woody's mom

I have a young male Vosmaire Eclectus (2yr) who is trying desperately to get over his fear of us. He was ill in Feb 2010 & had to be "toweled" twice a day to medicate him for three weeks. He was skittish before that, but the incident put him over the edge. He started plucking & is still frightened of us.

We have other birds in the birdroom all in their own cages. His is open all day. Is it best for him to be in that room, or would he be better off in the living room w/ us when we're in there? We'd like to bring him in w/ the others but he's so afraid, it's an ordeal of chasing him & herding him into the room. Once he's there, he's thinking of ways to get back to his cage. But there are times when he enjoys it w/ us & everyone. Sorry to be so long-winded. Thank you.

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Sep 21, 2010
woody's mom
by: Linda

You are NOT long-winded, cause I am, and I know what it looks like (LOL!). There is cause for concern here because of the infection/illness your bird had. If he has been kept in close proximity to the other birds chances are they are also in various stages of illness. It would be a great idea to have him checked out again to make sure infection is completely gone, and the others may need to be checked as well if they were in the same room with him. Actually infections can be transmitted off of people's clothing, hands, hair and so forth, so to be on the safe side, get him checked again and take the others in as well. A throat swab is the only effective way to diagnose what type of bacteria it is which points to the medicine that will be effective.

If he's being sequestered away from the other birds, then this is part of the problem. Birds are flock animals, and he is not feeling a part of the family. No, do not put him on a perch while the others are out just yet. He feels left out of family matters, is bored and may not be completely over his infection, so make sure you do a followup visit with Avian Vet. Three weeks of meds is long enough to cause a fungal yeast infection, so have this checked out as well. A fungal yeast infection is caused because the antibiotics take out good and bad bacteria leaving body open to fungal infection.

He cannot be separated from the rest of the flock and left alone as this is akin to being ostrasized by his flock which leads to death in the wild.

It would be a good idea to have his cage rolled into the living room while the others are out on perches, as he will learn from watching the other birds and how they stay on their perches. Birds learn by watching, how other more settled birds interact with their families, so you are not doing him any good by keeping him away from the family. In fact, you are doing far more harm than good. Birds want to be a part of their families, and start becoming depressed and resort to feather plucking among other things.

Here is a link about feather plucking, and how it relates to diet as well as all the other family dynamics:

Feather Damaging Behavior article

If your birds are not eating a high quality organic form of pelleted diet, then they are lacking basic nutrition which adversely effects skin, feathers,nerves and strong immune systems. Any one of those can cause more problems than you want to know about, so take him back to Avian Vet and then use this link on how to go about changing from seeds or low quality pellets to the organics which Tracie carries here:

Switching Birds to Pellets article

Thanks for writing and see what I mean about REALLY being long-winded???

Sep 21, 2010
by: Anonymous


Some eclectus parrots can be extremely sensitive to change or things out of the ordinary.

For now it might be a good idea to treat him as a completely new bird in the house & give him time to re adjust, re tame & re train him. Take baby steps all the way while doing this. Trying to make him do things he is not comfortable with will set him back even further. Go at his own pace....

It also pay for you to invest in a 'bucket' for his neck to stop him plucking. And to train him to get used to vet visits.

Also look at his diet. Diet plays a very important role in an eclectus behaviour. IMO it is important to have as natural diet as possible. BTW I have an eclectus, on a natural diet & he is very healthy, his avian vet is happy with his diet & health. I would also like to mention that my ecelctus, on a pellet based diet developed some terrible behaviours. However some others may argue diet should be pellet based. Do your research on eclectus diets before deciding for yourself & speak to eclectus owners as well as a few avian vets that are familiar with eclectus parrots. GOOGLE eclectus parrots or eclectrus diets to get the info you need on them. There are some good resources out there that are specifically for eclectus parrots.

Good luck

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