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A beginner’s guide to rearing game birds

Getting started in the game rearing business

Whether you are thinking of rearing your own game birds or starting your own game rearing business, this guide has been designed to highlight some of the major thought processes and physical requirements needed.

There are several different ways in which to rear game birds, and the system you implement has to be right for you and the business you are planning to operate. This guide, therefore, will highlight the ‘need to knows’ rather than the ‘how to’s’.

The game rearing timeline

Many people believe that rearing game is a short-term project filling only a couple of months each year, however, that is not the case. When you take into consideration the planning and preparation time needed as well as the actual time to rear the birds you are looking at the process taking at least six months of the year.

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Five top tips for those considering starting a game rearing business:

  • Attention to detail pays
  • Cleanliness is key to help control disease
  • Be as organised as you can be
  • Manage your time well
  • Accept that things will sometimes go wrong


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