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Starting a Bird Breeding Business

A bird breeding business may not be the best source of additional income given our economic conditions.

Posted: January 13, 2009

Q: I am thinking of getting into the bird breeding business. I want to make money, and I absolutely love birds. I am not a rich person, and I want to supplement my teaching income. Do you have any advice?

Linda RubinSandee Molenda explains:

This is not the time for anyone to get into the bird breeding business to make money. Even under the best of circumstances, it is very rare for people to make enough money to break even and pay for expenses, let alone supplement their income. The price of bird seed alone has gone through the roof due to the government paying farmers to grow corn for ethanol instead of the seeds birds eat (and pellets are made from seed so the price of pellets is just as high).

Bird prices are falling rapidly as there are more birds on the market than there are people able to buy them. The price of gas combined with job losses, home foreclosures and Americans without health insurance is keeping most people from having any discretionary income. Birds are considered luxury items that most people do not buy in hard times. It would be better to sell things such as toys, cages or feed to people that already have birds as opposed to trying to open new markets in these hard times.

 

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What a moron. If you breed properly and not the 5 cent breeds that every tom, dick, harry can breed [budgies for example] you will ALWAYS have someone that is wanting to buy a bird from you. Or if you breed quality birds - I've seen plenty of "breeders" with birds I'd happily give to my snake as a meal.
James, NYC, NY
Posted: 9/30/2014 3:56:18
Honestly I don't believe that's bird breeding isn't the right time, I started my business in my teens and made money. Its good for pocket money we're not talking breeding birds as a career. Its an okay thing to do for extra money while having a job. And it also depends om who you sell to. I'm selling through pets stores abd you can clean up nicely there. So I have to say I disagree.
Belle, Philly, PA
Posted: 4/13/2013 3:19:04 PM
I disagree with this statement you can and always will make money from birds if you breed "new colours" that fascinate the keepers, if you stick to rare species and new colours you won't be disapointed and in ome cases you can ask anything you want for your birds because you will be teh only person with that colour or species, seed does not come into the equasion when considering this type of bird keeping
Steve, Liverpool
Posted: 5/27/2012 2:29:17
Totally true you gotta love birds to do it not to make money only enjoyment of the birds and the wonderful miricle God gives us in his creations and life!
Terri, Ozark, AL
Posted: 12/23/2010 10:04:52
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