If the squawk or cheep-cheep of a cute set of pet birds seems like just the thing to liven up your home, it's quite understandable that you would wonder about how you could possibly manage it all. Parrots for instance, will often live in captivity for many years. Getting a set of pet birds to liven up your home may be a wonderful gesture; but there are real costs that go with buying and maintaining pet birds. If you do decide to get pet birds, you will probably feel a lot better about your decision if you make sure there are no surprises once you've taken the leap. Let's go into the kind of expenses you'll have to face when you go in and bring birds into your life.
Birds don't come for free like a cat or puppy might. Their cost of purchase can vary greatly depending on the breed you choose. You can even find that the cost of buying a bird can vary greatly depending on where you buy it. The cheapest place to find most birds is usually at a pet shop. Buying at a breeder's, while it can probably give you much more by way of choice, can usually end up being more expensive. Buying from a breeder, the bird comes properly documented as to its pedigree though, and it's usually in much better health. While you will pay more for this service, who wouldn't, for a bird that could be possibly in much healthier shape?
We don't usually think about the way we set the temperature in our homes. In the winters, to save on the cost of heating, we might bulk up with a few winter clothes and turn down the thermostat. In the summers, it's easy to strip down to the minimum and turn up the thermostat on the air conditioner. You can't really do all of this in the room that a bird lives in though. The temperature in the room has to be constant - a captive bird can't protect itself the way it might outside. You'll need to keep careful watch over how your pet birds are doing and make sure that the thermostat follows their comfort and not yours.
Most owners of pet birds have a favorite veterinarian who will make visits several times a year to make sure that all is well. You'll probably have to ask around at several breeders and pet shops and even go online to find out about the best vets that you can think of. Sometimes, they might have more in mind than a mere wellness visit. If a bird is ill, tests and medication can run up to quite a bit. You will absolutely have set aside funds for the expenses that are likely to turn up. Planned well though, life with your new pet birds can be true heaven.