Because we have a pretty sizable canary aviary, we try to find ways to cut costs as much as possible. One way is we make our own calcium using left over egg shells. We buy our eggs by the box-ful at Costco. Literally… it’s a box with 7 1/2 dozen eggs. That box lasts us a week.
Here is how Costco helps us save money when we purchase food items for our canaries in bulk:
Quinoa is one that we only feed our birds during breeding season. It’s high in protein and it’s a carbohydrate, so it can cause the canaries to gain weight if given to them during rest/molting periods. We buy 4lb bags from Costco at $16-19. The price varies but even at $19, it’s still cheaper than the grocery store or health food stores.
Hemp seeds are also high in protein and healthy omega fatty acids. We get a 2 lb bag from Costco for $12. Just one pound from Whole Foods costs $15+.
Chia seeds are high in fiber, protein and omega fatty acids. A little goes a long way with this stuff. We get 3lb bags from Costco for $12-14.
Sometimes we also purchase our produce from Costco. Cucumbers and broccoli are super cheap, and we get them in large quantities during breeding seasons. Some of the produce we will buy at the farmers market simply because of a better price/quality.