Rehabilitation

REHABILITATION PROJECTS

Helping put all the broken pieces back together

Our Mission

As well as funding wild raptor projects, the Featherwell Foundation will also help with the recovery of any captive bred, abandoned or mistreated bird of prey. Situations can also change which means that an owned raptor may need to be rehomed.

At our bird of prey facility, we accept and manage the recovery of seized, handed in or abandoned raptors so that we can rehabilitate their behaviours and look to rehome them in appropriate locations as soon as possible. If no other home can be found, the Featherwell Foundation will house the birds and look after them for the rest of their lives.

Working with avian specialist veterinarians and applying positive reinforcement programs specific to each bird, the Featherwell Foundation can improve the lives of captive bred raptors and help to support their recovery until they are completely healed. It is important to note that sometimes within rehabilitation, we can face heartbreaking scenarios. In cases where a wild or captive raptor has sustained life changing injuries which disable them to a degree that they cannot live a life without suffering, we will take the very hard decision to euthanise these animals humanely at our avian vet surgery.

We also offer support and advice to owners of captive raptors so that we can raise welfare standards within the aviaries when necessary and teach people how to train and fly their raptor free so that both the handler and bird have the best possible life together.

Your donations will help us to maintain excellent welfare standards and aid the recovery of captive bred raptors both within our rehabilitation facility and for other organisations and individuals who are working towards the same goal.

Success stories

You may well have heard of our captivating corvid as he’s got a very loyal following of fans who love him as much as we do! Loki came to us at just 1 year old as a neglected, captive bird. He had been tethered most of his life and didn’t really know how to use his wings or trust people.

By using positive food and play rewards, our team at the Featherwell Foundation were able to rebuild his confidence and fitness so that he could develop his wing muscles and erase the aggressive characteristics which were induced by boredom and fear.

Loki is now a free flying, curious and really affectionate raven who has a strong bond with his handlers and likes to chat away to them throughout the day!