Hi all, i'm emma, and i would like some advice about how many birds to keep...
I became a first time bird owner in February, getting an adolescent boy on leap day this February and a second boy the day after from the same store (i know, not good of me to do it that way but i wasn't sure if i wanted a pair until i saw how lonely the first boy looked on his own). The two get along swimmingly with each other, but don't really care for my mom and i. I just got them to eat out of my hand yesterday after having them for almost four months!
I had hoped to have birds who would like getting handled, but i know now that since they were already pretty much adults when i got them and i didn't interact with them as much as i should have when i first brought them home that they would be less likely to bond with us.
When picking up supplies last week, i saw a little grey juvenile boy and i fell in love with him... I've been considering getting him and during his quarantine trying to handle him and make him friendly to us, and later introducing him into a cage with my other birds. I have seen people discouraging the introduction of a third bird to a pair, but is this the case for all males? The idea also being that the new boy will be more comfortable with humans and will be handled. Does this sound like a bad idea?
The happiness of my birds is the most important thing to me, so if a third boy would feel like the odd one out or the pair i have wouldn't be receptive of a newcomer, i'll stick with these two.