Part II: Do I Really Want To Do This?

Lovebird breeding may be a lot of fun. It has the potential to be informative, demanding, emotionally satisfying, and addicting. It may also be costly, exhausting, stressful, and sad. There are many good and negative reasons to start breeding lovebirds. You’re intrigued by birds and want to learn more, you like losing sleep, and you have a lot of spare money that you’d like to spend on bird food, cages, cleaning supplies, and vet costs. I can’t assist you if you want to earn money by breeding lovebirds. Few lovebird breeders are able to break even, much alone profit, from their birds. And even fewer can earn a livelihood doing it. You can probably earn a lot more money working evenings at Taco Bell.

If you still believe breeding lovebirds is for you, attempt to prepare ahead of time. How serious do you intend to take this? Do you want a small aviary with one or two pairs, or a bigger aviary? What will you do with any chicks that hatch from your birds? Do you have the time to hand-feed the chicks, or will you leave them to their parents? Will you sell the chicks, and if so, where and how? Almost any experienced breeder will tell you that selling birds is far more difficult than raising them.

Create a strategy for yourself and your birds. You can always change the plan if necessary, but knowing your goals and limitations is essential. How many birds do you want in total? Are there any specific colors you’d like to see? What birds will you need to accomplish your goals, and where will you find them? Will you have any unrelated offspring to mate with in the second or third generation? How much will it cost to feed the birds you anticipate having, and how many chicks will you have to sell at what price to make up the difference?

I generally recommend that beginning breeders start modestly. It is MUCH easier to expand your aviary than it is to reduce its size. Starting small allows you to really learn about the birds, what to look for, and what you really want. It’s very easy to become overwhelmed very quickly. Many breeders abandon the hobby after a few years because they lost control of the size of their aviary, which became too much work and no longer enjoyable.

The more thought and planning you put into your aviary before beginning a breeding program, the more manageable and enjoyable it will be.

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