For some time now I have wanted to write a post detailing the possible costs with keeping a budgie. Compared to bigger birds & other pets, budgies are relatively cheap to buy & I think it is easy for someone to think they will be cheap to keep. Maybe some are… But sometimes they are not!
I want to focus specifically on veterinary bills as these can be particularly expensive & are difficult to avoid if you have concerns about your budgie’s health.
Using my own experiences, I have done some number crunching. The data set chosen is from May 2014 to April 2022. In these 8 years, I spent approximately £5,395! This averages out to £674 per year.
To get a better feel for what that means, I have broken the cost down by bird. Costs include veterinary consultation fees, various tests, e.g., blood/crop/fecal, x-rays, plus any medication prescribed. The table below shows the breakdown of data:
This is the same data in chart form:
There are additional costs not included here:
- Supplements, e.g., Milk Thistle, Calcium
- Food, e.g., seed, pellets, cuttlefish, iodine block, grit, vegetables, fruit
- Transport to veterinary clinics
- Cage furniture/accessories
In conclusion, be financially prepared!
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OMG, mouth hangs open!!!!
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Here, let me pick that jaw off the floor. 😀