Organization and Setup


Aria From A Bird Cage

American Singer Canaries 

 

  According to Webster Dictionary:     a-ri-a. (ń΄rēַə), noun,  1. an elaborate melody sung by a single voice    2. a striking solo performance  [Italian, from Latin ǎera, literally means air]

Organization and Setup
 

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The key to successfully managing a bird room is organization.  I find this to be especially true for folks like me who have a full time job outside the home.  The hobby of keeping birds can be very time consuming, but can be done well if you are organized.  Many of the tips you will find here hinge on organization.

Organize your supplies and equipment.  Place all of your breeding supplies such as nest pans, liners, plastic eggs, breeding record cards, etc. together so they are handy when breeding season approaches.  I keep mine in a plastic tote on the bottom shelf of the breeding battery.  When breeding season in done, the reusable items go back into the tote after cleaning, and I replenish the other supplies so I will be ready for the next year.

Be prepared.  Make up a medicine cabinet with basic medications and related items.  A traditional wall cabinet is handy, but a plastic tool box also works well.

The basic necessities include a hospital cage with thermometer, first aid supplies like rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide, ointments, medications and tools such as a band cutter, scissors, nail clippers and eye dropper.

Contents of a basic birdroom's medicine kit

Having a kitchen close to your bird room will really add to the efficiency of your setup.  At the minimum, you need a sink to wash drinkers and seed cups in and a small refrigerator to keep your fresh foods and bulk seeds in. 

Many of the solutions, food additives, medications and products used are manufactured or packaged outside of the United States, so are measured in metric units.  It is handy to have a Conversion Table so you can quickly convert the metric measurements to ounces and pounds.  Sometimes you even need to know how many teaspoons make up a tablespoon, or approximately how many ounces are in a fourth of a cup.  Here is the Conversion Table I have posted on the wall in my bird room's kitchen.  It's approximations are close enough conversions for most comparisons I need to make.

Conversion Table

One of my basement bird rooms has an unfinished bathroom  that adjoins it.  I made my own sink, that is large enough to soak a cage in, by taking a large plastic tote, setting it up on blocks, and plumbing it into where the bathroom sink should have been.

It took me a while to find a tote big enough to hold one of my large breeding cages, but it was worth the wait.  I mounted the sink higher than a normal countertop, to reduce stooping and bending.  A curtain on an adjustable rod is used to cover the front of the tub.  I've slid the curtain panels to the side for this photo.

A plastic tote converted to a large sink

I use smaller rectangular totes inside this larger one for daily washing of drinkers and feed cups, using one for the soapy water, and one for rinse water.  When I need the larger tub for cage washing, I just lift out the smaller tubs and put a plug in the tote's drain.


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Quick Pick

Here is a Quick Pick Guide to some useful tables, instructions and forms available on this site.

Conversion Table
Pedigree Form
Breeding Cage Card
Singer Evaluation
Bird Swing Plans
Color Pairing Chart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Aria From A Bird Cage

American Singer Canaries 

 

  According to Webster Dictionary:     a-ri-a. (ń΄rēַə), noun,  1. an elaborate melody sung by a single voice    2. a striking solo performance  [Italian, from Latin ǎera, literally means air]


 

 

American Singers Club, Inc.

Member

 

 

Florida Canary Fanciers

Member

 

National Colorbred Association

Master Breeder Award

 

 

American Singers Club, Inc.

Member

 

Florida Canary Fanciers

Member

 

National Colorbred Association

Master Breeder Award

 

 


Copyrightę 2005-2017 Brenda Varhola.  All Rights Reserved.  No portion of this website may be copied without the express written permission of the author.  Contact this site's webmaster.                                          

This page last updated: 01/31/2017                                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

American Singers Club, Inc.

Member

 

Florida Canary Fanciers

Member

 

National Colorbred Association

Master Breeder Award

 

 


Copyrightę 2005-2017 Brenda Varhola.  All Rights Reserved.  No portion of this website may be copied without the express written permission of the author.  Contact this site's webmaster.                                          

This page last updated: 01/31/2017