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    There was a post on FB a few days ago saying that they were working to try and get it back up, but as you say its still account suspended. Its a shame if it doesn't come back as there was some good threads in the Archives as well as the usual rubbish.
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    Bedlington stud dog Yorkshire

    My lad as the adult terriers,all heavily Beddy infused,out at least 3 times a week,they literally push hundreds of fox out of cover a season,they bolt more than their share and are dug to a damn site more than many a digging terrier.These terriers are bred for bushing and fox work and need to be of a size that matches their graft,mine breed true to type,There is a lineage behind mine that can be traced back over many,many generations of terriers that graft below to a standard that most would be happy to adhere to.The least worked mutt out of his 3 had a decent season,the other 2 the majority on here would,nt wish to believe the amount of earth work they have encountered,the season before and the one before that to boot.These terriers are taken out and find and push to ground what many a terrier walks past on a leash,then they enter and the reality work begins. Morton about 35 years ago, when I lived in West Yorkshire, a friend of mine had a similar type of terrier as yours Morton, not pure Bedlington but heavily influenced. It was used mainly for ferreting and marking burrows. Though the guy said it had bolted foxes on occasions but as he preferred hunting rabbits he wasn't too bothered. One day my Lakie bitch got stuck in a rock pile at a fox. This lad turned up the next day to lend a hand digging my bitch out and his Beddy type terrier went to ground in the rock pile, found the fox and bolted it like it was a pro. My bitch was trapped under a rock and we eventually got her out unharmed. This Beddy type of terrier was a handy dog and I would bet it would have been a good fox dog given the chance. I also had a Beddy x whippet dog that would go to ground given half a chance and on more than one occasion would draw out a fox. That was 30 years ago and then some...LOL
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    Get a bird or not

    Corvids are quite hard to catch unless you are car hawking which to me is not that sporting. Also it depends on what corvids you are hunting, magpie, jackdaw, rook or crow? If you have open country then I think a good peregrine or peregrine hybrid takes some beating at rook and crows. A goshawk will also take them well, but you need to be able to stalk in to them within a decent range. For rabbits, I would say a Harris, Redtail or Goshawk will all take them well.
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    Harris hawk flying age

    That's a good age mate. Not many birds flown make it to that age.
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    Brittany spaniel

    Remember that the Brittany is a French breed and I believe they are still very popular over there as gundogs. Its each to their own, and what suits one person may not suit another. I too have three of them and I agree that they're not for everyone, but mine suit me for what do. Cheers
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    first hawk

    The ideal situation would be for you to go out on lots of hunting trips with both male and female HHs so you can see the difference and choose which you prefer and which would suit your land and quarry that you have available. You should try and contact some local falconers and see if you can tag along for a season before choosing. Ask your mentor if he could introduce you to some local guys or else look at The Yorkshire Hawking Club. A lot of guys would be willing to help out a beginner. Good luck.
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    working dachshunds

    Hello Victor Thank you for sharing this. I was unaware that there was terrier work in Russia and you hunt fox and badger to ground.
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    Summer time

    I always exercise my dogs every day when out of season by walking them. A bit of ratting is also good for terriers and helps them from getting bored.
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    struggling to keep weight on my springer spaniel

    If my dogs are working very hard daily, I sometimes add some Lard to their meals. I microwave it a bit to soften it and mix it in. Seems to help keep weight on them.
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    certain topics of interest, Falconry adventures.

    I would like to fly a Spar one day, but I am having lots of fun with the Goshawk. I flew a German tiercel for 8 years who flew at 1lb 5 and he took quite a few LBJs in his career as well as crows, duck etc. A Spar would be great fun to fly especially a musket but they seem very fragile and reckless and I doubt if many last more than a few seasons.
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    My Peregrine/Lanner hybrid.

    Thanks for sharing.
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    Harris hawk

    Why not have a look at a local Falconry Club. You could go out and see it done also it may get you a few contacts that could help you later on. I know there is a Yorkshire Hawking Club and I'm sure there will be one in your area. I would read as many books as I could on Falconry mate. Try Emma Fords book and also Philip Glasiers to begin with. It will make it easier for both you and the hawk if you can get someone local to you that is experienced and could help you.
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    Harris hawk

    I would get some telemetry as well mate. There are too many Harris' lost because they don't use it. There are usually a few second hand sets going mate. I think there is a few sites on Facebook where they sell them. Get a set and practise tracking with it before getting the hawk.
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    pic of star olivias bird

    Good stuff mate. I considered breeding from my old female imprint gos. She laid and brooded 4 eggs every year but I never inseminated her unfortunately. Its a real shame as I lost her to a fence strike last year. She may not have been big nor white, but in my eyes she was as good as any. I wish I had a female out of her now. I hope you have a good breeding season mate.
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    Brittany spaniel

    Look at the Rathcormac Shooting club. They have a few working Brittanies. They may be able to point you [no pun intended] in the right direction.