Thursday, April 21, 2011

Price of Parrotlets


I have three healthy(Parrotlet) babies and this a first time endeavor. I have no idea of how much to charge for my Parrotlet’s. Is there a fee that seems to be standard?This is really bothering me so a response would be very much appreciated!

Thank you,


Dear Susan:

Thank you for your email. Congratulations on your breeding of your parrotlets. I am assuming these are Pacific parrotlets? There is no standard rate for the sale of birds – after all this is a free country and you can charge whatever you wish for your birds. Price generally is based upon the species, if the bird is a mutation, if it was hand-raised and is it socialized and tamed. These birds usually command a higher price than a parent-raised bird that generally cannot be handled and is not really considered pet quality. Also, if you offer a health guarantee or other ‘perks’ this would also be included in the price. Also, your location makes a big difference on the price. Places like FL that have dozens of breeders generally sell their birds for less, because of the competition, than places like Nevada that don’t. A city like Manhattan also commands a higher price for birds than say Montgomery, AL. All that being considered, the market rate for most Pacific parrotlets is between $50 and $150 each when purchased from a breeder.

Hope this helps and best of luck with your bird!

Sincerely yours,

Sandee L. Molenda, C.A.S.
Secretary, International Parrotlet Society

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