Ohh I thought I would release mickey when he becomes independent... but he’s so attached to me and loves people that it’s really impossible to release him. Especially with our dogs - that would not end well. Mickey is also easily frightened by birds flying past him when he’s outside and really doesn’t like loud noises. I fear he will not make it on his own. I also love him so much it would be absolutely heart breaking to let him go. I also read up that Mousebirds are flock birds which means that if they don’t accept a new comer they will kill him.