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Old 02-26-2018, 12:05 AM
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Re: Arika's world, from the beginning

You may find Arika goes through a more assertive "independence" state as she gets older, but you've laid the perfect foundation. With two of you and consistency, there shouldn't be serious issues!
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Old 03-08-2018, 07:02 PM
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Re: Arika's world, from the beginning

A few days ago, I was waiting for Kelly to arrive home from work and had Arika out in her room.

She was sitting on my arm while I was browsing on the computer and I decided to pull up the live cam from Jackson Hole that shows the Elk Refuge.

PJ would enjoy watching some of the webcams with us so we've decide to pass on this "tradition" to Arika.

Despite the lack of motion, the video sparked her attention and I pointed to all the elk grazing in the snow. Her eyes started pinning a little, she walked down my arm and stopped on top my hand that was on the mouse.
Then as clear as day, she looked straight at the monitor, gave them a big loud "Hiiiii", then came back closer to me and continued to watch.

Precious moments. What can I say

Next time, I'll have the video going.

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Old 03-08-2018, 07:51 PM
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Re: Arika's world, from the beginning

How many times,and how many precious moments,have all of us lost,just because that blasted camera was out of reach??
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Old 03-09-2018, 07:14 PM
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Re: Arika's world, from the beginning

Jim,

We could wear go-pro cameras on our heads, but we all know how that would turn out.
Bird attacks owner with camera on head, film at 11

We are working on a more "stealth" way of doing something like that though. When we finally get a chance to try something we'll post the video if it turns out.

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Old 04-07-2018, 07:47 PM
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Re: Arika's world, from the beginning

Just some knowledge that Arika has acquired recently and we wanted to share.

Her swing hangs from the top bar of her condo and it is just a few more inches closer to the front than the back. If her swing is still and she wants to go to the front bars, it is just out of her reach.

So what does that smart little bird brain come up with.... she realizes that she can actually get a swinging motion going by rocking her weight back and forth on her swing. Just like a child on an outdoor swing.

She has mastered doing this with the right timing and starts the swing moving quite well. When she is comfortable that she has enough momentum and her swinging gets her close enough to the front, she uses her beak to grab the front bars and hop on to the front of her condo.

We were really surprised when we saw this. Another one we need to get on video but have not captured it yet.

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Re: Arika's world, from the beginning

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We gave her back to Terri so she could return her to the nursery. Terri just couldn't resist giving her some love before returning her to the rest of the babies.
Kelly, Karl, and Arika
Its fun reading your updates!

Its a small world after all! I guess you might know that? So after reading your thread. Your next step should be the harness. I think Rudy is on his 4th harness now. Lets talk... your bird is young.. I believe the more time you spend now, the more you will get in return. And the easier it will be. Spring is coming. I should be able to help really well with flight training.

I am surprised she is complacent about the shower. My suggestion is, they make a perch with suction cups that stick really well to fiberglass. uhhhh kind of funny, I get naked with my uh.... bird.. I think it confuses him a bit. Any ways with the 106F temp it is easy to adjust a hand held temps. Rudy actually picks his wings up, I spray softly under and over.

Towel him off, sometimes the blow dryer, more on the winter days. I replace a couple ceiling fan bulbs with halogen so he can preen.

Here is his pretty boy vanity shot when he was really young





Terri knows us... really really well Not sure if she has read my most recent updates, however she heard some of the minor back stories.. Like Rudy escaping from me twice in Rehoboth!

The B&G and GWM flock together in the wild. It sounds like a really cool match on many levels!

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Old 04-30-2018, 10:25 PM
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Re: Arika's world, from the beginning

Its been a while so we thought we would post an update on Arika.

A few weeks ago we noticed her breath smelled a little "sour", kind of like sour milk. It was most evident when she was being affectionate and started to regurgitate.

Not wanting to take any chances, we took her to her vet on 4/21. They did a gram stain on her fecal and also took a crop sample (that was not fun). She had to be toweled and the vet used a speculum to hold her beak open. She fought so bad she received a little chip in her beak.
It was the first time she had to be toweled and she was not happy at all. We commend the tech at doing an excellent job holding her, and they proceeded quickly to minimize any stress. When the crop sample was finished she came running back to Dad looking for protection against the evil Dr.

While letting her cool down for a few minutes, we noticed the chip in her beak.
Her vet moved slowly and tried to get a closer look at her beak, but she went into full scream alert, beak open, ready to kill mode, and would not let him near her. We've never seen her like that before, but it was justified after being toweled, beak pried open, and a swab put down her crop. I would have done the same thing

So, she is standing on my arm while this is going on and as we were loosing our hearing from her screaming in a small room, I was also anticipating the removal of a good sized piece of skin from my arm but thankfully, she behaved. The Dr. backed off and after a little more time to cool down, I was able to take a few pics with my cellphone and we looked at the photos. It was deemed not to be anything serious, just a note to keep an eye on it for any further chipping and to bring her back in if we noticed any deterioration of the chipped area.

Her fecal had elevated gram negative so they prescribed Baytril for 7 days. We mixed it with some mushed up banana and she happily devoured her "banana pudding" twice a day. We made sure she received lots of praise and treats for being a good girl. The Vet called a few days later to inform us that all other tests came back normal. It took a few days after the vet visit for her to return to normal, plus I think her jaw hurt a little from fighting the speculum.

This Saturday, she finished up her Baytril and is not showing any signs of "sour" breath. She continued to eat well while on the Baytril and is contuing to do so today. No weight change, and behavior appears normal. We discussed a post antibiotic treatment with a probiotic with her vet and they recommended waiting a few days, but noted it will help improve her good flora. We have the Bene-Bac as recommended, and will start that early this week.

We are thankful that we caught the symptoms early and the treatment seems to have taken care of the issue. How her bacteria count got elevated??... could have been numerous things. Something on our hands, something left on her fresh veggies despite washing them, who knows. Hopefully it does not return.

She had a bath this weekend in her plastic tub and loved every second of it including her regular blow dry on her play stand. She seems to like this routine so much. She even rolls over on her back and enjoys having water drizzled on her tummy with a wet paper towel. We really need to get that on video. She seems to have so much fun with her bath this way, I'm not sure if we should attempt the shower again. We will most likely stick with what works. Perhaps someday we will get her close to the shower again, but if she stresses out, we'll back off.

*** A special note to LoveMyConlan, We hope you got Rhage to the vet, they were able to diagnose the reason for his sour breath, and hopefully he is doing better. Please let us know how things are going with your baby.

Its getting late and time to call it a night. Arika and Kelly already snoring, so I must join the sandman to do the same.
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Re: Arika's world, from the beginning

Glad she is doing better.
Did the Vet tell you why this happened, so you can avoid future problems?
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Re: Arika's world, from the beginning

Thank you. She's been doing much better.
Not sure how she wound up with elevated bacteria levels, it could have come from anywhere. We do our best to wash our hands, rinse her food thoroughly, wipe down her condo every day. Hopefully it won't happen again.
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Re: Arika's world, from the beginning

Today is Arika's 1st Birthday. She's a whole one year old
We ordered a few foraging toys for her but didn't want her getting into them since they were not washed yet. We'll take care of that this weekend.

We let her see her new wood and rope knots toy. I don't think it will last long but that's ok. She didn't seem that interested in it but that will change once we hang it up this weekend. We don't want to introduce a new toy overnight or while we will not be home in case something goes wrong with it (like her rope boing). Glad we checked on her an hour after we put it in her condo.

Anyway, a short video of her checking out her Birthday toy. Enjoy

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