Hi everyone! This website is awesome and loads friendlier than some others I've seen so I feel comfortable joining to poke around and find information and maybe ask a few things along the way. Also the theme with the lanes and avenues is super cute! Anyway, I'm Roary and it's nice to meet you all. Reason I'm here is, as I said, to gather as much information as I can about birds as pets. I don't own any YET, but My mom used to have a dove, and I used to have pairs of parakeets and finches as a young kid. I never handled them but they were fun to have around and watch and take care of. I'll never own small birds like finches again though, beautiful but so very fragile :/ they died one summer weekend when I was away and they got too cold from the A/C. It was 100% my fault for leaving them under a vent, thinking they'd like the cool air as much as I did. Needless to say that was naive of me and I felt so guilty about it that I lost interest in birds altogether. Until now! That's like... 10 years later haha. My boyfriend's mom recently got a cockatoo and she completely turned me back onto birds. I had no idea how intelligent they could be! Before her I'd never even handled a bird with my own hands. After meeting her, it was clear she has no interest in bonding with women (AKA me) but she is suuuper affectionate of the guys and it's so sweet to see that kind of bond between bird and human, where they crave your attention and companionship. I had no idea birds could be like this. So now, I'm making small plans to get a bird of my own. I've done extensive research and I've learned a lot, still am. I am sure I don't want a cockatoo, as they too easily can be turned into little screaming, demanding terrors (just take a gander at the mytoos website and you'll see what I mean), plus just seeing some of Molly's behaviors I just really would rather not take one onto my hands. Not to bad mouth cockatoos, Molly makes me want a bird of my own to bond with. So, I'm hunting for the right type of bird for me. Right now I can't afford to get one nor do I have the right to since I'm under someone else's roof, but I'm looking forward to having lots of meaningful discussions here and learning from the people who live with these kinds of birds, so that I can be ready when hopefully someday I find the bird for me until then I will live off of your guy's experiences and enjoying looking at all your beautiful birds with awe and envy.