fine in herself when I peeped in earlier, she just won't come out at all.

Thanks for your help, I will keep an eye on her.

Mar 07, 2013
Electus Parrots
by: Alex

Just had a thought. Could the male be feeding her?

How old is she?

Is she in the nest area ust because she is nervous or could she be prepearing for egg laying?

Others will be able to help more.

Mar 06, 2013
eclectus parrots
by: Anonymous

Please GOOGLE eclectus parrots as there is a wealth of information on them. You really should have done that long before acquiring these birds as there is a lot to know about.

My Avian Vets diet recommendations are entirely different to that of this groups Avian Vet. My Eclectus parrots are wonderfully healthy & regularly vet checked BUT they DO eat everything they're given & are not fussy eaters. I suggest you go to your own avian vet & ask their advise on dieting, nesting & general care. Your avian vet in your area will be the only access you will have to the welfare & health of birds, so it is a must.

The female is possible nesting or just shy & timid or IS in fact eating but hiding when she knows you're around. Make sure there is plenty of food available for both of them. REMOVE the nest box & allow the pair to settle into their new home first. Nest boxes will encourage breeding & stress on a new pair in a new home. Give them a few months before putting the box back in.

Find an avian vet in your area & get the birds into a check up.

Mar 06, 2013
Electus Parrots
by: Alex

If your female is not eating for 4 days then this is an EMERGENCY.

I think she must be eating something to still eb alive.

Please get her to an AVIAN immediately.

She may have an infection that she had before you bought her and it is giving her discomfort when eating.

What is her behaviour like?
Is she sluggsh
Puffed up?
Looking very tired?
Sleeping a lot?
What are yu trying to feed her?
Is that food the same she was on when you got her?

These are the sort of questions that vet will ask. Also take a list of questions you would like to ask them.

Are you Wiltshre UK? If so, I will not direct you to the "FIND AN AVIAN VET" link as the only ones listed are in London and Kent that I have added.

Thanks for writing, and best of luck.

Mar 06, 2013
Feeding new eclectus parrots
by: Tracie

Our avian vet suggests Eclectus do better on about 65-70% pellets and 30-35% fresh vegetables and other healthy treats. The pellets he suggests are Harrison's or Totally Organics Pellets and Seeds.

The avian vet says besides owning an eclectus, he cares for many in his practice and the ones eating Harrison's have less health issues than the ones that follow eclectus breeder's diets that do not include pellets.

The deal with making up your own diet, is you can't get the bird to eat exactly the right portions of different foods so that they get balanced nutrition. Harrison's will provide balance because they can't pick and choose what fruits or veggies to eat and miss what they need.

As far as them not eating, this is a major concern! If there are no droppings on the floor of the cage, then call an avian vet right away and take the birds in.

Find an Avian Vet link

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