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Breeder's of Eclectus Parrots, Timneh African Grey, Great Billed Parrot, Cape Parrot

The answers to some of these questions are our opinions.  Please read up on our links page to see what other people say.

bulletAre you the breeder?  Yes.  We only sell baby birds that have been bred in our home by the parent birds that we own.
bulletAre they hand-raised?  Yes.  We hand feed all the babies and socialize them.
bulletAre they banded?  Yes, they are AAC stainless steel closed banded at around 10 days of age.
bulletHow much are they?  We charge $1400 for a baby Eclectus.  Shipping ($150) and the vet check ($195) are extra.
bulletWhat is your health guarantee?  Check out Our Aviary page, scroll down to the Health Guarantee.
bulletWhat is their temperament like?  Each bird is different as each has it's own personality.  Generally speaking they are very sweet.  If you are gentle with them, they will be gentle with you.
bulletAre they really loud?  We don't think so.  This of course is a subjective question.  The Eclectus are  quieter than the Quaker we have.  The Quaker vocalizes the most often.  The Eclectus does have a loud screach.  The Eclectus only use it as a warning call, which is not very often. They also acclimatize themselves to the noise level around them.  If they are in a loud environment they will become loud.
bulletDo they chew lots?  The Eclectus do not chew much at all.  
bulletDo they bite lots?  Biting is a learned behavior.  Every bird will bite at some time.  We recommend reading "The Beak Book" by Sally Blanchard.  She explains why birds bite and what to do to prevent it.
bulletWhat is their talking ability like?  The Eclectus have good talking ability.  Although not every bird will choose to talk.    
bulletDo they travel well?  Yes, with the proper equipment.
bulletHow are they with children?  We do not recommend Congo Greys for children.  Eclectus are generally ok.  I would never leave any bird unsupervised with children.  
bulletWhat are some good books to read?  Check out our Products page for a list of good books.
bulletCan we come and see your birds?  No.  We do not put our birds at risk for disease.  Also, having strangers around disturbs the adult birds and can cause them to harm the eggs or babies that may be in the nest.  However, we do allow the purchaser of a baby to come and see that baby.
bulletWhat is the cost involved in owning a bird?  First is the cost of the bird, then the shipping and annual medical expenses.  You will need a cage (the larger the better) and toys.  Lots of toys.  Rotating toys is best.  Food is another monthly expense.  
bulletWhat is a good environment for a baby bird?  Birds like a quiet environment that feels safe and secure.
bulletHow much time does a bird require?  They need at least 2 hours of your time each day.
bulletHow much sleep does a bird require?  10 - 12 hours each night.
bulletWhat is the waiting time, more or less for a baby bird?  Usually 6 months to a year.
bulletHow do they get along with other birds?  It depends on all the birds involved.
bulletDo you sell internationally?  Not at this time.
bulletDo you sell adult birds?  Or re-home birds?  Occasionally.  We may know of someone who is needing to sell a bird that we could refer you to.
bulletDo you ship?  Yes, anywhere in Canada.  However, we do not ship when it is below +5 and above 28 degrees.
bulletWhere are you located?  Manitoba, Canada
bulletDo you have any pictures?  Yes.  We e-mail photos of the babies along with updates to the new owners.  We can also e-mail photos of the parents.
bulletWhat about hormones?  It is a part of any birds life.  Properly training your bird will help a lot.  Read up on it and prepare for that time.  They grow out of it much like adolescence and if they were handled properly during that time they become very nice adult pets. 
bulletDo Eclectus like to be cuddled?  They like to be with you, watching you and close by.  Some enjoy being cuddled.  Many do not like to be pet.
bulletAt what point do you require the down payment?  When the baby is older and we have settled on the sale.  This is after our questions have been answered and we feel it is a good home for this particular bird.
bulletHow do I proceed to purchase a baby bird from you?  The first step is to go on a waiting list.  When we have an available baby we will contact you.  At that time we will ask some questions and proceed from there.
bulletAt what age do they have their first moult?  Around 6 - 9 months.
bulletIs there a difference between the male and female Eclectus?  Both are sweet.  Each baby has it's own personality.  Some females may be a bit more headstrong. Some males may get into a bit more trouble as they may explore more.  In the wild the males forage for food and then bring the food to the nest to feed the female.  The males may be louder as they sound the warning call in the wild.  Both are relational and enjoy being with you. 
bulletWhat are the differences between the Eclectus sub species?  Many people feel the Solomon Island makes the best pet as many people feel the Solomon Island has a better temperament.  The Solomon Island Eclectus is one of the smaller sub-species.

 

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