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Old 07-06-2018, 10:08 AM
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Today was a - moment.


Sunny was being an absolute unmannered not-so-lady.
(Yesterday she shed al lot of small feathers while getting scritches- so maybe this time she is truely molting? It is raining undamaged blue and yellow ones - verry pretty.)


Anyway- she hit me with her beak when I asked her to step up, and threatened to chomp down om me several times after that.
(I walked away a couple of times and ignored her of course- that is the fun thing about having more than 1 parrot -> just move on to the one that IS behaving itself, double profit: the culprit is succesfully ignored and also sees how the 'good example' gets all the nice positive attention.)
So Appie and I almost made it to the bathroom before she threw a tantrum, finally decided to "Hello?" us and earn a ride.

After that she was more than motivated to play nice - and could not wait to get into the bathroom and have a shower!!


I have told you guys before that splashing under/ next to the shower is the only place she wil voluntarily move her wings even slightly-


today she did half an upstroke!!!
REPEATEDLY


She stretched both her wings as far a the poorer one could go- and almost if she tried to fling the water up and away.
There was some real strengt in there as well, almost a propper beating wing.

And she was having a blast!




I could cry / burst for joy.
(got her some more alternative meds and they seem to work, and the warm weather probably helps too)

It is a babystep eh babyflap, but I really had to share with you.


SO HAPPY!

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Old 07-06-2018, 10:28 AM
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I do the same. If one is acting out I give attention to the other one.
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Old 07-06-2018, 10:29 AM
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I am also glad to hear Sunny is getting better.
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Old 07-06-2018, 10:45 AM
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Re: Upbeat - news

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I am also glad to hear Sunny is getting better.



Thank you

It's a two steps forward, one/two/three backwards journey with her.


Wing seems to settle down- not really healing but getting somewhat in that general direction, she crashes on it (again), wing is a no-touch area again, back to square one, swelling goes down, still no touch and defensive/panic biting but wanting to play... and today this little gem!


Is this typical macaw?
Or "just Sunny"?

(I come from a world of african greys - it really is a different planet!)
Lots and lots of "drama" the highs and lows are a-ma-zing!
Never a dull moment!
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Old 07-06-2018, 02:12 PM
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Much wisdom here!

If the Rb isn't being nice, I will try moving on to his rival, and vice versa.

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Old 07-07-2018, 02:03 PM
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Today a lot of yellow feathers came down and since it is really warm here ...another shower. I did not bring the greys- so it was not as much fun.
(Water splashing off an african parrot is far better bathingwater than the stuff straight from the taps or bouncing of a human ... )
But I got a few half-hearted flaps and some bonding time (she loves to have her beak brushed for some reason - so she has her own soft toothbrush for that ).


The evening cuddles were amazing in that she gave me her wings in my hand.
(She only once handed me her sore wing before, but never both one after another)
So we are back to massages, light movements (passive and assisted) and I carefully tried some resistance exercises to build more muscles (only the wingopening part of course, real flapping gets on the menu when she lets me know she's ready to do them).
After that she let her wings down- (another first! ) so she looked like a broody hen and got a TON of scritches all over her head and nek.

(This from a parrot who's default wingsetting was as high and tight as they would go. If she was a human she would have had the tops of the shoulders all the way up behind the ears and a pulled in neck.)


The new meds seem to be working (or she is just healing naturally/ or both).


Of course her day was not complete without sneakingly making a few extra holes in my last good skirt (don't wear your good clothes around her! ) so she is chilling and I am fixing... (well I should do some mending but the greys decided they want more scritches too ...)
If this is the price for progress ... come and get it!
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Old 07-18-2018, 04:07 AM
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Re: Upbeat - news

Still warm here (yup this global/local warming thingy is getting really popular) so a lot of bathing going on.

She is still not being nice btw; one moment she'll be a trusting cute macaw and without any issues or hesitation will step-up and join me, and a few minutes later she'll be hanging of the side of the cage taking a swipe at me as I pass her by.

Weird being!!

New development:
after getting soaked through and through she usually talks up a storm (and do *not* interrupt her/ do not talk back... she is rehearsing thank you very much, so be quiet plze)
but
I cut some fresh willow last friday and instead of ignoring it for months like she did the last batch -> she is gnawing away! \o/

She actually seems to taste the bark and enjoy it.
(like the greys do with cardboard -treat it like chewing-gum)

Happy!
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Old 07-29-2018, 09:05 AM
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Re: Upbeat - news

Melting macaw?

Not sure if the heat had something to do with it - it was ridulously warm here the past few days, for the Netherlands anyway
but we finally made it past the 100 degrees-mark \o/
(no, not thermometer-wise, Fahrenheit or Celcius)
just something the goniometer would tell you.

Her wristjoint ( https://www.dkfindout.com/us/animals...s/inside-wing/ ) especially is a stiff and painfull mess and could not unfold more than 40 degrees when she came in.
The first bit -because she was just tense, in pain and her muscles were all cramped and knotted- was easy, so in a few weeks she was at 90 degrees -> unfolding a wing halfway-ish, the other joints were more pliable and forgiving.

(like having a pocket-knife stuck halfway opening up, nice but useless)

Last week she let me touch and even manipulate the little 'thumbfeather' for the first time ever --before that she always pulled it away, squealing in pain and sometimes even lunging at my fingers.

A few days ago we were doing something quite unrelated, but I decided to take a quick peek at how far she could stretch without any preperation, prestretches etc. and because she was frollicking around like a puppy was at first not exactly sure which wing I was holding.
*So* delighted to find that she not only got past the 90 degrees she'd been sort of stuck on for months now, she went up and by the looks of it over the 100!
So ... progress is still an option (and happening) \o/



Partytime!
(again. We have many parties since she joined us.)
Cold drinks (hot if you prefer ) for everyone!

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Laughing my socks of today:

after giving me a complete and utter fright yesterday by falling of the table (again!! ) and turning it into a complete bloodbath by splitting one of her stumps (formerly known as tailfeather) she is on a double dose of painrelief'meds' and it paid off!

Today she was furiously playing, first with a small pastic bottle and later with one of those hard plastic balls with many holes and a smaller one inside (palmsized toy) and she completely rolled over!

She has never done a complete roll-over before by herself!
(she has been practising for months while grabbing my finger and levering herself over to her side and back and biting me because .... well ... reasons; mostly because then there is some weight on her painfull wings and if something hurts her it must be my fault, right? )

Anyway- there she was - lying flat on her back, both feet and beak busy with the toy and not a care in the world \o/
Manipulating the ball for all it was worth (and probably more), grabbing, twisting and swinging it about.
Marvelous sight!

Of course then came the dreaded moment of "wanting to turn back to the right side up" so I already steeled myself to be helpfull (and get bitten) once again.
(Yup, sometimes I am so noble it makes my hair hurt - evil grinnnn)
but she pushed off with both her wings and her head and got herself keel down, head up.
Of course then is was my fault her wings were (once again) painfull - but who cares: SHE DID IT!!


she played upside down
she got herself in that position and back again
she used her wings for leverage (succesfully)


babysteps, babysteps ... I could not be prouder or happier
(is that even english? I don't care right now)

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Old 08-04-2018, 02:31 AM
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This thread is starting to sound like of of those "all my days are filled with nothing but sunshine and rainbows" which of course is complete male cows manure.
My pinkyfinger is missing some skin because she misjudged between grabbing a toy midplay and my hand, my other forearm looks like Count Dracula had a go at it (she fell from the table playing and I caught her as much as she caught me) etc.etc. - but stating that ... its all minor.

Anyway- everytime I am "Oh I have to post about this, otherwise I will forget about it later" she does something just as amazing (or even more).


So... it's saterday (8:40 AM), already very warm (in house temp: 27,5 / aka 81.5 Fahrenheit) and we are told it will be getting near (human) bodytemperatures today.
Sunny has been playing with her plastic bottle (80%), stealing my tea and ripping up tissues for almost two hours (most of it non-stop action)!

Is this really the same bird who sat there dazed and panting after just 5 minutes of tossing that same bottle around?
(only half a year ago)


There are actually some slight wingmovements (sideways) when she throws herself offbalance \o/ \o/ \o/ -that really is a first, she usually clenches them tight to her body as to minimize the hurt.


(With her missing tail she ends up sitting on her butt a lot too, but that's okay, as long as she starts using those wings again! Losing that tailfeather unfortunately cost her a lot of her newfound balance, but it might be benificial too.)


Anyway- after she was burying shreds of tissues under the foot of the monitor and almost topling it when retrieveing... I decided she had enough fun for now and it was high time to eat and chill a bit.
Before I could say or do anything she gave *me* the "step up" command
(LOL)
(Yes, they read intention in humans very, very well)

Double fun, because the one time she really threatens (an sometimes follows through with a lunge and a chomp down) outside her cage is when I want her to stop playing and leave the finely shredded mess etc. she is having so much fun with.

(I have been working on that by calling "time out"s - picking her up/ letting her step up, place her on nearby perch and give her a pinenut or a cool-down drink and after a few minutes - with lots of praise of course- let her resume whatever she was doing.
Somehow she made the connection it is not all bad to be interrupted and that being defensive/agressive about it got her absolutely nowhere, where coorporation made her feel better: she got her rewards and -sometimes- even more fun.)

Big relief because she gets *so* focussed that she is about to overheat- she has to stop and pant away for a very long time.


I think this is the first time she gave me a clear (vocal) command in context - the greys order me about all the time of course - and I did not know she already could say that!.
So much better than her usual "you are going in the wrong direction"*chomp* or "hey, you are moving too slow"*chomp* or "hey, I bumped my tail against something"*chomp*
--those are getting quite tedious, so I hope we will pass that stage soon!
(of course she gets reprimanded at every chomp, but still, old habits die hard ... )
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