Well, yesterday marked 3 weeks that Mickey as been home with me, and there has been a lot of progress! He’s stepping up a lot better, no more bites so far but I don’t wanna jinx it, starting to play with new toys, and he’s letting me pet him a LOT more. I am honestly surprised such an untrusting “aggressive” bird would come out with such a squishy side. He’s still very jumpy, but every day improves.
Major news is that our appointment to the vet had to be moved up 2 weeks. His beak was crooked and overgrown when I adopted him, but I was planning to get it done at a mobile vet visiting our state bird club’s meeting, buuutt his beak decided to break. A big chunk came off the side, no blood and no discomfort, but it caused the rest of the beak’s structural integrity to be compromised. Needless to say, a few days later the tip broke off. There was a little blood and he was uncomfortable eating, so I made a vet appointment for the next day.
I chose the vet that the rescue used because his records were there. It is also the vet that was used when he was a baby at his first home. This means that they had seen him before which turned out to be helpful. His exam went great, and though fixing his beak took quite a while, it is SO much better now and you can tell he’s feeling better. The vet saw the beak and said “Oh yeah, this happens with him,” so she knew what to do. I asked them how much it would cost to get him DNA sexed, because the rescue didn’t know, but the doctor said she remembered sexing him as a baby and said he was male. Not only does this show what a GOOD veterinarian will do for you (she could have charged me the $65 for a new test) but also the benefit of going to a vet that has seen the bird before. This can’t always be done, but by doing so, I got all his records transferred into my name.
After the vet visit, a friend who has a Blue and Gold macaw and I went out to lunch at a local joint and sat on the patio with the birds. Despite them not being harnessed (which is incredibly unsafe mind you), they stayed closed by. He is sure his macaw can’t fly, as she never learned, and Mickey is atrophied and hasn’t flown in night 30 years, so I don’t think he physically could if he tried, but I do not recommend taking birds out without a harness. I am working on harness training and once he lets me, he will be using that (we just haven’t gotten there yet).
Lastly, I’ve been taking him on short rides in the car. For any extended drives, you should use a carrier, not just for the bird’s safety but to prevent distractions; however, my car is too small to use a carrier well, so I wanted to be able to use a stand for short trips. He threw up twice, so I thought, “damn, he’s carsick” (which actually is pretty common believe it or not), but once he cleared his crop out, he was totally fine, so it was just a stress response to “lighten his load” or so to speak.
Yesterday he took a spray bath which he SOAKED himself and had an absolute ball.
Overall, for 3 weeks, he has been amazing. I’m still waiting for the next big problem to happen — a bite, and injury, who knows, but for now, I’m relishing how smoothly this has gone.