many years, wild caught birds competed with domestic bred birds in
the pet business. As a result of the Wild Bird Conservation
Act passed by Congress, the USDA now limits the amount and types of
birds that can be imported into the United States from other countries.
Other than a select few for zoological and certain other purposes,
the importation of wild caught birds from other countries was gradually
and progressively phased out and is now to the point that it is virtually
non-existent, and will remain so. This has created an even
greater demand for domestically bred pet birds.
birds will not reproduce and overpopulate as some animals do, therefore,
in order to supply the pet industry with the millions of birds needed
annually, they must be intentionally bred. If you turn 50
birds loose in the neighborhood, pretty soon they will disperse and
you will not see them again. Turn 50 dogs or cats loose in the neighborhood
and pretty soon there will be hundreds of them, most of them unwanted,
unfortunately. That is why animal shelters are full of unwanted cats
and dogs. They will reproduce and overpopulate in practically any
environment and under any condition. Pet birds simply will
not do that. A number of conditions must be met in order for them
to reproduce. Therefore, you won’t find animal shelters full
of unwanted birds.
over 8000 individual retail pet shops as well as countless other outlets
in the U.S. selling pet birds, the need is real for a steady
supply of birds. Think about it, where do those birds come from? The
need is enormous for people to domestically breed birds to supply
the pet industry with the millions of birds annually sold.
• It is something that can be started on a small scale with
a very minimum start up cost.
• People have successfully raised birds in anything from a basement
in their house, to a patio, a portable building, mobile home or a
custom built commercial size building.
• A portable building in the backyard is a very popular and
inexpensive method that many people choose.
• Good profit margins on the offspring sold. You sell them as
• Raising birds requires no high-powered education, only common
• You need no incubators or high priced equipment-the birds
raise their own babies in their own nestboxes.
• Breeding pet birds can be successfully done in all 50 states, regardless
of the size of your town or your location, as long as you are located
within a 4 to 5 hour drive of a major airport. That will allow you
to ship any excess birds by airfreight anywhere in the U.S. This business
is simply not dependent upon your location, as it is a nation wide
business. We didn’t sell ANY birds in our hometown of Corsicana,
• Breeding pet birds can be done in town or country, indoors or out,
depending upon the layout.
• Breeding pet birds requires a minimum amount of time and effort, depending
of course, on your size. It can easily be started on a part time basis,
devoting a few hours a week, and grown into a full time business.
• Parakeets are by far the most popular of all pet birds, followed
by cockatiels, lovebirds and finches. They are virtually
odorless and attract no flies, fleas, or other insects.
The same cannot be said with other forms of livestock.
• Best of all, it can be very profitable.
Many part time breeders make from $500
to $2000 monthly, while a full time
breeder can make upwards of $50,000 yearly, and a
breeder/wholesaler/distributor can make upwards of
• Breeding Pet Birds Is Possibly The Best Backyard Business
Of All Time.
Parakeets, cockatiels, lovebirds and finches have relatively short
life spans and that in itself creates a never ending demand for them.
Consider the fact that many children will have several different pet
birds during their growing up years, and the fact that there are 281
million people in our country says that there is a tremendous need
for people to raise pet birds to satisfy the demands of both the young
and old alike.
• The exotic bird business is not dominated by any large
conglomerate, as are many businesses. Practically all of the birds
supplied to the pet bird industry today are bred by mom and pop operations
throughout the country.
My wife was the one who started raising pet birds,
and it quickly grew into a business that provided me the opportunity
to quit my job and join her in a business that rewarded us beyond
all expectations. The pet bird business allowed us the opportunity
to work at home, make an extremely good living, take wonderful (tax
deductible) vacations , send our boys through college, and take an
early retirement. The pet bird business is not a fly
by night scheme or fad. It has stood the test of time. It has been
around since the turn of the century, through good times and bad,
and its future looks as good as ever.