This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
FEATURE


…what home maker’s occupation can be more satisfying than creating a pleasant garden (small or large) with an aviary - or better still - range of aviaries which contain active, beautiful and colourful birds?


aviaries which contain active, beautiful and colourful birds?


In previous decades, recessions seemed to have had no detrimental effect on the demand for aviary bred psittacine birds; in fact it seemed that interest was stimulated. The money put into ‘wasting assets’ - such as expensive domestic goods and cars - dwindles to nothing over years, savings are fetching a derisory rate of interest below inflation, even houses are depreciating in their value at an alarming rate. But, as well as providing great pleasure for the owners - apart from the initial outlay of suitable housing, healthy stock and the relatively low annual maintenance and feeding costs required - a well thought out and planned collection of psittacine birds could provide a healthy return on their investment for its owners for many years to come.


Considering Monetary Aspects of Breeding


Whereas the commercial breeding of livestock on farms for slaughter and to


48 BIRD SCENE


provide meat, milk, wool and leather is taken for granted by a majority of the population, the word ‘profit’ has become a dirty word where the breeding of companion pets such as dogs and cats are concerned, and this is so - to a certain extent - with cage and aviary birds. This is surprisingly so even among some experienced breeders, who I have often heard say:- ‘well of course, it’s only my hobby; I don’t breed them for money’. But all bird breeders must cast off this attitude - which demeans their own efforts - and take heart in the fact that they really are active workers in the worthwhile conservation of nature’s riches; their work is aesthetically valuable but must also be looked at in a commonsense and practical way. Unless a person is so wealthy as to be able to totally disregard any need for a monetary return on their time and efforts, then a bird breeder’s ‘profit’ must be regarded as a necessary and important consideration. Even though their exported birds have brought money into Britain, unlike European


take heart in the fact that they really are active workers in the worthwhile conservation of nature’s riches; their work is aesthetically valuable but must also be looked at in a commonsense and practical way.


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84