Thank you for this article. I have 7 rescued birds, who I consider my children. I found an evening job, so that I may spend all day with them. I take them to parks, outdoor restaurants, and for walks around town. One of my Goffin cockatoos has a college education. Still, after spending hours of time with my babies each day, I wish they could be free. I adopted my cockatoo, Tokey two years ago. He had spent over 20 years in a cage with very little social interaction and no toys. He certainly has his problems, but I am surprised at how he has recovered from such mental trauma. When people see me with my birds, they are surprised to learn how much their behaviors resemble those of a human child. Like human children, they need their space to spread their wings and fly free when they leave the nest. I will never be able to offer my birds that liberty. My only comfort is providing these rescues the best possible life I can offer.