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Do You Have What It Takes?

Ask yourself these six questions before jumping from your cubicle to the bird business.

By Susan Chamberlain

As a bird breeder, you’ll need to time – and lots of it. You need time to feed all of your birds, to clean their dishes and living quarters, time to inspect nest boxes, time to develop a business plan and your website, and time to care for chicks. Do you have a plan of what to do if your parent birds are no longer able or no longer want to feed their chicks? Would you have the time to feed the chicks or could you hire someone to do it? Ask yourself these six questions before deciding whether you really have what it takes to raise happy, healthy baby birds.

  1. Are you available around the clock?
  2. Are you free of household distractions
  3. Are you willing to learn proper techniques?
  4. Is a qualified person willing to teach you
  5. Does your attention to cleanliness border on obsessive?
  6. Do you have an avian veterinarian, experienced in pediatrics, close by?

If you answer yes to all of these, you may be a successful hand-feeding candidate.

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Another important point is to do a lot of studying on bird behaviour. As a breeder one needs to understand how the bird lives in it's natural environment versus breeding and raising birds. Being a breeder and raiser of chicks is a very dedicated job and one must have a true love and understanding for the animal
Maurche, International
Posted: 3/23/2014 1:12:03 AM
I am home 99% of the time so I have time on my hands to socialize birds and to hand feed around the clock I am getting ready to hatch Parrot eggs I am so excited and this has been my dream for a long time to work with All times of Parrots and animals I want to have an all parrot shop someday.
Mcihelle, Valdosta, GA
Posted: 5/12/2013 9:19:00 PM
I have a different perspective to bird breeding today as compared to 1950 when I raised my first baby parakeets. Handfeeding birds was only to save lives. Birds taken from the nest were delightful pets without having ever been handfed. I learned to handfeed from very capable breeders and it was like the art was a trade secret and no one did it the same. Each species has formula and techniques that make the breeder a success. I am still learning.
Parrotpusher, Houston, TX
Posted: 1/29/2011 1:49:52 PM
Good advice and a great check list.
Steven, Lancaster, KY
Posted: 12/23/2008 6:38:58 AM
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