Ricky – Blue and Gold Macaw


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


Look at Ricky now!!

Ricky is estimated to be between 16 – 22 years old.  He came in with over 25 other parrots from a hoarding situation and spent the last 5 years or so living in a shed.

Ricky is not to partial to women and does NOT like small children.  While out on his play-stand, if a small person walks to close, he WILL try to bite. He will need a male companion and while he does okay with multi-bird homes, he will attack if another bird lands on his cage.  His ideal home will be a man as his caregiver, no children under 12 and limited other birds.

Our goal is to have Ricky placed into an adoptive family and not foster – the constant moving around is not going to be beneficial to him and will only cause more issues.

Late this summer, Ricky got sick very fast and spent many days in ICU at the Avian Vet clinic. Despite numerous testings, 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.

If you have “large” bird experience and think you may be the family Ricky needs and live in the Calgary area, please fill out an online application found on our website.   We will come to meet you and your family and will be requesting numerous visits here with Ricky before placement.

 Ricky has a VERY large cage and play-stand – you will need to ensure you have space in your living room to accommodate his items 🙂


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?
Do you foresee any further children in your future?
Do you work full or part time?
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:
If you do not have an Avian Vet – do you have access to one?
How often should a parrot be seen by an Avian Vet?
How often do you believe a bird should be bathed?
Do you believe that birds need toys in their cage and if so, how many?
Should these toys be rotated and if so, how often?
What kind of perches and how many should be provided – please explain the reasoning:
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?
What would you line your cage with?
How often should the bird be given fruit and/or vegetables?
Should the bird be on an all seed diet?
Are you familiar with pellets for birds?
Should birds be given any vitamin supplements – either for their overall health or their feather condition?
What are your views on seeds being added to a diet?
Do you have any concerns taking a bird outside?
Do you have other pets in the home:
Please list all pets and if they are spayed/and or neutered
What is your personal opinion on breeding all species of animals ie:dog/cat/rabbit/parrot – and would you ever purchase any species of animal from a breeder?
Please list any potential dangers you can forsee in your home regarding the health of a parrot and the steps you take to ensure they are safe.
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.
In the case of an emergency ie:broken blood feather/nail – do you know what to do? please explain.
If the bird should bite one of your existing pets what would you do?
If the bird bites your spouse/child, what would you do?
If this bird causes destruction ie: chewing a door/wall/chair/power cord/curtain/wall paper etc – how will you handle the situation(if you are adopting a cockatoo, please be advised that its not a matter of IF he/she will chew any of the above, but a ma
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

  • June 27, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    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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