PJ upon arrival at Mickaboo
This is a reminder of the matching gift event in progress now (ending Friday at 9 pm PT), with a 50% match on the first $50 given by each donor while matching funds last. This giving event, as well as our August 24 adoption fair, honor the memory of Scott Shipley. Scott led our macaw team and was one of our most respected volunteers; he unexpectedly left this world all too early in July 2019.
Though he specialized in macaws, Scott appreciated all birds. Today we would like to tell you about PJ, a greencheek conure about 10 years old. Who doesn't love the charm of a greencheck conure? PJ was at a humane society some years ago when a well-meaning lady took him into her care. She loved him, but had little information about avian care and hormonal issues. When PJ began "hiding" under towels, she assumed he enjoyed doing so and encouraged it. PJ was actually nesting, and he spent eight very hormonal and frustrated years plucking out his feathers in response to his raging hormones triggered by his environment. PJ was not seen by an avian vet during these eight years. In February 2019 his owner surrendered him to Mickaboo due to changes in her circumstances.
Mickaboo immediately brought PJ to an avian vet. Healthwise, his only problem was the extreme and prolonged episode of unaddressed hormonal issues. He was given two Lupron shots two weeks apart. While it is unlikely all his feathers will grow back, his previously-bare shoulder patches are now covered, and now and then a colorful feather will emerge on his belly.
PJ is a sweet bird. Now that his hormones are more balanced, we look forward to helping him regain trust with humans.
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Your financial support is critical in allowing us to help birds like PJ. If you have not already done so, please consider giving now - and while matching funds last, your gift will have an even larger impact.
PJ at the vet - showing off feather damage
PJ's feathers are so much better now!