While we're still contemplating what to do about Steve -- though we're leaning against bringing him home -- we got phone call yesterday (from the rescue where we volunteer) about a different bird in need.
A baby caique was abandoned at a local vet because he has an incurable heart defect. This is in no way contagious, but will require a great diet, plentiful exercise, and daily medication. I am waiting to hear more details so I can do some research to see exactly what we'd be getting into.
While looking at this rationally, by making a pros vs. cons list, it is clear that we should not bring this caique home. As I've mentioned before, we're in a good spot, parrot-wise. Our current caiques are still a bit hormonal; what impact will bringing another caique into the same space have? Also, while baby parrots are adorable, Thomas and I much prefer the spice and spunk of parrots who've been around the block. If we were starting from scratch, with our current knowledge, we'd probably exclusively adopt 25+ year old blue and gold macaws.
But of course, rationality is not the only thing in play here. While I am very much a grey person and Thomas is a macaw person, caiques are kind of our compromise bird -- our common ground. And not "compromise" in any kind of negative or bad way, as we are both crazy about caiques.
When I call Thomas and begin a conversation, "The rescue called and would like us to think about fostering this bird..." Thomas usually just sighs and lists reasons why we shouldn't add anyone else. When I called him yesterday about this caique, his first response was "we have to bring him home." So I'm the one being cautious this time. Thomas already has names picked out.
The woman who runs the rescue knows how Thomas and I like to obsess over these kinds of decisions, so we have several days to make a decision. Thomas and I will be going on a 10 mile run this afternoon, during which we will discuss this topic and hopefully arrive at a satisfactory conclusion.