Originally Posted by PersnicketyParrot
I would choose them solely on personality and which one you feel most connected to.
Although I would love that opportunity, I won't be afforded that with the Amazon.
Here's the story. A lady has an Amazon that she has raised for several years, but unfortunately, she started travelling and has had to board him with friends. But that situation is coming to an end. Now, she lives 35 miles from me. But her amazon is boarded 200 miles from me. She wants to go up and get him and bring him back down to me. Problem is, once I receive the bird, I can't just decide he's not going to work for me because where she stays at now won't allow the bird. Although I have seen pictures, I won't be able to interact with the bird before commiting. But a Blue Front Amazon is one of my dream birds.
Now the Eclectus on the other hand is a different story. The owner lives 25 miles from me and wants to bring the bird over to me to see how we bond together before SHE commits to the deal. Although the eclectus will come to anyone and is supposed to be hand tame, he strongly bonded with her husband, who passed away earlier this year. The Eclectus was devistated. The owner has since taken a job and has been working for the past three months and hasn't been able to spend as much time with the bird other than in the morning and an hour or two in the evening. She said he started plucking feathers around his legs, which is a sign of stress.
Her husband worked at home so he was with the eclectus all day. But she can't afford to do that. I on the other hand am retired so I have plenty of time.
Now, I could take in both birds, BUT MY WIFE HAS DECIDED THAT AIN'T NO OPTION. I can take in one and only one so I have to decide. I currently have a 18 month old Senegal that is being spoiled rotten.
The main reason they would like me to home their birds is that I'm a bird lover, but I also live within 35 miles of both owners so they would be able to visit their birds and see how they are doing.
But now you see the pickle i'm in.