How to Calculate the Cost to Adopt a Parrot

Parrots are beautiful, distinguished birds that come in almost endless variety of sizes and colours. Unfortunately, many people do not consider the cost of caring for a parrot when they make the decision to but one. This guide will assist you in working out the cost of keeping a parrot for a year.


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    When buying a parrot you must think first about the cost. Cost varies according to breeder and species. Hand fed birds cost more. Below are some examples of prices you may need to pay:
    • Congo African Grey $900
    • Macaws $950-1400
    • Cockatoos $950
    • Hahn's Mini Macaws $600
    • Baby Amazon $900-1200
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    Think about the cage size. Smaller parrots like the Conure can reside in smaller cages, which cost around $400, but larger parrots like the Macaw need more space, thus, their cages can cost several thousand dollars.
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    Put accessories and toys in the cage. In the wild, a parrot will fly an average of 30 miles (48 km) a day. Clearly, cage living is a far cry from that kind of freedom and exercise. This necessitates climbing apparatus and plenty of time out of confinement. Structures such as play gyms and t-stands are a good solution and cost between $100-500. Toys generally range in cost from anywhere between $50-100, unless you do some research and make your own.
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    Find out which special type of food the parrot eats. All types of parrots require a mixed and balanced diet of seed mix, pellets, and fresh fruit and vegetables. The cost varies according to the size of your bird. Seed mix will range from $8-20 a month, pellets will cost between $10-30, and fresh produce will cost roughly $15-50. This means that a monthly food total can run between $65-140 a month.
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    Calculate the cost of veterinary care. This includes annual exams and immunizations, and will cost between $100-250/year, again depending on the breed and size of your pet. Emergency care costs more; anywhere between $250-2000
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    Calculate the cost of boarding care. When you go on vacation or have any sort of emergency that takes you away from home, your parrot will have to be boarded somewhere. The fee for a 10-day stay ranges between $100-250.
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    Add the total. The total cost of caring for a parrot for a year can cost anywhere between $2000-4000.


  • When buying a cage, the best thing to do is to go a pet store and try to get the largest parrot cage that within your budget range. A bigger cage will gives more freedom and comfortable to your parrot. Remember, you must consider the width of the parrot cage too because it will give your parrot more space to fly from side to side.
  • It is best to establish a relationship with a good avian veterinarian as soon as possible so you will be able to contact them should your parrot get sick. Read about signs of illness (lethargy, poor plumage, characteristics of droppings etc.) in birds so that you will be able to recognize the very subtle early signs of illness, should they occur.
  • Most larger birds cannot survive on a seed-only diet. It is high in fat and only suitable for high energy song birds and finches. Seeds should be supplemented with washed vegetables like broccoli, corn, yam, leafy greens, fruits, rice, pasta. Do not feed chocolate to your birds, or any pet, as it is potentially harmful.
  • The next thing to take into account before buying a parrot is the environment where you are planning to keep it. You must decide which type of parrot you want to keep and whether it can survive and adapt to your environment and lifestyle. Whether big or small, all types of parrots require sufficient space for exercise and play. Therefore, you will need to keep them in a cage that is big enough for them to spread their wings and move a little bit.
  • Do not use non-stick cookware in the same room as your bird. When some types of non-stick cookware get too hot, they can emit a gas that can easily kill your bird, because they have very sensitive respiratory systems.
  • Big birds like parrots, cockatoos and macaws can live up to 75 years! Make sure you are willing to commit to caring for your companion for the long term.
  • Take extra precautions when buying toys for your parrot. Make sure the toys are not having any paint or lacquers that contain zinc and other dangerous chemicals. Dye doesn’t have to be used to attract a bird, one can accent a handmade toy with plastics like marbella or acrylic parts.
  • It is a good idea to join a local bird club to find out more and get expert advice on caring for your parrot.


  • Be sure your ready to take on the responsibility and the costs of caring for a parrot before you buy one.

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