The Actual Cost of a Parrot

Watch Full Video Here

We have an exciting topic to discuss that often gets overlooked when it comes to adopting a parrot: the actual cost and maintenance of caring for these beautiful feathered companions.

In this Vault Article, we’re going to delve into the financial side of parrot ownership, exploring the various expenses involved.

So, let’s get started!

Before we dive into the specifics, let’s talk about the incredible diversity of parrot species. From the tiny Budgies to the majestic Macaws, each parrot has its unique needs and price range.

Different species require different levels of care, space, and attention. It’s crucial to consider these factors when planning to bring home a feathered friend.

Now, let’s talk about the initial setup costs. One of the essential items you’ll need is
a suitable cage for your parrot.

Depending on the size and quality, cage prices can vary significantly. For smaller species like Budgies or Lovebirds, a decent cage may cost around $50 to $100, while larger parrots like Amazons or African Greys may require cages that range from $200 to $500 or more.

Obviously, buying from the store is much more expensive, If You are looking for a good deal, You can find some decent ones on Craigslist, Offerup and even Facebook Marketplace.

Going with a second hand option is a great way to save money, just make sure it is in good condition and made from safe materials.

Another great option is to call You local Bird rescue and ask if they have any sales for cages. Often times, rescues have extra cages that are donated to them that just don’t fit in the rescue or they may even have an excess of donated cages. Going with this option can save You money and also support a good cause.

Obviously, the benefit of going to a pet store and buying on there is that You will have a brand new cage, and it may even come with a warranty, but if You can find one second hand or from a rescue, You can save Yourself some money and still get a good cage.

We also have a video here on how to choose the perfect cage.

Now that we have our feathered friend settled in a comfortable home, let’s move on to another essential expense: food.

Parrots have specific dietary requirements, and providing them with a well-balanced diet is crucial for their health and well-being.

I once bumped into someone who was feeding their bird a “balanced” meal of just Sunflower seeds that they got from a Walmart seed dispenser. I cant tell You haw many things are wrong with that. First of all, and I cannot stress this enough, parrots don’t just munch on sunflower seeds all day. That’s actually incredibly unhealthy.

Many people even cut sunflower seeds from their birds diet all together. Second, They are roasted and salted. What made You think that was OK as an only diet? I want to see what will happen to You if You eat nothing but sunflower seeds for even a week.

While parrots are generally hardy creatures, they can occasionally require medical attention, just like any other pet.

It’s important to budget for regular check-ups
and emergency veterinary care. It’s recommended to find an avian veterinarian who specializes in bird care.

Routine vet visits for parrots can range from
$50 to $100, depending on the services provided. Additionally, unexpected medical expenses,
such as treating illnesses or injuries, can add to the overall cost.

It’s essential to have an emergency fund set
aside to ensure that your parrot receives the care it needs, whenever it may be required.

Generally speaking, the bigger the bird is, the more expensive treating illnesses and injury become. Depending on how bad it is, it may even cost thousands of dollars.

Finally, let’s not forget the cost of toys, perches, and enrichment items. Parrots are highly intelligent creatures that require mental stimulation and social interaction to thrive.

Investing in toys, perches, and other stimulating items can provide them with the necessary mental and physical exercise they need.

The cost of toys and enrichment items can
vary depending on the size of your parrot and the complexity of the toys. However, allocating around $20 to $50 per month for these items is a good starting point to ensure your parrot stays engaged and entertained.

You may even want to invest in a good radio or speaker to play things for Your feathered friend while You are gone. Especially if Your parrot is a talker. Having something playing is a great way for them to pick up new words that You would not expect.

So, there you have it, bird enthusiasts! Owning a parrot can bring immense joy and companionship, but it’s crucial to understand the financial commitment that comes with it. From the initial cage setup to monthly food expenses, medical costs, and enrichment items, parrot ownership requires careful planning
and budgeting.

Its not just about buying the bird, its about making sure You can really care for it.

Donation Sign-up!

Please Submit and then click the Donate Button.


Our Mission at Valleywide Parrot Rescue is to take in Parrots that are lost, loosing their home, being neglected, or being abused. We rehabilitate them and then find them a new, loving, and caring Forever Home.

More Articles

Chace Emmert
August 13, 2023

I called Valleywide about a month ago asking if I could surrender my green cheek conure. Sadly, they were not getting the attention they deserved. The owner so graciously was willing to take Luna in. This very morning , just shy of a month, they called me to let me know Luna has found a a forever home. I am so grateful for Valleywide taking care of my birdie when I was unable to do so. Thank you.

shrek Wazowski
July 31, 2023

This was a really great place to get to know some birds

Susan Herrera
July 4, 2023

I found myself in a challenging situation with my African Grey after my husband passed away. I called Valleywide Parrot Rescue and Ben was at my house the same day. Not only did he and his mom take amazing care of her, they found her a wonderful new home within a few weeks. Thank you for everything you do!

david robles
June 6, 2023

Ben and his mom were great, we've had an amazing experience, we recommend to go to them if you're looking to adopt a bird, Baby is doing great and Ben is of great help when we have questions s about Baby

Alison Fifer
June 5, 2023

This is a wonderful rescue! They are so kind and caring. We were first time bird adopters and Ben spent plenty of time educating us and helping us choose the perfect bird! We're so excited and in love with our new baby.

Melanie Hernandez
May 23, 2023

I was very happy with the male lovebird we got from Ben and was very pleased that he was knowledgeable about knowing how to tell the gender without a DNA test. His name is Diego and we already started training him on our shoulder 😀 Thank you Ben, we love him!

Stacey Dunn
May 21, 2023

They very reasonably priced and very friendly. They are also quite knowledgeable. The rescue is very clean and birds are very well taken care of. I will definitely stay in touch with them and would refer anyone to them.

Send us a message