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
Regurgitation – other than normal hormonal related regurgitation
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Here at Parrot Haven we specialise in gorgeous hand raised Eclectus Parrots
With over 11 years experience specialising solely in Eclectus Parrots we take great pride in selling only the very best hand raised Eclectus available.
We pride ourselves on raising the most confident, healthy and happy companion Eclectus possible. We have been breeding Eclectus for over a decade and have carefully chosen our eccy pairs for their personality and temperament which is passed on to their babies. We take great pride and care in matching each of our babies with their perfect owners getting to know our clients before we choose their perfect feathered kid.
Take a look at our forum to see more photos of our Parrot Haven babies and learn what it is like to share your lives with these amazing parrots. If you are interested in becoming a Parrot Haven baby owner, feel free to email me and we can arrange a time to chat: firstname.lastname@example.org