We only operate in England, Scotland and Wales. Birds being re-homed or safe housed must remain in one of these three countries
You have to be, and remain a paid up member to foster or safe house
You must be at least 18 years of age to join Birdline, and foster or safe house
Please be sure to read all these instructions before applying for a bird. It will save a lot of time for you and us. Please also remember that we are all volunteers and as such the re-homing process can take time.
About our foster programme
Birdline re-home many of the birds who come into our care. The birds are not adopted out, but are put into the Birdline Lifelong Foster Care programme. The Programme ensures that the bird always belongs to Birdline and thus the bird is protected for the rest of its life. The Foster Carer must agree that if their circumstances change then the bird must come back into Birdline, it cannot be sold or passed on to any one else.
What charges are involved?
When you foster a bird from Birdline, you do not buy the bird. Our charges are to cover our costs for moving, assessing and administering the birds. This allows us to continue our rescue work and allows us to help secure the future of more birds in need.
Small birds – Budgies/Parrotlets & Cockatiels £10.00 donation & £10.00 admin fee – Total £20.00
Conures/Ringnecks/ small parrots like BHC £10.00 donation & £30.00 Admin fee – Total £40.00
Amazons & med sized birds £20.00 donation & £30.00 admin fee – Total £50.00
Cockatoo’s £50.00 donation & £30.00 admin fee – Total £80.00
Macaw’s £70.00 donation & £30.00 admin fee – Total £100.00
Homecheck: £20 for a homecheck.
Do Birdline deliver the birds or do I need to collect?
Due to the economic climate, and changes in peoples circumstances, many of our volunteers now cannot help to deliver birds around the country. If you wish to apply to foster a bird, you need to be aware that if you are successful in your application, you must be able to collect the bird. In certain exceptional circumstances Birdline may be able to help at a cost of 22p per mile, but this is not guaranteed, it will depend on whether we have volunteers who are prepared to travel the bird for you.
You must inform the rehoming officers, at your initial application if you cannot collect the bird.
You must also be able to provide a suitable travelling cage, perches and seed and water for the journey.
If you are NOT a member of Birdline
You must be a member of Birdline to foster a Birdline Bird.
We only foster our birds with members of the Birdline Charity, therefore to be a fosterer you must first become a member of Birdline and you must continue to be a member for the whole time that the bird is with you. We have an annual membership fee which must be renewed.
There are two ways to join Birdline. The first is via this website where you can pay by Credit/Debit Card or Paypal. The second is by downloading the membership form and sending it into us. To join by this website you will first need to register. Once you have registered you can then Join Birdline and pay the membership fee.
To join Birdline offline, you can download and complete the Membership Application Form and send it off with your cheque to the following address:
Birdline UK - Membership
22 Brighton Rd. Coulsdon, Surrey CR5 2BA
If you ARE a current paid up member
Where are the re-homing lists?
There are four re-homing lists available, all via our website.
Re-homing list for companion birds.
Re-homing list for cockatoos
Re-homing list for aviary birds.
Re-homing list for macaw's
Re-homing list for special case birds.
Those members without access to the internet should be contacted by the ACOs in the first instance and in future instances it is their responsibility to contact their ACO for details of each new list.
Who can apply?
Any member, Safe House or ACO can apply for any bird on the re-homing list. The application should be submitted via the Submit a Re-Homing Application page or via their ACO. If applying via their ACO please clearly state which bird you are applying for and give a short description of your circumstances and why you are applying for the bird, along with your current telephone number, home address and email address.
What happens then?
Each member who has applied for a bird will be contacted by telephone to discuss their application.
The re-homing committee will then decide which applicant is most suited to the individual bird’s needs, and a decision will be made as to which applicant has been successful (Subject to a Homecheck). All applications will be assessed equally and fairly.
Unsuccessful applicants will be informed by telephone or via email.
Successful applicants (New Foster Carers) will be informed that they must pass a home check before the bird is placed with them.
A Home check will only be carried out if an applicant is considered to be suitable for a bird. The home check will be species specific, therefore if a member has not fostered this specific species before then a home check will be required irrelevant of any other previous home checks carried out. The species home check will be at a cost of £20.00, cheque payable to Birdline-UK Ltd.
Some Birds do not have cages and in this case new foster carers should ensure that they have a suitable cage and that the cage is checked by the ACO before the bird is placed.
Members who were unsuccessful are encouraged to apply for another suitable bird and can do so at any time. Just because you are not deemed the most suitable applicant for that bird does not mean you will not be successful for another.
Each bird placed in a new home will have a Birdline Passport which will contain the bird’s history (if any) and any Veterinary treatment the bird may have had. This passport MUST be kept up to date by the new Foster Carer.
Once a bird is placed a check will be done on the bird after 6 weeks, thereafter 6 monthly checks will be carried out. If the foster Carer changes their address or phone number they must inform Birdline. It is possible that if a change of address is notified, then a further home check may be carried out.
The Foster Carer must agree to continue to be a member of Birdline UK during the complete period of fostering the bird.
Any Bird may be removed from a Foster Carer if it is deemed that the conditions the bird is living in are inappropriate, or the bird is at risk, or if the Fosterer's membership lapses.