Eclectus Parrots – How Do You Source Reliable Information?

Over the years, we have helped hundreds of people with their questions on Eclectus Parrots. Everything ranging from Eclectus diets and behaviour to hormones and emergency care. Having bred Eclectus for over 11 years now, Kirsten has a unique perspective that  has proven invaluable to not only Parrot Haven clients, but for people  all over the world.

The internet is rife with “info” about Eclectus Parrots-and some of it is even true. Don’t always believe what you read. That is sound advice especially in the copy+paste internet age where bad advice can spread like a wildfire. Information repeated has the tendency to become fact when it shouldn’t. Accurate information is extremely important especially when the difference can mean life or death for your precious bird.

If you can’t get an impression of the person providing advice on their own website, chances are there is a reason for that. Be careful. People experienced in a breed of parrot are easily identifiable

Where to go for advice?
The responsibility for gleaning sound advice rests on your shoulders. Do your homework. Before taking anyone’s word for it-find out who they are. There are a lot of websites on Eclectus Parrots but sadly many of them plagiarise information in the attempt to sound like an authority when they are really nothing more than hobbyists who are ill-equipped to provide sound follow-up advice. There is nothing wrong with being a parrot lover and wanting to help, but often when people have to make someone else’s work look like their own, information becomes distorted. Suddenly advice on where to place your new Eckie’s cage goes from ‘a quiet area of the house’ (which is sound advice) to ‘a busy area of the house’ (which is not sound advice).

If you can’t get an impression of the person providing advice on their own website, chances are there is a reason for that. Be careful. People experienced in a breed of parrot are easily identifiable. Take a quick tour of any breeder’s website and get a feel for who they are. If you have trouble doing that then you should probably move on.

What makes good advice?
When Kirsten is approached by a parrot lover in need of help, she not only provides advice, but she explains the reasoning behind the advice. This is extremely beneficial for two reasons. First, it helps people understand the difference between the alternatives – why one method is better than the other. Secondly, it helps make advice memorable. People remember information that they understand.

When people have questions about why their Eclectus is behaving differently, Kirsten is able to explain the various phases of development that all Eclectus parrots have. She is able to do this because she has bred them for over 11 years and keeps companion Eclectus as well.

Help spread good information
For as efficient as the internet is for spreading misleading advice, it can be a wonderful tool for delivering good information too. Back when we setup our first website, our goal was just that – to help dispel so many of the myths about Eclectus parrots and educate people on the best ways to care for them. We have been elated to have helped several people reunite with their lost parrots through our blog. The Parrot Chatter forum that we setup two years ago has also been a fun way for us to keep in contact with our wonderful clients and other parrot lovers we’ve had the honour to meet.

We are working hard to help get the right information out there. The best way to help is to arm yourself with the right advice and repeat it. Information that is repeated has a habit of becoming fact and when it’s the right information then everyone wins – especially our Eckies!

Eclectus Parrots

Today we would like to share with you some photos of the very gorgeous and very spoilt Jellybean. Jelly is of course a Parrot Haven Eclectus and has his human slaves wrapped around his gorgeous wings.

Jellybean cheering on the local baseball team - check out the Pack-O-Bird Jelly is sitting on, a must for any parrot slave.

He has his own massive outdoor flight, endless supply of toys, treats and even his own webcam set up 24 hours a day so you can watch all his antics. Jellybean is a Cletus and Peggy-Sue baby and just like all Cletus kids he is full of confidence, very outgoing and a serious little snuggle bug !

Sharing fresh native branches with his brother Rocky

King Jellybean in his gorgeous outdoor flight










Here at Parrot Haven we pride ourselves on raising the most confident, healthy and happy companion Eclectus possible.

We have been breeding Eclectus for over a decade and have carefully chosen our eccy pairs for their personality and temperament which is passed on to their babies. We take great pride and care in matching each of our babies with their perfect owners getting to know our clients before we choose their perfect feathered kid.

Romping through the flowers 

Take a look at our forum to see more photos of our Parrot Haven babies and learn what it is like to share your lives with these amazing parrots.


Choosing your Eclectus Parrot

Choosing your breeder

The first few months of a baby’s life are crucial. As an aviculturist, it is my responsibility to provide our kids with the best start to life, so they can grow up to become confident, healthy, functioning members of their human flock.

Aviculture is an exciting, yet stressful profession. It takes an immense amount of work to raise a well-socialized companion parrot. We spend countless hours with our babies, preparing them for life with their human flock. We teach them to step-up, step-down and basic harness training. We introduce them to their humanized world, build their confidence with noisy gadgets such as the vacuum cleaner, hair dryers and blenders, and take them on exciting car rides. Parrot Haven kids leave home feeling confident and self-assured. They know they are loved and demand nothing but the best.

No two breeders are the same

Every aviculturist raises their babies differently. Their feeding techniques may be similar, yet the environment they are raised in will differ. If you are buying a companion Eclectus, choose a breeder who spends a lot of time with their babies. This helps shape and mold their personality. We advise people to choose a breeder they identify with, someone they feel comfortable talking to. Your baby will be in their care 24-hours a day for three months. The home environment is going to affect their developing personality, and you need to know your baby is raised in a manner you are happy with. You want them to come from a home where they receive individual attention, are fed top quality formula and treated as a beloved member of the family.

Parrot Haven babies were always in high demand. We have turned away many potential clients due to the length of our waiting list. Our Eckie hens are now retired and we no longer breed. People express their disappointment, and want to know if we can recommend someone else who raises their babies the way we do. Many times we have people wanting our Eckies from outside the country, and we are unable to recommend anyone. So we provide them with a list of questions that we would ask breeders.

As future Eckie owners, it is a good idea to ask your potential breeder a number of questions. The following will help ensure that you are buying from someone who cares about their feathered kids, and raises them to the best of their ability.

Here are a few questions to ask a potential breeder:

  • Do you provide follow up service for the baby and if so, for how long?
  • How has the baby been fed?
  • What formula do you use?
  • What sort of personality does the baby have?
  • What sort of environment has the baby grown up in?
  • What diet are the parent birds fed?
  • Are you able to visit or view photos of the breeder’s setup?
  • At what age was the baby weaned?
  • Could you please tell me about the parent bird’s temperament?
  • Have the parent birds ever suffered from any disease or illness?

These are a few sample questions we provide in our book:  The Ultimate Guide to Eclectus Parrots.

Always try to be respectful of the breeder’s time, as no doubt they live busy lives with birds to care for and babies to feed. Have your questions ready. If they do not wish to answer some of the questions,  ask yourself why this is so.

I hope that this has been of help and I wish you the best of luck in finding both the perfect baby and the best breeder possible and remember, never settle for second best. The parrots upbringing, parentage, breeders experience and knowledge will all determine the quality of the bird you choose as a potential life long companion.


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Introducing Parrot Havens latest babies !!

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Look Mum, I can fly !!! The older baby is 9 days old and younger 7 days. Both babies are still on 2 hourly feeds round the clock (yep, its as fun as it sounds) and soon to move to third hourly . . . . I think you have to be clinically insane to be an aviculturist !!

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Awwwwwww . . . . such a little honey !!

We have another gorgeous boy from our magnificent Cletus and Peggy. This breeding pair always produce absolutely beautifully natured babies and this boy is no exception. He is very quiet atm yet you can see his little eyes taking absolutely everything in . . . wont be long before his personality starts to really develop and he is going to be another stunning Parrot Haven kid 🙂

Well, seems like the break in babies is over ! My hens all took a very much needed break over winter and for the first time in 10 years I didn’t have a hungry little eccy baby to feed, honestly didn’t know quite what to do with myself 🙂 All of my hens are now back in full breeding mode, enjoying the gorgeous balmy spring days (hey, you know what they say about spring huh 😉 ) and seem to be thoroughly enjoying mummy duties once again after their little holiday  . . . I may finally be able to catch up on my crazy long wait list now !!

Click here to follow their progress while they grow.