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I decided!!! No more waiting! I am getting a Handfed sennie!
YES!! I seriously think that i can make it work. I am a firm believer that when you want something enough, you will find a way to make it work. My life is as stable as it can possibly be. I have a good job, my college is over, and i work from home. I have been told that my place is too small to have both a budgie and a senegal. I do agree that it might be but i will make sure to have separate cage times and closely supervise both birds at all times when either is out so they don't make the mistake of flying to the others cage.
My house description: It is a duplex so the first floor ceiling is 2 floors high. First floor there is a bedroom (unusable since its my roommates), living room , kitchen, spiral stair case which goes up to the 2nd floor where there is a hall that connects to 2 more bedrooms (i have the master bedroom which is roughly 22x13. I have very high ceilings which might be good for my sennie to fly eventually when he is able to (only after i teach him how to recall). You can look down from my 2nd floor to the first floor as well so i can do some funky recall practices from first floor (anywhere to the 2nd floor hallway or even my room. Like i said i think for a rescue bird it might be a bit small since he is used to flying all the time but for a hand fed baby, i think i can slowly get him used to the apt and everything. The kitchen, hallway, living room and obviously my room should be fair game for him to roam ONLY with supervision since i wouldn't trust my bird with anyone alone.
The way i plan to set up my room is that i will keep the 2 cages in opposite ends, also i will have my tree on 1 side of my computer and another play stand in the right side. So perhaps i can try to see if they can coexist next to me without fighting. I will keep them in their own play stands and will make sure they dont attack each other. my hand will be strategically place in the middle so they cant fly at each other. Also my budgie RARELY wants to come out. Only like 2x a day he will want to come out for awhile and chill out. He is more independent but will come out for some play time but only for maybe 30 min to an hour a day. So the sennie will probably have more out of cage time and especially at different times so only sometimes they both might be out at once but again this is only see as it goes since if i see any aggression or signs of them not working out together, then i wont let them out again.
Ok now to why i am doing this now. Honestly i have been trying to find the "right time" to do this for awhile. i wanted to get it pre college but i thought thats not a good idea since college might complicate things. Then i wanted to do it post college but i was at a high at that point with my new career that i was trying to make it at and decided that was a wrong time since i was focusing on other things. Then basically right now is where i am at where i think i am ready. but in all honesty, when can you be ready? When your pre 18, you will be told that college will be an issue (this is the only one i firmly agree with since life changes alot during college). Then you graduate and are told that your career will be an issue. Then you find a career but are told that your marriage/ next phase of your life will be an issue so should wait longer. Then you get married and are probably told that thats not a good time since your starting your new family and have to support everyone and have kids. Then your around 40 years old and even then might not be a good time since by that age your working hard and might not have the time to give 1on1 time much to your bird and your responsibilities as a father/mother might be important. Then you turn 50+ and might think thats the right time but then you might not have the energy to take care of a bird and do everything right....
So when is the right time? Even if i get a bigger place then the one i am living in, i am sure there will be other issues that will prevent me from deciding on my 2nd bird. And it is just going to be my 2nd and most likely final bird. How many others on this site or in real life has a worse situation in their life with more birds who are making it work? I honestly think i can make it work and will make it work.
So therefore i honestly am done waiting. I know enough about training/ clicker training/ behavior training through reading/ working with my budgie/ talking to amazing people (such as ginger and michael) who have helped me understand things better. I was trying to get a rescue but that did not work out since the bird is used to having a much bigger place to fly in and honestly, i wouldnt want him to be unhappy. And there arent really any other rescues who i would trust then the one i was talking to (someone from the forum who was the most helpful awesome person ever!) Also the closest rescue to begin with is many hours away so its not even going to be possible to just go by to look. But right now i think getting a baby will be better so i can just start shaping him to get used to life with me and my budgie.
Also on the bird to get, truth is i will stick with a senegal just because i think they fit me the best and i feel like i know them the best. But however who knows.. maybe when i am going to choose my sennie, i might fall in love with a different bird there.
So ya. question i have from you guys is that do you think this can work or not. I have heard of every negative i can possibly hear and i have taken everything in and i fully understand every risk that i might go looking at. So tell me if you think this will work out or if there is anything i am not looking at.Also keep in mind that eventually i do plan to move to my own place just that at the time being i dont know when it will be. The house i was buying to move in to is no good anymore since i decided to turn it into a investment house instead and flip it in a year or so instead.
As for me, i am a 28 year old guy living with 2 roommates (1 loves my birds and plays with him the other had been around birds at his home all his life but not really a bird person however he is ok with it). I think my maturity is at a higher level then it was when i was in college. Also my job acquires me to be very very patient so patience is definitely one of my strongest points (i trade options/equities).