AnimalAffinity wrote:I thought it would be nice for them I hate seeing birds in cages
Oh I do agree and in an ideal world I would love to give mine the freedom to fly outdoors as nature intended. I do hope I can compromise and build a big outdoor aviary for them one day though.
If a bird did get lost (and there is a high risk of that) they would be unable to survive as they could not adapt quickly enough, don't know about predators, finding shelter etc. in my mind that's pure cruelty, extremely stressful and traumatic for the bird even if you were lucky and got it back. Then there's the risk of them catching something from the wild birds, malnutrition, dehydration, injury etc.
In my case if we were really lucky Ollie might go to someone as he is really people orientated but I couldn't count on that (or that person letting it be known they had found him or give him a good life). I know for a fact Harlie wouldn't go to a stranger, she would die a sad, lonely, scared and painful death should she ever get out, maybe she would get taken by a predator so the end would be quicker for her but I know there would never be a good outcome if she flew away. Its just too risky imo no matter how well they are trained.
PS nobody is biting your head off but sometimes its hard to put things into words in such a way they will be taken how they are meant. This thread is full of kindness cuz we do see your dream but the trouble with dreams are that they aren't always nice ones and our aim is to just try to make you see the reality of it and it is a lot more likely to turn out to be a nightmare than you would think.