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Aviculture (Bird Keeping) 100 Hours Certificate Course
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Aviculture (Bird Keeping) Online Course
This online and experiential-based learning Bird Keeping and Bird Care course is ideal for both amateur avian enthusiasts and bird-keeping professionals.
With the knowledge you gain from completing this course, you will be well equipped with all the skills required to be a confident and competent Bird Keeper. Whether you just want to learn how to look after your own feathered friend (or friends) better, or want to forge a bird-related career, it is important to know how to choose the right birds that suit your individual needs, or those of a customer and how to look after them properly. On completion of this Bird Care and Bird Keeping course, you will be able to demonstrate an ability to work with birds in the correct manner and have a sound understanding of how the bird industry works.
This course will be of great benefit to people working or wanting to work:
- As Breeders
- At Veterinary Practices
- For Zoos and Wildlife Parks
- In Pet Shops
- On Bird Farms
- With Animal Shelters
To get employment at any of the above places of work, the ability to demonstrate how to work with birds in the correct manner and having a sound understanding of how the bird industry works, should help you stand out from other applicants. Training costs businesses time and money, so many employers will seriously consider someone who already has the necessary knowledge and skills, who can “hit the ground running”, Because Aviculture has been written by experts in the field, this course should help you get in at the ground floor or if you are already there, add to your continuing professional development.
Lesson Structure – Aviculture (Bird Keeping)
There are 8 lessons in this course:
1 Scope and Nature of Bird Care
- Bird types
- Choosing a bird
- Commonly kept birds
3 Housing Birds
- Minimum requirements for keeping birds
- Water, feeding and stimulation equipment
4 Feed and Nutrition
- Feed and feeding
- Nutritional requirements
5 Health Management
- Caring for the sick bird
- Safety on the home
- Common ailments
6 Bird Behaviour and Training
- Bird Behaviour
- Training Birds
- Sexing and Desexing
- Neo-natal care
8 Working in the Bird Industry
- Pet trade and breeding
- Avian health
- Pigeon racing
- Zoos and Wildlife Parks
- Avian tourism
- Farming birds for meat, eggs, feathers or oils
- Birds for pest control
- Bird fertilizer -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.
Learning Goals – Aviculture (Bird Keeping)
- Discuss the nature and scope of aviculture and develop networking with others involved with aviculture.
- Determine appropriate types of birds to keep for different purposes.
- To consider and choose appropriate housing for a range of different types of captive birds.
- Outline the feeding requirements of a range of different captive birds.
- Describe management techniques for the health of a range of different birds.
- Appreciate behavioural traits of any birds you keep, and understand how to properly manage and respond to those traits; and if so desired, train the birds you keep.
- Manage the breeding of different types of birds.
- Identify opportunities for working in the aviculture industry.
Practical (Set Tasks)
FEED AND FEEDING
Different birds will require different feeds. Rats, mice, rabbits, etc., are bred purposely or caught as feed for birds of prey. Low priced and rejected fruit purchased or grown can be used as feed for many birds. Species-specific feed for seed eating birds is readily purchased but is not cheap, and although is an adequate feed, it is not natural or will not provide full nutrition for the birds. Feed for nectar eaters and insect eaters is both costly and time consuming to obtain, and can be more difficult to get the correct nutritional balance.
With all seed eating birds, food bowls should be checked frequently throughout the day and any empty husks blown gently off. These empty husks lay over the uneaten seeds, preventing the bird from accessing their food.
One of the most common mistakes people make with caged birds is their diet. While these birds will appear happy enough with a seed and water diet, it is not a nutritionally balanced diet. Some seeds, such a sunflower seeds are very high in fat and often form too great a percentage of premixed bird seed. Sunflower seeds can also be highly addictive, especially to parrots, causing them to become overweight, fussy eaters. Seeds alone will not provide all the essential vitamins and minerals. Vegetables should be added daily (carrot, corn, broccoli) and even if your bird is at first uninterested, continue to add these to provide them with a more balanced diet. Beans, seeds, legumes and grains (wild rice, quinoa) should also be supplied daily. It is always best to research what the birds would naturally eat in the wild and the environment they originate from, and try and mimic this as much as possible.
Fruits can be given 2-3 times a week and occasionally a little yoghurt can be offered for calcium. If you want to, try sprouting some of the seeds in your bird’s diet (plant them in a shallow tray with good soil and water regularly until small shoots appear). This can add interest and variety to the diet also. You must ensure these do not become mouldy and contain bacterial or fungal spores, if left too long. If your bird’s beak is overgrowing, purchase a piece of cuttlefish bone, or collect a piece if you live near a beach. This is not only good for overgrown beaks, but will provide a source of calcium and should be an everyday item within the aviary. Appropriate mineral block should also be provided and can also be good for preventing overgrown beaks. Provide natural perches, preferably local tree branches so your bird has something additional to chew on. If the birds do become deficient then further calcium and mineral powders can be added to their diet, do speak to a veterinarian first to determine the deficiency.
For nectar, insect or meat eating birds, it is best to consult the breeder or a veterinarian to determine the best way to supply a balanced diet.
An adequate supply of water must always be maintained, and water should be changed daily and water containers cleaned to remove food or droppings. A drip water feeder is a good way to supply clean water and minimise contamination. In hot weather, or if a bird is ill, they will drink much more water than normal. If your birds are outside, try to ensure the water source is sheltered from direct sunlight to avoid evaporation. If possible, try to have at least two separate water sources in case one becomes fouled or is knocked over.
Initiated from Australia, Budgerigars have become an increasingly popular pet worldwide. In the wild they thrive on a variety of grass seeds, fruits, berries, vegetation and insects.
It is important for full health of the budgerigar in captivity to feed a balanced diet. Commercial seed diets and pelleted diets are available, but should never be fed entirely on this they will require fruit, vegetables and supplementation.
Many seed mixes contain several different seeds types which do offer choice but can be high in fat and carbohydrates and Budgerigars in captivity can be prone to obesity. Seeds which are high in oils, such as hemp, sesame and niger, should only be fed in very small amounts or as an occasional treat as they may cause the budgerigar to become overweight. The mixed pellets can offer a good added nutrition but it is quite an unnatural food, and older birds may not accept this food as easily. A combination of both seed and pellet diet can be offered simultaneously, and can provide variation with their feed. Remember to always introduce any new foods gradually over a week to avoid gastrointestinal upset.
A variety of fresh fruit and vegetables should be offered daily, and especially leafy green and orange vegetables. Only small amounts are required, bearing in mind the size of the budgerigar’s stomach. Offer around one or two tablespoons in amount, and offer perhaps two or three daily. Keep offering even if the bird does not seem interested in certain fruits or vegetables. They require the balance in their diet, and they may be taken small amounts even if bite marks are not visible to our eye. You should also remove any pits or seeds from the fruits as these can contain traces of cyanide, although the small seeds in berries are fine.
Suitable fruits, legumes and vegetable are:
Berries e.g. raspberries, blueberries, strawberries etc.
Cooked kidney beans
They can eat most fruits, vegetables and legumes. Foods which can be harmful and should not be fed are;
Dried or uncooked beans
Processed and human foods
Millet sprays can be offered but are again they are just seed, which they will receive from their commercial diet, although they can provide stimulation. Honey and seed sticks are available, however, can contain far too much unnecessary sugar and are not required in their diet. Small pieces of boiled or scrambled egg, and cooked chicken or turkey can be given occasionally for protein.
Budgerigars can be prone to iodine deficiency and related problems so it is important they always have access to an iodine block, or a mineral block which contains iodine would be sufficient. Many commercial diets do not contain iodine, or a sufficient amount for a healthy balanced diet. They should have a cuttlefish available at all times as this provides them with calcium and can also keep the beak trim whilst providing some stimulation.
As budgerigars shell the seed prior to eating there is no requirement for grit in their diet. Grit may not do any harm but the budgerigar may over-eat it which can cause crop impaction.
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here is a list of the most often asked FAQ’s.
Q. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
A. Here at ADL, our students are our priority – we treat everyone as a unique individual.
Q. Do I need to buy text books?
A. No, as each module has been written by highly qualified industry professionals. The content of the material is presented in such a way that text books are not required. However, if you require additional reading your tutor will be able to supply a list.
Q. What happens if I have to stop studying for a while? (eg. become sick, go on holidays, have a baby, move house, etc)
A. It’s OK to take a break and start up your study at a later point in time. Just let us know.
Q. Is there an age limit?
A. There is no maximum age limit. We do however, have a minimum age limit of 18 years. Below that age parental consent would be required.
Q. Are your courses up-to date?
A. Our courses are revised and updated on a rotation system.
Q. Do you have a Cancellation policy?
A. Yes. We have a cancellation policy that is fair and equitable. For further details please click here.
Q. Will I have any opportunity to engage with other students?
A. We have a Student Community group based on facebook! If you don’t have a facebook account already, you could make one just for talking with fellow students on the group.
Q. When can I enrol/start?
A. You may enrol and start at any time of the year – it’s all self- paced.
Q. Can I study from anywhere in the world?
A. Our courses are available to anyone, anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. The course content is relevant to any country, culture or economy.
Q. How long do I have to complete the course?
A. You complete the course at any time that is convenient for you.
Q. Completing a 100 hour module – how long will it take?
A. For some students a 100 hour module will take approximately to 3- 6 months to complete. Others take less time and some even longer.
Q. Assessment – how does it work?
A. For each 100 hour module you are assessed by assignments (at the end of each lesson) and a final one and a half hour exam (or you may elect to complete a Project, instead of sitting the exam) – the choice is yours – you sit for the exam in your own location.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. You may elect to undertake a Project (set by your tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Projects are completed from your home and can usually take a couple of weeks to complete.
Q. If my assignment is not up to standard is there an opportunity to resubmit my work?
A. Yes –
Q. How many assignments do I need to complete for each module?
A. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment – so if a course has say, 10 lessons, there would be 10 assignments.
Q. I am having difficulty attending workshops/industry meetings, what can be done?
A. If your course requires attendance at workshops, conferences, or industry meetings; alternative arrangements can be made in your country.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would be awarded a Certificate endorsed by TQUK (Training Qualifications, UK), providing you complete all assignments and the exam. If you just want to complete only the assignments and not sit for the exam or finish a Project, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications available please click here.
Q. Can I customize my diploma/higher qualification?
A. Not all educational institution’s certificates /diplomas meet everyone’s needs. The opportunity to Design Your Own Diploma at the Academy (subject to our approval) is an added bonus, not found at other colleges. You choose modules that you think will help you in achieving your goal.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of all courses and providing all assignments and exam requirements have been met, you will receive your Award and a Transcript.
Q. Our tutors – who are they?
A. We appoint Tutors and require that they must be currently active in their industry, with at least 5 years’ experience in their chosen profession.
Q. Can I contact my tutor at any time?
A. Yes – you have unlimited access to your tutor via email through our Online Classroom. You can always leave a message with ADL requesting your tutor to contact you. You decide on how much or how little contact you wish to have.
Q. Practical work – How is this done?
A. To find out more about this part of the course please visit the section on How Our Courses Work here.
What your tuition fees include
- All Course Material via Online, USB or Correspondence
- Assignments Marked
- Professional Tutor Feedback
- Set Tasks - Practical Exercises to help you develop skills
- Self-Tests – multiple choice questions at the end of lessons in most modules
- Unlimited Personal Tutor Support – via our student classroom
- Committed and Friendly Admin Support – vital to your success
- All ADL Exam or Project fees (exception RHS exams)
- Qualification Certificate
- Official Transcript with assignment grades
- Student Manual
- Academic Writing course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Critical Thinking course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Job Seekers Careers Guide
- Study Tips on How To Study Better
- Career Counselling by ADL Staff
- CV Writing Help, Tips and Advice
There are no hidden extras
FAQ - RHS Theory Qualifications
If you require further details about any of the RHS industry recognised qualifications please, call one of our friendly RHS Course Advisors on +44 (0)1227 789 649 or email: [email protected]
Q: When can I Enrol/Start My RHS Course With ADL?
A: Anytime, Anywhere. There are no enrolment deadlines.
Q: I live Overseas. Can I Study From Overseas?
A: You can study any of the RHS theory qualifications overseas. All courses are offered in English. You will need to email RHS Qualifications direct to arrange sitting for your examination overseas.
Q: Is There a Time Limit for Completing an RHS Qualification?
A: At present there are no time limits. However, RHS is contemplating in the future, the introduction of course time-lines.
Q: Are There Any Entry Requirements (Pre-Requisites)?
A: The RHS Theory courses do not require prerequisites, previous experience or any knowledge of horticulture. You just need passion for all things horticulture.
Q: What Course Should I Start With First? I Am New To RHS Qualifications.
A: We highly recommend that you start with Level 2 – Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.
Q: What Does ADL Course Material Include?
A: Includes Power Point Presentations, Videos and written course lessons.
Q: When Do Exams Take Place?
A: Exams are held on fixed dates in February and June of each year. You should register as a candidate at least 3 months before these dates, so please do not leave exam registration to the last minute
Q: Where Do I Take My Exams?
A: UK: You take the exams at the RHS Wisley Centre, located between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey or at other authorised RHS centres around the UK.
Overseas: please email RHS qualifications direct for centre information.
Q: Exam Pass Marks?
A: Module – pass 50%. Commendation 70%.
Qualification: 50% pass for all modules.
Commendation awarded for all modules.
Each question carries a value of 10 marks.
Q: I’m Not Happy With My Exam Results?
A: You have the opportunity to re-sit your exam at the next opportunity.
There are no restrictions on the number of re-sits you can take. The highest mark you achieve will remain.,