Remembering Mystic

Mystic was an especially beautiful scarlet macaw who came into our lives because her owners no longer wanted her. She had been diagnosed with avian diabetes and I was told they ‘just wanted to get rid of her’. Already living with two macaws, a cockatoo, 3 dogs and 7 humans, I agreed to take her in, with the hope that we could help her become a healthy bird and integrate her into our flock. At the time, I wrote into a message board regarding her upcoming adoption.

Adopting a Diabetic Macaw

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Randi Marie
8/29/06 at 11:02 AM

Friends, I am about to adopt another macaw. Her name is Mystic. She is 12 years old, well loved, but the owners can no longer take care of her. She has high blood sugar…one vet says she’s diabetic and needs insulin shots, the other says her diet should be changed. How do we go about this? I will make an appointment with my vet, but because she’s lived with the same couple for 12 years, should we do a gradual move, or all at once? Her current guardian would like to visit once in a while, is that all right? Because she doesn’t know me, we’re wondering if she and I would both take Mystic to the vet first time. I want her to move in, in such a way that is least traumatic to her. She already has health issues, she’s leaving the only family she’s ever known, and she’s a ‘big cuddler’ USDJPY.

Feather Destructive Behavior (as opposed to normal preening when birds groom their feathers and skin free from dirt or foreign particles and correct any feather distortions) is excessive and obsessive self grooming that can include one or all of the following abnormalities: barbering or chewing feathers; picking or plucking them out; and, in severe cases, self-mutilation.

In a severe case of plucking, the bird can be completely naked from the head down. Indicators of feather picking include the presence of healthy head feathers, feather loss where you can see the skin, and/or shortened or mutilated feathers in body areas accessible to a bird’s beak (including the wing skin fold, inner thighs, and breast).


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