Use this checklist and see if you have an understanding of each topic.

If you are unsure about a topic, do some research and find the information you need.

 

Safety:

 

Nutrition:

 

Health:

 

Handling techniques

 

Basic nutritional requirements

 

Health Maintenance

 

Supervision with children

 

Planning

 

Routine Vet Care

 

Household toxins

 

Preparation/cleaning of foods

 

Emergency  Care

 

Environmental toxins: plants

 

Presentation of foods

 

Weights

 

Neighbors/Friends/ Relatives

 

Storage

 

Normal appearance

 

Strangers

 

Enrichment

 

Signs of illness

 

Anti-theft safeguards

 

Food Groups

 

Nail trimming

 

Identification/records

 

Treats

 

Molting

 

Emergency supplies

 

Toxic foods

 

Blood feathers: are you prepared?

 

Caging, Perches, Swings, Gyms

 

Pellets

 

Bathing

 

Bird-proofing: cords, cabinets, etc.

 

Nuts

 

Daily body inspection

 

Toys

 

 

 

Normal/abnormal stool/urine

 

Pets

 

 

 

Foot care

 

Secure living space

 

Cleaning:

 

Beak care

 

Exposure to other birds

 

Cage/Equipment

 

Normal behavior vs. behavior when ill

 

Transportation

 

Toy Rotation

 

Signs of stress

 

Outside activities/Harness training

 

Techniques for toy cleaning/disinfecting

 

Sleep requirements

 

Teflon/nonstick pans hazards

 

Cleaning of food dishes

 

Lighting Requirements

 

Candles/scented plug-in hazards

 

Household cleaning

 

Exercise requirements/ Exercise activities

 

Temperature variations: heat/cold

 

Safe cleaning chemicals

 

Temperature requirements

 

Noise control

 

Non-safe cleaning chemicals

 

Vomiting vs. regurgitation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Behavior:

 

Toys:

 

Equipment:

 

Socialization

 

Appropriate toys

 

Cages: sizes, types, coatings, etc.

 

Communication

 

Safe and unsafe toys

 

Cage & Equipment Location

 

Stages of development

 

Enrichment activities

 

Stands

 

Stimulation activities

 

Toy types/textures

 

Play areas

 

Signs of overload

 

Games/Activities/Playtime

 

Perches

 

When NOT to handle a bird

 

Home made toys

 

Bathing perches/stands

 

Calming techniques

 

Purchasing toys

 

Transport kennels

 

Types of bites

 

Toy Hangers

 

Harnesses

 

Behavioral corrections

 

Entanglement and choking hazards

 

Tools

 

Timeout

 

 

 

Storage bins- food, toys, supplies

 

Pair bonded/mate behavior

 

 

 

Dishes, food cups, water containers

 

Fearful behavior

 

 

 

 

 

Aggression

 

 

 

 

 

Play behavior

 

 

 

Resources:

 

Beaking/Biting

 

 

 

ABC Website: Basic Avian Care

 

Vocalization types/screaming

 

 

 

Internet sites: Birds-n-Ways, etc

 

Interactions with family members

 

 

 

Journals: BirdTalk, Companion Parrot Quarterly

 

Depression

 

 

 

Club Members

 

Types of attention

 

 

 

Seminar Presentations

 

Time out of cage requirements

 

 

 

Books

 

Protecting furniture from damage