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#31 grovsey

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 12:49 pm

make sure you have half the roof open as alot make the mistake of completely coving it ,also make a hinged front so you can cover the bars up when the bird is in moult
you could always use that heay duty plastic strips u get in factorys to act as you doulbe door,when ur bird is bowed out you dont want any perch;s as it will bait to get to the highest point that why i said make them removeable so u can easly take them out when needed same as a wing if thats what u want .best tip is dont over complicate it

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 04:28 pm

How essential is it to have part of the roof area open? I realise it's better but just how important is it as my mews is only 6ft deep so would 2ft of open area alont the full 10ft width be ok? If so is wire mesh the best thing?
thanks for the help/advice

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 05:38 pm

How essential is it to have part of the roof area open? I realise it's better but just how important is it as my mews is only 6ft deep so would 2ft of open area alont the full 10ft width be ok? If so is wire mesh the best thing?
thanks for the help/advice


i would use BOP netting mate :thumbs: got mine from knowls netting very cheap, wire will damage your bird if it flies into it and other animals like foxes can walk on it and worry your bird with the netting they wont and he will need an open area mate so he can weather or you will need to bow him in the garden mate when you dont fly him :thumbs:

#34 punch&judy

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 06:08 pm

you defo need a open bit ,, i know its diff but my breeding pens are 16ft lond and 10 ft wide at each end they are coverd 10ft by 4 ft so they have 8ft open, and have a perch in the open bit,, the bird use it a lot , and in down pours they love it.. dont be to worrid about it open ,, as long as the bird an get out of the draft if there is one ,, you will find when in the molt the bird will spend a lot of time in the open bit,i use knowles netting goggle it ,, i have it in the spar pen hand the ak pen as bounce netting its good

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 06:37 pm

i remembered you both saying about leaving an area open at the top so was gonna do it, just wondered how vital it is. will goggle the netting, just need an idea for roost!
cheers lads

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 06:55 pm

i remembered you both saying about leaving an area open at the top so was gonna do it, just wondered how vital it is. will goggle the netting, just need an idea for roost!
cheers lads


also mate it will let air flow through the mews better mate they can get really stuffy

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 07:44 pm

aye nice one, will have some plywood spare anyway lol

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 08:17 pm

the netting I use shello is the same stuff they use on the Landfill sites. it perfect for the birds as it won't harm them when they fly up at the roof like alot of young P/R Goshawks before being taken up.

Its good easy netting to work with, the stuff I used was 12ft wide by 52 metres long, it was handy as me and Millet slung it across the who section of over 70ft of aviaries :thumbs:

a couple of pictures before the partition was put up across the entire front, and one when finished before being sprayed with fence care...

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 08:23 pm

just a small bit then ha ha, nice one yea will defo get some of that netting, just had a look on knowles website,seems cheap enough

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 08:30 pm

just a small bit then ha ha, nice one yea will defo get some of that netting, just had a look on knowles website,seems cheap enough


It was far from finished in them pictures, still needed food shoots, nest ledges and all the other cosmetics before they was the finished article, I still alter them now as and when I think its beneficial to do so :thumbs: ....

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 08:33 pm

some set up though jasper :)

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 10:08 pm

does anyone else use heaters/heat lamps for the mews in winter? gonna fit a tube heater either 2ft (80w) or 3ft (135w) both around the £25 mark, must be worth doing after last winter!!

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Posted 29 September 2011 - 02:25 am

slowly buying stuff for when i get the bird, bought a bath yesterday, £6 large (60cm) plastic plant pot base from't local garden centre, bit cheaper than the things you see advertised specifically as 'hawk baths' and i'm sure it'll do't same job!

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Posted 29 September 2011 - 05:56 am

i said to get a bath from garden center , thats what i use,, i find if it has falconry in front of it folk ad £15 ha

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Posted 29 September 2011 - 06:51 am

i said to get a bath from garden center , thats what i use,, i find if it has falconry in front of it folk ad 15 ha


you did steve and i took your advice, saved a few quid cheers :thumbs:
should have bought a few and put em on ebay ha ha




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