This is my first post here
I'm pretty active on Talk Budgies and people there gave me some great advice on this subject, but I figured I should run by the larger parrot community here, too.
There's a Jenday at my local pet store. He's been there for four years. He had a friend until last month when a new employee sold him without realizing they were supposed to go as a pair. The bird that's left is in rough shape, mentally. Being surrounded by so much commotion and different people is stressing him out. He's very introverted and shy and will bite. This is a big turn off for anyone looking to buy him because all they see is an angry bird who bites and is very loud. The poor thing mostly just cowers in the back of his cage, shaking and occasionally screaming. The pet store has tried everything to make him more comfortable but he just doesn't like having strangers around and doesn't like all the fuss in the store.
For the past few months, I've been bringing him millet when I go in and just setting it by his dish. The other day, I was in a rush and forgot to bring the millet. He saw me coming and when I walked by without giving him the millet, he had a huge hissy fit, dumped his dish out, and screamed like crazy. Someone gave me some trail mix and I offered him that and then for the first time ever, he let me hand feed him. He has never taken food from someone's hand before. He made direct eye contact with me and made some really sweet noises. I'm allowed to open his door since he never leaves, but this time, I opened it and he very cautiously climbed up on my arm and had some more snacks! It was a huge breakthrough for him
So naturally, I want him. I currently have two very tame budgies and have been planning on getting a larger bird when I graduate uni next year. I've been doing my research into parrotlets, GCC's, etc but hadn't realized the bond I was forming with this Jenday. My issue is this: I work in technical theatre which means I have to be able to travel (I usually pack my budgies and bring them with me), and that my hours vary. My longest days will keep me away for around 12 hours a day. This works for my budgies only because when I am home, that is entirely their time. I rarely go out with friends, I don't party, and I don't stay out late because I understand how demanding even small parrots are. If given a large enough cage and many toys, would a jenday be able to occupy themselves while I'm at work? I usually try to live close to the theatre so I can come home a few times a day to check on the birds. Most days I work between 4-9 hours. My second issue is living space. Due to having to move around so often, I live in apartments. I know jendays are LOUD, no one has to warn me there
Luckily this one seems very reserved because he knows people walk away when he screams. At home, I have the shared walls of my apartment covered in eggshell foam because I am afraid of the budgies waking my neighbours in the morning. My neighbours have never even heard my budgies and I know a conure does not compare, but if I further sound proof the walls, would it be possible to keep one? I'm looking for advice from people who've had conures, specifically suns or jendays in apartments.
I'm basically looking for people to weigh in on whether or not they think this bird is a good idea. He will most definitely be in the store a year from now when I can actually purchase him and so far, I am the only person he's met that he isn't terrified of. I know I could really do a lot of good for him, I've got a lot of experience with traumatized animals, but if the life circumstances aren't right, I don't want to subject him to more upset. Any advice/info would be great. SORRY FOR THE INSANELY LONG POST!