food guide for baby eclectus

Just wondering, What sort of solid food can i start feeding my 6 week old male ecletus parrot please

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Oct 02, 2013
Fussy ecky won't eat
by: Anonymous

Ok guys I need help we have a female ecky
She is 9 months old. I have been advised she was not weened correctly we took her to an avian vet who re weaned her but she still eats very very small amounts and at times won't eat at all.
Any ideas will help greatly he feathers are dull and she always looks dirty and smells a bit we ensure she has access to water for bathing but will only bath if we are there and squirt it from a water bottle
Just not sure what we are doing wrong

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Jul 05, 2012
by: Anonymous

I wrote what I did because I have been a successful breeder for over 30 years :) My birds are always seen by their regular avian vet who's very experienced in eclectus parrots as a species of parrot :) I guess not all avian vets agree on everything, doesn't mean one is right & the other is wrong :)

To suggest an eclectus chick will poop in bowls is suggesting the person with the eclectus will be careless & not check the bowls. This in fact is not what happens anyway, since the eclectus will NOT be perching at this age :) Common sense would suggest when placing bowls down you keep an eye on them & you keep them away from where your eclectus will seat most of the time.

I have witnessed no bowls & no variety used & these eclectus have become very fussy eaters....

I respectfully disagree with the water bottle. A water bowl is fine, again use common sense. As I said, I have practiced this for over 30 years, my avian vet is & always has been very happy with my eclectus breeders & chicks with the way I have done things. It's worked well.... Googling gives YOU the opportunity to check out what others are doing & then decide for yourself what is best. Good luck :)

In the end, if a person is unable to use common sense with their birds then perhaps they should not have a parrot at all...

Jul 05, 2012
Food for baby eclectus
by: Tracie

Our avian vet that has been practicing for over 30 years and teaches at a university says that he has found that Eclectus do better on about 65-70% pellets and 30-35% fresh vegetables and other healthy treats. He has treated the eclectus parrots that eat diets lacking high quality pellets, where the owners followed the so called eclectus expert sites, and many of those birds have health issues.

He suggests feeding Harrison's pellets. Start offering these pellets along with fresh fruit and veggies.

I caution you about putting food dishes in the bottom of the cage, as suggested by another reader, because you don't want feces to be in the food. You must place the dishes so that the bird doesn't eat food mixed with poop.

Start training your bird to a water bottle because water bowls are the number one source of pseudomonas bacteria which is a very common cause for illness and plucking. You need to wash the water dish every three hours to prevent this. A Lixit water bottle is more sanitary and can be changed once every 24 hours without the chance of bacterial infections.

Jul 05, 2012
the food
by: Anonymous

At 6 weeks old she might be a little young to start putting food out for her to try, but go for it anyway. She will try when she's ready :)

So, here's what we breeders do with weaning eclectus & it works SO well :)))) It is important to allow your chick to try all safe foods, this prevents the eclectus from becoming a fussy eater as it grows up. Every day put several bowls of food at the bottom of the cage. The food should be a big variety of fresh raw fruit & veggies, herbs, sprouts, pellets, seed. A bit of everything. Do this continually every day. Your eclectus may not explore these foods to start with, but eventually will start to play with, explore & eat these new foods. Usually about 8 weeks of age is when they may start to explore the foods. On a rare occasion it may be earlier & they may wean earlier than the norm. Google eclectus parrots & eclectus diets for more information.

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