Some people prefer parent reared,if you've got the time to spend with it manning it ,and if thats what you prefer, so be it, they have got better manners, and if you keep them hunting, there nice and quiet, if you don't get them enough kills, and they come to expect food from you they will usually start to "call".
As "Jasper" rightly said all the manning with an "imprint" is done during the rearing, from downy to fully fledged bird.
You can make a few minor mistakes along the way, but not to many, if you make a big mistake, you could pay dearly.
Someone told me years ago read the "Imprint accipiter" once, and then through it away, i disagree, read it and read it, again and again, mark the most important paragraphs with a hilight pen, if you have problems go back to the book !
The most important thing with an imprint is weight control, no food association,don't fly it to the fist, and lots and lots of hunting.
If you can read a book, i would go for the "imprint"
Cracking post Sherman
. a mate who is having a Gos this year asked the same question to me and I told him Imprint! mainly because he won't have the time to put the Mann hours into the manning side of a P/R bird, on the other hand I know a couple of guys on the Forum who will nail one cause they have the commitment and time. a few people think I have a big gripe about Imprints but its not the case! My gripe is when people go on Forums with some pretty daft accusations that they better Hunting and Harder to manage
, I've done a few P/R Goshawks over the years and have a good few pals who fly Imprints, I'm well aware of all the commiments to which ever way anyone chooses to rear their charge But no one will Never Ever convince me they have produced a better Hunting bird on the grounds its a Imprint, call me old school or anything but none of it will wash with me....
Everytime I pick up a P/R bird from the time it starts to feed off the fist it will be on a tireing, it will always be occupied pulling at something and then slowly Introduced to things new that would otherwise spook it, I'll never over face the birds and will carry on working with Tireing through out the days of Manning, at the end of it the bird will be Bomb proof to the stage of excepting anything, I sold a 3/4 Finn in 2000 due to a few Money problems! I spent hours with this bird making it to the Hood and obviously with tireings, the first guy I met in a layby near Leicester who wanted to buy her!! I swear to you on this the guy pulled out as he thought she was Imprinted and he obviousley wanted a P/R bird, from the time I got he rout of the box by the main road she roused and worried about nothing, the plonka finally gave me some petrol money and went away empty handed...
The female Finnish x Hungarian I have here is much the same! she is made to the Hood and a nice sensible bird. I think when people come to chose a bird it can be a hard decision but they first need to look at themselves and the time and commitment they can put into the bird, they also need to realise that a gennuine P/R bird coming out of the aviary at 10 weeks is going to be on fire big time and some seriouse quality Manning is going to be the order of the day, over spooking her and over facing her can also have some adverse effect how she turns out, all mine will be Hooded from day one....
One thing I will say is 99.9% of gennuine P/R Goshawks will only scream if left cut down and not flown, always fed in the same place at the same time!! eg: same part of the garden. some can fire up when taken if the field with a Mature Hawk in the first stages, Or like I have experienced here they have to listen to others calling in the garden while being brought into condition which is a sure fire to start most off, My Breeding Imprints call to me way past the breeding season which can be noisy to say the least before they finally quieten down