An Aviary Manual For Bird Sitters

Most bird breeders and keepers have no issue remembering and executing all the activities associated to the care and feeding of their birds, maintaining cages and equipment, and cleaning their facilities. However, the chief keeper may be absent from the institution due to conferences, travel, sickness, or other reasons. Someone else must care for the birds if this occurs. Because there are so many crucial components to this activity, having an instruction and information handbook created is highly helpful. This guidebook becomes a guide and resource sheet for the interim bird keeper. Whether the owner is gone for a few of days or for many weeks, having such a written instruction is really beneficial.

Preparing the Aviary Manual

Consider what information is necessary for the person filling in for the owner. The first consideration is undoubtedly food service: what is to be fed, where it is kept, how it is made, how much is supplied, how the food bowls are cleaned, and how the food is presented. What processes are in place to ensure the health and well-being of the aviary birds? Is there a means for cleaning the service person’s feet, hands, and clothes if there are many sets of aviaries or structures, or if birds are put up in multiple locations? What kind of disinfectant is used? How is it being prepared? Where is it kept? Are there unique garments or footwear used for this work? How are the aviaries cleaned? Are they cleaned daily, weekly, or at various periods of the year? Where can I get cleaning products and equipment? Is any type of log kept on the aviary? Will the temporary service person be using this log? All of these concerns should be addressed in the aviary handbook.

Preparation should involve breaking down the numerous activities or themes into parts. Food Service, Aviary Cleaning, Bird Identification and Cage Location, Important Phone Numbers, Supplies and Storage, and, of course, how to contact the owner are all suggested areas. A bird journal that specifies when a specific bird left the aviary, whether it was sold, died, or went to the vet might also be included. In order to make the handbook easy to use, each part should feature short statements split for easy reading, printed in bold capital letters and supplemented by the necessary photos. The objective of the aviary handbook is to insure that the birds get great care and the bird sitter can prevent significant complications. The aviary handbook, with careful preparation, will offer the service person with the necessary direction and information.

Important Phone Numbers

Naturally, the bird breeder will want to offer phone and fax numbers where he or she may be reached in an emergency or to answer simple queries. In addition, information about the avian veterinarian’s phone number and hospital location should be supplied. Include the phone number of one or more close reliable bird breeder friends who are familiar with the collection and might aid in an emergency. A phone number and location of a close friend or family member may also be useful. Although the bird breeder does not anticipate the service person to order food for the birds, having these phone numbers in the handbook, along with the phone numbers of other service providers, is quite useful.

Bird and Aviary Identification

Bird identification and cage location data are important to preserve in the handbook. This allows the service worker to appropriately identify a bird or cage while discussing the birds with the absent owner over the phone. The guidebook should contain information on particular care, such as hens resting on eggs or prospective problem birds. Include any information that the breeder believes is relevant to relay to the interim service person. It should be acknowledged that everyone does not recall what they have heard or what they have read. When the knowledge is written down and easily available, the information is quickly accessible when memory fails.


Using photos in the aviary handbook will assist the service worker understand the instructions. For example, how much food is typically served? Written instructions that are accompanied by an image are quite helpful in making the material more clear. Inexpensive simple-to-operate cameras are available which make it less costly and extremely straightforward to give this beneficial addition to the aviary handbook.

Additional Benefits

Not only is the aviary handbook incredibly beneficial for the service worker, it may also be useful when the bird breeder discusses difficulties with the avian doctor. When procuring supplies, completing a yearly evaluation of the operation, including cost analysis, and planning for the future, an aviary handbook is a valuable resource. It takes time and effort to create and put up an aviary guidebook. An aviary handbook, on the other hand, gives more confidence that the birds will be adequately cared for throughout the short or long duration when the bird breeder needs be gone from the facility.

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