Bird Keeping

Course CodeBAG108
Fee CodeS1
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

Learn to Care for Birds

Explore the variety of birds that exist, what you might keep or encourage in your garden, their needs and how you can care for them.

Lesson Structure

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Scope and Nature of Bird Care
    • Introduction
    • Selection
    • Grooming
    • Hygiene
    • Terminology
  2. Breeds
    • Bird types
    • Choosing a bird
    • Commonly kept birds
  3. Housing Birds
    • Aviaries
    • Minimum requirements for keeping birds
    • Water, feeding and stimulation equipment
    • Feed and Nutrition
  4. Feed and feeding
    • Watering
    • Nutritional requirements
  5. Health Management
    • Caring for the sick bird
    • Safety on the home
    • Traveling
    • Common ailments
  6. Bird Behaviour and Training
    • Catching/restraining
    • Behaviour
    • Training
  7. Breeding
    • Sexing and Desexing
    • Breeding
    • Welfare
    • Reproduction
    • Neo-natal care
  8. Working in the Bird Industry
    • Pet trade and breeding
    • Showing
    • Avian health
    • Pigeon racing
    • Falconry
    • Zoos and Wildlife Parks
    • Avian tourism
    • Farming birds for meat, eggs, feathers or oils
    • Birds for pest control
    • Bird fertiliser -manure

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.