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Where Should You Buy a Conure? (Updated in 2021)

Nicole Cosgrove

There are many options for buying a conure. It’s important to do your research rather than purchasing the first conure you can find. In this article, we will discuss four different options to consider if you are interested in bringing home one of these birds.

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Things to Consider

First things first: you need to know your limitations and preferences before you decide to purchase any animal; conures are no different. Conures are a type of parrot with an average lifespan of about 20 to 30 years, so they are not an impulse buy, but a long-term commitment. There are about 40 different types of conure species in existence, so you should ask yourself whether or not you have a preference when it comes to the exact species. You can start to narrow your preferences by thinking about what size bird you are interested in, as conures are small birds and some are medium-sized birds.

You should also think about your budget. It probably goes without saying that a conure from a rescue or adoption center will be a lot less expensive than a bird purchased directly from a breeder. If you are open to many different conure species, this will open up your options and increase the likelihood that you will be able to find what you’re looking for at a local shelter.

Once you and your family have decided which breed and price range is right for you, it’s time to start looking for your pet!

Conure in a cage
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Breeders

If you are looking for a specific or rare breed of conure and have a fairly sizable budget, a breeder is probably the way to go. Make sure to research the breeder ahead of time to find out whether or not they are reputable, and don’t be afraid to ask questions about your bird and its breeding process. A good breeder will be willing and able to answer questions about your bird’s health history and care specific to the breed you are hoping to purchase. If possible, visit the breeding facility itself to get a look at all of their birds in their cages. While you’re there, assess the cages for cleanliness, check to make sure the birds have plenty of space to move about and aren’t being crowded together, and pay attention to the birds’ overall physical look and demeanor.

Other than having to do your due diligence when looking for a breeder, the primary downside of buying from one is the potential price tag. The cost of buying from a breeder can vary depending on the species and the breeder, so if you go this route, you should expect to pay anywhere from $200 to $2,000 for one of these birds.

Pet Stores

Another option is to look for a conure in your local pet store. Like buying from a breeder, buying from a pet store can be a mixed bag, so it is important that you do your research before you settle on a particular store or bird. Visit several stores in your area and pay attention to how the conures are treated there. For example, are the cages adequately sized and clean? Does it seem that the birds are let out of their cages regularly? Ask the questions you might ask a breeder, and expect them to be adequately answered. If the store employee you are speaking with doesn’t happen to know, don’t be afraid to ask to speak to someone who does!

Many pet stores have warranties for the dogs or cats they sell, which entitle customers to return the animal within a specific window of time if they bring their pet to the veterinarian and it is determined that it has underlying health issues that were not made known at the time of purchase. Ask whether the store has a similar warranty for their birds. If they do not, you may not want to buy an animal from that store.

Conure
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Bird Sanctuaries and Animal Shelters

You may not have thought about looking for a bird at a local shelter. While it’s true that cats and dogs are much more common at these types of establishments, it is not uncommon to find other types of animals, including birds. These days, it’s very easy to check a shelter’s website to see whether or not they have an animal you are interested in adopting; in fact, some shelters require that prospective adopters make an appointment in advance. If there’s nothing in your immediate area, you can also find animals within a certain radius by using services such as Petfinder.

Some rescue centers or sanctuaries are geared entirely towards birds, so if you aren’t having any luck at your local shelter, you could try a bird sanctuary instead. Sadly, many people buy birds without realizing what a commitment they are and end up rehoming them or giving them to shelters. Other than the cheaper price point, the biggest advantage to adopting an animal from a shelter or rescue center is the fact that you are saving an animal’s life by providing it with a loving home.

Ads or Friends

The final option for buying a conure is by searching ads in the newspaper or on social media, or even talking to friends and acquaintances. Some people choose to advertise and find a new home for their pet themselves rather than giving it up to a shelter. This option may take the most work, but it could be the most cost-effective depending on the seller. A lot of families will just be happy to find someone who is willing to give their pet a good life.

However, even if the bird is free, you should do your due diligence to find out why they are giving it up. Sometimes people’s circumstances change such that they are no longer able to care for their pet, like when a caregiver becomes ill or dies. However, it could be that it is too aggressive, noisy, or comes with other problems. Ultimately, only you and your family can know whether or not you are willing to live with whatever those potential problems are. Do not take in a bird unless you are confident that you can care for it; multiple changes in homes can negatively impact a conure.

Requirements for a Conure’s Enclosure
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Conclusion

If you and your family are committed to adopting a conure, you have some options. Decide what species and price points you’re looking for and shop around to find out what will work best for you.


Featured Image Credit: Tupungato, Shutterstock

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.