I think with Ophelia, she was the
most unique personality I had ever seen in a budgie. She melted my heart and reminded me of our Conure we had years ago. So inquisitive, so so smart. Right up to the glass taking in everything. So I decided to take a chance on her.
The guy that I know is a nice man. He finds local breeders that have parakeets. Whether these are the quality and standard you were describing though, I highly doubt. That is why I was asking for recommendations for even better quality budgie breeders.
The question you ask about Ophelia and the cause of her yellow urates is something that my husband and I were just discussing today and it concerns us. I have not heard today an update on her progress but as of yesterday she was doing fine but they were unsure what the cause was. They said it could have been just a few days of GI upset. But, to be honest as she is not on insurance yet (we only had her 4 days) like my others, if she is still sick/ falls sick again in the next week, it could cost us hundreds to find out the cause and without knowing the cause of her yellow urates her significant loss of weight in a few days (40g down to 35g) I think me and my husband may not welcome her back into our home. Once Petco collects them they become property of the store again and we have a choice whether we take them again. I really thought she was a wonderful bird, but I have to think of the safety of the rest of my guys and I don't think it's a chance I'm willing to make.
1) See above for answer on Ophelia
2 & 3) If we don't welcome Ophelia back, we will only have 4 birds. Nevi is out of quarantine now, so three birds that are able to live downstairs fine. That leaves only one in my bedroom.
4) I am not actually new to owning birds. I've owned parakeets as a child. I helped breed cockatiels in university many years ago and have owned a Green Cheek Conure.
If they don't get along then they don't get along. I'm hoping at best they can all be happy and play together in some combination. Tiki and Tundra love each other and are best little buddies. If Nevi and the new girl can get along- great. If all four can play together outside the cages- even better. If only half get along then I let them out different times of day. We have enough room that if the girls hate each other they can have separate cages.
And in the end if all four don't get on as breeding pairs, then we haven't lost anything. We still have four awesome little birds that are part of our family. We love watching them. My daughter loves watching them and playing with them. Even my husband loves playing guitar with them on his shoulders. Whether they breed or not makes no actual critical difference to us. It's just a dream we have, because giving people an alternative to Petco/ Petsmart is something I feel pationate about, that have been raised as pets first and given good diets from the start. I also really loved breeding those cockatiels all those years ago and always thought about coming back to it again someday. But if that doesn't happen it is just fine.
Hope that answers all the questions