Start a Bird Breeding Business

Many people like to keep birds as pets in their houses. If you are one, and would like to go further by breeding birds, we are offering basic advice. This is useful as bird breeding as a business is quite challenging.

Would you like to know the essentials of rearing birds for sale? Read on and discover.

Birds have been domesticated since the olden times because of their mystery and beauty. Some people are particularly bird lovers that they do not mind the hassle involved in having and rearing them in their backyards. If you have an unusual love for parakeets, finches or macaws, and other domesticated birds, then bird breeding is a business you can start. Passion for these winged creatures is the best asset that a breeder could have. Breeding is a tedious job and the monetary rewards are not always high in this kind of business.

It is because the success of the business is often dependent on whether one successfully breeds the kind and color of bird that will sell for higher prices. It means after investing on things like cages, bird seeds, and medicines, a breeder is not always assured that all of the birds he produced will be sold or will sell at a price that will generate him a profit.

Bird Breeding Needs

It is advantageous, therefore, if one already has bird breeding as a hobby. It means he already has an initial idea on how to raise birds. In this stage, it is helpful that the prospective breeder educates himself all about raising birds and keeps himself in touched with bird vets, local breeders, pet store owners and visitors of bird shows. By being “inside the business” he will be able to know what birds are the most ideal to breed and what colors are the most sought after; and whether there is substantial market for the birds.

It is not necessary to start with a very big facility at once. In fact, it is always advisable to start small because of the monetary risk involved. One would need brooders, cages, nesting boxes, feeds, and space for these, not to mention medicine and vet care in case the birds got sick.

Bird Breeding Regulations and Licenses

In case you want to start with a considerable facility, you have to check with your local office to know the regulations involved in breeding birds. Birds could be noisy and the wastes that go with having a bunch of them could be a source of dispute with neighbours. Also, there are certain licenses required for breeders that sell a certain number of birds a year. In Colorado, it is 30 birds. If one will be in the business, in the future, it would be good to be affiliated with canary clubs and aviculturist societies like the American Society of Aviculture and American Federation of Aviculture.

101 Comments

  • Mohammad Reza Bassami said on April 12, 2011
    I would like to strart a canary breeding business. I need more information and a business plan. My location in Mashhad city, Iran. Looking forward to hearing from you. Regards, M.R.Bassami
  • subodh said on October 29, 2011
    i would like to start a parakeet breeding business. I need more information and a business plan. My location in vancouver,BC,canada. Looking forward to hearing from you. thanku.
  • Rishi said on November 5, 2011
    I would like to start a zebra finch breeding business.Any advice would be helpful. Thanks
  • Connie Shaffer said on December 1, 2011
    Hello, I am looking for advise on starting a very small parakeet business. I am located in the Denver Co area. Thank You
  • samuel said on January 23, 2012
    birds breeding in bangalore city ,india what are the sources and outlets.
  • Ayman bazzi said on March 10, 2012
    Hello, I would like to start acanary birds breeding business in beirut, lebanon. thank you
  • JOAN HOPPER said on July 21, 2012
    Hi, I would like to start a parrolet bird breeding business in Seattle Washington. Thank you
  • Maaz said on July 24, 2012
    I would like to start Budgies, Lovebird, Finch, & cockatiel breeding business. I need More information and good business plan. I am from Bhopal, India. Waiting for good Advice and Plan
  • kali said on July 31, 2012
    i'm starting a bird breeding business, but i'm only 10 years old. i'm starting with zebra finches, then diamond doves, and possibly canaries. any info/advice would be helpful.
  • J.Panigrahi said on October 1, 2012
    Hi! I am located in Kolkata and want to start a canary bird breeding setup. Please help me thanks in advance. Jpanigrahi +919831820230
  • subrata halder said on October 13, 2012
    please send me Birds Quarantine processed & medicine Name Please Help Me.
  • Palash Kumar Das said on October 27, 2012
    I am from Kolkata, WestBengal, India. Would like to start bird breeding business .Need a solid project plan with cost.
  • Rattan said on October 27, 2012
    Hey All! My name is Rattan. I'm looking for some advice: I want to start a breeding business, as a hobby I love doing it I thought it would be great to make a business out of it. Does anyone know the requirements for breeding and selling in india (New Delhi)? What permits (if any) and licenses do I need to acquire? How do I register as a business and what are the general costs? Any advice would be extremely helpful! I love birds and want to put my hobby to good use. Thank you in advance..
  • stephen said on October 28, 2012
    i would like to start business of dove grey cocktail budgerigar and finches breeding please tell me breeding formulas for these birds i live in pakistan karachi city my cell no. is +923212568636
  • sandeep said on November 23, 2012
    I am sandeep from thiruvananthapuram(kerala, india). i breed java sparrows and finches. i want to start a breeding unit. is there any breeder in india who can help me.
  • govind mishra said on November 27, 2012
    hi govind mishra here i would like to start canaries breeding. plz guide me , i am from indore ( m p ) india
  • Vipinchandra said on December 5, 2012
    I would like to start a business of birds like finches, cocketeil, and budgies all varieties i am locating at India, Kerala, Pathanamthitta Dist; So kindly tell me what are the needful to start the business ? and How will i get the caged bird society membership ? and what is the formality... Hope your immediate response, Thanking you
  • Tapas das said on December 25, 2012
    Hi, friend i live in kolkata, i am breeder in love bird, cocktail, yellow ring neck parrot. I want canary breeder please give me advice, & buy canary, please canary breeder sell me some pair of canary.
  • Llewellyn Bowen said on December 26, 2012
    Hi, I would like to start breeding parakeets, love birds, budrigars finches and cockertiels for business purposes. I have been keeping finches and budgies for over two years. I am 71 years old and retired, living in Chennai India. I would like to know where I could buy healthy young birds wholesale in India. Thanks for taking the time to read this. Lew
  • S SEN said on February 19, 2013
    Want to start breeding of Finches and then Love Birds afterwards. Staying in Durgapur, West Bengal, will it be possible for me to start this business. Sen.
  • atif mehmood said on February 25, 2013
    Dear sir assa la mu aliykum. I wish to tell u that I am also willing to start a business of breeding of love birds ,budrigars ,austalion parrots. Kindly advice me as a purpose of business I live in hyderabad
  • anwar siddiqui said on February 28, 2013
    Hi.... I wd like to start golden finch business in london please give me advise thanx....
  • Emma Beaurpere said on March 10, 2013
    Hi my name is Emma and I live in North Virginia (United States). I would like to form a budgie breeding business. Are there any licenses or agreements that I must know about? If so I would very much appreciate it.
  • nasim said on March 18, 2013
    my dear friends I want to start QUAIL farming at my house in pindi Pakistan , pl advise ,obliged in anticipation
  • Takoor said on March 26, 2013
    I am from the islands of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, and i am interested in learning how to mate and breed Twa Twa (flinches), they are indigenous to south America and Trinidad. However, they are dwelling away in Trinidad and soon enough if noting is done to repopulate the species in the country, soon thy will be extinct if not already in the wild. Thank you and looking forward to any assistance. Takoor
  • yogesh kumar said on March 27, 2013
    dear sir i want to start business of love birds, budgrigars in delhi(india). plz give me helpful information. thank you.
  • om prakash said on March 31, 2013
    sir, i have to buy a pair of african grey parrot's for breeding purpose. so any body can help me to buy this bird. i will be really thankful. 8936849944
  • khurram choudhary said on April 5, 2013
    i want to start birds breeding business at my home, please give ur advice..
  • SOURAV MITRA said on April 10, 2013
    I WANT TO START BIRD BREEDING BUSINESS WITH BADRIKAS, LOVE BIRDS PLEASE TELL ME HOW THE BUDGET WILL BE IN A SMALL SCALE BUSINESS, I AM FROM KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL, NEED A QUICK REPLY THAT MUST HELP ME AS I NEED SO MUCH SO HELP WITH YOUR ADVICE. THANK YOU
  • patrick said on May 4, 2013
    I'm in nairobi Kenya,and i want to start quails farming, can you please help me write a comprehensive business plan
  • anwar siddiqui said on May 10, 2013
    @anwar siddiqui, Hi.... I wd like to start golden finch business in london please give me advise thanx.... no one give me response.....please help me, thnx i live in london n like to start birds business.. i have space in loft...than to help me
  • Palash Pal said on May 15, 2013
    Hi.. I have absolutely zero experience and want to start bird breeding business initially with grey parrot and 3-4 years down the line with macaow. I live @ India, West Bengal, South 24 Parganas. Please help me with the information of norms and about the initial amount of investment
  • P N JAYAN said on May 18, 2013
    HI, MY NAME IS P N JAYAN I WOULD LIKE TO START A LOVE BIRDS AND COCKATIEL BIRD BREEDEING BUSINESS I NEED MORE INFORMATION AND BUSINESS PLAN MY LOCATION IN PERUMBAVOOR,KERALA,INDIA (9895172355 )
  • Sheila said on June 9, 2013
    Chatham, Virginia 24531 I want to know if I need any license or permits to breed birds to sell in my state. I want advice to get started small out of my home.
  • priyanka said on June 12, 2013
    hi, i am interested in starting bird breeding business such as lovebirds and cocktail. presently i have 4 pair of lovebirds. my location is Ujjain (M.P). advice me about bird breeding business. thank you
  • SANAT GHOSH said on July 22, 2013
    I WANT TO START BIRD BREEDING WITH YELLOW PARROT & LUTINO LOVE BIRDS & COCKTAILS PLEASE TELL ME HOW THE BUDGET WILL BE IN A SMALL BUSINESS. HOW MUCH PRICE YELLOW PARROT & LUTINO LOVE BIRDS & COCKTAILS. I AM FROM KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL
  • DEBASHIS KAR said on September 14, 2013
    I AM INTERESTED IN STARING A SMALL BUSINESS OF BIRD BREEDING WITH COCKTAILS. PLEASE TELL ME THE BUDGET WILL BE? NEAR KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL.
  • h&w birds said on October 18, 2013
    Hi. I would like to start a bird breeding business. If you could give me any advice is appreciate it. Thank you.
  • samardutta said on November 6, 2013
    I am interested to buy pair of canary bird (Male and Female)
  • Muhammad abbas said on November 25, 2013
    hi sir i want to start cage birds business with low investment plz help me and guide me in detail thank u so much
  • Vikramjit Chatterjee said on December 2, 2013
    I am a parrot & parakeet lover who lives in Kolkata, India. I have already owned some of my loving bird group. I want to be a breeder also. I have some queries.
    1) How to define gender of Lovebirds?
    2) Medicine names for their good health and breeding.
    3) Colony breeding advantages and disadvantages.
    4) Is there any requirement for any kind of license. for this business?
    I am requesting you to send my queries at my Email box as soon as possible to you.
  • ashraf hajii said on December 17, 2013
    i like to start a bird breeding business in kerala, malappuram, kadalundi near kadalundi bird santury
  • Javed Sattar said on December 26, 2013
    I am Javed from Karachi-Pakistan, I am lover of birds and just want to know following questions, please help me. Is this business profitable? What is the rate of mortality? What should be needed to start this business on very small level?
  • Dipankar Das said on December 27, 2013
    I like to start a cocktail bird breeding business in kolkata. please help me Is this business profitable? What is the rate of mortality? What should be needed to start this business on very small level?
  • rahul dev biswas said on January 19, 2014
    i want a business on pet bird so i want guideline from u
  • Junaid Khan said on January 20, 2014
    I want to start a cocktail parrot bird business. All types of cocktails. Kindly guide me the Feasibility Planning through your experience
  • Peter Anthony said on January 27, 2014
    I'm from Pune, Maharashtra, India. I want to start bird breeding from home and also need some information on which birds to breed at home. I breed love birds and cocktail.
  • Toqeer said on February 6, 2014
    i would like to start a business of Lovebirds, white Jawa and crested austrailian parrots and needs your guidance for best colony breeding.
  • Malik said on February 20, 2014
    Hay, I am Malik and I am from Pakistan. I want to start a small based business of breeding Love Birds different species. As I dont know much about breeding & best selling techniques for it, I would require your expert opinion and help and assistance. Would appreciate response on it. Thanks
  • Farman said on February 21, 2014
    Hay buddy, Farman here, from Pakistan. I want to start a Love birds (Different spec.) business. As I dont know much about breeding & best selling techniques for it, require your expert opinion and help and assistance. Thanks
  • REBECCA EMMA said on February 21, 2014
    I NEED A BUSINESS PLAN FOR A PROFITABLE BUSINESS
  • Sunil said on March 4, 2014
    I want to start a cockatiels bird business & African love birds. All types. Kindly guide me the Feasibility Planning through your experience. India, kerala, Trivandrum
  • Dilip Yadav said on March 6, 2014
    I m 25yrs, I am from Jharkhand, Dhanbad. I loves birds. I like Tom start business of birds breeders like lutino love birds, parkeets, finch, cocktails. I have 7200sq.feet. So I like To made its breeder house in 3000sq.feet. So you tell me is it necessary To make license for farming these birds or sell it.
  • Dilip Yadav said on March 6, 2014
    I m 25yrs, I am from Jharkhand, Dhanbad. I loves birds. I like To start business of birds breeders like lutino love birds, parkeets, finch, cocktails. I have 7200sq.feet land .So I like To made its breeder house in 3000sq.feet. So you tell me is it necessary To make license for farming these birds or sell it.
  • Laeeq said on March 12, 2014
    From Karachi. Pakistan I like To start business of birds breeders like love birds, finch, cocktails. I have sufficient land .So I like To made its breeder house . Anyone from Karachi Pakistan having knowledge and involve this business Pls guide me. can contact me at mlaeekkhan@yahoo.com
  • Suyash Bhardwaj said on March 21, 2014
    Dear sir/mam, I am Suyash Bhardwaj from Chhattisgarh, India. I like bird. Please suggest me, How can I start bird breeding form. I have 9000sq. fit area & 12X12 size 25 rooms.. . Please cont any other this website members my ID is suyash477@gmail.com or www.facebook.com/suyash477, With Regards, Suyash Bhardwaj
  • Fakhar said on April 3, 2014
    I am Fakhar from Karachi Pakistan. I would like to start business of birds like finches, cocktail, love bird, budgies.I wants to start a breeding unit, I have some question
    1. How to define gender
    2. Medicine name and feed for their good health and breeding. I don't know much about breeding and best selling techniques for it. I would require your expert opinion. Thanking you, Regards.
  • swagata said on May 19, 2014
    i am fond of birds and breed them for happiness. now i want to sell my chicks. budgies, finches and lutino love birds. my location is west bengal hooghly in India. how i will start?
  • Amitava Roy said on July 2, 2014
    My self Amitava Roy from New Barackpore (Kolkata), I would like to start business of birds like Badri, Finches, Cocktail, Love bird, not that much of knowledge, please help me to start this business, need more advice and want to know the prospect of this business. Regards, Amitava Roy
  • rupesh manjrekar said on July 28, 2014
    I want to start a cocktail, sun canure bird business. All types of cocktails. Kindly guide me the Feasibility Planning through your experience
  • Shari Mirojnick said on August 1, 2014
    This is disgraceful. A person who knows little about birds, telling people to start breeding birds. Parrots are not domesticated, and probably will never become so. There are so many unwanted pet parrots and other companion birds, rescues and sanctuaries are bursting at the seams. At the same time, breeders are pumping out as many chicks as they can to make ends meet. If you want to make money breeding birds, you have to cut corners. Cutting corners makes birds suffer.
  • Sohaib said on August 5, 2014
    I want to start a business with Budgie. Kindly guide me the Feasibility Planning through your experience. :)
  • shanku said on August 20, 2014
    Hi' I m shanku from Howrah westbengal india' I breed love bird as my hobby but now I want to breed Bengali finch can someone tell me about the Bengali finch.
  • Adnan said on August 24, 2014
    Hi I want to start BUSINESS WITH BUDGIE AND COCKTAIL BREEDING. please advice ???
  • hashim said on August 25, 2014
    I like birds breeding business pls advice for small business minimum budget Kerala tvm India and birds importing in Kerala India details and contact pls send my mail ID
  • swagata singha roy said on August 26, 2014
    I bread budgies, zebra finches and now trying on lutino love birds. so far it is my hobby but now wishing to do business. my location is singur hooghly west bengal.
  • NEHA SUTTALLU said on September 14, 2014
    HELLO, I LIKE BREEDING BIRDS LIKE BUDGERIGAR, COCKTAILS, AFRICAN LOVE BIRDS, AND FINCHES. SO PLZ ADVICE ME HOW TO APPLY FOR LICENSES AND REGULATION AND AFFILIATE WITH THE CARNARY CLUB AND AGRICULTURIST SOCIETIES LIKE THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF AVICULTURE AND AMERICAN FEDRATION OF AVICULTURE.
  • Arun said on October 11, 2014
    Hello, Greetings for the day. I am Arun from Tamilnadu, from last 10 years I am into birds breeding as hobby. Maintaining a pair/cage. Birds like African love birds, cockatiel can be breed in group. Kindly suggest! Thank you
  • Ramya Singh said on November 19, 2014
    Please suggest me i want start lovebirds farming in karnataka(Ramanagar) good breeds and general details. Thanking you
  • m.arshad gujjar said on November 29, 2014
    Dear i want information regarding alexander/raw parrot for breeding like a feedmix etc pl explain in details
  • kalam khan said on December 13, 2014
    dear i want information regarding breeding pair of good quality finches, love birds ,holland budgies and diamond doves for breeding and the size of cages available in kolkata.
  • kalim shaikh said on December 25, 2014
    Dear I want information budgerigar birds and java sparrow . cocktails breeding idea pls send to my what app number 8624845786 to any mor plz information breeding setup and box and feeding plz thank you
  • Asgar said on January 2, 2015
    Hi, I would like to know about breeding licensing and certification to start a farm in India. Breeding for small birds to all big birds (Exotic)
  • Ram said on January 18, 2015
    I want to buy canary birds in India. Please contact me if it is available.
  • rohith said on February 15, 2015
    hi sir, I would like to start business with different types of Budgies breeding . I need to know more information and good business plan. I am from kerala, India. Waiting for good Advice and Plan. rohith
  • BINOY said on March 24, 2015
    Hi i am from kolkata, i have 20 pair badri, but at the time of breeding, egg stuck & died the female, any advise! pls reply to-monsoonbinoy@gmail.com
  • Peter Anthony said on March 24, 2015
    Hi, I have requested you to guide me on breeding birds at home, as I want to set up the bird breeding business. So pls guide me on the same. waiting from u for the help.
  • Jayanta Dhar said on April 1, 2015
    I am from Cooch Behar, West Bengal, I want to Badri Bird breeding, Kindly guide me .
  • Rajib Islamic said on April 18, 2015
    I would like to start a birds breeding farm at guwahati, Assam. Please let me know what to do! Thanks!
  • Mahesh shukla said on June 12, 2015
    I already started. I want to purchase birds seed in large scale. Any one can suggest me the seeds dealer who interested to sell seeds.
  • Bibhuti Halder said on June 15, 2015
    I am interested to start exotic bird breeding business in village Julpia, south 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India.
  • Arpan purakayastha said on July 16, 2015
    myself arpan from diamond harbour, south 24 parganas, west bengal, india. I would like to start bird breeding firm for birds like java, finch, cocktail, badri, love bird etc .Please guide me.
  • Krishna Lal said on July 19, 2015
    Kindly let me know the details of setting up a bird breeding farm in Trivandrum.
  • Manoj said on August 12, 2015
    I would like to start a zebra finch.canary birds .gouldian finchs breeding business in kerala . Any advice would be helpful. Thanks
  • subhabrata ghosh said on September 1, 2015
    My business location is my own home .which is at rameshwarpur,pandua,hoogly-pin no -712 152,west bengal,india. I have 1000 budgee piar and 100 many kind of love bird and many finch ready to breeding....I want to sell them legally.
  • Pradeepkumar R said on September 17, 2015
    This is pradeepkumar from nearby city of Hyderabad, Telangana, India. I am a bird hobbyist since 14 years, I have budgies, cockatiels, different varieties of finches, pigeons and African love birds. I want to start breeding of few exotic parrots, can any one help for my financial support
  • saroj kumar said on October 24, 2015
    hi i m saroj from soro. baleswar. odisha want to start bird breeding firm can u help me.
  • Imran said on November 19, 2015
    Tando ghulam Ali sind Pakistan kindly provide me the productive information of successful breeding bird farm.
  • Jose A.Zuniga said on February 26, 2016
    I'll like to start exotic birds breeding business in Laredo Texas 2309 s. Bartlett ave 78046 thanks hope for a answer.
  • Emma Clarke said on March 10, 2016
    Hello i am in UK and live in a small one bedroom flat and don't know how I would start up I have 2 budgies so far could I do a breeding business in a small flat?
  • Surajit said on March 11, 2016
    I would like to start a badri birds breeding business. I need more information and a business plan. My location in Cooch Behar, West Bengal, India. Looking forward to hearing from you. thank u.
  • Shaikh Tanveer said on March 30, 2016
    Hello everyone,This is Tanveer from Mumbai India, I am working as a freelance consultant to many entrepreneurs for business setup in India and as well in U.A.E. (specifically Dubai and Abu Dhabi).Anybody wants to have a business proposal/plan or project report regarding any business, please contact me @ sktanveer.alam@gmail.com. Would be more than happy to get you a business loan from private/govt/semi govt banks for your dream startup with complete feasibility report and sales plan. Cheers!
  • R.Mohamed Umar said on April 4, 2016
    Hi, I am mohamed umar from Tamil nadu India. I would like to start a farm with my lovable pet birds like cockatiel,java,all type of finch,Alb and canary.I want know that if group breeding is best or separate breeding is best please help me and my mail id is chellam24355262@gmail.com
  • Radha Krishnan.T said on June 13, 2016
    I am keeping some birds in my farm I need more birds to buy and more links with indian pet farm owner pls advise me lot. My phone number is 9894162637. thanking you Radha Krishnan.T
  • Farji said on June 23, 2016
    Hi, I am farji from Kolkata india, I am breeding 1 pair of cockatiel from 3 year ,I tame there chicks and sell ,I want to start a big business of breeding macaws cockatoos Lories rosselas ringnecks alexandrines African greys Amazons etc ,plz advice and answer ,how to take out license for this business .... thank you ,.
  • surender said on October 31, 2016
    hello everyone, I want Holland exhibition budgies or show budgies please if anyone have ping me on watsapp 8860346332 m frm delhi
  • Krishna said on January 1, 2017
    I AM INTERESTED IN STARING A SMALL BUSINESS OF BIRD BREEDING WITH COCKTAILS. PLEASE TELL ME THE BUDGET WILL BE? NEAR KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL.
  • shoumin mahmud said on January 3, 2017
    anyone knows about the licensing rules in Florida? I will move either Texas/Florida where is convenient of license.
  • satish said on February 3, 2017
    I would like to start a badri birds breeding business. I need more information and a business plan. My location Raichur, karnataka, India. Looking forward to hearing from you. thank u. Cell :9845391981
  • Rakesh Gayen said on February 18, 2017
    I am Rakesh I would like to start Rainbow finch business. I need more information to breed this bird. my location Kolkata (thakurpukur, kalagachea), West Bengal, India....

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