Palliative care permanent resident

Ricky – Blue and Gold Macaw


Picture above is Ricky in his old cage taken on April 30th.


Look at Ricky now!!


In the past few weeks – Ricky has had a stroke which has affected his overall health.  He is currently on medications but his long term prognosis is very poor.  Unfortunately he is no longer available for adoption and will spend his remaining days under the care of Birdline.  If you wish to donate to his care or with toys or just a card of loving thoughts – please visit our donate page or email

Ricky is estimated to be between 20 – 30 years old.  He came in with over 35 other parrots from a hoarding situation and spent the last 5 years or so living in a shed.

Two years ago, Ricky got sick very fast and spent many days in ICU at the Avian Vet clinic. Despite numerous testing’s, it was not determined what made him so sick. He dropped alot of weight, his glottis was incredibly swollen in his throat and he was on medication and cage rest for many weeks.  It took some time for him to regain his strength but since that time he seems to have made a full recovery.  This is something that will need to be monitored ie: regular weight checks, monitoring of all food intake etc. He also needs regular nail trims at the Avian Vet.


Please indicate your type of residence.
Please indicate the size of parrot you are interested in.
Do you have a preference for a particular species?
Do you own or rent your home?
If you rent, do you have permission from your landlord to house pets?
Who will be the primary caregiver?
Are all members of the family in agreement to adopt this bird?
How old are your children?
How many hours a day will the bird be in his/her cage?
Do you currently have an Avian Vet
If yes what is his/her name/clinic name:
How often do you think a parrot should be seen by an Avian Vett?
If you currently own birds, what do you use to clean the cage with?
How often do you think the cage cleaning should be done?
How often should the bird be given fruit and/or vegetables?
Should the bird be on an all seed diet?
Are you familiar with the different varieties of pellets for birds?
Should birds be given any vitamin supplements – either for their overall health or their feather condition?
Do you have any concerns taking a bird outside?
Do you have other pets in the home:
Please list the other pets currently in the home
Based on your knowledge, please list all potential dangers in a home that could affect a parrot:
Where will the bird/s be placed while on vacation?
In the case of an emergency ie:broken blood feather/nail – do you know what to do? please explain.
If the bird bites your spouse/child, how will you handle that situation:
Please list the things you hope to achieve with the adoption of this bird and what you will do to ensure the best quality of life possible.

One thought on “Ricky – Blue and Gold Macaw

  • Carol Wilson

    I wish I was a few provinces closer. I’d adore having a beak that prefers the ladies. I’m completely shunned by the daddy loving Birdo – of twenty years of my devotion. He sounds such a joyful fellow and I’ve always been captive to those MaCaw feathers.
    send him my support.

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