I'm afriad I can't help you there. First I'm just a bit far
away. And also, having worked at an animal shelter, I know
that we have a MAJOR pet over population problem. I'm
actually shocked that someone from a bird rescue would suggest
it to you. Though the pet bird overpopulation is not as well
known as dogs and cats, it is still there and I will not add
to it by allowing birds to mate. Also breeding is a major
responsibility I don't have time for, with handraising and
looking out for health problems, the finding homes for the new
babies, and I'm sure that with a child and going to school,
you understand that. I would suggest that if you do look into
another bird, do it because you want another bird, not just as
a companion bird. Sometimes a friend for your bird can be a
good idea and sometimes it ends with you having two problem
birds (the second bird picking up on the first one's
problems). If you end up getting another bird of the same
species, either keep them in separate cages (as friends, NOT
mates) or DNA test your's and find one of the same gender.
Otherwise, a bird of different species can often be just as
good. Though they definatly have to be kept in separate
cages. Also, I know initial cost is expensive, but if you
can't afford that, how are you going to care for another bird
in the long run? Food and vet bills add up.
If you still want to look into another bird, know that
petstores over price animals, and get them from questionable
sources. A breeder is usually cheeper and you will know more
about the bird going into it. Just make sure that it's a
reputable breeder. Otherwise a rescue is another option.
Either search for them in your area or go to petfinder.com and
search there. There are many homeless birds, who could use a
Sorry I can't help you other than that. Just make sure to do
plenty of research before settling on anything.