Handfeeding my new 2 month old eclectus parrot!

Discussion in 'Caged Birds - Finches, Canaries, Cockatiels, Parro' started by duckncover, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. duckncover

    duckncover Duck Obsessed

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    She needs a name. I want one that refers to her color(s). It is a female for sure since male eclectus parrots are bright green. She needs 2 feedings a day but I'm not sure how many CCs of formula. I was told to feed her until she's full but it's hard to tell and I don't want to over feed her. I'm not sure if anyone else on here has handfed a parrot but if you could give me any advice I'd appreciate it a lot. She's even starting to nibble on weaning pellets a little bit. She's pretty friendly and cuddly but she's still scared and will try to bite and lunge if she gets too frightened. I really need some name suggestions! Thank you everyone! [​IMG]
     
  2. 1_FnkyFrm

    1_FnkyFrm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good looking Parrot! She looks like "FIRE"....
     
  3. verthandi

    verthandi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:She is beautiful, I'm sorry I do not have a name suggestion. (I have found they will let me know what their name is, in time.) But, I do suggest you talk to her breeder about her hand feedings. I am feeling uncomfortable if the breeder did not show you how to hand fed, how much and how to tell when the crop is full. The temperature of formula is also critical to their care. I do hand feed parrots but they are not eclectus so I don't even dare guess on temperature. The crop on amazons will feel like a squishy water balloon, but again I am not sure on your type of bird. Overfeeding or incorrect temperature can make the crop not empty out correctly. Sorry to sound like a worry wart, but she is gorgeous and I want you to have a long and happy life together.
     
  4. dieselgrl48

    dieselgrl48 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2010
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    I would name her Scarlette or maybe Soliel.She is gorgeous!I got my Blue Front Amazon at about 1 year old so I don't know much about raising them as young.His Name is Ozzy.He is going on 4 now and he Rock's and has a pretty fair vocabulary.



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  5. chickenjones

    chickenjones Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could name her Apple- like the apple of your eye. [​IMG]
     
  6. ScaredOfShadows

    ScaredOfShadows Chillin' With My Peeps

    Who sold you a baby Eclectus without teaching you proper care? Any good reputable breeder will not sell a baby until they are fully weaned - or only to someone with EXPERIENCE in feeding.... I seriously question the integrity of the breeder you bought her from...

    I do not know much about hand feeding parrots - but give me till this evening and I will call and contact my friend who is part of a parrot rescue and another friend who used to be a breeder of african greys...

    I don't know much about Electus Parrots except what I'm learning through my friend who recently bought one last year - and I adore Solomon (male) - but I know the first few months for them are EXTREMELY important because they can't grasp and climb well until they are like 6 months old - so you HAVE GOT TO keep them in a small cage where they can't climb unsupervised until they've built up those muscles and abilities. Also she will nip and bite alot (not hurting you - but you've got to say ow and no when she bites to hard) this is because she's learning stuff - tasting, and texture, and strength of objects.
     
  7. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    I have hand fed my share of parrots, only 2 time about right, but keep the pellet in front of her, she is near the weaning age.

    Are you feeding her with a syringe, think she should be eating from a spoon. Yes feed her till she is full, if useing a spoon she will not over eat.

    With a syringe and tube into the crop. You can over feed, so just fill the crop about 3/4 full. then feed again before it is empty.

    Danger of over feeding , only if you overfill the crop so food gets in the windpipe.

    At 2 month food should be mixed thick.
     
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  8. verthandi

    verthandi Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2007
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    I totally agree with using the spoon, or something that I have found that works well are Dixie bathroom paper cups. Once the formula is in them, I pinch one side of the rim into a point. The babies will chug the food right out of it when it is slowly tipped upward. Not very earth friendly, but beats sterilizing everything between feedings.

    She might like a few unsweetened cheerios at this point too. Mine think they are fun to play with and accidentally take a bite and discover they are also food. After that I just put a couple in with their pellet to get them to look at the pellet.
     
  9. duckncover

    duckncover Duck Obsessed

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    Oh don't get me wrong I've handfed things before. I was just curious as to if anyone knew the exact CCs for her age. She's doing fine. I take good care to make sure her food is at 104-105 degrees and you basically just feed until her crop fills up and she loses interest. She's perching and just getting ready to fledge. She's got all of her feathers now so she should be flying any day. I bought her unweaned since it's a $300 discount. I paid $450 but if I waited it would have been $750.

    I don't know much about Electus Parrots except what I'm learning through my friend who recently bought one last year - and I adore Solomon (male) - but I know the first few months for them are EXTREMELY important because they can't grasp and climb well until they are like 6 months old - so you HAVE GOT TO keep them in a small cage where they can't climb unsupervised until they've built up those muscles and abilities.

    Don't worry she's in a cockatiel cage for now until she's ready for her big parrot cage.

    Also she will nip and bite alot (not hurting you - but you've got to say ow and no when she bites to hard) this is because she's learning stuff - tasting, and texture, and strength of objects.

    I'm glad to know that's normal. I was worried she might have a biting problem but your right, she's just curious. I'll just let her know when it's too rough.​
     
  10. muscovy94

    muscovy94 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm... I think she looks like a Ruby or maybe scarlette
     

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