Q) how large is your monthly income? How much do you have in savings for emergency vet bills and annual exams? What is your monthly budget for healthy food and toys, etc? What is your start-up budget (bird, cage, toys, food, initial vet visit, disease tests, etc)?
A) I don't know the exact amount of money but my parents will help. I get 20+ dollars every month and a lot of money saved in the bank but for some reason I end up never spending it, usually my parents do. (I'm spoiled, don't judge). What I usually do is get a bunch of pellets/seeds. Plus we have fruits and veggies all the time because I eat a lot of them and we are doing paleo soon. Right now depending on if it is really right for me I could spend 400+ right now, but I am willing to save for a few years to get that big start up cost (beginning vet bills, bird, cage, lots of toys which I will replace, etc).
Q) what is your housing situation like? Where will you quarantine your new bird? How close do your neighbors live? How sensitive are they, and your family, to noise? How much mess can your family handle? Does anyone in the family have allergies? How important will it be for your bird to get along with the rest of your family? Do you have other pets?
A) I live in a nice sized house, but it's tall. The den goes up to 20 ft with big windows so that gets me nervous. Also an nice flat backyard with no trees sadly. It's a subdivision. I plan to keep it inside in a nice cage. The occasional screaming is alright, but my family cannot handle 24/7 screaming all the time. I have allergies but I own a dusty cockatiel and I'm fine with her. My mom is the same. I would really really really love a parrot I can let people hold and pet. I would love to take it to places and let maybe even children hold it. I don't want a 1 person bird. We have two dogs (besides the harmless bearded dragon) and they are scared about the cockatiel. They kept on sniffing her and she had enough of it so she nipped their noses and they learned their lesson. lol
Q) What is your plan for the bird when you go to college? How much will you be able to save up between now and graduation to be sure that you can always afford your choice of housing (aka bird friendly housing) after college?
A) I don't know if the bird will live that long (depending on what species I'm recommended and if I get one), but it would probably be kept at my parents house. I'm wanting a collage that is not far away. I don't know how much I can save, it depends if I have a job and what the future holds. Once I graduate collage until I can get my own house and I'm in a relationship I'll be at my parents house where my future bird is.
Q) How important is it that your new bird accept new people (a future spouse and children?)
A) To me very important. Like I said before, I'm wanting a sweet bird that can be socialized by anyone. (of corse me being the fav person
) It would be nice to go to maybe even basketball games (not sure if possible) or to petco (aka animal hell)
Q) What specifically is it about Conures that you don't like? That will help us know which other species NOT to recommend.
A) I kinda joke around about conures but they are really one person birds and are nippy/rude. Plus they hate toes. I like my toes.