I've had cockatiels budgies and canaries in my flock and I didn't want any other breed of birds so I can't really relate to wanting more, whether they are larger or different breeds.
I do know that my budgies were tyrants and mean to the cockatiels and I had to watch them around my canaries for fear they would harm them so there is that to think about. Budgies can be meanies!
I am older then you, I work a lot and now I don't have the time to devote to a larger flock of birds. I only have a budgie living with me now and I've said that when he leaves me he will be my last bird. I don't want any more birds in my life due to my interests and lifestyle changing as I get older.
I want to go for weekends or travel on vacations without worrying about the bird/s and boarding them or having someone come in to care for them. I don't want to be tied down to any pets for a long while.
I won't be giving up birds forever, I will probably want them in my life when I settle down and marry and have kids. I will want my kids to see how amazing birds can be, but right now..... no more birds in my life.
My reason for telling you all this is I feel you are younger, you don't know what your life will be like in 5 years from now. Will you have met someone special who wants you to spend time with them doing things away from your flock.
Will you honestly be able to say that in 5 years you will want all these birds in your life?
i want to say with confidence that, yes, i will want birds/my other pets. many people will say 'my pets aren't my whole life, but they make my life whole' but i say "pets are my life". i can't image living with out them and after having a flock of little guys, i honestly think it would be easier to have one medium bird and the cost would be about the same. (and for the record if i meet the right guy and he doesnt like birds or animals... i will be looking for someone else!!
I have five birds currently. I totally understand how you feel about the mid size birds. I got a cockatiel at 3 weeks of age and have been harness training him everyday. When he turned five weeks every time I put the harness on we went outside for a walk. It was a great feeling to spend time with my bird outside. We walked in the woods, I even took him on my boat he loves it outside. Now I would also like to get a green cheek or I read Meyers parrots make awesome pets, not the best looking, but its what's on the inside that counts. I have small birds Parrotlets, lovebirds, but I feel like I've outgrown them as I now desire the midsize ones their not as flighty you know what I mean. I don't mean to step on toes here, but they feel more like a pet to me than the smaller ones, right. Everyone to their opinion.
Julie Good luck with your decision.
YES! i totally agree. the medium/large birds are more hands on, for the lack of a better phrase, and so they are more bonded to you. i am not bonded to any of my birds because they are a flock and they like each other. i was bonded to my first single budgie and it was great and i really miss it. i know any bird can bond with you, but the bigger ones are more "fun" i guess. i cuddled with a cockatoo once and it was the best thing since sliced bread!(I'm not saying that i would get a too though..). i would love a bigger-than-a-budgie parrot that i can bond with, hang out, go for walks, eat with etc etc etc... (can you tell i only have 1 human friend??) :P i love the little guys, but i just miss the connection between bird and person, not to mention i just like the size of bigger birds
I feel like that with the linnies sometimes. I really want an amazon, I had a blue front for a year when I was younger that I really loved. However, I don't know if I'll ever get one because I don't have time right now to spend with a parrot (the little guys keep each other company). Also, bigger birds need more cage space, bigger toys, more food, etc. And their beaks are very DESTRUCTIVE. Can you imagine a bigger bird in your room, chewing the moldings, etc. Your little budgies are nothing compared to that. The noise is also a factor. I know a lot of people say "my loud species is actually the quietest of my bunch", but I like to imagine the bird I get will be a loud individual and ask if I can deal. I dealt with a noisy indian ringneck for 20 years and could never go through that again. The piercing cries would go through my brain and is one of the reasons I don't consider GCC (I know, I know, they are "quiet" but when they do make noise it is too shrill for me) So my biggest requirements would be a quieter species and one that does not have a shrill voice.
When I was younger and still living with my parents, I really didn't think of the consequences of having a loud bird. I was really lucky that I was able to move to a place that accepted the ringneck and that my husband was tolerant (although he was adamant that I would not replace her with another loud bird). I mean I thought of it, but didn't actually REALLY think about the consequences. What if you get a conure or quaker, etc. Then the bird bonds and you have to go off to school, study, get a job, start a family, etc.
i think about the noise level of birds and in a situation where i lived in a house alone, i wouldn't mind the screaming. of course i would not tolerate screaming for attention, call me crazy, but i love the power behind bird screaming/calls. i just like the sound of it.
its like the sound of the wild in your room