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24 May 2009 @ 10:03 pm
Spotlight, Kissing & Ekkie Overload  

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I was sitting around with my boys on either arm today and realized just how much they love to get kisses from me. If they had it their way, they'd put their whole beaks in my mouth. Of course, I don't let them get closer than a peck on the very top of their beak but I've heard from my other Eclectus-having friends that their Ekkies are also nuts about the human mouth and love to get kisses as if in fascination. Does your Eclectus do this?

It is definitely molting time. Simon has molted a whole himself and I'm sure if I took the time, I'd be able to construct another Simon out of all the feathers he's dropped. At first I tend to get nervous seeing all those feathers on the floor of his cage and all around (he was just sitting on top of the office door and dropped a good six feathers out of nowhere) but then I realize that he is molting and he's never exhibited any plucking tendencies, never a feather pulled (counting my blessings there). Kiwi is also molting, especially that crazy head molt around the back of his head, on his "cheeks" and the back of his neck. Are your Ekkies molting right now too? What do you do to ease their time through it? I like to give my guys a steam shower a few times a week and I continue to give them AviX Sunshine Factor to help condition their skin and feathers.

Well, we recently moved and the boys did a fantastic job adjusting. In fact, they absolutely LOVE their new home. The new sun room is filled with windows and light and they visibly enjoy all the new space and surroundings of the outside. The sky is huge and the greenery is attractive and they love the natural breeze coming through all around them. Have you ever had to move your Ekkies and how did they take the move? I am actually really surprised just how well it went for us.

Last Friday, the lady that first rescued Kiwi brought her Eclectus boy over for a visit. It was a blast! Here are a few photos for your viewing pleasure:

Yay! It was definitely Ekkie overload. I'm sure we will do it again soon. Have a great night everyone!

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Azure Sheen: candy caneselene212 on May 27th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
My Dreida loves human mouth, too. I guess it's an ekkie thing :)

Does one of those boys have an overgrown beak, or is that the camera angle?
x: simonpantsela_bird on May 27th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
Simon's beak is impossible to keep up with. This is the length that it's usually at before he starts conditioning it himself. He tests very healthy and has always had a prominent beak.

He used to have a little split in the very tip, middle of his beak and that finally grew out about three months ago but if I wanted to take him for a beak trim every time it grew longer, I'd be taking him in at least once a month. He seems to be comfortable with this length and it in no way impedes any of his abilities, so I just accept him for who he is.
Azure Sheenselene212 on May 27th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
As long as he always tests healthy :) He's handsome with any beak size!
xela_bird on May 27th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
Yes he is!
It is funny, though, how much smaller the SI is compared to the Vos.
Simon's feet are so much smaller than Kiwi's and I tell him all the time, "don't worry baby, it doesn't make you any less of a man." LOL!
sodacoaster on May 28th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
Ekkie Overload
Won't write much as i'm not sure this will go through - been a long time since i posted on live journal. Not used to seeing a fully feathered eclectus after being with JB all day every day.
x: twins (feathers) togetherela_bird on June 22nd, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Ekkie Overload
I think Kiwi looks funny with the other two fully feathered ones. What you're doing with JB is great. Keep it up and I'm sure you will make progress. The important thing to remember is that he probably won't become fully feathered again after the damage he's done to his feather follicles but at least he might become fuzzy again considering he has new feathers sprouting here and there already.