I got my first job when I was 16. Weekend work at a parrot breeding centre where my sister, Gina, worked full time so I was lucky to be in a privileged position to get the job. It was something I loved hugely though at the time and I never truly appreciated just how much I was to learn about parrots and birds in general.
I continued to work there for around 3 years, normally just going in a couple of days a week to help with the aviary cleaning, nest box repairs, feeding, the general maintenance and just to annoy Gina 😂. The place has closed now though. They are fond memories and ones that taught me a lot about birds in general.