male eclectus nowhere to go

by donna
(new york)

I had a male eclectus for about 2 years before i had my first child. I think he became jealous of my daughter because i did not spend enough time with him. I moved into a new home when she was born and evrytime she was sleeping and i left the room to do something he would make an unbeleivably loud noise. So I temporarily (or so i thought) gave him to my parents for awhile.

Long story short, my dad fell in love with him and they bonded , but no one could ever go near him again except for him. He always went to bite me especially and became very mean. after about 11 years, now my dad is not well and was a little less patient with him and he has turned on him now.... I dont know what to do because i would like to take him back because he is afraid to feed him or do anything for him , he is 81 .. I am also afraid of him . how am i going to care for him?????help he also plucks his feathers very bad.

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Aug 31, 2009
by: Linda

I think you've been given some very good advice. Take bird to an Avian vet first and make sure he has no infections or other physical ailments that can be causing this behavior. Basically, in his eyes, you abandoned him. I know you did what you had to do at the time, and am not saying it was a bad decision--just that he felt and feels that you abandoned him.

Also, as said previously, he feels very lost now that your Dad is ill. The fact that your Dad can no longer tolerate him is seen by bird as abandonment. Birds are intelligent, and they bond very deeply with their human caretakers. As the other lady said, there are thousands of birds in sanctuaries all over the US and the world. Some of these sanctuaries are not what people want you to think they are. Some of them are worse hells than birds have already seen in a lifetime of being moved from home to home, abused, neglected and abandoned. Now, you have NOT done all that, and so it is important that you DO go to personally check out any sanctuary you are thinking of leaving your bird with.

Take bird to Avian vet, make sure bird he is healthy, and ask them about rehoming bird. He will continue to pull his feathers until they are all gone, so you need to get him back in your home, to the vet, and start trying to find a new place for him to go where he'll be well taken care of and safe. Hopefully, his cage has the "roll-out" cups so you can feed and water him safely. He will become extremely bored if he does not have any toys, so put a nice toy made using cotton rope so he can preen that and chew the wooden pieces. Birds like wood they can chew on as it is helps them to release stress they are feeling. Put new toy or toys in cage while he is in travel crate for to or from the vet trip.

If you want to keep him, check out the links Tracie provided as wild birds CAN be tamed and trained, birds who have been hurt and are mistrustul CAN trust again, and he will come around in time.Feed him good wholesome food and treats that he likes.Once training starts, you will get bit at first, so make sure you are alone with him in a safe room with a door that locks so you have no interference. Parrots are capable of inflicting major injury, so you MUST learn how to safely handle him. If your vet knows of an Eclectus breeder, then he may find a home there and be allowed to stay wild, live with a mate and raise a family. The choice is yours, and God Bless You for doing right by him.


Aug 31, 2009
Eclectus needing help
by: Tracie

I am sorry to hear your story, I can feel your pain. These situations are so hard to deal with.

Depending on the time you have to invest in the bird, you could train the bird to have positive behavior and you might be able to reverse his feather plucking.

I have so free parrot training articles on our Parrot Training page, but you might need to pay for some training material instead. The ad for parrot training at the top of that page goes to a site with some GREAT training material.

Chet also offers some free bird training help that you can try and then if you like his style of training, you can purchase more material from him.

As far as the plucking problems, the first thing you need to do is take him to an avian vet to make sure it is not a health issue. It seems like it might be behavioral, but you don't want to take a chance.

We have a few articles on the parrot training page listed above on feather plucking and feather destruction that you might want to read also.

I hope everything works out for you and your bird. Thanks for writing and let us know how it goes.

Aug 31, 2009
male eclectus
by: L'oiseaux

I volunteer at a parrot rescue and your story is very common, unfortunately. It sounds like you love your bird and want to do what is best for him. My recommendation is one of two things. Take the bird back, and provide him with all the respect and understanding you can give. He is hurting emotionally, as he has essentially lost his mate (your father). You will need to be very understanding, as it may take years for your bird to accept you again. In the meantime, you'll just need to be cautious to not get hurt and provide a lot of care and love. Talk to him, give him lots of attention, and make him a part of your daily life. Don't ever yell at your bird or hit him, if he tries to bite you. Praise good behaviour, and ignore bad behaviour. A parrot knows when he is loved and will give that love back.
If you cannot do this, then consider a sactuary. Your vet may have a recommendation for a rescue, or you will have to do some research on your own. When researching, you must consider how long the rescue has been in operation, what it's adoption policies are, and how the birds are treated. You must visit it and check if the birds are well cared for. Keep in mind that rescues are becoming overwhelmed with unwanted parrots, so consider this option carefully. I wish you and your bird well.

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