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#1 john hubery

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Posted 03 March 2008 - 07:55 pm

I am young John , John's son I am am using my dads acount.

I am thinking about getting a male Harris Hawk and wondered if there was anybody on this site that could give me some infomation or some advice on keeping, training and huntting with a Harris Hawk. Also i would like to know what type and size of housing I would need my dad to build for the hawk, he is a profentional joiner who makes his living in constructing kennles runs aviaries and other buildings for housing animals.


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Posted 03 March 2008 - 08:50 pm

use this link
i have had so much fun with mine but dont go rushing in to it.
it was about 2 years learning before i got mine and i still had poblems tranning her .
if you nead enything just ask me and i will try to help :victory: falconry

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Posted 03 March 2008 - 09:07 pm

Thanks ferreter with nets for the help :)

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Posted 03 March 2008 - 09:10 pm

thats ok :thumbs:

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Posted 04 March 2008 - 11:21 am

I am young John , John's son I am am using my dads acount.

I am thinking about getting a male Harris Hawk and wondered if there was anybody on this site that could give me some infomation or some advice on keeping, training and huntting with a Harris Hawk. Also i would like to know what type and size of housing I would need my dad to build for the hawk, he is a profentional joiner who makes his living in constructing kennles runs aviaries and other buildings for housing animals.



But yourself a good book, something like, Emma Ford, The Art & Practice Of falconry, Revised Edition.

This will help you get your head around some of the issue's and requirements to keep & house a BOP.

The flight should be as large as you can possibly make it, so what ever spare ground you can use up.

You could get away with a 6'x6'x7' high, but ideally longer if you can make it that. Leave about a third of the roof open/cover with mesh for the bird to weather in, if you cannot sit it out on a bow perch on a daily basis. The point of the roof being open allows the bird to weather, get went when it chooses and also get the goodness of the sun, as this helps with vitamin production.

Ideally find someone close to you & see if they will act as a mentor to you.

You will be looking at spending around £1000 over the price of the bird, to set yourself up, by the time telemetry comes into the equation, thats another £500, Scales are a must, so they will cost anywhere upto £100, depending on where you but them, but you can convert kitchen counter balance scales or digital ones to use...................Never use the spring dial type, as these are very unreliable.

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Posted 04 March 2008 - 09:07 pm

Hi.. another couple of things for you to consider are how you are going to feed the bird. Most people buy in frozen and add caught rabbits etc as a perk of hunting. You can buy the frozen chicks,quail and hamsters easily but you'll need a freezer to store them in.
Also an avian vet.. this is a bird specialist as you dont want to be going to the local 'dog doctor' with a sick bird as he/she simply wont have the training and you're running a huge risk of failing to get a fast & correct diagnosis.

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 08:53 pm

hey

I agree with all previous comments, especially the one about the getting a good falconry book. A great simple to read basic book called falconry the essential guide by steve wright is a good start. Another thing you could do is see if your local falconry centre offers bird of prey managment courses or will allow you to do some volunteer work, iv been working at a falconry centre as a volunteer for three years now and the experience it has given me is invaluable. books can teach you all the methods but the hands on with people already practising is huge advantage.

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Posted 02 April 2008 - 06:47 pm

i asked the very same question regarding a harris and i think i will admire hunting birds from a distance as i think i may be in well over my head regarding keeping them .

but...

if my daughter still shows an intrest in barn owls i may get one of them for her.


good luck with anything you do :)

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Posted 08 April 2008 - 05:22 pm

Hi mate where abouts are you from ? you are more than welcome to come over and have a look at my set up and i will answer whatever questions i can. i haev been flying hh for a few years now and have great fun with her. The same goes for anyone else reading this thread as the more people that take an intetrest in falconry the better. Im in derbyshire.

Cheers martin




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