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New member & macaw mom

Hey all! Iím new to the forum & care giver to an elder macaw. Iíve know Ruby pretty much my entire life. She was my grandparents up until last week. My grandfather passed some years ago & my grandmother has started with dementia. Someone was ďtaking careĒ of her pets for her. I use that term very loosely. My kids & I brought her home & she seems happy, I guess. She chatters quite a bit. Weíve left the door open so she can come out if she wants & she occasionally does but does not go far from it. She responds mostly to myself & my oldest. I guess Iím looking for reassurance that Iím doing all this right. She does seem to be eating good & will even take peanuts or grapes from my hand. If she doesnít want them she drops them either on the floor or back in her food dish. Our house is probably a bit cooler than sheís used to so weíve put a space heater near her cage. We cover the front with a blanket at bedtime (& are trying to keep it around the same time). Her feathers look pretty ratty but she has been grooming & they look a bit better than when we first got her here.

Sorry for the long post. If thereís anything I should watch for or some secret to a happy macaw I should know, please tell me! Iím guessing sheís at least 30 probably closer to 40 years old. I would love to one day to have my grandparents great-great grand babies meet her (my oldest is 16. That should be a long time away- I hope!)

Thank you so much
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