Kirsten Badham

About Kirsten Badham

Kirsten Badham is a parrot lover and Eclectus specialist. She has spent over a decade keeping, breeding and working with companion Eclectus. She is the Author of 'The Ultimate Guide to Eclectus Parrots', which is currently the largest and most comprehensive Eclectus book to date. She has written articles for the Australian Bird Keeper, Parrots Magazine and the Parrots Society of Australia. She continues working to further the understanding of the Eclectus Parrot.

Eclectus Parrots for Sale – Last baby available!

The day has come where we have one last baby available for adoption. I am not sure whether to be elated as we can finally take a break from the four hourly feeds, or to be sad as there will no longer be the pitter patter of baby birdie feet in our parrot room.

IMG_7404I am sure that in a few years our Eckie hens will again con us into re-hanging their nest boxes but for now they are enjoying a well earned rest. Our top breeder, Red, is sitting atop my iMac as I type, perched on one foot with her beak tucked firmly behind her wing. Winter has come to visit and she is enjoying the warmth the computer shares.

We fittingly named our last little baby, Omega, and what a spunky girl she is. Her name can be changed but I am positive that her assertive yet snuggly demeanor is here to stay. Omega is a Blue and Cletus baby. Cletus is undoubtedly our most popular father among our Parrot Haven family and Blue is the daughter of the always sought after hen, Red. This makes for an amazing genetic combination. We kept the very first Blue and Cletus baby because we fell head over heals in love with her personality and spunky attitude. We soon learned that all Blue and Cletus babies possess this personality trait and little Omega is following in her sisters footsteps.

Eclectus ParrotWe want to find the perfect home for our gorgeous girl and have been very choosy to ensure she is paired correctly with the right forever parents. I know that whoever is owned by our enigmatic baby is in for a treat.

If you would like to become a part of the Parrot Haven family, please feel free to send us an email and we can arrange a time to talk.

Soon-to-be Eckie slaves can also download our book, The Ultimate Guide to Eclectus Parrots. Our book has received many wonderful reviews, has a five star rating in the iBook store and is on the best sellers list.

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Hello again from Parrot Haven.

We have two adorable little Eckies awaiting their forever homes. One boy who is almost ready to fly the coop and a sweet hen who is still weaning and will be ready in about a month and a half.

Parrot Haven kids are well known for their outgoing yet cuddly personality and want nothing more than to spend time snuggling and sharing life with their human slave.
IMG_7404We recently had one hen fly to her new home, Kokoda has already toilet trained, is recall training very well and tried to say her first word the other day. Her and her new Mum are both bonding very well and are soon to go on their first big road trip.

We have been hand raising baby Eckies for over a decade and pride ourselves on raising healthy, confident, well adjusted parrots who become beloved members of the family.Eclectus parrot for sale

If you are interested in adopting one of our babies, feel free to email me at info@eclectusparrotbreeders.com and we can organize a time to chat.

Eclectus Parrots – The experience behind the author

As an Eclectus specialist, I spend a great deal of time working with my many Eclectus parrots. From researching dietary changes, developmental phases, bonding, molting, illness, incubation and hand rearing, reproduction and incubation to working closely with my many clients. It is a constant learning curve and one I happily continue from day to day.

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Over the years I have received emails from people who read incorrect information and followed this advice believing the person or website/forum or blog they learned from was written by an avian expert. They believed they were reading material written by someone with many years experience working with and researching Eclectus parrots based on their own experience with multiple parrots of this species.

Eclectus ParrotsI know for a fact there are many knowledgable pet owners in our avian community, those who research other peoples work or from their own experience as a parrot slave and like to share this with the online community. I have very close friends who have helped countless people from around the world with their many Eckie related issues however they are the first to say that they are not an expert. The knowledge they have acquired is based from their experience with their own few pet Eclectus and the countless hours of research of others work that they have undertaken both in books and online. Unfortunately not all information is interpreted correctly and when someone is writing based on another persons hard earned research, things can be mis-interpreted and this can lead to incorrect information being perpetuated. On the other side there are many websites on the net written by passionate avian lovers who share good quality information and that is fantastic as without them I would have been lost in my early days.

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So how do we know when someone is undertaking extensive research based on their own findings or simply sharing what they have learned from others? As I say to any Eckie enthusiast when asked the validity of information, you need to question the experience behind the author. If you have doubts or wonder how they came to learn this, just ask.

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Prior to writing my book I took time to reflect on my own avian experience and asked myself the most important question. Why should people listen to my advice? At the time of writing I had 13 years experience under my belt, not just researching the internet but working with my then 26 Eclectus parrots and the many babies I hand raised. I worried that people may see me as just another Eckie lover with a few gorgeous kids wanting to share what I had read. However when I looked back on my experience and the years I spent working closely with my many feathered kids and their offspring, I knew I had a firm grasp on this species and was confident in my findings. Self doubt can be destructive but can also give you the reality check you need to pursue your dreams.

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I reassured myself that I had spent over a decade observing my Eclectus and documenting my findings, taking notes on their dietary changes, reproductive patterns, incubation techniques, hand raising process, molting, well the list goes on but in short my work was extensive. I learned that despite a common trend between my parrots, every single Eclectus was different. Each had different dietary needs during varying times of the year. Our Eclectus required different stimulus for mating, had their own cravings during incubation and then while raising their chicks. The males even tended to the hens differently. Some doted upon their girls, others were a little less chivalrous and would only do the bare minimum, yes Cletus, I am talking about you. Our Eckies personalties differed greatly, so too did the personality of the babies they produced. Their offspring had their own distinct likes and dislikes and when helping a client settle their new baby into their home, I could draw from my years of experience not only with bonding in general but also based on what worked in the past for this specific pairs baby.

_MG_5305Understanding that what works for one Eckie may not work for another intrigued me and made me reflect on the research I had undertaken in my very early years of aviculture when I relied on text books and the internet for help. I didn’t want to regurgitate other persons findings understanding that there is only so much you can learn in this manner. I felt that if I were to write a book and claim this research as my own then it must be done by observing, documenting and learning from multiple members of the same species over a span of many years.

I first began researching Eclectus parrots at the age of 23, by 24 I was a slave to ten Eckies, my life had changed forever. It wasn’t long before I realized the information I had learned in books and on the internet only scraped the surface of what I believed I knew. My parrots had so much to teach me and I was a willing student.

_MG_6867I began sharing my information slowly, waiting until I felt I had enough hands on experience with my then 25 Eclectus to share my findings and observations. I became close friends with a few highly experienced Aviculturists and we would chat for hours, talking about our findings and challenging each other with our different views and opinions. Back then I was still very new to aviculture, only 7 years into my avian career so I was like a sponge, absorbing any information I could from those who had based their life around our feathered friends. From there I chose to develop a website where I melded my two passions, aviculture and writing. I continued to research, observe my own Eclectus and learn from the best.

_MG_9883My website was met with people thirsting for avian knowledge, information they sought but were unable to find. The very first email I received from my website was from California where I met the man I was eventually to marry. Together we were able to determine his Eckie hen, Phoenix’s car phobia and eventually cure her of this fear. We began working together closely and as a graphic designer, Jason overhauled my first, very basic site and this developed into a blog and eventually a successful forum.

As 2013 rolled around and I felt I had acquired enough knowledge and experience to write my own book. Despite my hesitation, self doubt and obsessing over every shred of information we finally published our findings and our book has been met with great success. I feel confident in knowing that the information contained in this book and in the articles I write for avian magazines are gleaned from my own extensive experience, both with my own Eclectus and the help that I have given to countless people around the world including their feedback. I even receive emails from a man in Iceland! Who knew they had Eckies in such an inhospitable environment!

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I believe it pays to ask an important question before you take someones work or website to heart, including my own. Ask, ‘what is your experience with Eclectus? How extensively have you worked with them and what hands on research have you undertaken?’ The last thing we want is for people to receive incorrect information and for our feathered friends to suffer because in the long run, it is all about our Eckies well being. They are our main focus, everything we do, all the years of time and research I have undertaken has been for one sole purpose. To better the lives of our Eclectus and to help others care for their precious kids.

 

 

 

 

Eclectus Parrots – The importance of a winter diet

Looking outside this morning I was struck by the beauty of the season change as it seemed only yesterday we were celebrating our warm Aussie Christmas. In the southern areas of Australia, Autumn is in full swing. The leaves blanket the ground in a sea of red, gold and yellow and the garden is a vast array of color. Our trees signal a time for change not only in weather but also in our parrots diet as we ready them for the cold months ahead.

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Australia’s climate is varying and in the northern states winter comes and goes relatively un-noticed. My Eclectus parrots and I lived in the tropics for many years before re-locating to a much colder climate. I watched year after year as our Eckies appetite remained relatively stable with the constant year round heat. They had no need to bulk up for the upcoming winter as in Far North Queensland winter is a long forgotten season. Summers are swelteringly hot and you feel like you are living in a perpetual sauna, the ‘winter’ months are less humid however daily attire remains the same, shirts, shorts and always a good amount of sunscreen.

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My husband, Eckies and I now enjoy a winter where night time temperatures can reach zero degrees celsius for weeks on end and this could take its toll on our parrots. On cold nights we bring our feathered kids inside where they enjoy the radiating heat from our fireplace. The Eckies love this routine and watch eagerly each night as we bring out their winter night time cages and ferry each Eckie inside one by one where they snuggle up next to their mate while watching a movie before bed. However in the morning they are keen to go outside to their aviary where they greet the morning, enjoy a fly and for one crazy boy, Cletus, revel in an ice cold dip in the water bowl. It is hysterical to watch him splash around, water fly’s everywhere as he exhales little puffs of smoke from his nostrils. The grass sparkles with frost, wind blows off the snow but this little man is un-perterbed. Cletus is a lifelong member of the Polar Bear club and revels in his morning ritual.

_MG_5902 As good parrot slaves we must begin changing our Eckies diet in the Autumn months to be sure our kids are in peak condition. Parrot owners often notice their kids appetite changing as the weather starts to cool. Our own Eckies turn into ravenous eating machines and we find ourselves filling and re-filling their food bowls up to three to four times a day. I have spent many years living in a cold climate and watched as our Eckies food preferences altered dramatically in direct correlation to the season change. They seek out high energy foods and I modify their diet in accordance to this.

Parrots need a fat reserve to help them maintain their body temperature as when our kids get cold they expend a great deal of energy trying to warm up. If a parrot is underweight then they are not going to be able to remain warm and this makes them susceptible to illness and further weight loss. It is natural for our kids to want to put on a little extra padding during this time and as good parrot owners we must let our Eckies appetite guide us.

IMG_6951Parrot Haven kids love a warm winter meal and they like to let be a part of their daily cook up. Blue, Cletus and many of our other Eckies fly to the kitchen window and tap on the glass as I bring out the pots and pans. They scrutinize every move I make as to ensure I am making the food to their liking. I like to cook a fresh meal for our kids each day if possible especially during the middle of winter.

The advice in this article is based on our current location and may differ from my old routine which is outlined in our book. In early Autumn I cook a warm meal every third day and then as the weather cools further I increase this to every second day. I watch closely and take note of how much of the meal is eaten and if there are particular foods that are favored over others. I feed the kids their cooked meal both morning and night on these days, serving it in a separate bowl so not to mix it with their day time fruit/veg and sprouted seed.

In the depths of winter I feed a hot meal every day both morning and night. They also receive a mix of warm egg and biscuit just before sundown. The kids love their egg and biscuit and jostle for the best feeding position. Being the spoilt kids they are they prefer to be spoon fed and when you have over 25 parrots, this becomes quite chaotic. However everyone always gets their fill and it is comforting to know they are going to bed with a crop full of hot, nutritious food.

IMG_6704We have many recipes available in our book, The Ultimate Guide to Eclectus Parrots. These will give you some great ideas for winter meals for your kids. We feed our own kids many of the foods from the following list and have a great time creating new and exciting recipes for our feathered family.

The following foods are high in protein

  • Cooked meat and chicken
  • Boiled eggs (cooked right the way through)
  • Almonds
  • Pumpkin seeds (also known as pepitas)
  • Lentils and pulses
  • Chia
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Sweet corn

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Foods such as:

  • Brown rice
  • Brown pasta
  • Lentils/legumes (cooked only)
  • Cous cous
  • Quinoa

These make a great base for your winter recipes or a quick and easy warm meal if you are running short on time. Each day I serve a small portion (1/3 of a cup approx. per bird) of nice warm food. Be sure to monitor your parrots weight by keeping a weight chart. Weigh your parrot twice a week preferably before their morning meal. This way you can track any changes and ensure they remain a healthy weight during winter.  Eckies are very adept at regulating their food intake and this helps to guide us so we can better understand their dietary requirements and the portion we should feed.

Even if your Eckie lives in the house with you, they will still enjoy a lovely warm meal in winter. So, bust out the pots, pans and start experimenting with some winter avian treats. It’s a rewarding feelings to watch your feathered kid devour a meal you have prepared or see their little eyes light up as you bring them something new and exciting. So have some fun with it. Get creative and share your wonderful recipes with other parrot lovers.

Eckie slaves can also download our book, The Ultimate Guide to Eclectus Parrots. Our book has received many wonderful reviews, has a five star rating in the iBook store and is on the best sellers list.

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Hand Raised Eclectus Parrots for sale

Parrot Haven currently has three gorgeous hand raised Eclectus babies awaiting their forever homes.

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We have two beautiful boys and one girl available for adoption and these will be the last babies we will have for a very long time as we have removed the nest boxes.

2 1/2 month hen perfect condition - comfortable with human companionship

At Parrot Haven we have been hand raising and keeping Eclectus Parrots for over a decade and pride ourselves on raising confident, healthy and well socialised Eckies. Our Eclectus are raised as part of the family and we spend countless hours with them preparing them for life with their human flock.Peek a boo! I am looking for my forever home...

Our Eclectus have flown all over Australia and we have many happy Eckie parents who enjoy sharing their lives with their precious Parrot Haven kids. We are in contact with our clients regularly during the hand raising process and provide extensive follow up service to ensure our parents are guided through the settling in period and they feel confident in the knowledge that we are there to help for the years to come. We feel it is vital our clients have an experienced aviculturist to turn to when they need advice or just want to share their kids latest antics.

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If you are wanting to bring an Eckie into your family, feel free to send me an email and we can arrange a time to chat. We have many happy clients all around Australia and would love for you to become part of the Parrot Haven family.

Eclectus ParrotsSoon-to-be Eckie slaves can also download our book, The Ultimate Guide to Eclectus Parrots. Our book has received many wonderful reviews, has a five star rating in the iBook store and is on the best sellers list.

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Eclectus Parrots for sale

We currently have three hand raised Eclectus babies for sale and awaiting their new forever homes.

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We have two beautiful boys and one girl available for adoption and these will be the last babies we will have for a very long time as we have removed the nest boxes.

Our last baby Eclectus hen available for adoption

Peek a boo! I am looking for my forever home...

At Parrot Haven we have been hand raising and keeping Eclectus Parrots for over a decade and pride ourselves on raising confident, healthy and well socialised Eckies. Our Eclectus are raised as part of the family and we spend countless hours with them preparing them for life with their human flock.

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Our Eclectus have flown all over Australia and we have many happy Eckie parents who enjoy sharing their lives with their precious Parrot Haven kids. We are in contact with our clients regularly during the hand raising process and provide extensive follow up service to ensure our parents are guided through the settling in period and we are there to help for the years to come. We feel it is vital our clients have an experienced aviculturist to turn to when they need advice or just want to share their kids latest antics.

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We recently had three of our Eckie kids fly to their forever homes and their new parents couldn’t be happier. They are settling in nicely and enjoying life being doted upon by their adoring Mum’s and Dad’s.

Lee is the proud Mum of Kokoda. It took 15 hours for this little lady to reach her new home however just like all Parrot Haven babies she took this in her stride. It has been a little over a week in her new home and Kokoda is already flying to her Mum, enjoying eating treats out of Lee’s hand and today she enjoyed a nice warm shower.

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Leeloo and Bowie arrived in their new home about three weeks ago and already have their new Mum and Dad wrapped around their little claws. Leeloo was unfazed by the move and bounded out of her carrier without hesitation, while Bowie being the little sook he is took a bit more time. However after a few hours both kids were exploring their lovely new cage and have settled into a life having their every whim catered to.

Bowie and Leeloo with Mum Kathleen

If you are wanting to bring an Eckie into your family, feel free to send me an email and we can arrange a time to chat. We have many happy clients all around Australia and would love for you to become part of the Parrot Haven family.

Eclectus Parrots For Sale – Fantastic Reputation

We currently have two hand raised Eclectus available! But Parrot Haven babies are only for a very short time…

Eclectus Parrots for saleParrot Haven Eckies are always in high demand and we have always found it difficult to keep up with the requests for our precious feathered kids. Two years ago we began turning away clients choosing instead to rest our hens. We removed all of the nest boxes and let our girls take a well deserved break. Initially our hens reveled in their new found freedom but it wasn’t long before their maternal instincts kicked in and they wanted to breed again. As good human slaves we caved under the unrelenting pressure and hung the girls boxes. They immediately began mating and have since had some very gorgeous babies. We again decided to rest our hens so it was a bitter sweet moment when we finally pulled the last of the nest boxes from our aviary.

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At Parrot Haven we have a reputation for choosing only the best of the best as clients. We have found the most wonderful parents for many our babies and recently sent two kids, Leeloo and Bowie to their new home. We are told they are settling in very well and making the most of their new life being spoilt rotten, playing with their plethora of toys and learning how to wrap their new Mummy and Daddy around their little claws.

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We currently have one gorgeous, fully weaned, hand raised Eclectus male available for adoption. This little man is 3 months old, has a vibrant personality and loves to be a part of everything we do. He is a Red and Sprout baby, these kids are well known for their outgoing nature while still wanting their cuddle time with Mum and Dad._MG_8271

We also have one sweet little baby boy who is still being hand raised. He is an Essy and Louie baby and is a gentle and loving little man. He has his Daddy’s curious but kind personality and loves to play with his baby toys.  Parrot Haven Eckies are well known for their cuddly, outgoing, ‘bomb proof’ demeanor. I have been hand raising Eckies for over a decade and pride myself on raising healthy, well socialized, confident babies.

_MG_8277We also provide extensive follow up care to all of our clients, and testimonials from happy Parrot Haven Eckie owners can be found on our website.

_MG_8273Soon-to-be Eckie slaves can also download our book, The Ultimate Guide to Eclectus Parrots. Our book has received many wonderful reviews, has a five star rating in the iBook store and is on the best sellers list.

Eclectus careIf you are wanting to bring an Eckie into your family, feel free to send me an email and we can arrange a time to chat. We have many happy clients all around Australia and would love for you to become part of the Parrot Haven family.

Eclectus Parrots For Sale – Fantastic Reputation

Baby Eckies are without a doubt incredibly cute, especially when they look like little balls of grey fuzz. I love watching their little eyelids grow heavy after a big feed. Their bobble heads slowly droop as they fight a loosing battle to stay awake, before long they are sound asleep, dreaming sweet baby birdie dreams.

316734_100717086750310_466840107_nWe currently have gorgeous, fully weaned, hand raised Eclectus babies available for adoption. However Parrot Haven™ babies are only for a very short time as we have already removed the hens nest boxes. Parrot Haven™ Eckies are well known for their cuddly, outgoing, ‘bomb proof’ demeanor. I have been hand raising Eckies for over a decade and pride myself on raising healthy, well socialized, confident babies.

Two of our Parrot Haven kids in their new home. Photo courtesy of Abz Dowling

Two of our Parrot Haven kids in their new home. Photo courtesy of Abz Dowling

We also provide extensive follow up care to all of our clients, and testimonials from happy Parrot Haven™ Eckie owners can be found on our website.

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Josh is a Dad to four Parrot Haven Eckies. This is Josh and Amanda’s first feathered kid, Tilly, enjoying snuggles with Daddy. Photo courtesy of Amanda Dawson

Soon-to-be Eckie slaves can also download our book, The Ultimate Guide to Eclectus Parrots. Our book has received many wonderful reviews, has a five star rating in the iBook store and is on the best sellers list.

Eclectus careIf you are wanting to bring an Eckie into your family, feel free to send me an email and we can arrange a time to chat. We have many happy clients all around Australia and would love for you to become part of the Parrot Haven family.