A Career as a Bird Breeder
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1. what is a bird breeder?
A person who mates carefully selected wild birds of the same species to reproduce offspring with the same qualities and characteristics.
! Breeders of birds used in farming (such as chickens, emu, geese, swans and ostriches) are farmers and are discussed under their own careers (bird farmers). This section also doesn't look at breeders of wild bird species for large aviaries, zoos (conservation breeders).
Aviculture is the practice of keeping and breeding birds.
The different kinds of bird breeders generally breed specific bird species for the pet trade, based on the type of birds and setup:
2. what do they do?
The main focus of a bird breeder is to mate selected species (such as Budgies and pigeons) as their own pets and to supply the pet market.
Where they work:
Bird breeders usually register and set up their businesses at home. The physical enclosure for the birds might be inside the home (when starting the businesses), or a separate building just for the cages.
Places of Employment -
Bird breeders are self employed and run a profit seeking business.
The average income of bird breeders will be determined by a few factors, such as the scarcity of the species, and the country wherein the business is registered. The average income in the US is around $40,000 per year, which is slightly below the annual average.
Entry breeders do not make a huge amount of money as most of the costs need to be covered. Running a business means dealing with bills that need to be payed. Breeding can be emotional as there could be deaths of new chicks.
Future growth and Possibilities:
The pet industry is one of the fastest growing animal career industries, and there will always be space for good growth.
3. which skills are required?
The skills required for a career as a bird breeder can be divided into two very important groups. The first is the group containing life skills, which are the core skills that are necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. The second group is career skills, or the specific skills required to allow a person to enter and operate effectively within a specific career. Some or maybe even all of the life skills can assist in strengthening the career skills, and they might even be the same for specific careers.
4. which subjects must i have at school?
These subjects are recommended:
These subjects are the ones recognized around the world, but may not all be available in specific countries or schools. The subjects you choose at school are important as they lay the foundation for further studies at college or university. While still at school, it's also important to learn more about the animals you will work with, as well as gain some experience.
Other names for the subjects:
5. what will i need to study?
There is no minimum requirements to become a bird breeder, although a High School Certificate or Diploma would be beneficial to prepare you to deal with setting up a business, dealing with costs and basic marketing techniques.
It is important that you learn as much as you possibly can about your chosen breed before you think about opening your breeding business. Short Courses in bird behaviour, health, business setup and marketing are recommended.
The duration of Short Courses can be between a few hours (online) to a few months.
Possible Career Preparation Paths:
If this is your dream career that you want to pursue, then it's important to plan the way forward.
Why is planning important?
To ensure that you understand the requirements for your career, and that you are always prepared for the next step on the road towards your dream. A Preparation Path is like your road map to where you want to be.
High School + experience while still in school + Short Courses
Possible Combined Career Paths:
It is possible to sometimes combine two or more related careers. This normally happens when you study and practice a specific main career, but the knowledge and experience gained also help you to have a paying hobby or secondary income career.
Some of the possible combinations, but there are a lot more:
Stepping Stone Career:
Bird breeder can also be used as a stepping stone career. A stepping stone career is one which is used to help you get to another career, normally because the other career is too difficult to reach immediately (high fees etc). You can begin as a bird breeder, after basic short courses and expert guidance (maybe working under a mentor). The money made can then be used to pay for studies towards another career, and the experience helps in gaining knowledge. One paying to help get to the other.
Some of the possible paths, starting with Bird Breeder:
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