Business Overview

A commercial aviary raises exotic birds for resale. A bird breeder also known as an avian breeder, can run a small, backyard aviary with only one breeding pair by themselves, or may operate a multi-million dollar purpose-built aviary with dozens of employees. A commercial aviary can sell retail to individual customers or run a breeding program to sell wholesale to established pet stores.

Who is this business right for?

Due to the requirements of breeding birds, most successful commercial breeders have a lot of experience (and success) raising birds as a hobby before attempting to run an aviary as a business. Operating a commercial aviary requires specific knowledge, time, and enough capital to build and maintain the aviary.

What happens during a typical day at a commercial aviary?

There is always something to do when you raise birds commercially. Breeders constantly need to clean cages and nest boxes, feed and water their birds, act as a nursemaid for new hatchlings, take care of the birds' medical needs, and order supplies. All of these tasks are in additional to the normal day-to-day requirements of running any type of business such as accounting and marketing.

What is the target market?

Depending on the size of the commercial aviary, the best customers are individuals looking to purchase a bird as a pet or large pet shops looking to buy birds in bulk. While retail customers will pay more for each bird, retail selling requires spending much more on marketing to locate customers.

How does a commercial aviary make money?

A commercial aviary makes money by selling birds to individuals and pet stores.

What is the growth potential for a commercial aviary?

The demand for birds as pets rises and falls, but because keeping a bird is more expensive than caring for other types of pets, the demand for pet birds is currently low. As the economy continues to recover, there should be more of a demand for birds.