A BIRD-LOVING man is offering a unique budgie boarding scheme for holidaymakers.
Raymond Howarth hopes his idea will be a little "nest egg" for his retirement.
"It started about five years ago with people asking if I would look after their birds when they went away," said Raymond, 60, of Berry Brow.
"I now offer the service all year round and I can have around two a month, with six or eight extra birds during July and August."
Raymond has kept budgies since he was a child and is a former member of the Yorkshire Budgerigar Society.
He is also a member of the National Parrot Society and also looks after parrots while their owners go away.
His dad bought him his first budgie when he was just six years old, and Raymond called him Bobby.
He has built an aviary at the back of his home where he breeds 50 pairs at a time, which he sells on to pet shops in the town.
Raymond, who works as a fitter in a textile firm, said his "boarders" often came with instructions on how they should be looked after.
"The owners tell me if the cage wants covering at night and if they like to fly around.
"The parrots have different dietary requirements as well. Some like a bit of cheese," he added.
Raymond charges just 50p a day for budgies and £1 for parrots when they come to stay.
"Every bird is different," he added.
But Raymond, a divorced man, admits his hobby has its drawbacks. "My wife didn't like the birds. They contributed to the break-up," he said.