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Cost of Adding Another Pet Bird

Use this checklist to factor in the costs of adding a new bird to your flock

By Susan Chamberlain

Budget for a new pet bird before you bring it home
New birds require new supplies.
Courtesy John and Jill Hall, Pennsylvania 

Tip: Twice the birds also means twice the mess. Create your own low-cost, bird-safe cleaning solutions using household items such as white vinegar, lemon and borax. Check out our recipes on how to mix your own bird-safe cleaning solutions.

Pet Bird Supply Checklist
Here is a list of what your new bird will require. Factor in these costs along with the cost of getting your new bird.

__ Appropriately-sized cage

__ Base diet 

__ Food and water dishes

__ Perches of varying size and textures

__ A variety of toys (foraging, noise, foot, exercise toys and more)

__ Travel carrier

__ Playgym and playstands


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Our citron too requires a line of his own in our budget... Fresh veggies and fruit purchased from Sprouts weekly, pellets, big cage, travel cage, outdoor cage, newsprint for bottom of cage, vet visits and bloodwork, boarding for trips away, and toys toys toys. (The toy budget is $60 a month, which doesn't go very far...) and the odd hospital visit to stop bleeding from his latest bite.

It's just as expensive as adopting a child... A loud, screeching, calling-to-his-flock screaming child. Be sure you can afford to pay for the upkeep for the next 50 years. If you can, you'll love every loud, screeching...minute of it.
Maria, Carrollton, TX
Posted: 7/17/2014 9:42:40 PM
Twice the birds= twice the fun and twice the love!!
JoJo, Cedar Falls, IA
Posted: 10/23/2008 5:23:00 PM
we added another bird so our tiel would have company when we are out, but the cost was low as it was a smaller species, a canary...it is twice the cleanup, though the canary isnt as dusty nor does he seem to throw his food like the tiel!!
stephanie, no smithfield, RI
Posted: 12/19/2007 3:18:19 PM
That is too true about everything being doubled. It is even more when you go from having a small bird then adding a large one to the flock.
M, G, CA
Posted: 10/25/2007 5:09:59 PM
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