Grand Eclectus feeding

by Irina

How often should I feed a one year old Grand Eclectus?

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Jan 27, 2012
how much to feed
by: Anonymous

I agree, I think it's meant to be how many times a day, not what to feed!

My avian vet, experienced with eclectus for 30+ years tell me they're healthy & he promotes healthy feeding. They're fed a natural healthy food diet with many other things on the side, NOT wild eclectus food (there is a difference!!).

As for how much, My birds receive 3 meals per day (they can receive 2-3 solid meals per day), plus mine graze ALL day on things. According to my avian vet, if given a good solid natural food diet with everything else on the side they will thrive well. To this date I have followed his advice & not had any problems. Please bare in mind while I say they graze all day, they're not prone to overweight because they're on a healthy diet.

There are so many different views on these sort of things & just to say one person or people knows better than the other is inappropriate (not meant to offend anyone!!). The best thing you can do is google, google google!!! as much info as you can. Not all internet info is incorrect!!! In fact I just googled now & at the top of my google page was (IMPO) some fantastic information on eclectus parrots. And most importantly, YOU need to decide for yourself which is the way to go for your bird. Believe me, eclectus parrots are very individual in every way, including dietary requirements & allergies etc.... Thorough research & you can't go wrong :) Take on board everything that is said to you here & anywhere else that you google on the net (you SHOULD google) & make your own choice
Good luck!

Jan 26, 2012
Feeding an Eclectus Parrot
by: Tracie

Our avian vet, that has been treating birds for over 30 years and also teaches at a university, suggests that you put 1 1/2 to 3 tablespoons of Harrison's course pellets in the food dish every morning.

In another dish, later in the day, you can put 1 - 2 teaspoons of a healthy treat.

*** Warnings about "experts" with Eclectus diets ***

1) It is a nice idea to say we should feed our birds what they eat in the wild, but these birds are caged and not living in the wild.

2) Birds in the wild do not live as long as birds in captivity that eat Harrison's pellets and live in a healthy environment.

3) Avian vets that treat Eclectus parrots and own Eclectus parrots for 30+ years have seen both parrots that eat the "expert eclectus diets" and those that eat Harrison's. Those that eat Harrison's pellets for the majority of their diet have less health issues.

4) If you need help converting your bird to pellets, please read our Switching Birds To Pellets article on our Parrot Training page.

Jan 26, 2012
Feeding schedule
by: Anonymous

I think the question was how many times a day. Parakeets get fed once a day while other animals, such as dogs, get 2 feedings. I have also read in books and on websites that fresh fruit and veggies need to make up 75%-80% of the birds diet, while only 20%-25% should be with pellets/seeds. Birds need food that they would usually eat in the wild, i.e. fresh fruits, and less of the processed pellets. More freshness, less chemicals!

Jan 26, 2012
Grand Eclectus feeding
by: Linda

I don't understand your question. Your bird needs food and water available all the time.

According to an avian vet that has been practicing for over 30 years and also teaches at a university, Eclectus parrots do best on about 65-70% Harrison's pellets and 30-35% fresh vegetables and other healthy treats.


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