I only have 5 lovebirds now. I used to have more but some died and flew away. Having birds in a big colony has a side down side too... A simple illness can be an outbreak, fighting among hens, falling from height, difficult to control who eat what, and so on... So I think, having 2 parrots is already ideal for 1 person to handle. I used to have a dream to built an aviary but I realized later, I wasn't built for that. I'm not good letting them go... not when they were dead or when the chicks were ready to be sold... So yeah... now ya know.
awww, I know what you mean. I had a quaker that flew away about 10 years ago. I cried in my bed for weeks because that bird was everything to me. Then, in grad school, I had a baby green pacific parrotlet, and a classmate's 4-yr-old daughter killed him when I wasn't looking. (We haven't talked since that incident. ) Now I have an african grey (so it's WAY more than a handful! lol they're like real children! >.<) and a blue female parrotlet . Every time they poop, I study their droppings carefully to make sure they're healthy.
So I'm a bit better at handling death as a natural part of life. I would never sell my chicks, though... I would totally hoard them. But you are right, having two birds in the apt is a LOT of work. vacuuming constantly, cleaning, spending quality time with each one, training, preparing healthy diets... I don't even take care of myself with this much effort.
The video of papa feeding little Papao is SO adorable! It's almost as if little Papao is looking at the food in the dish and thinking, "Okay, so what am I supposed to do with this stuff?" lol Hard to believe a short time ago that you didn't know if he would even make it! He's such a beauty.