Ruby .... Ive always had these birds - and they are awesome and I love them dearly .... but I did have a budgie who I raised from a tiny itty bitty pinkie when his parents refused to go back into the breeding box after a mini tornado came through and blew things over. This happened 10 years ago - and it was a really bad time for me then and the bird (Mista) I hand reared which literally saved my sanity .... he gave me a REASON to get up and get involved in life again. I don't believe he ever knew he actually was a bird. It used to take me aback that I'd walk past and he'd say stuff in context like "come back", or "hey, whatcha doin" and he understood the premise of the game peekaboo and how to play it. I taught him to dance, which he seemed to love, and he'd make the beat box sounds too LOL
I lost him 2 years ago due to a stroke. He was 8, and I know thats getting on for budgies - but heck, I have a 14 year old and a 12 year old budgie! They've got problems that the vet can't fix and I know pretty soon it will just be Reuben and Squirtle. I've come to accept that now. The Circle of Life n all.
Anyhow, it's taken that long for the hole it ripped in me to seal over a bit to even think about another bird who will hang will me during the day. The other birds like the interaction with me - but they seem to prefer being JUST birds ... and that's fine. They're beautiful for me to watch and I love watching them get their joy out of flying that they do.
I think Squirtles, and probably Reuben too and me will see my days out. I am hopeful that Squirt will *want* to hang with me and just be a buddy
p.s. Funnily enough Reuben was "Ruby" because the breeder who gave him to me was almost 100% sure it was female due to the shape of the skull
.... but I busted him "doin some .... self gratification " to the perch thing on a toy one day .... and in 8 years, "Ruby" has never even laid an egg ... so Reuben it is LOL I COULD get it confirmed with a DNA test, but it doesn't matter. The bird brings me happiness no matter if its a he or she.