Man I just wrote this whole thing and it was deleted!
The short of it:
Husband has always wanted a bird, now were able to get one (financially and spacially). He wanted an Amazon, but we have 2 young children and as far as I can tell Amazons aren't for children. Our children would be allowed to see the bird but not touch bird or cage until they are older. We have 2 dogs (outside only) a fish tank (closed) and 2 sugar gliders. The gliders are mine and they stay in the cage unless it is bonding time as which point the gliders and I are in our bonding tent; Gliders are nocutrnal.
From what I have read birds (like gliders) do better with fresh fruit and veges as their main diet and commercial bird as a treat or not at all but what about protein? Gliders must have protein too-but I don't know about birds.
We know that they need sunlight and will be building a flight pen for them to go outside (supervised) when the weather is nice.
We know that they need attention (I'm a stay at home mom) for at least a few hours and ability to exercise too-as well as toys for enrichment etc.
We have a vet that specialiazes in birds and exotics that's a 15 min drive away. We don't want to breed-at least not until our children are older (as in at the earliest middle school). We need to know what breeds would be good for our family (children being the main factor). Also if sex matters or age? I've been told sex does matter and it doesn't and that younger is better for bonding but then no older is...