Having the right tool can mean the difference between struggling with or flying through a task. In animal care, a good hose is one of the most important and revered tools. The hose should clean enclosures and perches, rinse off egg yolk after a program, fill water pans, and cool the birds on a hot day. The right nozzle needs to be powerful enough to strip epoxy-like Red-tailed Hawk mutes off mew walls and gentle enough to send a light mist over the birds. Our first nozzle was not adjustable, the second had weak water pressure, and the third broke after a few months of use. This summer we finally found the heavy-duty nozzle that can do it all.
A sharp pair of scissors is also essential for an aviculturist. They are used daily to carefully prepare raptor meals and quickly become worn after slicing through bones, fur, and feathers. A scissor sharpener is essential, but sometimes they break beyond repair. We said goodbye this week to our most trustworthy pair of take-apart scissors after years of service. A new pair will soon replace them, but until then, food prep might be a struggle with the backup scissors.