I'm fostering a female Eclectus from the rescue that I volunteer at, and have come up with a real brain stumper. This bird does not recognize toys. I've placed foot toys and hanging toys all throughout the cage. Toys are all made from a variety of materials everything bird safe and very chewable. Nothing. She doesn't move off the perch. She eats, poops, preens only occasionally and sleeps. No interest in any of the toys. Her behavior at the rescue was the same stares at the toys doesn't have any interest at all. We thought that maybe she was threatened/intimidated by the other birds that's why I brought her home to foster. Any ideas on how to pique her interest?
Amy
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I'm fostering a female Eclectus from the rescue that I volunteer at, and have come up with a real brain ... other birds that's why I brought her home to foster. Any ideas on how to pique her interest? Amy

Amy,
In all my dealings with people who own eclectus's. Is that, this seems to be the norm for them. They are a very quiet bird, rarely making any loud noises, or playing with toys. They tend to just sit on there perches being content with their surroundings. They can have a good vocabulary of words, but they speak at a lower volume.

You may be better off just piquing her interest with fresh fruits and vegetables, but don't be disappointed if she never touches her toys. You could also try playing with her and the toys to make her realize that it is alright to chew on them.
Have you taken the bird in for an exam? Although I doubt anything is wrong, she might have something wrong that you cannot see or anticipate. And it could also be that she needs time to adjust. As with all parrots, patience is a virtue.
Tony
Does she have a vitamin A deficiency? Eclectus seem to have a greater need for it than other birds and there is a remarkable change in energy and interest in surroundings when they get sufficient amounts.
hi amy-
ive had my eclectus (non rescue) for 5 months now, and he's just lately (last two months or so) shown any real interest in toys..and fresh fruits and veggies only in the last month and he really mostly plays with them! i think it was my other bird (plum head) that showed him toys were fun. just give her time, several toys (dont keep moving them around or adding to them) and lots of patience.
good luck!
claire
Thanks for all the kind words and inputs. Emotion: smile I spoke with the rescue director this evening to get some more of Cupcake's history. It appears that both this female Ekkie and her clutch mate (also at the rescue) both suffer beak birth defects. Cuppy has a severe underbite her lower beak grossly outgrows her upper beak, to the point where without monthly/bimonthly grinding, her upper beak will pierce through her lower and eventually split the lower. I've only been involved with the rescue for 6 months, and have only seen her in a beak trimmed state never grossly overgrown. Her brother (Tarzan) has an opposite condition... his upper beak grows excessively thick and needs to be ground down.

Apparently Cuppy was kept in a cage for around 7 years without toys, being fed a diet of baby food... the only thing she could handle due to the beak problems. From what we can tell, she was in constant discomfort, if not outright pain, for the entire time, which made her into a nippy little monster. She became so nippy, that she bit off Tarzan's upper beak entirely. Luckily, she didn't damage his beak "plate", and his beak has been slowly growing back over the past year.
She has a "great" habit with humans... she doesn't really bite, she pinches when agitated, annoyed, overexcited or just for the heck of it. When I say "pinch", what I mean is, she takes the top layer of skin, pinches it in her beak, twists and tears out chunks all with a cringe-inducing clack of the beak. When you involuntarily flinch, she goes on the warpath and starts ripping at your hands. This continues til you drop her, then she goes for toes. Yes, we knew all of this before taking her in as a foster. I've been working with this poor kid for the past 6 weeks at the rescue, and we (the director and I) figured that maybe a change of environment would help her out with the biting problem.
Today was the first day that I did not get bitten by her. Emotion: smile I feel like this is incredible progress. Maybe she noticed my other birds (CAG, YNA and QP all rescues... I'm their love-slave) getting kisses, cuddles and tons of praise for being birdlike. I'm hoping that she'll watch the CAG and see how he gleefully destroys all his toys (he's a plucker that's being reformed I hope).
I figured out that Cuppy definitely wants to be with us (me or my hubby). Whenever I go upstairs or leave the house, Cuppy lets out with a mind-numbing squawk and starts fidgeting in her cage or on the tree-perch. This evening, she was on top of her cage (in the dining room) and I went first into the living room and then into the kitchen. She lost sight of me, and let out with a series of squawks til I got her attention from the kitchen. Immediately, she stopped squawking and made the cutest little mewling meep noise. This little girl NEEDS love
I'm going to try working with the toys a bit more tomorrow (and thereafter), but I think I'm going to concentrate on giving her cuddles without getting maimed. She seems to like the interaction. I've got a large supply of bandaids and neosporin. Emotion: smile
Amy
P.S. She has been checked out by an avian vet all the birds at the rescue go through quarrantine, bloodwork and full check-ups. Have to keep the other residents healthy... don't want any infectious bugs being passed around . Also, the volunteers all have birds... don't want to bring any bugs home to our birdies kids. So, she's healthy, but a bit of a psycho.
Lots of good info here.http://www.landofvos.com/eclectus.html

Regards
Thanks for all the kind words and inputs. Emotion: smile I spoke with the rescue director this evening to get some ... female Ekkie and her clutch mate (also at the rescue) both suffer beak birth defects. Cuppy has a severe underbite

She is called 'cuppy'??I'm amazed. I thought my 'Cuppy' was the only bird in the world with a name like that.
Well, now there are two Cuppy's in the world. Emotion: smile But I bet my YNA is the only bird named "Punda" in the world.
Well, now there are two Cuppy's in the world. Emotion: smile But I bet my YNA is the only bird named "Punda" in the world.

If you knew what ' Punda' meant in the African dialect, you wouldn't be bragging.
It is the vulgar term for female genitalia.

Vox.
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