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Old 02-10-2017, 10:31 AM
 
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With similar size, why are parrotlets more than 10 times more expensive than budgies?

I don't think it makes sense other than the possible fact that budgies are 10 times more easy to breed.
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Old 02-10-2017, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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They are easier to breed, more common (there are a lot more breeders). They are easier to keep alive, easier to sell (faster turnover).
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Old 02-10-2017, 08:07 PM
 
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They are easier to breed, more common (there are a lot more breeders). They are easier to keep alive, easier to sell (faster turnover).
How are they easier to keep alive?
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Old 02-10-2017, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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The price is determined by the supply and demand. The rarity of a particular species is the primary reason.
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Old 02-08-2018, 01:01 AM
 
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How are they easier to keep alive?
Diets for budgies are well-defined (though invariably pretty crappy in the long-term).

There are some parrotlets that we STILL have no idea how to keep them alive in captivity. Parrotlet diets are harder to balance, harder to know what they really eat, and sometimes when we do know what they eat, hard to get hold of the actual food. Not all parrotlets eat the same stuff. There are parrotlets that only eat a particular type of fig, for example. Parrotlets also tend to be projectile poopers - inexperienced owners sometimes lose it when they find out their pretty little birds are shooting streams of poop onto nearby surfaces and walls.

People tend to feed parrotlets the same diet that most larger parrots are fed, and, like budgies, some of them will survive on that for a time. But at least some species do tend to live shorter lives in our care because what they are being fed is not really their natural diet.
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Old 02-08-2018, 03:55 PM
 
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The price is determined by the supply and demand. The rarity of a particular species is the primary reason.
Consider that two different dog breeds may be the same size (what does size have to do with it anyway?), but one has taken generations to select for specific traits and the other might be a product of a careless clueless neighbor down the street.
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Old 02-08-2018, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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Consider that two different dog breeds may be the same size (what does size have to do with it anyway?), but one has taken generations to select for specific traits and the other might be a product of a careless clueless neighbor down the street.
What does that have to do with my post ?? I never made such a weird comparison.

In my example, a Hyacinth macaw is far more expensive than a Blue & Gold macaw for 2 primary reasons.

Parents usually produce 1-2 Hyacinth babies per year while Blue & Gold parents can produce 6 or more per year. In addition, Hyacinth macaws are endangered and Blue & Gold macaws are common in aviculture.

And that concludes today's Economics 101 lesson.
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Old 02-09-2018, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Minnesota
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Parakeets are easier to breed. Also the big box stores buy from factory type breeders. I've seen some independent pet stores that sell hand raised budgies and they are much more expensive than the big box pet stores. But a lot more care has gone into hand raised ones. They make much better pets and are calmer. I haven't seen many hand raised ones around lately. It really makes a difference. I've had both and the big box bird I could never get calm enough to interact with me the way my hand raised one did. My advice is pay the extra for hand raised if you ever want interaction, it's worth it.
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