Conditioning training. I let Maya drag this rope around the field for an hour and half today. For the last 3 days, she’s been really antsy on her perch, but now she’s finally sitting still. Calm and content after a good workout.
Hooding a Falcon for transportation or to keep calm. Photo collage I made from Beebe & Webster’s 1st 1964 Edition book; North American Falconry & Hunting Hawks. This is for educational/sharing purposes only. What a wonderful Falconry book! #falconry #raptor #falcon #peregrine #hood #beebe
My college house is all set up and ready for falconry season to begin! My parents and I have spent the last 3 days doing nothing but working to get these built. I now have an outdoor mews, garage setup, and weathering area. Bring on the birds!
Top - The mews. Walls on three sides to provide shade and shelter from wind, with small gaps at the top to allow ventilation and light during the day. Walls are lined with choroplast for easy cleaning and a smooth surface to prevent feather damage. Flooring is a mildew-resistant outdoor rug to keep talons sharp. Below the rug is sand and rubber mulch to allow easy drainage when hosing off. This will be where Maya lives.
Middle - The garage perch setup. Thick layer of sand for easy cleanup. Provides complete privacy and shelter from weather. Useful for more accurate weight control and initial manning. This will be the overnight perch for my future coopers hawk (I am building a different perch for her so the block perch is just temporary) and also where she goes during intense weather.
Bottom - The weathering area. Walls lined with choroplast for easy cleanup and smooth surface for feathers. Back wall and some of the top are completely covered to encourage bating away from the wall. The rest is completely open to weather and sunlight. This area gets a lot of sun in midday, which will be great for sunning. The floor is dirt covered with a layer of sand, but I may lay out another outdoor rug if talons get worn down.