If you've visited Raystede you'll have noticed our exotic bird section. Aside from seeing the large aviaries at the front, left hand side of the site, you will have heard our exotic birds calling out, whistling and talking!
The majority are here for life because they need highly specialist care and many have behavioural or medical issues that would be beyond the ability of a private home to manage. These include a few famous Raystede faces such as Ice Cream, the bare-eyed Cockatoo, Sinbad the African Grey and Ollie the Umbrella Cockatoo.
However, occasionally we have a small number of exotics birds available for rehoming. These include cockatiels, budgies, zebra finches, canaries and very occasionally, small parakeets.
If you're interested in giving an exotic bird a home, you will need a safe and secure aviary (minimum size 6x4) with a safety porch to prevent any birds escaping and an insulated/heated shed where birds can shelter from poor weather. The entire structure must also be rodent proof.
We can offer lots of advice and support on furnishing your aviary, enrichment and diet. For basic advice, please take a look at our care guides:
Birds will be available during the Spring and Summer so that they can acclimatise to their new home when the weather is warmer in readiness for the colder, wetter winter months. They will then venture out less when the temperature drops.
To apply to adopt aviary birds from Raystede:
1. Contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01825 840252
2. Complete an 'Application To Adopt An Aviary Bird' form
3. Send photos, along with measurements, of your aviary to email@example.com
A member of the team will then be in touch to discuss your application.