The cost of birds, like any other commodity, is determined by a multitude of variables ranging from basic supply and demand to breeding circumstances and expenditures. Let’s face it: bird breeding and selling is a business. Let’s look at these difficulties and how they affect the price of your bird.
AVAILABILITY- Some bird species are very uncommon and difficult to breed. Parents may only have one or two infants per clutch once a year. Others, like as cockatiels, breed all year and may produce 3-5 offspring each clutch. Because of this overproduction, cockatiels are widely accessible and reasonably priced.
Hyacinth Macaws, on the other hand, were virtually extinct. They are difficult to locate, since there are few breeding couples accessible and just one or two kids each clutch every year. These birds may potentially cost up to $8000.
BREEDS- You should consider not only the kind of bird, but also any specific breeds. An “average” grey cockatiel, for example, may readily be acquired for $40. However, Latino cockatiels will be much more expensive. So understanding precisely what you want is essential before going bird shopping.
REGION- In warmer climates, when outdoor flight cages are employed, birds are considerably simpler and less expensive to rear. Heated aviaries are required in cold areas. The frigid temperature of the northern states is too much for these exotic warm-weather birds. Shipping birds significantly increases the cost. When you factor in these expenditures, purchasing birds from faraway locations does not save you anything.
HAND FED OR PARENT FED- Hand feeding birds may easily add several hundred dollars to the expense of a big parrot. However, bird owners insist on this feature since hand-fed babies are more pleasant and healthier than infants fed by their parents.
BREEDER OR PET SHOP- Many breeders keep birds for fun. They do it because they adore birds. Pet retailers earn from the sale of birds. This does not make them a terrible location to purchase birds; it just makes them more costly. In addition, many pet businesses are supplied by amateur breeders. If cost is a consideration in your selection, search for an experienced breeder. Inquire with local vets, bird clubs, or even animal rescue organisations.
ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS- Warranties are another item to consider. Has the bird been examined by a veterinarian, or will this be your responsibility? When you put in a $100 vet check, your “bird bargain” may not be so terrific. It may be tempting to forego this investment, but you may end up spending significantly more in the long run if your bird was sold to you with health difficulties.
BOTTOM LINE- Here is a list of bird pricing ranges to anticipate.
Budgies and parrots: $10-25
Canaries range in price from $25 to $150. (males cost more)
Finches range in price from $10 to $100. (exotic colouring and breeds cost far more)
Lovebirds range in price from $75 to $200.
Cockatiel: $40 to $200 (Common breeds are inexpensive)
Parrolets cost between $100 and $300.
Friends: $150-200 (Great breeding birds, readily available)
Conures cost between $300 and $800.
Caiques cost between $75 and $250.
Doves $20-$40 (Fancy, show quality doves are much more)
Lories range from $400 to $800.
African Greys cost from $600-$2000 (older birds cost more…)
Amazons go from $600-$1500. (Talking breeds cost much more)
Cockatoos range in price from $800 to $5,000. (Various sizes, larger are more expensive)
Eclectus costs between $600-$1200. (Males more expensive)
Macaws cost between $900 and $5,000. (High Demand)
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