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Old 12-17-2017, 07:35 PM
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Just wanted to kick off a running compilation of photos and videos of Arika's life.

As new photos and videos are available, we will update. This is the first try at embedding a video from YouTube. Lets see how it goes.

Turn on subtitles for even more laughs!

Arika was 11 weeks old and still at the bird farm. She just returned to the nursery after our visit. She was getting acquainted with her mentor (who is a little older) and she just decided to step all over her buddy, flap her wings and chase her friend off.

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Old 12-17-2017, 08:33 PM
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Re: Arika's world, from the beginning

Trying to catch up on some of the videos we took while we were visiting Arika at the Bird Farm. She was just 13 weeks old and we didn't even have a name for her at the time we took this video.

She was exercising her wings a lot and just caught it in slow-mo.

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Re: Arika's world, from the beginning

I am going to love this thread! The first video cracked me up, the subtitles were awesome. The second was so cool in slo-mo, looked like she was going in for a kiss at one point!
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Re: Arika's world, from the beginning

Another precious moment one weekend while we were visiting her at the bird farm.
She was fed before we arrived, we had her out for about 2 hours and she was ready for a nap. She's about 12 weeks old here.

Kelly, held her, talked softly and she started dozing off in her arms.
Yes, she had already stolen our hearts


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Re: Arika's world, from the beginning

She’s so beautiful! Looking forward to more photos and videos
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Old 01-18-2018, 08:32 PM
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Arika's World
So you have seen some early pictures and videos of Arika and hopefully had a few Awwws and laughs.
But we need to go back even further, when she was first hatched.

At the time, we did not know that it would start on May 10, 2017.
Arika hatched in Florida and was introduced to this world.

We didn't know her, and had no intentions at looking at another feathered friend.

We were also unaware that what was about to happen, would change PJ's, Arika's and our lives forever.

When Arika was hatched, PJ was still with us dealing with his illness.
Little did we know that 1 day after Arika came into this world, sadly PJ would be leaving to fly across the Rainbow Bridge.


So began a period of emptiness, pain and sadness for Kelly and myself.
Meanwhile Arika was being well cared for and learning the basics of survival (fortunately in very good hands).
It took a while but Kelly and I realized that it was too quiet in the house and that our triangle was broken.
We started casually searching for a new feathered friend.

We called several rescues and for various reasons, that we won't go into, it just wasn't meant to be.
We called a few avian shops, and came upon a place on the Eastern Shore in Delaware.
One weekend we drove 3 hours to meet the owner and visit with some feathered friends.


We were very impressed. Kelly was visiting with a Catalina Macaw and I was making friends with a Ruby Green Wing Macaw.
Both were less than 1 year old and that was the first time we handled a bird larger than our Sever Macaw, PJ.
We left the shop, we cried happy and sad tears, and decided to discuss a future feathered friend in more detail.


After much more research, we decided on a Blue and Gold Macaw.
We made another trip to the Birdfarm searching for more information.
They didn't have any Blue and Golds there but were making a trip to Florida soon to pick up many new birds.

We decided to place a deposit and wait patiently.
Several weeks later, we were informed that they picked up several Blue and Golds and that we should come to the shop to meet our new baby.


So it began, weekend trips to the Eastern Shore to visit and to establish a bond with our new family member. We did not miss one weekend. We've shared many of those beautiful moments with all the members here.


One of the first pictures of Arika



Finally, September 8, 2017 came. She received lots of love and attention from us and the people at the Birdfarm.
It was time for her to leave the nest for her new home.
She did well on the the 3 hour trip and settled in to her new condo with no problems.




We took her to the vet several days later, she got along great with her Doctor and received a clean bill of health.
The wall poster couldn't be more true !



Our little girl is now 8 months old, full of life, love, surprises and mischief. She is vocalizing well, laughing, and her weight has increased from 770g to 941g.

She is going through a molt and is experiencing some grumpiness, but its not too bad.


Our triangle is back and stronger than ever. Life is good.
Now you know how it really started, from the very beginning.

Spoiled Mush Mac

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Re: Arika's world, from the beginning

Thanks Kelly and Karl! A wonderful thread, looking forward to the adventures of Arika for many pages!
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Old 01-28-2018, 01:25 PM
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Re: Arika's world, from the beginning

Just wanted to share a very short video of her "Using her Stepper" on the front of the condo.
She has no problem gripping the bars when she wants to.
I think she just gets a kick out of sliding her feet on the bars.

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Arika enjoyed some snap peas, peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, collard greens, applesauce, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries this morning. She loved her gourmet breakfast but was a complete mess by the time she finished.

Since she does not like the water spray bottle and has even more dislike for the shower, this is the only way we were able to get her to enjoy a bath and actually have fun while doing it.

We use a large plastic tray from a restaurant supply house filled with warm water, she has no problem hopping in and we drizzle the warm water over her like a rain shower with a paper towel.

While we were at the restaurant supply house we looked at some large roaster pans thinking that would be a little deeper and possibly better but somehow putting our loved feather friend in a roaster pan just didn't seem right even if it was just for a bath LOL

After her bath, we moved to the hallway where she received a nice warm blow dry (no teflon in the dryer). Kelly held her and she rotated around so we could warm her up and get her nice and dry before joining us in the living room to watch some TV. We are very proud of her, she did excellent. A little eye pinning, but not too bad and no injuries

For any of those that have feathered friends with a dislike for showers, this may be worth a try.


Enjoy..... we did

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Re: Arika's world, from the beginning

She’s adorable. Great thread thanks for sharing.
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