Why are Budgies So Cheap {Should You Get A Budgie}

Have you wondered why budgies are so cheap to buy compared to other birds?

If you are looking to buy a budgie you might keep be concerned by the low price tag.

So, why are budgies so cheap?

Budgies are cheap because they are easy to breed, they are considered a starter bird and they are very easy to look after.

Why Are Budgies So Cheap?

Budgies are in high demand as they are one of the most popular pet birds you can acquire.

Because of this reason they are usually bread in large numbers which brings down the cost of producing them massively compared to other birds.

Why are Budgies So Cheap

Budgies are also small birds which means they require a smaller cage which can cost less and also we’ll eat less compared to larger Birds so you will save on feeding costs as well.

They are very easy to care for compared to other birds which makes them the perfect starter Bird for many people.

How Much Does A Budgie Cost?

If you are looking to purchase a budgie I will give you a rough idea of how much it will cost below.

Purchase Price

The average price to buy a budgie is between $10 – $30 depending on where you purchase it from. I would highly recommend that you purchase a budgie from a local pet shop as you know the budgie will come from a reputable and ethical breeder.

If you have any issues with the budgie or any questions about how to look after it you could also ask questions at the pet shop.

First Year Cost

On average you can expect to pay around $300 on your budgie in the first year that you own them.

This price will include purchasing a cage and accessories for them as well as food and treats

Annual Cost

the average annual cost you should expect to pay is around $200 which includes food, treats, accessories and vet costs

Total Lifetime Cost

The average budgie lives between 10 and 15 years and you can expect to pay between $3000 and $3500

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Why Are Budgies Inexpensive Compared To Other Birds?

Budgies are one of the cheapest birds that you can buy today on the market, the main reasons they are so cheap compared to other birds include;

  1. Easy To Breed
  2. Breaded On Large Scale
  3. Very Popular (In High Demand)
  4. Good Starter Bird
  5. Hardy

Because of these reasons budgies are very popular for people to buy and this makes it cheaper for shops to produce them as they have a high turn over of sales.

Should I Get A Budgie?

There are many reasons or cons why you should get a budgie, the main ones include

Easy To Take Care Of

Budgies are very easy to take care of compared to other birds because they are less demanding in their feeding and company needs.

Easy To Breed

These birds can easily be bread in captivity and due to many different colours of budgies breeders love to mix colours together to see what the off spring might look like.

Good Talkers

Budgies are actually in the Guinness Book of World Records as “the bird with the largest vocabulary in the world.”  Source. with a total of 1728 words.

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Anything Else I Need To Consider

The main thing you need to think about is getting two budgies. Budgies are very social birds and love to have company.

They are also very inelegant birds that need regular stimulation which can be supplied with the company of another budgie and things in their cage to play with.

Going on holiday? What will you do with the budgie? Take a look at this article I wrote for ideas.

Reasons You Should Not Get A Budgie

Whilst there are many great reasons to get a budgie I want to cover some things you need to know that might put you off getting one.

These include;

Quick / On The Spot Decision

Because these birds are so cheap sometimes people will make a decision to buy one with out thinking it through properly.  Please do your research on the bird first.


Whilst budgies are small, most of them will chirp constantly throughout the day. The chirping will not be very loud but it will be constant.

Regular Stimulation

Because budgies are social and intelligent birds they require daily stimulation ideally with you playing with them. They also require daily exercise to keep them fit.

Frequently Asked Questions


Are budgies worth it?

Yes budgies are worth it, they are very popular pet birds for many reasons such as, they are very easy to tame and get used to you, very easy to keep, very sociable and make great starter Birds.

Why budgies are bad pets?

Budgies are very cheap and for this reason they can be seen as a throw away pet, please require daily interactions which can put some people off. They also constantly chirp throughout the day which can also upset some people.

What is the lifespan of a budgie

The lifespan of a typical budgie in captivity will be anywhere from 10 to 12 years.