For myself it has always been for the love of the birds. I have given
away more birds than I've ever sold. There certainly has been no overall
profit but the little bits I did make when a baby was sold went back in to
help buy food of all sorts.
My aviary alone cost about $9,000 and I knew I would never recoup that
amount. IF my blue and split to blue had cooperated I might have seen
daylight but quakers will mate and lay eggs for production ONLY on their
terms. I had it in my mind the breeders would enjoy the outside thus my
design with 5 smaller flights on one side and 2 larger on the other.
There is a/c for summer and heater for winter. Didn't know I would have
health issues that would prevent me from continuing of course. One day my
daughter will take the birds to her house and that will leave an empty
spot in my heart although I can see them often.
Anyway as Dave said get yourself 2 unrelated babys, raise them as healthy
pets then it's okay to put them together when they are both 2 years old.
Up until that time they are building calcium to their system and it's not
fair to deplete that for them to make eggs. They won't stay pets even
when not in breeding phase but you would know they are healthy. You have
to remember there is no guarantee any 2 birds will like each other even if
Birdies are all asleep for the night so time for me to get some dinner.
It's late I know and it works for me.
Oh I started out with birds in the house, then a few in an old aviary but
just had to get more. lol MBS = Multiple Bird Syndrome is a disease I
want you to know.