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  1. It now seems that those weights are not as common as they used to be. I've seen a lot of female HH [advertised for sale ] that fly at under 2lb
  2. Also mate Day old chicks should not be the ONLY source of food. They need variety as well. Quail, rabbit, mice, rat etc etc for a decent diet. If you have had a male HH before then you should know the basics. All the best.
  3. Has she got many more to drop? I wouldn't lose a seasons hunting mate.
  4. Is this an imprint mate? Hope you get him back.
  5. I've got 2 Brittanys. They are not really spaniels as Stroller has pointed out. They are definitely working dogs and stopping them can be the problem. There are a few clips of them on Youtube. Check out Rathcormack Gun Club. They are not all as calm and easy going though. Most are hard work to train. Think of them as a pointer or setter that range quite far rather than spaniel that works close.
  6. Hi mate I use the Black Falcon set up. I've had it for over 12 years [maybe more] and think its fine. I have used it for both hawks and falcon, It has a lifetime guarantee and once I had a problem with a transmitter it was replaced free of charge. Though to be honest I have now bought a separate transmitter from Falconry Electronics. Another experienced longwinger I know used this system for years without issue, but he has now just bought the new Marshall GPS system. I think the Marshall system is probably the better system.
  7. The Pineo are quality products. Do you guys order from the USA and get it posted to the UK? I quite like the look of the Pendleton. I prefer smaller, thinner gloves than some of the huge gauntlets that are for sale. Though having said that my first redtail went through the outer layer of a double skin glove.
  8. Nice one mate. Do you breed other species as well?
  9. That is a nice collection Dave. There are some very good books that you mention. Though I have been told Perkin's Understanding Goshawks isn't up to much, though I have never read it. I think that some of the older books are of much more use to the beginner than some modern ones. Cheers
  10. That's a nice offer Fonzie. I would add a word of caution though, not all Harris' are sociable especially some of the females that would quite happily nail your male. Most are fine but I would be careful at first.
  11. Most DOC come already frozen in boxes of 200 or 250 mate. You could try some of the chicken breeders/hatcheries if there are any local to you.
  12. Muttley only you can decide what kind of falconry you want. If you have someone decent that can advise you and bounce questions and ideas at, then that will help your decision. One word of warning though, you said most of your permissions are quite small areas, a Goshawk can go a hell of a long way on a pheasant flight [if its any good...LOL] All the best
  13. haha I can imagine! Im hoping to get my first bird in the next couple of years (situation allowing) and am gearing towards a harris I think, I've got a fella who's taken me out with a peregrine a few times and said he can guide me through it and there wouldn't be an issue with it being my first bird but I'm unsure! not sure my nerves would hold out flying it free to start with (I imagine anything is terrifying let alone the distances his goes away only to return) and I think in terms of land availability I have will gear itself more towards a Harris or Gos, would love to have a sparrowhawk but
  14. Eddie's book on the Working JR is a very good read. Plenty of information in it. The other is not too bad either.
  15. The German male Goshawk in one of the topics is mine mate. If your Harris' is creche reared it should tame down and train easily. I have not had much experience with Harris' myself, but they are THE most popular hawk used in falconry. There is a reason for that I have only ever flown one, a male that flew at 1lb 6. He was a great hawk and I had loads of fun with him for several years until I gave him away to a mate. Are you going to hunt with yours mate?
  16. Hi Dean I personally wouldn't pick up a Harris' until it was at least 16 to 18 weeks old due to the noise they can make. Sorry for butting in and I'm sure you know what your doing mate. All the best
  17. Hi Sean Will you fly the female as well this season? Its not so easy flying 2 goshawks at the same time. I always flew one in preference to another [the female] which meant the male always had limited flying. Which is a shame as he never really reached his full potential. The males can certainly be good fun though. What will you fly him at - Crows?
  18. Hi Steve You could maybe post it on the Indepenent Bird Register [iBR] They try to re -unite missing birds with their owners
  19. Hi mate If you want woodies go on Facebook and search "steel shot woodies" There are shooters there who use steel shot and sell them for around 50p to £1 each.
  20. You read my mind Charlie Caller. I was thinking of getting a Benelli Semi auto. Trying to decide on which model though. It will be a second hand gun that I get, but if its been cared for it should last me a good few years.
  21. Thanks guys. I read that you can use non high performance shot without issue. I was just checking...lol I was considering buying a semi-automatic but cash is tight right now so I would prefer to stick with the old side by side for the time being.
  22. I have an old Baikal side by side 12 bore and was wondering if it would be OK to use Steel shot in it? Its not proofed for steel but I read that it should be Ok. I am interested in using it for some pigeon shooting, which I can then use for feeding ferrets, hawks etc.
  23. That is a good question.A lot depends on your quarry and how you fly it. For example if flying a Harris Hawk at rabbits off the fist, it generally needs to be fitter than if you are flying it from trees. The height from the tree gives the waiting hawk a bit of an advantage. Therefore the hawk flown from the fist would need to be a bit fitter so needs to be exercised more. If flying it at harder to catch quarry eg gamebirds, it will generally need to be fairly fit. An unfit hawk will quickly learn it can't catch them and will give up easily. If the hawk is fit and CONFIDENT it will give you
  24. That is a good question. A lot depends on your quarry and how you fly it. For example if flying a Harris Hawk at rabbits off the fist, it generally needs to be fitter than if you are flying it from trees. The height from the tree gives the waiting hawk a bit of an advantage. Therefore the hawk flown from the fist would need to be a bit fitter so needs to be exercised more. If flying it at harder to catch quarry eg gamebirds, it will generally need to be fairly fit. An unfit hawk will quickly learn it can't catch them and will give up easily. If the hawk is fit and CONFIDENT it will give y
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