Do you take care of other people's birds? Drawing from your own experience as a bird owner, birdsitting can be a great opportunity to interact with other bird species. I have a short list of tips and tricks to help your bird sitting be stress free and successful.
- Interview the bird owner. Interact with the bird you will be taking care of and offer references to the owner from previous bird experiences. A good owner will always request references and recommendations from former clients.
- Ask about the routine of the bird you will be caring for? What is his normal diet? What foods does he especially like? What snacks and treats are available? Are there any additional supplies you may need, and are they readily available? Does the bird have special needs or health concerns?
- Get the vet's name, number, address, and a signed note of permission to treat the bird in case something is to go awry. You also want to get a signed consent form saying that the owner will pay any medical costs related to the bird should the need arise to seek medical attention during the owners absence.
- Get the owner's trip itinerary so you know when they are leaving and expected back in order to properly schedule your time.
- Get the owner's emergency contact numbers such as a family member or friend, in case you need to contact someone when the owner is not available.
- Obtain a signed note of permission to enter the house of the bird owner. Request a phone number where the owner can be reached, in addition to the house phone. Ensure that a key is available, and if needed, that you have the code to the security alarm.
The above details will help insure your time spent bird sitting is stress free and successful experience for you. It is often hard to find a bird sitter that is well versed in bird care, so if you do the job right you may expect another opportunity to bird sit in the future! Bird owners will value your commitment and attention to detail as you care for their beloved animals.