I've been working with some of the parakeets at work to try and hand tame/socialize them before they get homes. They aren't super social when they leave, but at least they aren't freaked out by hands! One of the keets has been with us for a very long time, because he isn't a "pretty" color (he's mauve? sorta gray-ish with a dark blue tail?). He has been passed over time and time again, despite going to everyone and anyone who will let him "step up". If I make clicking noises - he responds. If I say "Hello" or "Pretty Bird" (I'm the ONLY one who calls him "pretty") - he chirps and ruffles his feathers. While he still goes to everyone, he has been super clingy when I get him out. This week, he crawled inside my bun and held onto my ponytail holder with all his might!
My husband and I were considering giving this guy a home, but... I work all day, 5 days a week. My husband works from home, and our dove spends all day with him. Our little girl is bonded on my husband. She gets angry when I talk to my him, so I hate to think how she'd react to another bird getting to come out if she is locked up.
I'm wondering if it would be OK to leave him in the cage (with lots of toys, things to forage, etc.) while I'm gone? The TV is always on, and my husband and the other pets are home... so he wouldn't be "alone", he just wouldn't get to fly around the house. I feel like it isn't fair to have him locked up all day, but I feel even worse when I see him begging for attention at work (his friends keep getting sold).