Broken Ankle Wont Slow Me Down

Posted in Falconry on February 29, 2016 by ABS

Back at it finally, I am a little wobbly walking over rough terrain so I take it slow. I am still doing physical therapy for my ankle but things are looking up. Finally free flew my new Harris Hen “Eve” and she did great with my rough coat JRT “Dixie”.

My apprentices made me a real sweet Giant Hood and now that I am flying again can finally swap the bird out of the Mews jesses into the hunting ones and give em a good oiling.

Beginning and ending of a great day.


Working the Team

Posted in Falconry on February 16, 2016 by ABS

Well my ankle has healed well enough I can limp around pretty good now. My plate and 11 screws are sure to make me popular at the airports. So this morning I spent introducing my Jack Russell Terrier “Dixie” to Eve my new 947 Gr passage Harris Hawk hen. A couple of nicks on the collar taught the dog to stand off a bit. Also my other Harris Hen “Elia” has grabbed him on the nose before so he knows.

Dixie has had quite a few scent trails laid down with a dead frozen rabbit, “Mr. Frosty” and tracked them successfully. I have two live rabbits we been chasing in the brush as well. This upcoming season we should be good to go sans the limp.

Eve was trapped at 947 Gr and is flying really well at 770 to 790 grams. She pretty much has the same temperament as Elia so I am real happy with her. She is real grabby but that will pass.


Falconry 2015 – 2016

Posted in Falconry on January 7, 2016 by ABS

Well as y’all can see, I haven’t done any posting reference falconry for this hunting season. It was gearing up to be an awesome year for Falconry. All the rain down here in Laredo has led to a huge prey base. There are rabbits, rats and all sorts of quarry everywhere. I now have a Jack Russell Terrier running rabbits to help keep them four footed critters out of the green stuff for my aerial crew.

This year I was approached and asked to Sponsor a Father and Son which I agreed to do. So with apprentices in hand we started trapping like crazy for another Harris Hawk hen for me, I was hoping for a larger bird this year. Towards the end of September we trapped a beautiful 943 gram bird and her keel seemed a bit thin which leads me to believe she is much bigger fully fat. The very next day I fell down 5 steps on a stairway and ended up breaking my ankle which put me out for the rest of the season. I ended up with a 7 inch titanium plate and 11 screws.

So no falconry for me this season while I recuperate. Though I can fly a hawk on a creance while using a wheelchair. I got good at it.

On a side note, I have been talking to other falconers who trapped birds down here and it seems all of them trapped hens between 940 grams to 960 grams. It was a good year for the birds down here.


New Mews

Posted in Falconry on March 5, 2015 by ABS

I finally finished my new Mews with a jump box. I can have two birds in it leashed. With the South Texas heat the way it is this works very well. They can get plenty of sun and jump in their box to get out of the rain.


Importance of a Rotating Diet

Posted in Falconry on March 5, 2015 by ABS

I always feed a rotating diet of chicken necks, gizzards, quail, rats, venison, etc. I learned that if all you feed is chicken necks and gizzards with Vita-Hawk you can sometimes run in to trouble with Sour Crop. Elia got Sour Crop once and this is how I cured it.

Once I observed her coughing up her meal and not eating. Which is one of the signs of Sour Crop along with a small hard mass in their crop and rotten breath. I gave her plenty of fluids from a squirt bottle and placed her in the giant hood. I waited one day then I soaked strips of rat w/fur in 2/3 parts Pedialite with 1/3 parts Pepto Bismal. I fed this to her a little at a time and waited. I repeated this over the next few days and she got better.

If you feed fur or feather at last 2 or 3 times a week to insure your bird crops up well. You should rarely have issues with Sour Crop. I always re-bag all my quail and rats in serving size. Makes it easier to take a bag out of the freezer place it in the fridge to defrost to feed her the next day.


T Perch Ideas

Posted in Falconry on March 5, 2015 by ABS

I have been using an extending painters pole as a t perch for a long time. After two hours of hunting in the mesquite with my birds it tends to get heavy. I found a pair of ski poles on Amazon for $17.00. Viola…a light and very high t-perch.

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Posted in Falconry on March 5, 2015 by ABS

Tiring = A tough piece of meat and bone that will keep a bird occupied for a long period of time. This usually also has the quality of conditioning the beak and exercising the neck and back muscles, although not necessarily. A chicken or pigeon wing removed at the shoulder, a rabbit or duck head, or a rabbit foreleg with much of the meat removed, make an excellent tirings as they have very little meat distributed over a large surface making it difficult to get ahold of the edible parts. The bird will work and work on a tiring for a period of time. In absolute correct terms, a tiring is from a mammal, such as a rabbit foreleg, and a plumage is from a bird, such as a pigeon wing. 


I use tiring quite a bit. I believe it is awesome for conditioning your birds beak and for general manning. I do a lot of duck hunting and have many friends that duck hunt. The all save me the duck wings which I freeze to use as tirings. It takes my birds roughly 30 minutes or more to pick every feather off and all the connective tissue. They’re lucky if they get a total of 20 grams of bone, feather and meat from the wing.

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