Archive for March, 2015

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.

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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.

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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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Tiring

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. 

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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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