American Singers Club, Inc.
National Colorbred Association
Master Breeder Award
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
tote converted to a large sink
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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