Here’s an idea. Have you considered starting your own backyard bird business? Before you put much thought into it, let me tell you why I think it is a great income opportunity that can produce a great return either as a part-time or full-time venture.
Pet birds – and we mean the small breed kind – have a short lifespan. This contributes to the demand as bird lovers typically replace their feathered friends many times over. The top choices for pet bird breeders are parakeets, cockatiels, Zebra finches and lovebirds with parakeets the most popular.
As each of these types of birds will breed twelve months out of the year, under the correct breeding conditions, you can have a monthly income.
This fact also contributes to the ease in which starting a backyard bird business can be. When you understand the breeding cycle – they reach sexual maturity between four and eight months and can breed between three and ten years – you can develop a regular cycle of breeding.
Add to this that the average clutch will number between four and six eggs and that a producing pair of birds will have between four and six clutches per year and that the chicks can be sold as early as six to twelve weeks of age and you can see there is potential.
Did we mention you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to do this, either?
As each breeding pair raises their own young, you essentially need nesting boxes, food sources and temperature control in order to launch a backyard bird business. You don’t even need a backyard as a storeroom or spare space is sufficient during your initial start up phase.
Due to changes in importation regulations the federal government is slowly phasing out the movement of exotic birds into North America from other parts of the world. This opens up a huge market for small bird breeding operations. Plus, there is no such thing as a giant corporate breeding company which is another incentive.
As it turns out, the majority of pet stores in the nation are supplied with pet birds by small local or regional breeders and this means you can also get into the action. The profit margin is great as the birds you can breed would be sold when they are still very young. There is no specific climate that is required as the breeding rooms would be in a temperature controlled environment created in a room or other indoor space.
All you really need to do to ensure steady sales is to be located somewhere near a major airport. That is because many of your sales will not be to customers in your local market but to pet stores or bird owners in locations where you would have to air freight the birds.
As for what you can earn, many part-time breeders make between $500 and $2,000 per month. A full time breeder can earn more than $50,000 per year. If you choose to become a breeder/wholesaler/distributor you can expect to generate more than $100,000 in revenue on an annual basis.
It is also something that has been around for a long time. Bird breeders have existed for centuries and have always seen profits due to the demand that has never waned.
If you are looking for an easy and enriching part-time or full-time opportunity that takes little time, allows you a lot of freedom and generates a good income, starting a backyard bird business could be the right choice for you. For more information, visit Amazon.com and check out “Raising Pet Birds For Profit.”