An Aviary Manual For Bird Sitters

The majority of people who raise birds or keep them as pets do not have any trouble keeping track of all the tasks that are associated with the care and feeding of their birds, as well as maintaining their cages and equipment and cleaning their facilities. However, there will be periods of time when the primary keeper will be absent from the institution for a variety of reasons, including conferences, travel, illness, and others. When this occurs, it is necessary for someone else to take care of the birds. It is highly beneficial to have an instruction and information manual written, as this undertaking involves a lot of different aspects that are equally significant. This guide and resource paper will serve as a guide and a resource for the interim bird keeper. It doesn’t matter if the owner is going to be gone for a few days or several weeks; having a written manual like this is really beneficial in either case.

Preparing the Aviary Manual

One needs to think about what kinds of information are necessary for the person who is standing in for the owner. The provision of food is, without a doubt, the very first thing that must be taken into consideration. Questions such as “what is to be fed,” “where is it stored,” “how is it prepared,” “how much is supplied,” and “how are the food bowls cleaned” must all be answered. In order to ensure that the birds in the aviary continue to retain their high level of health, what measures are followed? Is there a means for cleaning the service person’s feet, hands, and clothing in the event that there is more than one set of aviaries or structures or if birds are set up in a number of different locations? What kind of disinfectant do they use? How is it made, exactly? Where is it that it is kept? Is there a certain type of clothing or footwear that is required for this job? How are the aviaries maintained and kept clean? Are they cleaned on a daily basis, a weekly basis, or do various levels of cleaning take place at various times? Where are the cleaning equipment and materials that have been stored? Is there some kind of record kept of what goes on at the aviary? Will the person providing the interim service be making use of this log? In the instructions for the aviary, you ought to find answers to all of these questions.

As part of the preparation, the numerous actions or themes ought to be segmented off into their own individual portions. Food Service, Aviary Cleaning, Bird Identification and Cage Location, Important Phone Numbers, Supplies and Storage, and of course, How to Contact the Owner are some of the Suggestions for Sections. Additionally, one may include a bird diary that details the date and reason why a specific bird departed the aviary, such as if it was sold, passed away, or saw the veterinarian. In order to make the instruction manual easy to follow, each chapter ought to be comprised of straightforward lines that are adequately spaced out to facilitate simple reading, penned in bold capital letters, and supported by relevant images. The aviary manual’s primary objective is to assist the bird sitter in preventing more serious issues while also ensuring that the birds receive the best possible care. The service person will be able to obtain the necessary instructions and information from the aviary manual with the help of some cautious planning.

Important Phone Numbers

Naturally, the person who breeds birds will want to place their phone number and fax number in a location where they can be reached in case of an emergency or simply to answer simple questions. In addition to that, details such as the phone number and address of the hospital where the avian veterinarian works should be supplied. It could be beneficial to include the phone number of a trusted local bird breeder friend or friends who are familiar with the collection and could provide aid in the event of an emergency. It could be beneficial to have the phone number and location of a close friend or family member as well. Even if the bird breeder does not anticipate the service person to place orders for the birds’ food, it is still a good idea to include these phone numbers in the handbook, along with the phone numbers of any other service providers. This will come in extremely handy.

Bird and Aviary Identification

Bird identification data and cage location information are both vital pieces of information that should be kept in the manual. When the customer care representative has this information, it is much simpler for them to correctly identify a bird or cage while speaking with an absent owner about the animals. It is important that the manual have instructions on how to handle specific situations, such as hens sitting on eggs or possibly problematic birds. Include all of the information that the breeder thinks is necessary for the interim service person to know, as this is the breeder’s responsibility. It is important to acknowledge that everyone does not recall the words that have been spoken to them and that everyone does not remember what they have read. When information is written down and easily available, it is easier to access that information in the event that one’s memory fails them.


In the aviary handbook, including photos will assist in making the instructions more clear for the service worker. For instance, how much food is typically offered at each meal? It is quite helpful to have written instructions that are accompanied with a photograph when attempting to make the information more easily understandable. The availability of low-cost cameras that are easy to operate makes it possible to provide this beneficial addition to the aviary manual at a lower cost and with much less effort than before.

Additional Benefits

Not only is the aviary manual very helpful for the person who works in the service department, but it also has the potential to be beneficial during conversations between the bird breeder and the avian doctor. When the bird breeder needs to acquire supplies, undertake an annual evaluation of the business including cost analysis, or plan for the future, an aviary manual is a useful resource to have on hand. The planning and assembly of an aviary manual are both labor-intensive processes. However, the clear and complete information contained in an aviary manual provides greater comfort that the birds will be well cared for during the short or long period when the bird breeder must be absent from the facility. [Citation needed] [Citation needed]

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