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.

So no falconry for me this season while I recuperate.

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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Mews Leash System Issue

Posted in Falconry on June 29, 2013 by ABS

Elia is a jumper in her mews and always has been. If I did not keep her leashed constantly she would be all banged up instead of feather pretty. Pretty I said, not perfect. Well she quickly wears out all sorts of the leashing systems I have used. So I picked up a 33 foot long thin dog lead leash and cut it down to use as her leash. Then Jasmine and I hit the youtube videos to learn how to stitch leather using a hand awl/stitcher. We stitched it into the mews on the eye bolt nice and loose so she has freedom of movement to get to her feed stump, water bowl and her window perch. Just to make sure the stitches hold we zipp tied the top and bottom where we stitched. Hopefully this will work well.





2013 Falconry Update

Posted in Falconry on June 29, 2013 by ABS

Well Elia is holding steady at 100 grams over hunting weight for the molt. She is just fat enough to want nothing to do with me except at feeding time. She has only dropped one deck feather so far and the new one came in nicely. Look at that huge white tipped feather ::happy face::




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