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Posted 9/18/2005 12:09:28 AM Post #107
 

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I bought a young male eclectus about 7 years ago, and although I've owned other parrots (african greys, yellow nape, blue front) I am sooo in love with the eclectus!  I cant figure out why they aren't as available or well known as amazons are. (or, is it just my area that doesn't have many?)  I find the eclectus to be even tempered, calm, not very destructive to persons or property and just overall delightful!  I don't have to fear the moodiness or wonder when I will be bitten.  This bird is family member and I take him to the elementary school I work, and he is just as sweet to kids and everyone....I've met a few others with eclectus and most have the same temperment and personality, so I don't think I lucked out, I think it is the breed of bird.  We even took it a step further and got him a mate, and he is a good doting daddy...but still he remains the loveable pet we know and love!!!

Any comments out there?  I'd love to chat about eclectus...

Terri

Coming to you...from the "SHAWZOO"... the little aviary with a big heart!
Posted 10/30/2005 1:27:54 AM Post #220
 

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One reason they are not as common is probably because not as many people breed them. They can get more for a Grey or Too. I love the females but don't care much for the green males although they are easy to sex which you can't say for most "hookbills".

Regards,
Mandy Tucker
www.singing-wings-aviary.com
Posted 11/20/2005 6:12:06 AM Post #239
 

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Hi my name is David Christensen from Country Manor Pet Therapy and we use Eclectus in our program and they work great. I think out of all the birds we breed and use in our program the Eclectus is the over all best. The reason I think there are not as many Eclectus out there is that it is hard to get a good pair to produce fertile eggs. You were very lucky to get your pet to produce fertile eggs.
Posted 12/28/2005 3:52:45 PM Post #285
 

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hi there!

well, I certainly agree with David, they are extremely hard to breed.  They seem more to be lovers to people, versus each other...I do have one female as a pet for a couple of years now, and she's my pride and joy and in perfect feather.

They are one of my favorites!

Manon

Manon

Posted 3/3/2006 3:26:37 PM Post #337
 

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I hadn't planned on breeding my parrots because I heard Ecclectus could be challenging, but now I am reconsidering that decision.  My hen has already laid 3 eggs since Christmas and will readily mate with the male anytime they are together.  They are still lovable pets even though they have mated which I heard was rare as well.  My husband and I wanted to see if the hen would be a good momma before pursuing breeding, so we place just a regular box in her cage and she set it up like a nest, laid an egg, and has been sitting on the egg.  She still lets us handle her and the egg.  Is this normal?  What would we need to do to become official breeders?  I don't want to forward without being prepared.
Posted 12/5/2006 3:25:10 PM Post #687
 

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Hello everone, glad t see some other Ekkie fans on here.  Just thought I would share some photos of a pair of females we raised not to long ago.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/shon/sets/72057594062154837/

Also, here is a male and female growing up together more recently:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/shon/sets/72057594121180288/

We have many videos opn our website http://www.prettyparrot.net/gallery.html and specifically here is one after I installed a tiny infrared camera inside the nest box.  This is the mamma feeding one of the babies in the above photos, http://www.prettyparrot.net/video_feeding_baby.html

We have another baby girl we are raising now, so I should have pictures of her coming soon.

Posted 12/5/2006 8:20:05 PM Post #689
 

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PrettyParrot,

I did look at your site and you do have some wonderful videos.  Nice pics you uploaded to this site too.

Greg

Posted 1/27/2010 2:12:16 PM Post #2151
 

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Hard to breed???? I have 5 breeding pair and couldn't stop them from producing if I wanted to.
I don't know what others are doing wrong but I have no problems here.
www.myeclectus.com
Posted 1/16/2011 4:34:09 AM Post #2489
 

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I would love to say that i know exactly wht you mean but i have yet to own my own! haha!


But I know exactly what you mean when it comes to avaiblity, i know that their clutches are small, but i have yet to find a breeder in my town! i litterally drove well over 100 miles today just looking around in rumors for these breeders!! crazy i think! and not only that but as well as hours upon hours upon hours of searching online for my perfect babies!

I read alot of articles about these birds to try to get my interest off of rose breasted cockatoos because of their cost *looked for a lower costing bird that looked lovely* and i came across the eclectus!

all the articles said something like :"This is a very popular bird" "this bird is readily availble"

LIEs!!!! XD i think i have about 2 or 3 breeders i may buy from but aside from those i have no leads!

of course im also price shopping a lil bit s: *guilty*
im just worried about having a bird shipped in!

im really ecstatic about how easily you explained their personalities and temperment, im beyound excited now to get mine! ^_^!!!!
Posted 10/17/2011 12:55:09 AM Post #2746
 

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I love my boy he is the picture of health and so loving. I own and breed quakers, parrotlets, conures, and other smaller birds and I have only had a couple pet birds in my lifetime a quaker, a couple of tiels and a conure and I can say out of all the birds ive loved I can say the eclectus is my favorite and following suit is the quaker. I got my Red-Sided Ekkie from a breeder listed on here Ms. Mary Ann Harris owner of Bluff Creek Aviary you can't go wrong with Ms. Mary Ann.

◦It’s not the fault of the parrot, but of the one who teaches him to talk. ~ Guatemalan Proverb
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