Raising game birds for profit
Choosing to raise game birds can be a huge undertaking, but with the right research and information you can handle it like a pro. Knowing their breeds is perhaps the first and most important step in starting the process. Have you decided whether game birds will be raised only for food or for game? These are important questions and information that you should know before beginning the next steps related to raising or rearing game birds.
If you have decided with certainty that you are going to raise them, the next step is to educate yourself on the different breeds and types of wild birds available for backyard breeding. The main types that are available in the United States are literally thousands of types of quail, pheasant, partridge, ducks, and chickens. Too many to name individually, but there are great sites online that give you specific information for whatever breed / type you are looking for. These birds are available through many means, whether trained or not, and most of them at any age. If you are considering placing your game birds in competitions, you may want to acquire younger birds to give yourself plenty of time for training and a healthy growth rate.
When it comes to feeding your birds the proper nutrients necessary to best promote their health and well-being, it is important to select the best grains, corn, wheat, and feed. Again, knowing your bird’s exact information (breed / type / main activity) is also necessary for this food selection and is one of the determining factors in the overall health and success of the birds. Specific diets are available for research for different uses, such as cockfighting. A different diet is required to maintain the strength and endurance of the roosters that are raised for it, while the quail, pheasant or ducks that are raised for food will need a specialized diet to better prepare their carcass for the consumption. All the forms of diets that best suit your purposes are available in books at your local library or online using a specific title in a search engine.
Clean water is almost the very essence of all birds, whether they are game or not. This is a must for all birds, that they have enough clean and fresh water every day. As with nutrition, the hydration of your birds also depends on the training or use you have planned for them. Strict training requires less water at a time, but is offered several times more throughout the day. If you are simply raising your birds for consumption, the hydration practices will be different from training the birds for cockfighting or otherwise. This is also available for research online or at the library.
All in all, it’s important to be fully versed in the facts and information surrounding game bird farming for whatever purpose you choose. Embarking on this journey can be fascinating, educational, and entertaining. Being prepared with the best information you can find is the right way to start and a great step in the right direction to success in your chosen activity.