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  1. Lee C

    Any new birds this season

    Both nice looking birds would love to get back in to it some day. Hope to get out with a few old mates sometime! all the very best Lee C
  2. Lee C

    Absolute beginner in Cornwall.

    Hi this is some bits ive posted on here before pick out what you want out of it as its a bit general. Get a good mentor! Join a club Go out for season or two with them, if you can't get out with them all the time due to work or another do you have time to have a bird? Telemetry is a must they can be right next to you in cover and you dont see the buggers. Play with it and get to know how it works in fields and woodland learn to pinpoint the beep. Feed the bird away from house !! when you get started on the training and try not to fly it in the garden my bird was fairly quiet because of this. I Free lofted for 2 weeks with sight of me around garden but not pestering him just letting him get used to surrounding and noises. He is fed with foodshoot in the side of aviary with no vision of me feeding him then cault up and maned down started on the fist sitting all over touching and jumping to - feeding on the fist. Then transfer to the flying area to do this as soon as possible. Then jumped fed and flown in the field. His sister was maned straight away fed and flown in the back garden by the owner. She screamed all the time. You could hear her inside the cafe we would meet at before field meeting and she was in her box in the van and outside parked down the street!!! Bowing is fine but on a short lease so he, she can not pick up a lot of speed if baiting as leg can get pulled with very long leashes as they can pick up a lot of speed before jerking to a stop. Not showing the bird where food is coming from is one key to quiet. You can take the bird to the food, put it in different places and take the bird to it! If you keep in sight all the time when feeding the bird sees you as a perant and will call for food all the time !! If you get it wrong harrises are a nightmare if screaming all the time!! It will be your bird and best you do it your way. Just wanted to try to help you get off to the best start. I'm sure your mentor will have his views on this. Good luck and enjoy the hunting with the bird. I would also recommend hooding I didn't do this and wish I had. Also ferrets are a god send to produce game as it is very difficult to just walk up enough game, get the bird entered AS SOON AS you can if they learn they can catch from a young age it is a great start. With the hooding tacktic I would start as soon as the bird sits on the glove but is still a bit nervous. I left mine till he was sat very confidant on the glove and he is like a snake when the hood is near his head, to confident. I think if its done early the bird is still a little on edge and will accept hooding. You can leave it on for a bit slip it off and spend time sat down with him just slipping it on wait a bit slip it off. More additions ! I would stroke his feet chest wings tail as well so he is confident with you touching him all over, helps with inspecting him under feet wings etc. When out in field and feeding bird up that is sat on glove cover food with right hand and pass food to glove from behind glove underneath the birds tail and put to glove this stops the bird baiting forward at the sight of food if you feed him from the front also he will grab out with feet towards the food/your hand, this can make them footy. Get a large cut of leather fold up and put in hawking vest. When hunting and taking bird off prey cover rabbit completely with the leather hold rabbits leg !! Throw a chick head away from bird and it should release its hold on the rabbit and move to the food on floor, scoop up rabbit in to back of vest. You can never have enough land to fly on! Books are great but nothings quite like the real thing !! Most people with large aviaries have pea gravel down sand is good in small weatherings but needs to be kept dry or it just goes to mush! So pea is good. + can be replaced after years. Look at where you will be putting the perches as the bird will projectile poo behind where it sits!! I would recommend lining the inside with fomex or stiff plastic board this can be wiped down easily. Heating is another thing to consider and in the first year they are quite venerable to frost cold + drafts, do not put away wet, hair dryer the bird but dryer must be Teflon free !!! as Teflon will poison the bird and kill it, don't leave bath in in winter. Put perches out of drafts and if very cold you could box and bring the house, worth it as all your hard work will go out the window if they get wingtip / frost bite on wing. Also where windows will face, nice to see bird but can contribute to calling if he can see you all the time. I have 30 mm spacing in my bars. Look out for cats on roofs pestering or cat proof roof with nets. I have also made it so I can slide in two shutters. I can have half window when cold and bird can sit at back and full window in summer. Also put window perch below window level bird can see out but poos below window level. Food shoot made from guttering elbow and down pipe is a good idea, have a tray shelf below not to wide but wide enough to catch the food. Save him eating the food off the floor, put Astro turf around the edge and he can perch on it whilst eating. Or you can use a push pull try but make sure he is not sitting on it when you pull it out or between when you push it in Just some things to think about.If you are after a bird I would see if there is a falconry club near you and ask the members for a good breeder they would recommend and get a couple of peoples advice about the breeder as there are a lot of breeders and some that will sell you anything!! Get out with the club on field meets do some ferreting for them ask if any one has a Harris you can fly for them. Touch bird and get to know feel of him if breast is full of meat he is maybe fat and can be dropped a little more in weight use scales as well!! If no meat and sharp he is very low in weight fat should not kill him sharp breast to low can!! Again use scales. If he is very sharp in breast (breast bone sticking out = Sharp to touch) and flown he may lack in energy and you will see him fade away and not have power to keep up or fly up. Stop take him back feed small amount and egg yolk from chicks as if he is in trouble Maximum amounts of food can use more energy than he has left to digest the food!!!! yolk and small amount of food to start will pick him up and give him the energy he needs to then eat a larger amount. Repetition manning and confidence is the key for the bird to perform it's not all about starvation. Remember food going threw the birds system can play a key factor when training a young bird. He does well you jump him a lot great you reward a little more food great, next day you weigh him good weight but you try a lot earlier in the day and he's not as good. This may not mean cut his food again. It may mean he still has food going threw his system so not quite as hungry as day before so perceiver rather than starve to death. Remember the ferrets need energy as well so if it's a long day a drink of water and some yolk from chick will give them energy and keep them hydrated. These littler fellers are the un sung heroes and I would say a must!!! for anyone with a hawk. Always check button ends on leashes Cope beak before putting up for moult Check inside birds mouth and take a peek when feeding him, Vlad my bird managed to get a cartilage loop from a pheasants wind pie over the end of his tongue and slid at the bottom of it cutting off the blood supply, saw it when feeding yellow black and blue tongue !! Vets!! Remove tail mount before moult as Vlad managed to get his beak stuck between tail mount and moulted feather as the tail mount kept the moulted feather attached to the un moulted and of course he was pecking at it! Spend time picking out bits of use. We are always learning. Young birds are like a sponge if they know they can catch repeatedly with success ! Then they will always put in the effort when they progress as they won't know failure. MAKE SURE THEY CATCH A FEW TO START ! !!!!! GET THEM ENTERED They are very clever.Mine won't hood because I left it too long and that wasn't really that long into training, when your on you own and the bird is up and the ferret kills in and won't let go of the rabbit -/ come out. You need to dig, as soon as I get the spade out he is there sat on the floor watching me dig because he knows what is in there and it's a right pain especially on a wet / damp day. I could always change all his kit and tie him up but he can still see what is going on and it's a lot of faffing about if only I had hooded him I could use a clip / bullet Jess in the anklets hood him and he would be none the wiser it small thing like this we learn. I was part of the Northamptonshire raptor club and spent a few years at the raptor foundation. Its worth seeing if there is a club near you that you could go along on some field meetings to get various experience from different people. Marytin who bred my harris is a fantastic what he does not know is not worth knowing. The guys at the club call him the bird whisperer!! He offers advice rather than giving it and a lot is common sense that you just don't stop and take the time to think about and by that time the deed is done and the bird remembers you mistake and takes advantage the next time. Bit like kids if you have any, you leave the chocolate on the side and say no turn you back and it gone and there is a big mess. You should have put it away out of reach problem solved but you were to busy thinking about something else. Stop think, think what the actions may achieve or the consequences they may produce and always pick out the positive bits, make a note of them and enforce them. It is a long-term commitment!! Male or Female ? You get out what you put in ! Hope the above helps All the best Lee
  3. Lee C

    Jesses

    Hi making your own is quite easy and you can practice on some crap leather as a play about. With length its up to you but I have see a Harris with long jesses stuck up where the jesses had whipped around a thin branch. Not sure what experience you have but I found playing with and knowing kit is always a good thing. All the best Lee C
  4. Lee C

    Missing Hawk

    Hi all anyone in Bedford area who's out and about please can you keep an eye out for a Harris hawk. He may follow you about and if out with ferrets he may have a fly around you. Please let me know any sighting and full location. Cheers all Lee c
  5. Lee C

    Lost Harris Hawk Bedford Area

    Hi all please can you keep your eyes open for a Harris hawk missing in the Bedford area. Cheers Lee c
  6. Lee C

    Lost Harris Hawk Bedford Area

    Hi all please can you keep your eyes open for a Harris hawk missing in the Bedford area. Cheers Lee c
  7. Lee C

    2015/16 Season

    Gutted that my birds had to go. Good luck with the season to you all. I miss my daily routine with them. Cover look thick but seen a lot of bunnies and pheasants about. ALL THE VERY BEST Leee
  8. Lee C

    Harris Hawk Blues

    Cheers hope it will give some helpfull tips and people can pick and choose what they want out of it. Missing vladamir but was best to re home him to a good home where he will be flown rather than sell him on to Tom dick or Harry. All the best to you all and I can't wait for next season for you all with bird have a good one. Lee
  9. Lee C

    Harris Hawk Blues

    Pick out what you want from this first post for a while parted with vladimir my hh so now have no birds left gutted! Sent 03 February 2015 - 08:45 PM Hi this is some bits ive posted on here before pick out what you want out of it as its a bit general. Get a good mentor! Join a club Go out for season or two with them, if you can't get out with them all the time due to work or another do you have time to have a bird? Telemetry is a must they can be right next to you in cover and you dont see the buggers. Play with it and get to know how it works if fields and woodland learn to pinpoint the beep. Feed the bird away from house !! when you get started on the training and try not to fly it in the garden my bird is fairly quiet because of this. I Free lofted for 2 weeks with sight of me around garden but not pestering him just letting him get used to surrounding and noises. He is fed with foodshoot in the side of aviary with no vision of me feeding him then cault up and maned down started on the fist sitting all over touching and jumping to - feeding on the fist. Then transfer to the flying area to do this as soon as possible. Then jumped fed and flown in the field. His sister was maned straight away fed and flown in the back garden by the owner. She screamed all the time. You could hear her inside the cafe we would meet at before field meeting and she was in her box in the van and outside parked down the street!!! Bowing is fine but on a short lease so he, she can not pick up a lot of speed if baiting as leg can get pulled with very long leashes as they can pick up a lot of speed before jerking to a stop. Not showing the bird where food is coming from is one key to quiet. You can take the bird to the food, put it in different places and take the bird to it! If you keep in sight all the time when feeding the bird sees you as a perant and will call for food all the time !! If you get it wrong harrises are a nightmare if screaming all the time!! It will be your bird and best you do it your way. Just wanted to try to help you get off to the best start. I'm sure your mentor will have his views on this. Good luck and enjoy the hunting with the bird. I would also recommend hooding I didn't do this and wish I had. Also ferrets are a god send to produce game as it is very difficult to just walk up enough game, get the bird entered AS SOON AS you can if they learn they can catch from a young age it is a great start. With the hooding tacktic I would start as soon as the bird sits on the glove but is still a bit nervous. I left mine till he was sat very confidant on the glove and he is like a snake when the hood is near his head, to confident. I think if its done early the bird is still a little on edge and will accept hooding. You can leave it on for a bit slip it off and spend time sat down with him just slipping it on wait a bit slip it off. More additions ! I would stroke his feet chest wings tail as well so he is confident with you touching him all over, helps with inspecting him under feet wings etc. When out in field and feeding bird up that is sat on glove cover food with right hand and pass food to glove from behind glove underneath the birds tail and put to glove this stops the bird baiting forward at the sight of food if you feed him from the front also he will grab out with feet towards the food/your hand, this can make them footy. Get a large cut of leather fold up and put in hawking vest. When hunting and taking bird off prey cover rabbit completely with the leather hold rabbits leg !! Throw a chick head away from bird and it should release its hold on the rabbit and move to the food on floor, scoop up rabbit in to back of vest. You can never have enough land to fly on! Books are great but nothings quite like the real thing !! Most people with large aviaries have pea gravel down sand is good in small weatherings but needs to be kept dry or it just goes to mush! So pea is good. + can be replaced after years. Look at where you will be putting the perches as the bird will projectile poo behind where it sits!! I would recommend lining the inside with fomex or stiff plastic board this can be wiped down easily. Heating is another thing to consider and in the first year they are quite venerable to frost cold + drafts, do not put away wet, hair dryer the bird but dryer must be Teflon free as Teflon will poison the bird and kill it, don't leave bath in in winter. Put perches out of drafts and if very cold you could box and bring the house, worth it as all your hard work will go out the window if they get wingtip / frost bite on wing. Also where windows will face, nice to see bird but can contribute to calling if he can see you all the time. I have 30 mm spacing in my bars. Look out for cats on roofs pestering or cat proof roof with nets. I have also made it so I can slide in two shutters. I can have half window when cold and bird can sit at back and full window in summer. Also put window perch below window level bird can see out but poos below window level. Food shoot made from guttering elbow and down pipe is a good idea, have a tray shelf below not to wide but wide enough to catch the food. Save him eating the food off the floor, put Astro turf around the edge and he can perch on it whilst eating. Or you can use a push pull try but make sure he is not sitting on it when you pull it out or between when you push it in Just some things to think about.If you are after a bird I would see if there is a falconry club near you and ask the members for a good breeder they would recommend and get a couple of peoples advice about the breeder as there are a lot of breeders and some that will sell you anything!! Get out with the club on field meets do some ferreting for them ask if any one has a Harris you can fly for them. Touch bird and get to know feel of him if breast is full of meat he is maybe fat and can be dropped a little more in weight use scales as well!! If no meat and sharp he is very low in weight fat should not kill him sharp breast to low can!! Again use scales. If he is very sharp in breast (breast bone sticking out = Sharp to touch) and flown he may lack in energy and you will see him fade away and not have power to keep up or fly up. Stop take him back feed small amount and egg yolk from chicks as if he is in trouble Maxine amounts of food can use more energy than he has left to digest the food!!!! yolk and small amount of food to start will pick him up and give him the energy he needs to then eat a larger amount. Repetition manning and confidence is the key for the bird to perform it's not all about starvation. Remember food going threw the birds system can play a key factor when training a young bird. He does well you jump him a lot great you reward a little more food great, next day you weigh him good weight but you try a lot earlier in the day and he's not as good. This may not mean cut his food again. It may mean he still has food going threw his system so not quite as hungry as day before so perceiver rather than starve to death. Remember the ferrets need energy as well so if it's a long day a drink of water and some yolk from chick will give them energy and keep them hydrated. These littler fellers are the un sung heroes and I would say a must for anyone with a hawk. Always check button ends on leashes Cope beak before putting up for moult Check inside birds mouth and take a peek when feeding him, Vlad managed to get a cartilage loop from a pheasants wind pie over the end of his tongue and study at the bottom of it cutting off the blood supply, saw it when feeding yellow black and blue tongue !! Vets!! Remove tail mount before moult as Vlad managed to get his beak stuck between tail mount and moulted feather as the tail mount kept the moulted feather attached to the un moulted and of course he was pecking at it! Spend time picking out bits of use. We are always learning. Young birds are like a sponge if they know they can catch repeatedly with success ! Then they will always put in the effort when they progress as they won't know failure. MAKE SURE THEY CATCH A FEW TO START ! GET THEM ENTERED They are very clever.Mine won't hood because I left it too long and that wasn't really that long into training, when your on you own and the bird is up and the ferret kills in and won't let go of the rabbit - come out. You need to dig, as soon as I get the spade out he is there sat on the floor watching me dig because he knows what is in there and it a right pain especially on a wet / damp day. I could always change all his kit and tie him up but he can still see what is going on and it's a lot of faffing about if only I had hooded him I could use a clip / bullets in the anklets hood him and he would be none the wiser it small thing like this we learn. I am part of the Northamptonshire raptor club and spent a few years at the raptor foundation. Its worth seeing if there is a club near you that you could go along on some field meetings to get various experience from different people. Marytin who bred my harris is a fantastic what he does not know is not worth knowing. The guys at the club call him the bird whisperer!! He offers advice rather than giving it and a lot is common sense that you just don't stop and take the time to think about and by that time the deed is done and the bird remembers you mistake and takes advantage the next time. Bit like kids if you have any, you leave the chocolate on the side and say no turn you back and it gone and there is a big mess. You should have put it away out of reach problem solved but you were to busy thinking about something else. Stop think, think what the actions may achieve or the consequences they may produce and always pick out the positive bits, make a note of them and enforce them. It is a long-term commitment!! Hope the above helps All the best Lee
  10. Lee C

    Bumblefoot

    Vet mate and antibiotics mine had similar with a thorn prick got it out but it swelled up, heat and flappy feeling is probably and infecting. A quick injection and course of antibiotics put in food and the swelling went down on vlads foot. I Put a bit of iodine on it at first and then later wound powder on as well but that was because had a tiny open wound where thorn end was squeezed out. But would recommend the antibiotics to help reduce swelling and heat. Bumble foot I would expect to see on bottom of the foot but with good perches varying in size and Astro turn covering would not exspect to see! Hope it all goes well keep us up to date, share the info on what cures it. ATB Lee C
  11. Lee C

    Female Harris And Hares

    Flew a mates male Harris I called him Little Man 1.71/2 and he took two hares for me in two days on a trip to lincon. This bird was a legend my mate worked the landfill as control and this bird flew every day, was fit as and took all everything he saw including Masive gulls. He had me a couple of times after taking rabbits off him he would fly by and give me a clout and then back to business. He sold him after losing his contract and the guy phoned him to say he never told him how good he was on the lamp. He had never been lamped he was just one of those bird who knew no fear and new that help was always soon at hand not that he needed it. I would not fly mine at hare and when he has seen them he has had a look then turned back! Miss you little man !!! Lee
  12. Lee C

    Recommend A Good Book?

    On top of that...if you fancy trying a nice piece of literature that's truly inspiring, then look up The Rites of Autumn by Dan O'Brien......it won't teach you anything about Harris hawks, but will illustrate what one man, a hawk & pure passion can achieve....Atb Yep I loved this as a book to read ATB Lee
  13. Just lost my singing bird. Chirpy was a lovely, handsome little chap who would not shut up. I went to let the dog out and as I looked up I heard a small chirp from his cage he was at the bottom I grabbed him as he let out his last breath and he was gone. Things will be to quiet around here now. I can hear myself thinking !! Gutted !! Love these cracking RIP little fella
  14. Lee C

    Marshall Telemetry

    Yep I have fm 100 on 173. With RT 173 tail mount. This is on Harris ! Great set up It's might be worth seeing what people in your area use, so if the bird does go missing other can have a scan in the area to help out. I went for 173 as most of the people I know use this. ATB Lee c
  15. He's fine, he has flow with about twenty + different birds, they all have their pecking order but have found that harris are generally great with each other. ATB Lee
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