Adding an 18 year old amazon to a household with a 5 year old, possessive conyure
Hi everyone. I am at a crossroads and I need some advice from people who understand my dilemma.
I adopted a sun-nanday conyure mix (Max) when he was 1 1/2 years old about 4 years ago. There was instant chemistry between us and we quickly became great pals. He screams for me, sleeps under my shirt, grooms me, pretty much adores me and I adore him. We have a lot of fun together.
Yesterday I was at my favorite pet store that usually has a lot of beautiful, well cared for birds, and I had my arms full and was heading to the cash register when something made me turn around. There was a red crowned amazon parrot that was starring right at me. So, I made a beeline to his cage and started talking to him and he was saying "hello" and tilting his head in that curious way they do. I played with him for a few minutes then asked the clerk what the situation was with the amazon. She said that he's a rescue and is 18 years old! Apparently they are liquidating all of their birds so heaven only knows where they are going, and are relocating to a more posh area and are going to specialize in doggie boutique, grooming, vet, etc. When I checked out they offered me a 20% off coupon for the new location and, although I have 3 dogs, I said no thanks.
This bird has haunted me all day and all night last night, and today all I can think about is going back to the store to check on him. The thought that this poor 18 year old bird has no family is unbearable. I have cried so much and so hard that I have a splitting headache today. I apparently am somewhat of an animal whisperer because I can't begin to tell you how many animals, wild and domestic, that I have rescued over the years. They always manage to find me and usually I successfully find the owner or get the wild animal back to the wild. This amazon, however, captured my heart for whatever reason.
I have never planned on getting another bird, mainly because Max is extremely possessive of me and considers me to be his "mate" and I think he would really be upset if I brought another bird into our lives. But, and here's the question: do you think over time he will adapt and accept the new bird, or will the endeavor be disastrous. My first obligation is to Max, but this poor 18 year old soul-eyed amazon has me actually thinking about adding him/her to our family.
What are your thoughts? Has anyone experienced this before?
Thank you all in advance for your help, I sincerely appreciate it.