Avicultural Medicine: Visiting the Facility

Key Points

  • The aviary visit should be scheduled during the non-breeding season unless there is an emergency.
  • Begin the aviary visit at the food storage/preparation room.
  • Evaluation of the water supply is also important.
  • Evaluate the cage, perches, nest boxes, nesting material.
  • Don’t forget to evaluate the environmental enrichment provided to birds as well.

The site visit allows the veterinarian to appreciate intricate facility details. Unless there is an emergency, schedule visits during the non-breeding season and only visit one site daily to prevent potential iatrogenic contamination of facilities. I usually schedule appointments in the morning prior to going to the clinic. An aviary map or blue print of the aviary layout will help you visualize where birds are in relation to each other . . .

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