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    I have been asking around and figured I would check the forum too. We used to raise pheasant, quail, and chukar. Stopped the last 3 years as licensing has gotten more strict and kids got older, etc... So I have all of the equipment and housing, and I will still raise some for my own, but I'm at a point wear I need to sell off equipment or get back into it. I know preserves are ever more popular but I dont want to get back into that deal I don't think. Too much time during hunting season to run it correctly and still be able to go on trips and hunt wild birds myself. So I guess my question is, "Is there a market for birds out there?" I know it can be somewhat lucrative shipping birds outta state but that's a whole nother license and ball of wax. Not counting that idea out but not even sure if there is really a need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PheasantWhisperer View Post
    I have been asking around and figured I would check the forum too. We used to raise pheasant, quail, and chukar. Stopped the last 3 years as licensing has gotten more strict and kids got older, etc... So I have all of the equipment and housing, and I will still raise some for my own, but I'm at a point wear I need to sell off equipment or get back into it. I know preserves are ever more popular but I dont want to get back into that deal I don't think. Too much time during hunting season to run it correctly and still be able to go on trips and hunt wild birds myself. So I guess my question is, "Is there a market for birds out there?" I know it can be somewhat lucrative shipping birds outta state but that's a whole nother license and ball of wax. Not counting that idea out but not even sure if there is really a need.

    Hey Brandon - my best advice (take it for it's worth...ha) would be to find some larger game bird breeders/suppliers and either ask to stop by to visit/buy them coffee/lunch/drinks etc with the ownership for networking to ask them questions or see if they will visit with you over the phone if visiting with them in person is prohibitive.

    You'll learn far more about what it takes to make money or grow your operation etc. I did the same thing when looking at the assisted living business. Asked a few successful people for advice/help then dove in - one person let me spend a week with them but I had to travel from Wichita to Albuquerque NM -- it was worth it.

    Anyways just a thought - I'd think a lot of people would be willing to help - the face to face I think is always best but requires an investment of money/time but hey it's usually worth it, you'll likely find out quickly whether you think it's worth it to jump back in or at the worst you'll probably find a buyer for your equipment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KsHusker View Post
    Hey Brandon - my best advice (take it for it's worth...ha) would be to find some larger game bird breeders/suppliers and either ask to stop by to visit/buy them coffee/lunch/drinks etc with the ownership for networking to ask them questions or see if they will visit with you over the phone if visiting with them in person is prohibitive.

    You'll learn far more about what it takes to make money or grow your operation etc. I did the same thing when looking at the assisted living business. Asked a few successful people for advice/help then dove in - one person let me spend a week with them but I had to travel from Wichita to Albuquerque NM -- it was worth it.

    Anyways just a thought - I'd think a lot of people would be willing to help - the face to face I think is always best but requires an investment of money/time but hey it's usually worth it, you'll likely find out quickly whether you think it's worth it to jump back in or at the worst you'll probably find a buyer for your equipment.
    Primary Market Research...good advice. Visit with those in the business, and yes, face-to-face is always best.

    Secondary Market Research can yield good information, if there's a lot written about the market. I would guess there's not much written about the bird market, but it's worth a try.

    Someone is supplying the game farms - might as well be you!

    Good Luck.

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    I've done some research and have an acquaintence that's in it full time. I know the market is there if I wanna go big. When the eggs start to the time they run out of full sized birds this guy is shipping out tractor trailer loads of birds. I guess I was more talking about hobby farming. Maybe a few thousand birds per year to supplement the money being spent on habitat restoration at our farm. I have the facility to house about 12,000 birds but do not want to go to capacity. I know there is no room for the small time farmer now days no matter what you are farming so my question was more about is there enough people hunting and enough participation in trial clubs that there would be consistent buyers out there without having to go huge and buy trucks. I do have a couple of preserves that I still sell too but I more or less middle man it anymore. Hold the birds till they need them because I still have the space. And they dont mind if I wanna work my dogs on a bird or three. But outside those small local preserves its just a few local trainers that still need em.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PheasantWhisperer View Post
    I have been asking around and figured I would check the forum too. We used to raise pheasant, quail, and chukar. Stopped the last 3 years as licensing has gotten more strict and kids got older, etc... So I have all of the equipment and housing, and I will still raise some for my own, but I'm at a point wear I need to sell off equipment or get back into it. I know preserves are ever more popular but I dont want to get back into that deal I don't think. Too much time during hunting season to run it correctly and still be able to go on trips and hunt wild birds myself. So I guess my question is, "Is there a market for birds out there?" I know it can be somewhat lucrative shipping birds outta state but that's a whole nother license and ball of wax. Not counting that idea out but not even sure if there is really a need.
    Check around your area —do you have any active retriever clubs-especially if they put on trials/hunt tests ect.
    Or better yet active pro-trainers —both are always a good market for birds—jmo

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    Quote Originally Posted by david0311 View Post
    Check around your area —do you have any active retriever clubs-especially if they put on trials/hunt tests ect.
    Or better yet active pro-trainers —both are always a good market for birds—jmo
    I second this. For a while we had a guy that kept a handful of birds at our retriever club (we had a small flier pen). It was on the honor system, when you wanted a flier you grabbed what you needed and left cash in the honor box. Unfortunately he went big time and our 20 birds a week wasn't worth it to him any longer. And the pro trainer could be weekly gold year around. However you may need to diversify into mallards as they hold up a lot better for training birds. While you are at raise pigeons too for young dog work.
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