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If you're paying more than $300 anywhere in the U.S. ... breeders should be charging substantially less than $300. Rick

Truth be told, I'm supposed to be paying $550. Their price for a sun conure is pretty standard, though ($375) ... this week - I'll bring up the price among the other questions I have for them. Thanks for the info.

Price varies widely depending on where you are. The prices at shows are often lower than at an established business, but if the people are only there for the show and then gone, what happens if you find out the bird was sick when you bought it? The Vet bills can quickly eat up that money you saved. In pet stores up here a BCC goes for $4- 500.00. At shows they can be half that.As I said if these are people you can visit and talk to, as opposed to an ad you read on the net for a bird that would be shipped, buy from the people you can deal with in person. If the bird is going to be shipped are the breeders paying shipping? It's expensive to have a bird flown to you. Then if you get it, take it to your Vet and find you have problems, then what? I made this mistake once.

Cost a lot of money, and worse a lot of heart break when after many months I had to have a bird I by then loved put down. As to noise, BCC's "can" be quite loud, but it also can be controlled to some extent. The most important thing is not teaching the bird to scream. Many people make this mistake, not just with Conures but with any type of pet bird that has a voice.
Bottom line, if you can find a BCC for $200.00 less, but can't see the bird, and meet the people selling it, do you really want to risk the potential problems for that $200.00?

"Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks."
(Lazarus Long)
Hey there. I currently own a cockatiel and a parakeet. I've been interested in the idea of adding another, somewhat bigger, bird to the flock for a while and after my Mom just died recently, I decided it was time to get something a little more affectionate into the house with me. I originally considered a sun, but after talking with the breeder decided that despite the more beautiful appearance of the sun, I liked the idea of the comparatively subdued, better talking blue-crowned and decided on that. Am hoping he doesn't turn out to be a noisy fiend like yours apparently did - feel better in that not everyone I've talked to that owns blue crowns has had that same experience.
This breeder is pretty local, about 45 minutes away. I've already met and handled the bird I was intending to take home and he seems wonderful.
The alternative? Finding another breeder somewhere, obviously. I don't think I'd ever buy a bird sight unseen, as I want to check out the breeder pretty carefully before deciding to buy from them, so that doesn't leave me a lot of options other than waiting for a bird show. However, I also don't really care for the idea that I'm being charged a higher price for this bird than I've seen ANYWHERE else, including other private breeders. Dilemma.
This breeder is pretty local, about 45 minutes away. I've already met and handled the bird I was intending to ... that I'm being charged a higher price for this bird than I've seen ANYWHERE else, including other private breeders. Dilemma.

Ok but you said you were seeing other BCC's at lower prices on the net. That's what made me worry you were tempted to buy from someone you never met. Now you say "wait for a show", which means buying from someone you do not know.Do you have any idea what goes into hand rearing a baby bird the right way? The people who do this, and do it right, are not "cleaning up", they work for nothing but the love. One of the local pet stores here has very high prices on their birds, but they have a great breeder they work with. There is a BIG difference between a well tamed, socialized bird, and a semi wild or poorly raised one. BCC's "can" be a great pet. Very intelligent, very out going, BUT if you get one that was not well socialized, or has behavior problems, you will pay the price.

If there are other breeders, who you can visit, that have birds you can handle for less why are you even here asking? Buy form someone else. Depending on how old you are the bird will be with you for most, if not the rest of your life. You are sounding like you really should consider not buying any more birds. If all you are concerned about is you may save $100.00 on an animal that lives 40 + years, what are you going to do when the bird needs Vet care? It is sounding like the best thing you could do is just stick with the birds you have.I have a BCC I bought when he was about 4 years old and was semi wild. He was one hell of a hand full. He is a great pet, but it took a lot of work, and if I had it to do over again would have gladly paid twice as much and get a well socialized bird. I could have saved a lot of blood. When I bought my Macaw I paid over $1400.00 for him.

I could have found one for about $800.00 if I was willing to wait, but he was a great bird, raised by great people, and he will out live me. If you think the initial cost of buying a bird is too much, stick with the birds you have, the cost of buying the bird is nothing compared to what they cost thru the years.
"Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks."
(Lazarus Long)
Am hoping he doesn't turn out to be

a noisy fiend like yours apparently did ->

Have you thought about what you'll do if it does, though?

Karen
The bird will live around 40 years. If it is well tamed and socialized you should have that many years of joy with it. The price divided by that much time should seem quite small.

So less than $150/yr makes a $10,000 hyacinth macaw really inexpensive.
If you buy a bird from someone you don't know and can't see before hand you may well end up with a great deal oftrouble. Be very careful of buying from the net.

Talking through your ass again? He stated that he 'has met with' somebody.

James
Hi there, I live in Michigan... I met with a breeder last week and decided on a blue-crowned conure for ... anyone tell me what I should typically expect to pay for a hand-fed, very well socialized young blue-crown? Thanks much.

All of the prices that I've seen from breeders (not pet stores) here in the minneapolis, mn area have ranged from about $200 to about $275.

James
Truth be told, I'm supposed to be paying $550. Their ... other questions I have for them. Thanks for the info.

That's about the price I paid for a blue crown in Alaska a number of years ago. Why, may I ... it and they rarely visit my house because of it. I'd definitely not do another conure of any type. Karen

My experince with my bcc is contrary to yours. He was wild-caught and very noisy when I first brought him home. But after just a little time he stopped being so noisy and after a couple of years he stopped all of the unnecessary screaming. Now, after twelve years, he makes a lot of noise at feeding time and when strangers enter the room.

James
As I said if these are people you can visit and talk to, as opposed toan ad you read on ... bird is going to be shipped are the breeders paying shipping? It's expensive to have a bird flown to you.

Damn you're slow alex.

James
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