Rehoming at Raystede is slowly starting again but we remain closed to the public. All visits to site to adopt or surrender an animal will be by appointment only. We are accepting online applications to adopt a pet and will consider reserves, introductions and adoptions on a case-by-case basis. Due to the high volume of enquiries being received we are not currently able to respond immediately to every application we receive.
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 adoption and care guide here.
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.
If you are interested in adopting an aviary bird from Raystede, please click here.