Eclectus health

Health Information

Noticing and understanding slight changes in your Eckie is critical to saving their life. Our feathered kids will try to tell us they are sick and if we know what to look for, we can better understand their cues. Monitor your Eckie on a daily basis. Take note of slight changes in behaviour, eating habits, weight loss, mood changes, feather quality and droppings.

Keeping weight charts helps monitor normal weight fluctuations and alerts you to abnormal weight loss.

The basic signs of an unwell bird are as follows:

  • Fluffing up their feathers to retain body heat. Hunkering down close to the perch
  • Lethargy
  • Regurgitation – other than normal hormonal related regurgitation
  • Weakness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Continued sneezing (This is not always a sign of illness. Parrots may sneeze for a variety of reasons: dust, pollen, airborne irritants, change in weather, dry air or they may have a small feather irritating their nares. Ensure you monitor your Eckie closely to rule out irritants.)
  • Wet or dry encrusted mucus around the nares
  • Change in demeanour e.g. depression, aggression
  • Dirty feathers or unkempt plumage
  • Decreased vocalisation
  • Unusual droppings
  • Diarrhoea
  • Increased defecating
  • Increased thirst
  • Sudden feather picking or irritated behaviour
  • Vomiting (This is different to regurgitation-Parrots shake their heads vigorously when vomiting and food will often be found on the top of their head.)
  • Inability to perch including hunkering down on the bottom of the cage
  • Tail bobbing – can indicate respiratory infection and serious illness
  • Open mouth breathing – can indicate respiratory infection and serious illness
  • Dizziness – unable to stand up, unable to walk or fly
  • Head tilting abnormally
  • Seizures

If your Eckie is exhibiting any of the above symptoms, please seek veterinary assistance immediately. Don’t wait to see how they go. Parrots have lost their lives unnecessarily because people wait to see if the illness will get worse. Many illnesses can be overcome if detected and treated in the very early stages.

Eclectus care
We are dedicated to helping owners understand the importance of avian health. Our book ‘The Ultimate Guide to Eclectus Parrots’ contains extensive information about Eclectus health, emergency care and how to keep your Eckie healthy and safe in the home.

This chapter includes information on:

  • Household dangers
  • Weight checks
  • The Eclectus moult
  • The importance of flight
  • The importance of worming
  • Nail trimming
  • Eckie safe plants
  • Abuse and neglect
  • Emergency care
  • And many more topics!

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Eclectus Care

The perfect Christmas gift for Eclectus lovers!

Eclectus careThe Ultimate Guide to Eclectus Parrots is the first comprehensive iBook dedicated to assisting companion Eclectus owners care for their parrot. With over 380 pages of content, 245 full color photos, 14 videos and 40 illustrations; this book sets itself apart from any Eclectus book on the market.

Penned by an Eclectus specialist and self confessed parrot addict, the Author writes in a friendly, easy to read manner. She provides information and advice based on over a decade of experience keeping and breeding companion Eclectus parrots.

The Ultimate Guide to Eclectus Parrots content guide:

About Eclectus

  • Introduction
  • Eckies in the wild
  • The Miracle of life
  • Battle of the sexes

Choosing your Eclectus

  • Choosing the right breeder
  • The importance of follow up service
  • Vet checks
  • The dangers of buying an unweaned bird

Caring for your Eclectus

  • Cage size and setup
  • Bringing your new Eckie home
  • Bonding
  • The blinking game
  • Establishing a routine
  • Baby calls and noise factor

The Eclectus diet

  • Dietary needs
  • Sprouted seed
  • Egg and biscuit
  • Recipes

Eclectus health

  • The Eclectus molt
  • Born to fly
  • Poop’ology
  • Weight checks
  • The importance of worming
  • Nail trimming
  • Stress bars and feather barring
  • Mising toes
  • Eckie safe plants

Dangers

  • Heavy metal poisoning
  • Household dangers
  • Abuse and neglect – there is no excuse

Emergency care

  • First aid kit
  • Emergency care
  • Crop impaction/stasis

Eclectus Behavior

  • Eckie body language
  • Eye pinning
  • Ghost chasing
  • Bad dreams
  • Freeze!
  • Eyes wide open
  • Zombie kids

Training

  • Showering with your parrot
  • Harness training
  • Recall training
  • Teaching your Eckie to talk

Eclectus Challenges

  • Hormonal Eckies
  • Introducing a second Eckie
  • What to do if your parrot escapes

Playtime

  • It’s time to play
  • DIY toys
  • Final word

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New Site Design Launched

We’ve been hard at work recently upgrading and improving the quality of our website. While our site has been active since early 2010, the content has been offered by Kirsten for years.

We’re thrilled to see the success of our site as we continue to provide information and advice to people who contact us from all over the world. We have made many enhancements and have greatly expanded the amount of content in our continuing effort to  assist people who are eager to learn as much about these beautiful parrots as possible.

There is still work to do, we are currently working to improve our Parrot Chatter forum and we’ll be re-launching that soon as well, so stay tuned! In the meantime, have a look at the new design and let us know if you feel there are ways we can improve.

Questions a Reputable Breeder Should Be Asking You

Over the years, we have had the privilege of matching the perfect homes for our precious Parrot Haven babies. Kirsten is one of the few breeders who takes her responsibility to her Eclectus Babies seriously. It’s not just about raising healthy, happy and confident parrot babies – our responsibility includes finding a home where our babies will be happy.

A breeder worth their salt cares more about finding the right home for their baby parrot than they do about making a sale

Reading through the long list of client testimonials on our site is one indication that we have successfully done this. This success is owing in part to Kirsten’s rigorous interview process where she puts potential Parrot Haven parents through their paces. While some may find this process intimidating, the purpose of this is to quite simply gage the level of commitment that a potential client has toward our Eclectus babies.

No one is expected to be an expert. It’s okay to not know the answers to her questions, but what we really want to know is; are you going to take your responsibility to our baby seriously?

An Eckie’s Life
A lot of sacrifice goes into breeding for both the breeder and the Eckie parents who made your baby for you. It’s not simply a matter of “just feeding” the breeding pairs and pulling babies. There are health checks, special diet routines, care and maintenance for the aviaries and thats before a baby is even hatched! Once the baby is hatched, specialised diets are provided so that the baby is getting the right kind of nutrition from their Mums (who are fed by the male Eclectus).

Once the babies are ready, they are removed from the nest boxes to begin their hand-rearing. Baby Eclectus Parrots are fed every three to four hours. Our babies are fed a non-diluted Tropican™ formula which is world renown for being the ultimate in nutrition for baby parrots. Each day we spend time socialising with the babies in preparation for life with their new family. After 2 ½ months, we then begin the transition to solid food as we introduce new babies to fresh fruits and vegetables. As they progress to their new diet they also start exercising their wing muscles with rigorous “flap-practice”. Not too long after they begin taking their first little flights.

Within a period of 3-3 ½ months a baby Eclectus Parrot goes from hatched to weaned. The process during those months is exciting, busy and exhausting. So while you contemplate buying a fully-weaned, hand-tamed Eclectus Parrot baby, remember all the work that both the breeder and the breeding parents have gone through.

What to expect from a reputable breeder
Naturally, given the hard work involved in breeding, a good breeder is not going to have the “first come, best dressed” attitude. No breeder should ever sell a parrot to an individual without first understanding a potential clients aptitude in caring for parrots. Each breeder will have their own process for handling this, but as a potential buyer, you should be wary of any breeder who doesn’t show this level of concern over their parrot babies.

If a breeder cares for their young parrots, then you can expect to be asked the following questions:

  • Have you had a parrot before? (if so, what kind?)
  • What made you choose this breed of parrot to buy?
  • What do you know about this breed?
  • Are you familiar with the proper diet these parrots require?
  • How much time will you be able to spend socialising with the parrot?
  • What is your family life like? (eg, are you single, married, with children? The purpose of this question is to gage whether a parrot baby that is more outgoing and energetic is more suited to you, or one with a calm demeanor)
  • What other animals do you currently have?
  • Do you know about the dangers of Heavy Metal Poisoning?

These are only a few of the most basic questions that Kirsten will ask of potential clients. The answers to these help her gage if the client is even ready for an Eclectus. Often, people will contact us wanting an Eclectus parrot without really knowing the level of commitment required to keep a happy and healthy Eckie. There have been occasions where once people realise how much is involved in an Eclectus, they decide to look into purchasing a smaller breed of parrot – or putting off their decision to buy altogether until they have done a little more research.

From a financial point of view, this might not make much sense – but that is what separates reputable breeders from the rest of the herd. A breeder worth their salt cares more about finding the right home for their baby parrot than they do about making a sale. In the 11 years that Kirsten has been breeding parrots – she has never once had a baby not find the right home. On occasion, it may require more time to find the right person, but it always happens.

Whether are looking to purchase a hand-tamed parrot or simply after reliable information about your parrot species be sure to find the right source. Look for a breeder or an individual that is passionate about parrots and their care. Make sure they have the experience to support their advice. Doing so benefits you, the breeding industry and most importantly the parrots themselves.

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!

Heavy metal poisoning in parrots

Heavy Metal Poisoning

I have received many calls over the years from people whose parrot died suddenly and for no apparent reason, leaving the owners baffled and distraught. After questioning them about the symptoms and the events leading up to the parrot’s death, it’s often clear that the most likely cause of death was heavy metal poisoning (HMP). Sadly, many people don’t know or understand the very real dangers that heavy metal poisoning (or heavy metal toxicity) poses to parrots.

HMP occurs when a parrot ingests a particle of heavy metal.  Once ingested it begins to poison the parrot, affecting the kidneys, blood cells, intestines and nervous system. This makes the parrot very ill and can cause rapid death. Continue reading

Eclectus Parrot Breeders

Parrot Haven has a new communal aviary

Parrot Haven's conventional avaries Our Eckies enjoying their large flight

Proof that you can breed Eckies in a communal setting.

Eclectus Parrot Diets – Do you know what your breeder feeds their breeding parrots?

When choosing a baby Eckie, it is imperative to ask about the health and diet of the parent birds.

The following  is a small excerpt from our book: The Ultimate Guide to Eclectus Parrots. This chapter explains the importance of choosing a top quality breeder and the   questions to ask when buying your companion Eclectus.

What diet are the parent birds fed?

Parent birds must be fed a top quality diet. The health of the parent birds directly influences the health of their babies. Feeding Eckies a diet lacking in calcium, protein, vitamins and minerals, will produce weak babies prone to illness.

Ensure that you purchase your baby from a breeder who feeds their breeding Eckies a variety of fruit, vegetables, proteins and legumes. Request a photo of their daily diet and photos of the parent birds. Their condition will help you gauge whether they are in good condition and excellent health. Look for shiny plumage, bright eyes, shiny black beaks on the hens, and bright orange beaks on the males.

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