How Much Does a Gouldian Finch Cost?
The Gouldian Finch, also known as Lady Gouldians and Rainbow Finches, are native to the northern area of the Australian tropics. Large numbers are bred in captivity in Australia as well as in the United States. Whether you are looking to buy a Gouldian Finch to breed or to show, there are numerous reliable breeders you can purchase from.
How much does it cost?
- On average, the price of a Gouldian Finch is going to come down to the type of finch, the age of the bird, the quality and the breeder selling it. The average price is going to be anywhere from $50 to as much as $300.
- Male Gouldians with various color mutations can cost $100 to $150 each, while females are anywhere from $125 to $150 each. Pairs cost anywhere from $150 to $300.
- For instance, a 5-inch Lady Gouldian Finch weighing around 16-17 grams can cost $50 to $250, depending on mutation.
- For example, the breeder LovelyLadyGouldians.com sells Gouldians starting at $75, depending on a number of factors including bird quality, color variety, age and sex.
- West Coast Exotic Finches Aviary, another online breeder, sells Gouldians of all colors and mutations starting at $60.
- At Singing-Wings-Aviary, a pair of Gouldians costs $150 – $250, depending on color mutations. Male Gouldians are priced at $90. Silver back Gouldians with different mutations cost $250 to $300 each, while a pair costs $500 to $600.
What is going to be included?
- Depending on your choice, the price you pay may include a single Gouldian Finch or a pair of male and female Gouldians. Most bird experts, however, recommend that Gouldians be bought in pairs in order for them to have a higher survival rate. This is because these birds do not adapt to human companionship like certain other bird species and therefore need the companionship of other birds.
- Breeders may include individual identification documents that detail the genetics of the Gouldians and their parents.
What are the extra costs?
- When buying a pair of Lady Gouldians, you will also need to purchase bird supplies, including bird food, bird supplements, seed blends/spray millet, first aid treatment kits, bird medications, parasite and pest control products, cage and aviary supplies, bird nesting and breeding supplies, as well as disinfectants and cleaners.
- If you are planning to breed Gouldians for sale, you will need to get more cages, a heater or a humidifier, a thermometer/hygrometer, a brooder, and hand-feeding paraphernalia.
- Sellers may charge you for the shipping crate and for shipping costs, depending on the location to which the Gouldians are being shipped. There may or may not be minimum purchase requirements.
Factors that influence the price:
- Color/Mutations. Brightly-colored Gouldians cost a lot more than the less-colored ones. Birds with bright red patches and metallic blues are among the most expensive, often selling for at least 10 times that of a plain-looking variety such as the Zebra Finch.
- Availability/Location. This may vary by location. Gouldians located in areas where they are abundant (whether bred or in the wild) have lower value.
- Thorough care during breeding. Reliable breeders spend a lot of time and money on caring for their Gouldians and their young. Apart from supplying food and water to their flock, they regularly provide treatment and medication to ensure the best health of the birds. Gouldians sold by these breeders typically cost more. This extra cost may be well worth it in order to ensure the health of your birds.
Tips to know:
- Avoid purchasing uncolored Gouldians in a molt (a state wherein the bird sheds old feathers to make way for new growth). Buying and transferring uncolored Goulds puts the birds under great stress and can be the cause of their death when relocated.
- Young Gouldian Finches typically enter the market from late October all through late December.
- It is advisable to buy Gouldians directly from a breeder so you will know about the history of the birds and learn from them how the birds are used to being kept.
- Before you buy a bird, decide what your intentions are and think about your commitment to the animal. If you are buying a Gouldian Finch to make it a household pet, make sure to keep it in a safe, draft-free place with adequate light. If you are buying one to show, you will have to learn how the birds are judged and how points are accumulated.
How can I save money?
- Gouldians are typically expensive birds and are normally kept by more experienced bird keepers. There are cheap ones, though, that can be bought for as low as $25. However, their quality may not always be as good as those with higher prices.
- An inexpensive alternative would be a non-mutation Gouldian Finch, which is freely obtainable, is found in numbers, and does not need expert breeding to ensure genetic variety.
- Good deals may be found when shopping on Craigslist, but be sure to check the bird thoroughly, ask about the bird’s history, and look for proper documentation.