Multiple bird owners (or Amazon owners), please read...I need advice!
Amazon - Mo
Hello! I have written on here a few times usually contributing some comments to other people when I feel I have some knowledge on, but now it is my turn where I feel I need some parrot advice! So here it goes:
I currently have an African Grey who I love to death, but lately have been thinking a lot about getting another bird in the house. Quick background...I used to work in a deluxe pet shop that sold parrots.
Here is where I was introduced to a 5 m/o Orange Wing/Blue Fronted Amazon we called Mo. When he came in the shop he was frantic with no handling experience. I worked with him everyday and he soon became hand tame. It would be me 5 days a week who would wake him in the mornings and be there all day socializing him with the other birds on the perches. He quickly learned to say "hello" and some funky noises I taught him such as the noise from a tongue roll and click, "booms" like bombs, meows like cat, barks like dog, and numerous whistles. I somehow even taught him when I say "Mo can I have a BIG kiss?!" he returns by making a BIG, LOUD smack kiss noise! He would get so excited making all these new learned noises he would fan out his tail feathers and wings, his eyes would dilate as he would "slide" back and forth on the perch and dance around. (looks somewhat like a mating display)
I soon realized he ONLY did this display for me, and I would be the only one who could
get him going to talk and display for customers. It came to a point also where no one else could pick him up and he would be silent for everyone, until I walked up to the perch. He would get so excited and make every noise he knew!! I have found this enchanting how he has seemed to choose me as his primary friend.
Recently I left this job. I miss and think about Mo a lot and can't bear the thought of him going home to somebody who I wasn't able to talk to and tell them about all of his little quirks. He is almost a year old now. I recently went to visit and Mo is still available for sale. As soon as he saw me he fanned all out and jumped on my hand and started his crazy noises all over. Every other employee around me said "are you kidding me?! We still cant get him to do this like he does for you!!" So here I am..I left the shop that day thinking about Mo.
Is this just something I will get over or is it a friendship for life that I am crazy for not claiming? Would it be a bad idea considering I have a Grey who are sensitive birds as it is, I almost feel like I would be hurting her feelings if I brought a new bird into the house. Is it difficult to care for 2 highly intelligent birds? I sometimes also wonder what it would be like dealing with a hormonal Amazon. ::sigh:: Any advice out there on what I should do??