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Budgie Breeding Before breeding any species, it is important to learn as much about the animals, their personalities and the best practices to follow for responsible and ethical breeding prior to making the commitment to take on the responsibility.

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My husband and I are planning to attend the Morganton Bird Show in NC this March 24th to purchase our first Budgie, and we were wondering what prices to expect.

I don't know if this is a taboo question... but I was hoping to get a general idea ahead of time.

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In general, budgies from show breeders tend to run in the hundreds of dollars.

If they are fit for show or have already won some shows, they will be very expensive.

Since you're looking for a budgie to be a pet, many breeders have for sale budgies that are not fit for show due to them having markings, colour, etc. that they're not looking for. In this case, you can get a very good pet budgie for around $80-$120

Be sure to ask the breeder about their breeding practices. Good breeders should have no trouble discussing the care of their birds with you. Also, be sure to get a budgie that looks healthy. You'll see all sorts of beautiful colours and varieties, but the most important thing is that your little one is healthy and lively.

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Thank you, StarlingWings! I was pretty clueless. I knew they would be a bit pricey, I just wanted to be prepared.

I don't need a fancy budgie, just one that wants to come home with me. I'll probably wait and buy some fresh seed and pellets at the show, but otherwise I think I have everything I need for day one.

I have a You and Me Cockateil cage, two natural wood perches, a happy feet perch, two dowels, a beaded swing with bells, and disco ball with bell, a kabob and a ladder. I have other toys in mind as well.

This forum is such a wonderful resource and I learn something new every day. Thanks again.
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Hi, Bird shows Sponsored By the Two National English budgie Breeder Associations ABS and BAA are usually held later in the in the Spring, Starting in late March or early April. Right now show birds are in the nest box caring for the new batch of best in show chicks. I believe you will be attending a vendors product show that will also have a wide variety exotic birds for sale. there may be a 5 dollar fee to get in. Before you buy any bird be sure that the breeder has a current year breeders license and usually a 2 week to 1 month return promise to honor the breeders reputation and to cover potential illness.You are more likely yo find the smaller American budgie at a vendor show.English breeders tend to sell at the English shows. Tell breeder that you want to purchase a pet quality budgie.

As soon as possible during the next few weeks take budgie to a certified avian vet/exotic animal vet. Creds should be posted for the public to see. Read these as it will provide a hint how long the vet and staff have been out of school. Experience counts when you have a sick bird. We like to interview several vets near by before budgie has first visit. This will result in respect from the vet and staff and basic up front fees before budgie is seen as a patient. There can be a wide range costs depending........ Check for cleanliness of office space and in future boarding space. As with all medical office be sure staff washes hands and use exam gloves between patients.This visit opens the door for future emergency visits and possible large bills on a payment plan. A registered patient establishes a relationship of trust for budgie's future care. Be sure to have a travel/ hospital cage that budgie is familiar with. A flighty bird may reduce the quality of care by staff. Introducing handling with a soft non terry catch hand cloth and or catch net are important to reduce potential fear for budgie, See articles and stickys for more detailed info.

As you visit different vendors use a hand sanitiser between contact with each bird. Unknown contact between birds is a potential health hazard. Look through the whole show then go back later for final selection. At this time you can request to handle a budgie before final selection. Consider potential number of birds and sex and age and condition. A breeder should have records with them at the show.

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