It is my first time breeding, but I've been preparing for a while for it. I picked out my female over a year ago, and I've spent the last year making sure she is in prime condition and of prime age to breed. I haven't had my male quite as long, but I was more worried about ensuring her temperament was something I wanted passed on, since females tend to be more...grouchy.
I've made sure my pair are unrelated, my breeding cage is set up as perfect as I can get it. Nest box, multiple food and water dishes, cuttlebone, mineral block, no grate on the bottom of the cage, toys for the male while the female is nesting, vitamin supplement, egg food, and what fresh goodies she's willing to eat at any given time. The only thing I wish I had was a spare rooms could dedicate solely to the breeders, but I have to work with what I have. They are at least in a low traffic area, so they have some privacy.
Now that she has actually started laying, I am going to get the supplies to handfeed once I am able to candle the eggs and ensure they are fertile. I do not plan on handfeeding, but I would rather have everything on hand and not need it, than need it and not have it.
I also have a spare cage set up in case my hen starts to get aggressive with the chicks, that way she can be taken out of the breeder cage, but not be put in the aviary.
I have a breeder book set up with all of my current birds, all of the logs of what they get fed and when, as well as when I've changed anything in the cage so I have for future reference what worked and what didn't.
Since both parents are in prime condition and of good age, I may let them try for a second clutch. If it seems that the first takes too much out of them, though, I will pull the hen when possible, because I am looking to raise quality birds, not just a lot of them.
I am sure there is more I'm leaving out, but that is the bulk of it. I would like to see how it works out, and possibly look to expanding into doing multiple pairs, but I don't want to jump in completely without testing the water first. I think that trying different pairs with different colors and mutations is like doing art. Creating new and beautiful things. However, I would never do it at the expense of my birds.