I Just thought this would be an interesting post for everyone, (sorry if there's a similar post already, I'm still new).
Aww, poor Tweets (that's such an adorable name!) I'm glad he went to a family that wants and loves himI'm glad you found your Sweety and that you chose each other!
I've been wanting a bird for a very long time. A couple of months ago I started looking at budgie breeders, but then I found out that the owner didn't want Tweets anymore and I brought him home.
Oh man, that sounds like such a tough decision, but I'm sure you feel that you made the right choice. It's good that you're the strict parent for Dexter and I'm sure he loves you just as much as he loves Jack.I went to a shelter expecting to get a budgie as a companion to my parrotlet. It was overwhelming the number of birds they had. Dozens of doves. A few conures. And about 100 budgies. 100! Animal control had two hording interventions with days of each other that totaled 75 birds. Flocks out of control, in breeding, etc. There were also a couple birds in the back.
I'm a sucker for a hard luck case. I had my eye on a young budgie that lost a foot due to fighting.
However the shelter volunteer also had two birds in the back. A lovebird that lost her mate & was cage bound for several years cause the owners were afraid of bites.
And the the was a cockatiel. Age & past unknown. He was found in a parking lot. At some point in his past he broke a wing & it didn't heal right. He can fly but doesn't want/like to. He was friendly.
So I left undecided between the untame one-foot budgie, the lonely cage-bound love bird, or the broken wing cockatiel. A tough choice I didn't know which to bring home.
The next day my husband & I went back for Dexter.
We've both bonded with him in different ways. I'm the teacher/pain-in-the-crop guy. Jack is the hang out buddy.
I went to the breeder, she opened the cage, and this little guy came out, jumped on my arm and started pulling threads from my jumper. Then I knew I had no choice but to be his mum.