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.

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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.

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Sourcing reliable Eclectus Parrot information

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Sourcing reliable avian information can be a hit and miss affair because many websites provide inaccurate and misleading information.

As an aviculturist and avid avian researcher I have read countless parrot related websites. Some sites are wonderful and it is evident the person writing the information has had many years of hands on experience. However, not all sites offer accurate information and before following any advice, it pay’s to take the time to learn about the author and their level of expertise.

The internet offers a plethora of avian knowledge, passed on from people from all levels of experience. There are sites written by avian experts and aviculturists keen to share their wealth of knowledge. Some are written by pet owners who own a few of their chosen species, are passionate about their pets and enjoy sharing knowledge they have. Other authors are simply regurgitating the information they have read on other sites or books and sometimes this can lead to the spread of mis-information.

I have seen my own work on other avian websites over the years, written word for word. On one such occasion I contacted the person and requested they remove the plagiarized content. I checked back later only to find my work re-worded however the author had made so many errors while changing my copy that the advice they were giving was harmful and potentially deadly. It made me shudder to think of people following such advice, especially at the detriment to their parrot.

Before following the advice of the author, be sure the content is true and correct, especially when reading advice pertaining to avian health. The best people to source knowledge from are those who specialize in your chosen parrot and have had many years keeping, breeding, hand raising and working with companion parrots.

Reading books, keeping a few pets and regurgitating information is all well and good but when it comes right down to it, nothing beats hands on experience. Professional aviculturists work day in day out with their parrots, they are immersed in everything avian and the information they share is invaluable. Two of my favorite avian writers are both professional aviculturists. Rosemary Low who worked for Loro Parque for many years and Eb Cravens who runs his parrot business in Hawaii. Both share a wealth of knowledge that was learnt from working directly with parrots from neonates to mature birds. The information they provide was gleaned from years of research, understanding every aspect of each parrots unique needs, comparing these needs with others of the species and of course lot’s of trial and error.

I have worked extensively with Eclectus parrots for over a decade now and have learned more than I could ever have imagined. I have enjoyed the best of both worlds. I kept Eckies as companion parrots, learning the in’s and out’s of pet ownership while helping other Eckie owners from around the world. I also spent many years breeding Eckies, this opened my eyes to an entirely different aspect of this magnificent species. Taking a parrot through their many varying growth stages to become a well adjusted, fully fledged companion bird is an amazing experience; one I had time and time again.

So next time you’re surfing the internet, be sure to check the sites ‘about us’ page. You will soon learn whether you are reading information written by a professional, a hobbyist or a pet owner. When it comes to the health and wellbeing of your parrot, experience is everything and you want to be sure the person giving the advice is qualified to do so. If you are researching information for medical issues, always seek the advice of your avian vet.

Happy researching!

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Safe and dangerous plants for parrots

Parrot Safe Plants

Safe and Dangerous Plants

Parrots love chewing on branches, it is our kids favorite pastime. However, it is important that we keep our kids safe by providing them with safe plants and branches.  Always Ensure you hose down foliage to remove any wild bird faeces or residue before placing it in your Eckies cage.

Here is a list of safe and poisonous plants and trees for you to reference:

Provided by Jamie Dixon-Keay
Jamie has worked as a qualified horticulturist for the past 25 years. He holds an advanced diploma in conservation and land management.

Safe plants and trees

  • African Violet
  • Aloe Vera
  • Apple
  • Arbutus
  • Ash
  • Aspen
  • Autumn Olive
  • Baby Tears
  • Bamboo
  • Bee Balm
  • Beech
  • Begonia
  • Birch
  • Bottlebrush (Callistemon species)
  • Bougainvillea
  • Butterfly bush
  • Chickweed
  • Christmas cactus
  • Citrus
  • Coleus
  • Callistemon
  • Comfrey
  • Coneflower
  • Corn Plant
  • Cottonwood
  • Crab Apple
  • Dandelion
  • Dogwood
  • Donkey Tail
  • Dracaena varieties
  • Elm
  • Eucalyptus
  • Ferns (asparagus, Bird’s nest, Boston, Maidenhair)
  • Figs (creeping, rubber, fiddle leaf, laurel leaf, weeping)
  • Fir
  • Forsythia
  • Gardenia
  • Grape Ivy
  • Grape Vine
  • Guava
  • Hawthorn
  • Hen & Chickens
  • Hibiscus
  • Honey locust
  • Huckleberry
  • Jade Plant
  • Kalanchoe
  • European Larch tree, Larix decidua
  • Magnolia
  • Marigold
  • Monkey Plant
  • Mulberry
  • Nasturtium
  • Natal Plum
  • Norfolk Island Pine
  • Nut (except chestnut and oak)
  • Palms (areca, date, fan, lady, parlour, howea or Kentia, sago, phoenix)
  • Papaya
  • Pear
  • Peperomia
  • Petunia
  • Poplar
  • Prayer Plant
  • Prune
  • Purple Passion (velvet nettle)
  • Quince
  • Ribbonwood
  • Sassafras
  • Sensitive Plant
  • Sequoia (Redwood)
  • Spider Plant
  • Spruce
  • Swedish Ivy
  • Thistle
  • Wandering Jew
  • Wax Plant
  • White Clover
  • Willow
  • Zebra Plant

Poisonous plants and trees

  • Acokanthera (fruit & flowers)
  • Aconite (Monkshood, roots, flower, leaves)
  • Amaryllis (bulbs contain alkaloids)
  • Angel trumpet tree (flower & leaves)
  • Apple seeds (see Cherry Laurel)
  • Atropa belladona (all parts)
  • Azaleas, Rhododendrons (all parts)
  • Anemone (wildflower)
  • Anthurium
  • Arum Lily
  • Avocado
  • Apricot seeds (see Cherry Laurel)
  • Australian Flame Tree
  • Autumn Crocus (bulbs)
  • Balsam Pear
  • Baneberry (red & white berries, roots & foliage)
  • Beach pea
  • Betel Nut Palm (all parts)
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Bishop’s Weed
  • Bittersweet (berries)
  • Black Laurel
  • Black Locust (bark, sprouts, foliage)
  • Bleeding Heart, Dutchman’s Breeches (foliage, roots)
  • Bloodroot
  • Bluebonnets (all parts)
  • Bottlebrush (Aesculus Parviflora variety)
  • Boxwood (all parts)
  • Bracken fern
  • Buckeye Nut, Horse-chestnuts (sprouts, nuts)
  • Buckthorn
  • Bulb flowers (amaryllis, daffodil, hyacinth, narcissus, iris)
  • Burdock
  • Buttercup (all parts)
  • Cacao
  • Caladium (all parts)
  • Calla Lilly (all parts)
  • Camel Bush
  • Cardinal Flower
  • Carolina Jessamine (flowers, leaves & sap)
  • Cassava (roots)
  • Cherries (twigs, foliage are fatal)
  • Castor bean (seeds are fatal)
  • Chalice (trumpet vine)
  • Cherry Laurel (all parts are dangerous, contains hydrocyanic acid)
  • Cherry seeds
  • China Berry Tree (berries)
  • Chokeberry
  • Christmas Berry (berries)
  • Christmas Candle
  • Christmas Rose (all parts)
  • Clematis, Virginia bower
  • Climbing Lilly
  • Columbine (all parts)
  • Cocklebur
  • Coffee Senna
  • Coffeebean – rattlebush, rattlebox, coffeeweed
  • Common Privet (black or blue wax coated berries & leaves)
  • Corncockle
  • Coyotillo
  • Cowslip
  • Crocus (bulbs)
  • Croton (outdoor plants)
  • Crown of Thorns
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodil (bulbs)
  • Daphne (berries are fatal)
  • Datura
  • Deadly Amanita
  • Deadly nightshade (all parts)
  • Death Camas (all parts, roots deadly)
  • Delphinium (all parts)
  • Destroying Angel (all parts)
  • Devil’s Ivy
  • Dieffenbachia (all parts, especially sap)
  • Dogwood (fruit slightly poisonous)
  • Elderberry (leaves, shoots, bark)
  • Elephant ears – taro (all parts)
  • English Ivy (berries)
  • Ergot
  • Euphorbia (leaves & flowers)
  • Euonymus – spindle tree
  • False Hellbore (all parts especially root)
  • Felt Plant – maternity plant, air plant, panda plant
  • Firethorn
  • Flame Tree
  • Fly Agaric (all plants)
  • Four O’Clock, Mirabilis (all parts)
  • Foxglove (all parts fatal)
  • Gelsemium (all parts)
  • Glottidium
  • Golden chain (seeds, pods may be fatal)
  • Ground Cherry
  • Heaths – kalmia, leucotho, peires, rhododendron, mountain laurel, black laurel, andromeda
  • Heliebore (all parts)
  • Heliotrope
  • Hemlock (all parts)
  • Henbane (all parts)
  • Holly (leaves, berries)
  • Honeysuckle
  • Horse Chestnut (all parts)
  • Horsetail Reed (all parts)
  • Hyacinth Bulbs (can be fatal)
  • Hydrangea (whole plant)
  • Impatiens (whole plant)
  • Iris (underground stems)
  • Ivy (all parts)
  • Jack in the Pulpit (root)
  • Jatropha (seeds & oils)
  • Jasmine Yellow (all parts)
  • Jessamine Cestrum nocturnum (berries fatal)
  • Jerusalem cherry (fruits & leaves)
  • Jimson Weed (all parts)
  • Juniper
  • Kentucky Coffee Tree
  • Lambkill (leaves)
  • Larkspur (foliage, roots, seeds)
  • Latana Camara (green berries fatal)
  • Laurels (all parts fatal)
  • Lily of the Valley (all parts)
  • Lobelia (all parts)
  • Locoweed (all parts)
  • Lords and Ladies
  • Lupine (seeds)
  • Machineel (all parts)
  • Malanga
  • Marijuana (all parts)
  • Marigold
  • May Apple (all parts)
  • Mescal (all parts)
  • Mexican Breadfruit
  • Mexican Poppy
  • Milkweed (all parts)
  • Mistletoe (berries fatal)
  • Moccasin Flower (all parts)
  • Mock Orange (all parts)
  • Monkshood (foliage, fleshy roots)
  • Moonseed (berries possibly fatal)
  • Morning Glories (all parts)
  • Mountain Laurel (young leaves & shoots)
  • Mushrooms & Toadstools (wild types)
  • Narcissus Bulbs (can be fatal)
  • Natal Cherry (berries)
  • Nettles
  • Nicotiana (wild & cultivated – leaves)
  • Nightshades (all parts)
  • Oaks (foliage, acorns)
  • Oleander (foliage)
  • Peach seeds (see Cherry Laurel)
  • Pear seeds (see Cherry Laurel)
  • Peppercorn Tree
  • Peony (all parts)
  • Periwinkle (whole plant)
  • Philodendron (leaves & sap)
  • Photinia Robusta (poisonous seeds and flowers)
  • Pigweed
  • Pikeweed
  • Pinks (all parts)
  • Plum seeds (see Cherry Laurel)
  • Pokeweed (roots)
  • Poinciana
  • Poinsetta (leaves, sap fatal)
  • Poison Hemlock (all parts fatal)
  • Poison Ivy (all parts)
  • Poison Oak
  • Poison Sumac (all parts)
  • Poppies (all except California)
  • Potato (sprouts, foliage fatal)
  • Privet (leaves, fruits)
  • Pyracantha
  • Rain Tree
  • Ranunculus (all parts)
  • Rape
  • Redwood (wood chips toxic to fish, turtles & other aquatic animals)
  • Rhubarb (leaves, leaf blade fatal)
  • Rosary Pea (seeds fatal)
  • Rosemary (certain leaves)
  • Sandbox Tree
  • Sage (certain leaves)
  • Scotch Broom (seeds)
  • Senecio (all parts)
  • Shinus Mollis
  • Skunk Cabbage (roots)
  • Snapdragon (all parts)
  • Snow on the Mountain
  • Snowdrop
  • Sorrel – dock
  • Squirrel Corn (all parts)
  • Star of Bethlehem (all parts)
  • Stranomium (all parts)
  • Sweet Pea (stems)
  • Tansy (all parts)
  • Taro (stems, leaves)
  • Thornapple
  • Tiger Lilly (all parts)
  • Toadstools
  • Tobacco Plants (all parts)
  • Tomato (foliage, vines)
  • Tulip bulbs
  • Trumpet Vine (all parts)
  • Virginia Creeper
  • Venus Flytrap (all parts)
  • Water Hemlock (all parts fatal)
  • Wattle
  • Wild Black Cherry (withered leaves)
  • Wisteria (seeds, pods)
  • Yam Bean
  • Yellow Jasmine (all parts)
  • Yellow Oleander (all parts)
  • Yews (foliage, berries)

Eclectus Care – Household dangers

Keep your Eclectus Parrot safe in the home

The home can be a dangerous place for our feathered kids. If there is a way for Eckies to get into trouble, they will inadvertently find it.

Household Dangers

If your parrot is housed indoors then there are many hazards you must be aware of in order to make your home a bird safe environment. Parrots have an extremely complex respiratory system, very different to that of our own, and are therefore much more susceptible to any sprays, fumes or poisons. For Example:

  • Fumes given off by an over heated or burning Teflon pan are toxic to birds and can kill them almost instantly
  • Plug in air fresheners, incense, and most household deodorisers
  • Fly sprays, hair sprays and toilet sprays
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Very clean windows, birds can’t see them and can injure themselves by crashing into them at high speed
  • Be aware of young children with birds. They must be closely supervised at all times as birds do not respond well to the stress involved in a child innocently handling a parrot too roughly
  • Ceiling fans
  • Other household pets
  • Cockroach and mice baits
  • Reclining chairs (can pose a serious risk if your Eckie is prone to exploring)
  • Boiling pots on the stove
  • Floor time (many Eckies love to roam around on the floor.  Closely supervise any floor-time to prevent your Eckie from being accidentally trodden on.
  • Toilet seats left up (this is great excuse to get the man of the house to put the lid down)
  • Lead weights in curtains (many sheer, lace, fabric and privacy curtains contain lead and will cause heavy metal poisoning if ingested)
  • Vertical or venetian blinds (parrots can become tangled in the cord or blind)
  • Office chairs (accidentally rolling back and crushing your parrot)
  • Electrical cords

Naming only a few. It is our responsibility to be vigilant at all times to ensure our parrot’s environment is a safe one for them to live in.

Teflon poisoning

Teflon poisoning is a rapid and lethal gaseous intoxication that can affect all birds. This occurs when cookware is left on the stove and overheats. Overheating causes teflon to produce a gas called Polytetrafluoroethylene. This gas is not harmful to larger animals but due to the parrots complex respiratory system, it will kill them almost instantly. Parrots suffering a severe case of PTFE poisoning may drop from their perch or display signs of respiratory distress such as open-mouth breathing or tail bobbing. You may hear the parrot breathing loudly, gasping for air and death is often inevitable. Parrot owners should avoid using teflon pans or other teflon items in the home. We use Scanpan™ cookware, however there are many safe alternatives such as stainless steel. The more we can do to keep our kids safe in the home, the better.

Household items that are toxic to parrots

  • Acetone
  • Air fresheners
  • Ammonia
  • Ant killer – syrup, granules or paste
  • Bleach/pool chemicals
  • Boric acid
  • Carpet fresheners
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Cigar smoke
  • Cleaning agents
  • Cockroach bait
  • Copper and brass cleaners
  • Deodorants
  • Detergents (if ingested)
  • Disinfectants
  • Drain cleaner
  • Epoxy glue
  • Fertilizers
  • Flea bombs
  • Fly Sprays (especially surface sprays that leave a residue)
  • Floor polish
  • Furniture polish (if ingested, parrot may walk over newly polished furniture and then preen, inadvertently ingesting the polish)
  • Gasoline
  • Glue
  • Gun cleaner
  • Gun powder
  • Hair dyes
  • Hair sprays
  • Herbicides
  • Incense
  • Insecticides
  • Kerosine
  • Lighter fluid
  • Lye
  • Matches
  • Marijuana
  • Matches
  • Metholated Spirits
  • Model glue
  • Mold – the fungal spores are inhaled by the parrot causing the respiratory disease aspergillosis.
  • Mothballs
  • Nail polish/nail polish remover
  • Nicotine – transferred to parrot via owners hands
  • Oven cleaners
  • Paint
  • Paint remover
  • Paint thinner
  • Perfumes
  • Permanent markers
  • Pesticides
  • Pine oil
  • Plug in air fresheners
  • Prescription and non prescription drugs
  • Rodent poison/baits
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Scented candles
  • Shaving lotion
  • Shoe polish
  • Silver polish
  • Snail bait
  • Spray starch
  • Suntan lotion
  • Super glue
  • Tea tree oil
  • Teflon pans (emit a toxic chemical called Polytetrafluoroethylene that will cause dyspnea or in some cases sudden death in parrots)
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Turpentine
  • Week killers
  • Window cleaner

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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.

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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!

To purchase our book click on the icon below!

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Eclectus molting information

 Care for your Eclectus during their molt

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After shivering through the cold winter months, Summer is finally here. It is a time for sunshine, weekend barbecues and relaxing by the pool. It is also the time when our Eckies begin to molt.

Parrot Haven is home to 25 Eckies and one precocious yet very special African Grey parrot and at the moment, all our feathered kids are molting. Our place is decorated with scatterings of feather casings, white fluffy down and the odd primary or two. The aviary is a variable smorgasbord of feathers, from tiny petite head feathers to beautiful tail plumage.

This happens twice year at Parrot Haven however the pre Christmas molt is always the heaviest. Molting can certainly take it’s toll on our parrots. I can only imagine how irritating it must be walking around like a pin cushion, as hundreds of new feathers erupt through the skin.

As parrot slaves, we must understand that molting affects our kids moods, dietary needs, appetite and even sleep patterns. It certainly takes a toll on our kids bodies and we must do all we can to ease our kids through this time.

What is molting?

Molting is a process where old feathers fall out and are replaced by new ones. Feathers are made from a protein called keratin, just like our hair and fingernails. Unlike skin, keratin is unable to repair itself. If a feather is damaged or frayed, it will remain that way until the parrot molts.

The importance of protein

When a parrot molts, protein is taken from the Eckie’s body. If a parrot is not provided with protein rich foods to supplement this output, their body will be depleted.

An Eckie suffering from protein deficiency will be tired, lethargic and irritable. It will prolong their molt and the newly molted feathers will look dull, lacking their trademark glossiness.

It is very important to feed your Eckie foods which are high in protein, such as:

  • 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

Change in appetite

Molting affects our Eckies’ appetites. Some kids become ravenous eating machines, while others become very fussy eaters, craving certain foods and rejecting others. Monitor your Eckie’s appetite carefully when molting, and take note of specific foods they crave. Our feathered kids listen to their bodies, and will source foods that will help ease them through molting.

 Moodiness

Molting can make the demurest of Eckies cranky and short tempered. Their body is working in overdrive to produce hundreds of pin feathers and many become irritable. Please, do not take this personally as many people have experienced this with their feathered kids.

My hen, Red, is terribly short tempered while molting. I know there is very little room for error and if I mis-read her body language, I will receive a nasty bite. As much as this hurts, I don’t take this personally. I know that once she has finished molting, she will return to her sweet self.

Everyone copes with their Eckie’s moods differently. Some ignore cranky behavior, leaving their kid alone until they are in a better frame of mind. Others distract their Eckie by offering a new toy or food treats.

Some Eckies become little sooks. They seek the love and comfort of their owner and demand cuddles and affection. This too is normal. Some of our hens seek extra cuddles while molting. Once they have molted their neediness reduces and their moods return to normal.

Aloe spritzes

Aloe spritzes help moisturize the skin, keeping it soft and supple. This allows the developing pinfeathers to break through the skin more easily. It is simple and cheap to make.

We buy 100% pure aloe gel from our local health food store. We then put 1 tablespoon of aloe into a spray bottle and fill it with a cup of warm water. Our kids love being misted by the warm, moisturizing water, and the aloe gives their feathers a spectacular sheen.

Some people choose to use a pre-mixed aloe drink. Please ensure there are no additives before using this.

Sleepy time kids

Molting takes its toll on our kids’ small bodies. It takes a lot of energy to grow hundreds of feathers, and our Eckies become tired and lethargic. Your Eckie’s sleep routine may change around molting time.  Many will take long catnaps during the day. Others will want to go to bed earlier, or sleep in. They need this extra sleep; it helps the body recuperate, so when playtime rolls around, they are re-energized and ready for fun.

Lots of extra love

Molting is a stressful time for our feathered kids. They feel itchy and out of sorts. Some kids become despondent when they molt. They know they look scruffy and it really upsets them. They are such sensitive little souls.

As devoted Eckie parents, we want to do everything we can to help our kids through this difficult time. So let’s give our molting kids an extra special treat to show them how much we care. It will make your Eckie feel very special.

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Why the relationship between breeder and “aviary bird” matters

One of the things that really impressed me about Kirsten before coming to Australia was how involved she was with her breeding birds. As an Eclectus owner myself, I was always curious about what the parents of my Eckie hen was like. What kind of personality did they have? Were they quiet, curious or playful?

Unfortunately in the avicultural industry, it is a common belief that a breeder must not interact very much with their breeding parrots. “Feed them and leave them” was the phrase that I heard a lot. For other parrot species that may indeed be the case, however for Eclectus parrots Kirsten has proved otherwise.

Being a parrot lover, taking such a hands-off stance was something that Kirst could not do. Having raised her very first Eclectus pair (Red and Sprout), she was heavily involved in their everyday lives. They grew up in her home and she included them in many of her daily activities like cooking, cleaning and taking care of her son. To this day, Red still loves to be included when Kirst is preparing a meal – helping chop up fresh vegetables (taking small ‘tasting bites’) and talking extensively while we both work in the kitchen.

As she grew her Eckie flock, the routine stayed the same. Once they all had a large outdoor aviary to share she would spend a lot of time with them watching their personalities grow and seeing friendships and couples form. This became invaluable as they started breeding.

Having such a strong bond with her breeding Eclectus enabled Kirsten to know what personality traits her babies would develop

This insight helped Kirst to pair a baby with a client in a way that few other breeders have. During her interview process, Kirsten would try and understand what a potential client was like and what kind of baby they needed. If the individual was approved for one of her babies, then she could pair them up. Sometimes this process required the client to wait as much as a year before they could have a baby, but the results were worth it.

Our testimonials page is full of clients who have been matched perfectly with a baby Eclectus – because of the time Kirsten spent with her breeding kids.

This interaction has not inhibited their breeding. Red – one of our best breeders – often hatched and raised 3 babies at a time. All of her babies and in fact all of our babies raised here at Parrot Haven have always been extremely healthy with very strong personalities.

Kirsten has always believed that if her parrots were happy, then they would breed happy babies–and that has proved true every time

We have recently taken some video footage of us in our communal aviary which shows the kind of relationship that we have with our kids. Not only do they enjoy our interaction with them but sometimes it is difficult for us to leave as they simply will cling onto us and not want us to leave the flight!

Aviary Time from Parrot Haven on Vimeo.

Having this kind of bond with our parrots is absolutely heartwarming and we wouldn’t trade that for anything. Now that our kids are retired we’re able to enjoy a perfectly healthy ‘pet’ relationship with them because they have always been treated as members of our flock. This has helped their transition from breeding to pet happen seamlessly.

If you are looking to buy an Eclectus parrot – please do as much research as you can about any potential breeders you wish to purchase from. Not all breeders are the same and in our experience, many breeders can be downright deceitful. It is important to ask any potential breeder the kind of questions that will help you ascertain whether or not they are worth their salt as an aviculturist. If you have any hesitation about a breeder, then move on until you find the right one. When you do find a reputable breeder then spread the word. Once enough people start demanding better standards in the industry then the industry can make a change for the better!