How Much Does a Green Cheek Conure Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 10, 2018

The green cheek conure (Pyrrhura mollinae), known to be highly inquisitive, bold and engaging, can be very playful and affection when compared other types of conures.

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How much does it cost to buy a green cheek conure?

The cost of a green cheek conure will greatly depend on the breeder you purchase from, the age of the bird, the quality, colors/mutations and geographical location of the breeder.  From what we researched, the average cost of a high-quality bird tends to be inside the $300 to the $600 range for an odd mutation but you could find birds as little as $125.  For this price, you should expect a weaned and ready to come home bird for the average owner.

Cinnamon green cheek conure$250-$450
Fancy green cheek conure$400-$500
Pineapple green cheek conure$300-$450
Turquoise green cheek conure$350-$650
Yellow sided green cheek conure$295-$500

While the bird can live fine on its own, breeders and experts often recommend pairs to help one bond with one another.  A green conure should never be housed with other types of birds.

At BirdBreeders.com, for instance, there was close to 30 active listings at the time of this publishing, with prices ranging anywhere from $950 for a tame baby to as little as $250 for a weaned baby from a breeder in North Carolina.

LuckyFeathers.com, a professional bird breeder with more than 30 years of breeding ethics, noted his prices on his official price sheet.  According to the “sold babies” subpage, the prices ranged anywhere from $250 to $300, with shipping an additional $59.

The extra costs to budget for

Habitat$115
Habitat Cover$25
Food$15/month
Treats$5/month
Habitat Substrate$10/month
Food/Water Dishes$10
Perches$5 each
Toys$5 each
Mineral Block Chews$5
Spray Bottle$10
Nail Clippers$10
Vitamins/Supplements$5
Vet Visits (routine/surprise)$55 per visit + tests/surgeries, etc

Diet and feeding

A well-balanced diet will consist of 60 percent specialized pellets, with the remaining consisting of fresh vegetables, fruits and a few fortified seeds.  Avoid feeding any bird avocado, fruit seeds, anything with caffeine, sugar, high-fat treats, chocolate or alcohol as this can cause serious health problems in the future.  All fruits and vegetables should remain fresh and should be discarded if the conure doesn’t consume after two to three hours.

As with any bird, the water will need to be changed daily and should be available at all times.

While treats are okay, try to limit it to 5 to 10 percent of its diet.

Housing requirements

Green cheek conures will acclimate the best in 65 to 80 Fahrenheit, but even with comfortable temperatures, it’s best to avoid extreme temperature changes.  All housing units should be placed off the floor in a well-lit area away from any vents.

A habitat, while the larger the better, should be, at a minimum, 24″W x 24″D x 30″H, with metal bars spaced no greater than ½” to ¾” apart, according to this Petco care sheet.

Inside the cage should be a variety of perches, at least nine inches longer.  These perches help with physical activity and can even help prevent arthritis in the future.

Like perches, a variety of toys should be included as they like to chew and keep stimulated throughout the day.  These toys and perches should not contain any lead, zinc, galvanized parts and/or lead-based paints as this can cause serious medical issues for the bird.

On the bottom of the cage should include a metal grate, which is designed to collect any bird droppings to help avoid any contamination with the bird’s food and water.  Line this metal grate with a substrate to allow for easy cleaning.

Once a week, the habitat and all of its inclusions, such as the perches, should be cleaned with a 3% bleach solution and all of the substrate in the metal grate should be replaced as well.  Pay close attention to all of the toys and perches as they should be replaced when they start to look tattered.

Behavior

Green cheek conures are considered to be very social birds and enjoy as much human interaction as possible.

Signs of a healthy conure

Alert, active and appears to be very sociable

Eats and drinks throughout the day

All of its body, including the beaks, legs and feathers, appears to be in a healthy condition

The feathers, when inspected closely, should be smooth to the touch and groomed in appearance

Red flags to look out for

The beak, when examined, looks either swollen and/or has some sort of accumulation buildup

The feathers appear to be abnormal, looking either fluffed, soiled or plucked

No activity such as sitting on the floor of the cage, appearing to be depressed

A coughing and/or wheezing-like sound when making a noise

Stool has a runny and/or an odd color to it

Hopping on one foot while moving

A discharge coming from either the eyes or nose

Common health conditions

Chlamydiosis – Symptoms include appetite loss, discharge, green feces and/or fluffed feathers.

Diarrhea – The stool won’t appear formed, often due to parasites or from multiple causes.

Feather Plucking – Happens when the bird is either bored, has a poor diet and/or is related to an unknown illness.

Polyoma Virus – Symptoms may include weight loss, anorexia and/or lethargy.

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