Our fostering rules and policies - 2018

We have rules to help stop this from happening to our birds.

Please read our fostering requirements and polices, before asking for our 8 Page Application Form to foster a bird.


We have this process in place to help us filter out anyone not suitable to foster a Parrot. We do this because we want to put the birds best interests first.


It is not our intent to frustrate anyone or make it impossible to add a bird to your family. We take the responsibility for each bird in our care very seriously and we want them to be successful in their new foster home.


We take time to make sure each foster home has all the tools needed for long term success. We are invested in the lifetime of each bird that comes through our rescue, and we do appreciate that you are taking the time to commit to that same level of care to the birds.


Please ensure you read all the information on this page before applying.


NYPR Parrot Fostering Rules and Requirements:


1. You must be a minimum age of 25 years, and a maximum of 65

years of age to qualify to foster any parrot from us and be the head of your household.

2. We will not place any bird with anyone obtaining a parrot to use for breeding purposes, or for any other monetary gain.

3. We will not allow any 2nd party fostering. (No gifting of fostered parrots)

4. Please be aware that there are No fees to foster a parrot with us and some will include their own cage.

5. You must live within a 80-mile radius from where the bird is located.

6. Home visits are required before fostering can take place; we are able to deliver parrots with large cages to most areas within 80 miles, for the cost of petrol.

7. Home ownership is preferred but NOT mandatory, but a minimum of 1 year at current residence is required.

8. You must provide us with a photo copy of your driving licence or other photo ID for identification purposes, and two resent utility bills, with the same address that's on your driving licence.

9. Meet any available parrot at least once, twice is preferred at the location.

10. You will need to email us your postal address and send a £1.00 donation, using the donate button, this is to cover the printing and postal costs to send out the 8 page Fostering Application Form.


Forms will not be posted, until we have receive your £1.00 donation.


All Fostered Parrots and Parakeets will be vet checked and microchipped, before being placed into their new home.


* Please be aware: That all fostered birds remain under the rescues legal ownership, and that if the bird needs another home, you are to return the bird to NYPR for placement?


* If you own a dog, that is currently parrot friendly; we must meet your dog prior to any placement.


* If you currently own dogs that haven’t been around parrots. It’s very unlikely we will place one of our parrots with you.


* If you meet the above qualifications then ask us for a fostering application form.


Once your application is received, we will be in contact with you within 3 to 6 days during normal business hours.


NYPR Parrot Fostering Policies – August 2018


Foster home applications must:


Complete our Fostering Application Form (8 Pages) and agree to 25 terms and conditions, then sign the Foster Contract. THIS IS A LEGAL AND BINDING CONTRACT.


Home visit completed and cage approved.


Fosterer's must agree to the following:


* Not to breed the bird.


* Not to have the fostered birds wings clipped - We believe this is cruel and dangerous for the bird.


* Not to take the bird outdoors under any circumstances (only for transporting purposes in a secure cage).


* To keep the bird in a 100% smoke / Teflon free environment.


While in your care, the bird dies, you must notify us straight away, and then take the bird to a Avian Veterinarian to establish the cause of deaf.


* To provide: a Full veterinary examination every 3 years, by an approved avian veterinarian. (See avian vet page)


* To provide: A Parrot Welfare Report, within the first 3 Months of the bird being placed, and then every 18 Months.


To NYPR and the Parrots previous owner, if it's been requested, with updates every 18 Months on the bird’s progress, and overall wellbeing, health and feeding habits, etc.


A form will be provided for this: The Parrot Welfare Report, including photos or videos showing the bird out of its cage and getting interaction from the foster home.


* You must immediately take the bird to a qualified veterinarian at the first sign of illness.


* To feed a well-rounded and varied diet of the following - Good quality organic pellets (Harrison's - See links page) and a premium quality low sunflower parrot seed & fruit mix, Johnson & Jeff or Tidy Mix.


And Provide receipts with your Parrot Welfare Report (mentioned above)


And provide the bird with organicly grown fresh fruit and vegetables, given every 2 days.


Egg food - (only as required - read page Parrot Nutrition) a cuttlebone - grated into power/calcivet- calcium powder in a separate dish and fresh water changed on a daily bases.


* You must open the birds cage door for a minimum of 8 hrs or more each day, (more with some birds, if they have been given more freedom with their previous owner, this will need to continue in the new foster home)


* You must spend a minimum of 9 hrs per day or more with the bird in the same room. 5 - 6 out of 7 days a week. If these conditions cannot be met, then please do not apply.


For Companion Birds Only: NYPR uncompromisingly requires the bird be placed in a home/family environment that is in his/her best interests physically, mentally, emotionally, and psychologically.


You will need to make adequate arrangements for the bird in the event of any holidays or prolonged absences from home.


NYPR is cautious about placing birds into homes with very small children. (Under 5 years old) Some birds can become extremely jealous of other family members, other pets, and will turn on their owners and children. So for this reason, we will only rehome certain types of birds, that are less aggressive. No bird will be placed into homes with bird-aggressive dogs, cats or other animals that could present a danger to birds.


No more than two parrot placements per home are permitted.


NYPR reserves the right to decline applicants based on an excessive number of birds (or other pets) already in the home.


NYPR reserves the right to decline to place a bird in any home that it does not feel would be a good match.


Fostered birds may not be sold, given away, bred or used for any type of monetary purpose.


Our MINIMUM cage recommended requirements:

Parakeets, Budgies, Cockatiels, Parrotlets, Lovebirds, Quakers, Ringnecks, Conures, Pionus, Lories, Meyers, Senegals: 30”w X 24”d


African Greys, Small Cockatoos, Eclectus, Amazons, Small Macaws: 36”w x 24”d


Larger Cockatoos and Macaws: 48”w x 36”d


We recommend 64”w x 32”d or 80”w x 40”d cages for the larger birds (Moluccans and Green wing Macaws).


Make sure bar spacing is appropriate for your bird.


If you feel that a parrot would make a good gift for a friend, child, or significant other, please read the book The Lonely Parrot by Lisa Kelley.


Please understand that we do not allow fostering a bird to take place as gifts. We do require that the person who will be caring for the bird fill out the application form and go through the process.


We also require that all family members in the home be aware of the potential foster and that they all be available for the pre-home consult visit.


Please be advised that we do NOT foster to breeders.


Please note we do not ask for any fees for the birds we foster out, but you can if you wish give a voluntary contribution as a donation to help us with our everyday expenses.


See our current available birds here...

You can donate any items you don't want or don't use any more.


Funds raised from selling these unwanted items will help us pay for the website, buy larger bird cages, bird food, petrol costs, posting forms, and vets fees.


A list of items you can donate to NYPR:


You can donate any unwanted collectables, coins, stamps, prints, also used stamp albums, old postcards, and old clocks etc.


Jewellery, including rings, necklaces and bracelets.


DVDs, CDs and old vinyl records.


Books from fiction to non-fiction and reference.


Home wares such as crockery and ornaments.


Children's toys including puzzles and board games.


Electrical items, old TVs, computers, laptops, tablets, mobile phones etc. (In any condition, broken, working or not working.)


Thank you for your donations


NYPR