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01 October 2009 @ 10:58 am

I would love to see a photo of your Eclectus because lately I'm fascinated with how different they look even though they have so many of the same features. Some of the distinguishing factors we see are perceived by potential mates and add to the selection process. The human eyes are very limited when it comes to actually seeing what parrots see in the wild or on a daily basis and many determining factors of mate selection come from a discerning and advanced perception.

I'd like to post pieces of an email conversation I had that started with a lady whose Eclectus seemed like she was seeing "ghosts" in the room and was scared to be in a particular room. There are different opinions here, but they all agree on the fact that the eyesight of our parrots is incredibly unique and they see colors and lights which the human eye cannot. I would not be surprised if our Eclectus could perceive 'light trails' 'apparitions' 'multidimensional objects' 'multitudes of flourescent and ultraviolet colors' which might sometimes spook them to bits while we wonder what happened. Here are pieces of the conversation, cut for length:

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30 July 2009 @ 11:29 am

When I birdie-sat for Treeko, the Eclectus in the middle of the photo, it was very interesting to observe the dynamics of the three birds together. Treeko is a very laid back, accepting, open bird. He doesn't mind being approached by other birds and loves all birds great and small. He's a very steady boy and he takes everything in slowly and with a very open mind. He took to me right away and would very much rely on me for comfort when he missed his mom. One thing I was pleasantly awed by was his size. There was a lot of bird to him! He weighed more than Kiwi and fully-feathered was quite the substantial parrot in size. He was a terrific eater and would try anything I put in front of him. (I wish Kiwi would do that.) After a few days, he learned the bends and rooms of the house and flew in and out and all around to get exercise (with Simon following close behind.) It was joyful madness. When he flies, there is a think flapping of large wings on the air, very formidable.

Kiwi was at first receptive to his presence, in fact I think he welcomed it. Last year, Kiwi met Treeko after he was rescued and he learned a lot of his phrases from him. The same lady that has Treeko rescued Kiwi then I took him in. I think seeing Treeko back again for an extended period of time brought back some good memories for Kiwi. After about a week though, I could tell Kiwi was a little put off by Treeko being snuggly and needy with me. He would often compete for my attention if he saw I was giving kisses to Treeko or holding him on my arm during the evenings. I made sure to let Kiwi know that Treeko was just visiting and it was not a permanent type of thing. He took it all very, very well.

Simon was enamoured with Treeko and would often sidle up to him and regurgitate until Treeko told him, "okay that's enough," with a growl. He was very affectionate toward him and would take off flying anytime Treeko flew to his own cage. He was sometimes overly zealous toward him and I had to separate them and give them separate times out of the cage. But overall, they did really well together. They loved having a shower together. They loved eating together. They didn't mind sharing any of their space with Treeko. Sometimes spats and brawls would arise and I'd need to intervene (mostly territorial issues) but these were few and far inbetween.

Although it was a crazy amount of work and super brain-rattling, I very much enjoyed it and loved having Beepers and Treeko over for a vacation. I'm sure they both gained a few grams while they were here getting the royal treatment.

Meanwhile, we were charmed by little Mr. Beepers whose voice is not unlike that of a serial killer with a cigarette addiction. He would love to fly over to our table and land on the sides of our plates and beg for our food. Not to mention, he ate anything in sight and preferred to have food twice as big as his head. What a doll. He had to go back, though, because Simon was very aggressive toward him and hated him. Simon does not get along with smaller birds at all and it would have been life-threatening for Beepers to stay with us with Simon around. We kept both birds very supervised and both had completely separate times out of their cages. It's interesting to note that Kiwi was in no way aggressive toward Beepers unless Beepers made to bother with Kiwi. He couldn't care less that he was there but also enjoyed the strange sounds that Beepers made. Treeko loves Beepers and made sure to visit him often to check on him and be assured he's okay. They both got time out together to hang out with each other. It was really amazing to see how much Treeko cared for his little buddy and the dynamic of the other birds toward him. I'm surprised at what a punk Simon is to smaller birds but what can ya do? Simon is who he is and that's what makes him such a precious bird.

19 July 2009 @ 09:29 pm
Front row from left to right: Kiwi, Simon, Treeko (just visiting while mom is on vacation). The human is me.

30 May 2009 @ 02:08 pm

I'm interested in posting a sensitive Eclectus specific diet mash. I, myself, have been blessed with Eclectus that are not wheat and corn sensitive but I know many folks experience the struggle of maintaining a healthy, efficient diet for food-sensitive Ekkies.

Do any of you have suggestions or recipes that we can post and provide to those in need of speicific diets? I'd love to see what you have to offer and the advice you can give to people whose mash-making skills are not their number one talent. (I, myself, only recently dove into full-on mash-making versus relying solely on pre-prepared seed mixes and commercial diets for birds. I still like to use Volkman's or L'Avian Plus as a base for my mashes but I always slave over the stove to give additional nutrition via veggies, fibers and proteins. I find that the nutritional provision for Eclectus is one of the most challenging aspects of having them.) I think if we share some recipes for wet mashes as well as dry, trail mixes that would be really helpful to some people.

24 May 2009 @ 10:03 pm

Hey, looks like we're getting some nice attention: http://aussiebirds.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=general&action=display&thread=7597 and http://aussiebirds.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=specieslinks&action=display&thread=5815

Thanks to Robert for listing us. Also, if you would like to join the community but you don't have a LiveJournal, it's easy to sign up for a free journal and join to post and communicate.

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:

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20 April 2009 @ 09:55 pm

Today's new dinner mash:

and seals of approval:

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Inside the mash:

red, yellow, green pepper
sweet potato
banana pepper
red pepper flakes
sesame seed
cous cous
Volkman's 15 minute soak and serve
Volkman's bean soak
L'Avian Plus bean cuisine
Cream of Tweet mix

And BTW, OMG I don't know how I used to do this without a food processor!!!

is KING!!!

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17 April 2009 @ 11:12 am

Today is the one year anniversary of Tori's passing.
I can't believe it's already been a year.
It feels like yesterday.

I love you Tori.


In light of some recent events that I've been helping someone with, here is a very valuable link to information if you suspect a veterinarian has harmed or killed your companion animal.

Above all, the main rule to remember is *NOT* to allow the veterinarian to get rid of the remains of the animal. You must take the animal for a second opinion for a private necropsy/autopsy to determine cause of death.

Veterinary Malpractice

A note of dedication will be attached to this entry regarding a sweet Eclectus boy named Gomez that broke his leg and due to careless veterinary process, died as a result after surgery.

26 March 2009 @ 01:25 pm

This is a great website about the Eclectus.


It is operated by Graham Taylor, the man that wrote the book Eclectus Parrots, An Experience (Found Here.) It has very specific information on each subspecies and has photographs that compare each one. He also makes a terrific argument about why the Eclectus diet is so different and demanding. This entire website is worth a thorough review.

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25 March 2009 @ 01:42 pm

Below is a good article about a common Eclecttus affliction called Toe-Tapping and Wing-Flipping. Most people who hve had some experience with this suggest that its main cause is an insufficient *or* overabundantly nutritious diet. In my personal experience a bacterial imbalance happened to be the greatest factor in in the cause of Toe-Tapping and Wing-Flipping. After visiting the Avian Veterinarian and administering some antibiotics (Bactrim/Baytril) the symptoms would disappear. There is an abundance of reasons why the Eclectus exhibits these symptoms and they can be difficult to pinpoint. What is important to realize most of all is that the Toe-Tapping and Wing-Flipping is very uncomfortable and exhausting for the Eclectus and should never be ignored or allowed to continue without the owner putting forth every effort to determine its cause. Toe-Tapping and Wing-Flipping is never a diagnosis and is always a symptom; one that could advance into a much more serious health condition.

"Aside from bright and interesting coloring and varying temperaments between males and females, the breed does have some nutritional requirements that should be noted before purchasing this type of bird. Toe tapping and wing flipping are fairly common in the Eclectus. Toe tapping is when the bird stands perfectly still as if resting but its front two toes simply tap, back and forth. The bird rarely has any control over this behavior and often times the bird will watch the toes tapping as if he has no idea how it is happening." CONTINUED

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