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Old 08-31-2018, 10:20 PM
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I am very gratefull for this one from Arika
(thank you WakaWaka!!

this gives me a good insight in how far Sunny still has to go if she wants to reach full mobility.
(I constantly feel so inadequate & unsure / even after reading up on a *lot* of wingrelated studies etc.etc. I still am not very competent at the whole wing-rehab. - always secondguessing myself and looking for a beter way.)
(seen from above) She makes a sort of stretched out \_/\ O/\_/ shape a.t.m.; going for ____O____ eventually of course (full stretch) if her joints can/will allow it.
Christa,
Glad the video is of some help to you and Sunny. It was pure luck that we were able to capture that moment in slow-mo.
It sounds like both of you have made amazing progress. It takes time, patience, lots of love, and the willingness to learn a new language (Macaw). Sometimes us humans don't catch on fast enough for a super smart Macaw
Sounds like Sunny is getting lots of TLC and is in the right hands. You are doing great job working with her and she is showing improved mobility and trust. Please keep us updated on your progress with her and we hope to see a beautiful slow-mo video of her one day.
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Old 09-01-2018, 03:30 AM
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Re: Upbeat - news

Thank you WakaWaka

(and everyone else here),
without you guys here I would still be tearing my hair out a lot of the time.
It's always great to hear from/ read about other macaw-people.

The ones I meet in real life always seem to do everything so effortlessly, it's kind of intimidating sometimes!

"macaw" really is a different language, and I get stuck in translation sometimes.
I speak more or less fluent CAG, at least I thought so till Japie showed up -> he garbles something between african-grey and amazon (with a terrible accent! he used to share a livingroom with 2 of them)
It is like communicating with someone who speaks english and spanish mixed in every scentence - and I do not speak spanish!
Appie is more pure grey-ish (so its no wonder they sometimes do not see eye to eye) and Sunny...well...macawspeak... I still need nightclasses or a correspondence-course (and you guys/galls are it!)

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oh positive macawstuf: its the first of september and she has kept the single primary feather on both of her wings for a month!
They cross above her tailbase, touch each other and everything that really seemed to freak her out before.


of course I might be jinxing it by celebrating ... and she could gnaw them off any time-
but always celebrate the small stuff, because if you keep waiting for the huge ones... you will never get any cake!

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Old 09-01-2018, 01:34 PM
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Yup....totally jinxed it.
She gnawed of the right wing one sometime this afternoon (I was out shopping)

It was great while it lasted...
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Old 09-08-2018, 02:15 PM
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Today I had my best friends over -
and well, one of them loves to feed the parrots...and I had the trainingcup with cedar/pinenuts still out. He was very brave and actually gave some to Sunny!
(it's the first time he fed her directly- up till now he placed his offerings in the foodcup or on the broader parts of the cage -- to save his fingers)
It went beautifully!
No lunging etc. she *really* wanted those nuts.
So she accepted them just as daintily as the greys do.

Afterwards she came out of the cage (we were having tea)- and decided she wanted to sit near the computer- but my other friend (from the POTMphoto) was sitting there-- and she automatically tried to step-up on his arm.
Halfway through she was having second thoughts about it...
"hey... I do not know this arm?!"
and sort of froze in a puzzled way
(just like my friend btw)
and you could see her thinking!
So funny!
And she reversed to my arm and was completely chill about it!
(I expected some sort of tantrum and was mentally bracing for it)
So another victory on the behaviour-part and another friend with a positive Sunny-experience.
(He also did great! No panicking or trying to do something defensive: he just sat there, let it happen and was oke with the entire experience.)
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Old 09-08-2018, 03:16 PM
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Amazing and sweet! Great progress! You are doing a great job!!!!!!!
Thanks for taking this bird in
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Old 09-08-2018, 10:27 PM
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We could use a couple photo's here!






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Old 09-09-2018, 04:13 AM
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Oh Amy eh Jim...I just WISH!
That would have been a great one for posterity etc..

=

We finished having out regular showerparty, everybody is completely waterlogged.
(making the most of the (probably) last warm-ish days / though you never know anymore )


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I found out a bit later: my girl can jump!!


she was being naughty- so I decided to ignore her and to clean up a bit and completely forgot she has a morbid fear of the little brush (the type that goes with the dustpan).
The moment I reached for the brush (leftside)



So there was a jump and a flap ...
(did I just see a jump?)

(wut? she can flap?? pretty sure I heard one!)
and there was a macaw sitting om my right arm, looking for safety there
(oooooh, SO cute)


I am still amazed.
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Old 09-11-2018, 09:37 AM
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Today Sunny went to visit the vet.
She was NOT amused about the cramped quarters in the bench I use to transport her.
(Yup, we went by bike, she was in the bike-trailer, covered with an old sleepingbag to minimize stress - and because it was really windy!)

Amazing: I 've not seen her flap those little chickenwings so much! (ever!)
Of course not something I want to put her through every day- but apart from seeing her stressed it was also good to see her "work those wings".
I was worried she would beat them against the bars and set her progress back a bit, but she was annoyed > panicked, so no problems
She had an unexptected great workout getting there!


The removal of the legband & rest of exam & blooddraw went sooo smooth, they had her back with me (stoned out of her little skull of course ) within 20 minutes!
The leg really did look a bit scary - no real wounds, but (like people who've worn their weddingband continuously for 40 years or so) there was a ridge on both sides where it used to be with some smooth whitish tissue where the actual band was.
(It was wide enough, but it pressed up against the downward facing part of the leg every time she put her weight on it.)



She is already getting used to NOT having this bracelet/ handcuf being in the way.
-> hanging / leaning on the bars quite differently almost immediately
even sitting on the perch she is not so much leaning left or right.

Now we can find out if she is a true righty or an actual lefty.
(She kept shifting preferences, and since 80% of parrots are lefties...)
Apart from the waiting on the testresults- the next few days are going to be interesting!
(Her right leg looks really naked without the band, I was so used to seeing it there)

She is the first parrot (banded as a baby) that I've met that was uncomfortable with the legband.
(She could be projecting of course (displacement annoyance? instead of displacement biting), but you never know unless you try.)
LOL she is also the first more-than-a-kilo bird I have had (so that might also play a role?-> too much weight on the metal?).
1 1/4 kilo is quite a bird! (Because she looks so ragged and chicklike without the large feathers I always think she is a rather smallish B&Gmacaw..)



Sunny sits in her cage, grinding her beak atm.
She has been preening, eating, drinking, gnawing her willowbranches, snacking etc. - all the usual day-to-day-macaw thingies.
The only one still having isues with residual stress is yours truely

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Oh my ....
she gave me an encore:

while I was typing (and retyping - english will remain a challenge) she grabbed a bar with her beak, lifted a foot and started a HUGE left side wingstretch!
It's the second time I've seen her do one, so I was very happy about it (and sectretly wishing she would do the same on the other side someday in the future).
Be carefull what you wish for:
SHE DID IT!

After finishing the stretch to the left she did a glorious as-far-as-the-wing-can-go with the right side!


I am am so so happy I could cry!
(actually I am, only a bit of course)
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Old 09-11-2018, 03:47 PM
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May I ask why have you removed Sunny's legband? Was it too small for her? Cytrynka is wearing a legband, I haven't noticed anything suspicious but... is there something to worry about? AFAIK it should be size-matched for the species, so it will not interfere with the tissue even if fully grown-up.
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