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Parrot Prices

Someone read my mind when they wrote about crazy parrot prices. Please be considerate of the fact that rehoming a parrot is a very difficult on a parrot. Parrots are not like dogs or cats. Most parrots mate for life. They form strong bonds. When you rehome your parrot, if it didn’t have a behavior problem before, it may in it’s new home. Another consideration for buyers is there is no guarantee that the parrot will bond to you when you take him home. This bond could take years. As much as I don’t agree with breeding birds, I do believe if you want an instant bond, buy a baby bird. Most breeders take payments. A rehomed bird can have serious behaviors and costly health issues and most owners will not disclose this because they just want to recoup their cost. A good rehomer will have a LOW rehoming fee and an extensive interview process and possibly a home visit or pictures. If not, you may be getting a problem bird. A good owner is not as interested in $$$ as they are in ensuring the bird a good family. Anything over $500 for a macaw, african grey, amazon, or cockatoo is too much. Around $300 is reasonable. Really, you should only be paying for the cage/toys. Please do not go into this commitment expecting to recoup your cost. Please prepare for the fact that you may end up with a bird that is content to play on top of his cage and never have desire to be cuddled or picked up. Rescues are packed with problem birds. Remember, we are taking an animal that was meant to fly and we are caging it. That is enough to drive it crazy. We are LUCKY if we are able to bond with the bird so that it doesn’t.

Here is an email reply from a craigslist bird lover -KEEP LOVING THE BIRDS – We need more people like you…..
I agree 100% with you their is someone selling a bare eyed cockatoo that I really want and will not take the $200 I’m offering after I was told by the seller I need to sell asap and I’m willing to give it a loving home with the best possible care when I have a cage fully ready witch the bird will only be in when it sleeps smh

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  1. Hello. Just my 2 cents. The problem with low fees is that there are some that will take advantage of it and resell the bird for profit. And a lot of people don’t like other people interviewing them and doing home checks for a bird. It’s an invasion of privacy. And let’s face it the word rehome is just used instead of “sell”. Don’t get me wrong there are still many honest people out there with good intentions. And also you gotta look at it in a business sense. Breeders are in for the money. Sell to pet shops, whole sale and independent parties.

    I just read your craigslist ad and so true. We have started a Macaw and new world parrot rescue and think that some people think that their parrot was an investment and will provide a good return. We have found that macaws are typically an impulse buy and with one bite to their caretaker they become lonely and corner art. We started our sanctuary after resuming some breeders from poor conditions. After obtaining more birds my wife and I jumped I with two feet and started a non profit. We are at about 12 macaws and currently working on a very large flight cage to put all of them in a flock like setting. Check us out at

  3. Love your post! It is against CL policy to SELL birds AND they have to be low rehoming fees. If ad owners would only follow the policies, CL would be a safer place to find a new pet.

    Having done parrot rescue for years now, it would be awesome if people did their research BEFORE taking on a parrot – then we wouldn’t need so many rescues, sanctuaries, etc.


  4. You don’t know what you are talking about. I have a 440 sq ft room full of so called problem birds and guess what…I have bonded with all of them. So what if it takes years. It’s worth it. Another thing you so obviously don’t know is that raising a baby bird is no guarantee of anything. So many poor birds are ruined by stupid people. Many more get displaced when they grow up and want a mate and not a mommy or daddy any more. Not because they are bad birds but because that is nature.
    Also what about the poor abused babies out there? You don’t think they deserve a break? People spouting your sadly misinformed mentality of breed breed breed gimme a baby are adding to the problem daily. Abuse come in many forms. Next time please contact a rescue or volunteer at one before handing out “advice”.
    Kandi “mysweetybirds mama” Harrower

  5. Dove Release = Dead ……………..

    Please stop supporting this horrible and cruel practice.
    What they sell is a symbol of peace,love, and freedom, but in reality it’s murder.
    White doves and pigeons are domestic. They do not survive in the wild. White coloring is a instant target for predators. Wild pigeons and doves are the color they are for camouflage.
    The Homing pigeon they use, are 100% domestic, relying on humans for food, safety, and shelter. They have been bred for their color, not survival instincts.They are not like their wild rock dove cousins.
    When you release these poor scared birds they fly off in a panic as you “ohh and awe” thinking you set an animal free to live wild. While they are flying fearful for their lives, just wanting to get home. If they get lost, or chased off by a hawk, they go until they collapse in exhaustion, starvation, or killed.
    Even the dove release companies that train their birds… It is the same story. They do have a slightly upper hand in making it home (which they do because they are starving) but they still have a long and scary way to go avoiding cars, hawks, and people who like to shoot them.
    Every “dove” that the pope released, was attacked and killed. It is the all too common side, that most people don’t see. This one just happen to be televised so I hope it opens people’s eyes on the reality of this practice.
    Ask the rescuers who put so much towards helping these fallen animals rather than the ones profiting off of it.

  6. Got birds? Mobile bird groomer comes to you!

    Parrot owners… Are you tired of the hassle of taking your birds to the vet for bird grooming. Aunt Sami’s Pet Sitting offers a special in-home bird grooming service so you no longer need to be struggling and chasing your bird around the house to get them in a carrier to take them for their grooming! I travel right to your home. This is far less stressful for the birds because they are in their own environment which offers them comfort and safety. I bring all my supplies. The nail clippers and scissors we use are sanitized in a special solution between each grooming. The emery boards we use to file their nails and beak are given to you as part of the service.

    We charge $16-$20 for wings, beak and nails. The price depends on the size of your bird. We give discounts for multiple birds in the same house.

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  7. Bird Behavior Class – Sunday, July 24th – 12:00-2:30 at Roundtable Pizza in the Raley’s Shopping Center, 7867 Lichen Dr, Citrus Heights, CA 95621 – Antelope/I-80

    Don’t miss the upcoming Bird Behavior Class that will cover Training and Behavior, and Problem Solving with Parrots. Whether you are interested in learning how to train basic behaviors like step up or work through a behavior issue with your bird, this class is for you! You will learn:

    How parrots learn

    How to put together a plan to train basic behaviors

    How to pull apart behavior issues and find creative solutions

    How to identify and use a variety of reinforcers

    Teaching the class will be Vicki Ronchette, CPDT, CAP2, who is the owner of Braveheart Dog Training in San Leandro which offers dog and bird training and behavior consulting. Vicki has written many bird training and behavior articles for various sources including the Pet Professional Guild publication. She has completed both Behavior Works Living and Learning with Animals course as well as Natural Encounters Contemporary Animal Behavior and Management program.

    Registration fee is $25 or $35 for couples, $10 for children. Lunch is available during the class, but not included.

    Sponsored by the Sacramento Parrot Rescue

    Please RSVP to reserve a seat

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