Falconry

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by Falconry, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. Falconry

    Falconry Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello, I'm starting a new Falconry thread, I've owned mine for 2 1/2 years, I'm willing to share info and take some XD let the falcon talk begin!

    Please do not post about how bad and mean and terrorizing falcons are to chickens, my falcon almost never hunts them, she is on a fruit, veg, and nut diet for two years, if there is any discrimination of falcons this thread will Close.
     
  2. FlaRocky

    FlaRocky Chillin' With My Peeps

    For myself, I would love to learn more about the sport and skill of falconry. I know it is becoming a lost art and skill. Can you tell us some of the history of falconry???


    Maye

    Ride the Glide.....Got Gait.....I Do.....
     
  3. Falconry

    Falconry Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, I never got in depth to it but I know royals caught and trained Falcons as Royal COMPANIONS not pets, they would hunt deer with the king/prince, and they would never mate unless they we're allowed, so most royals let it so their sons and daughters could have them.

    I'll look it up and give more details.
     
  4. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you are ever in the Boise, Idaho area, they have a fantastic exhibit on falconry at the Birds of Prey Center.
    It is an awesome place, well worth the visit.

    My husband and I have talked on and off about getting into falconry, but not really seriously I'm afraid. I think we are both intimidated by the commitment required for the care and training.

    If I recall, you need to be mentored by someone elas who is into falconry before you can have your own bird. Is that correct?
     
  5. Falconry

    Falconry Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, but normally have to have a licence too.
     
  6. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have a peregrine falcon, or some other species of raptor?
    I met a guy a little while ago that has a redtailed hawk that he flies for rabbits.
     
  7. Falconry

    Falconry Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a female Peregrine Falcon.
     
  8. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    It is an amazing place. For those that are not aware, that is where they bred the California Condor to keep it from going extinct. They have a breeding center that they breed the birds and then release them into the wild.

    Their Golden Eagle is gorgeous too. I had never seen one before. I was in awe at how huge they are.



    My best friend got into falconry - she started with a kestrel (as required), then got her falcon about 1 1/2 years ago.
     
  9. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Overrun With Chickens

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    I've looked into falconry, but to legally keep a bird, and do it right, is a long term expensive project. I've had several friends who did falconry, and one raised quail to keep his birds fed. The way they have to be housed, and the hoops you have to jump through just seemed like too much work. I do love kestrels. When I volunteered at a raptor center, we had several that were illegal falconry birds that had been turned into the center. They were imprinted, and liked people; and because they were so small they were also very easy to handle. I also liked every Harris Hawk that I've met (all falconer's birds) but it would take years to be able to get a bird like that. It is also way much work long term, keeping up with nutritional, exercise and housing needs. Not to mention vacations would be completely off the board: it's not like you can have friends pet sit a predatory wild bird.
     
  10. Falconry

    Falconry Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry I Have Been Off For A While, Me And My Falcon Wen't Hunting In Africa With A Band Of Sixty Men, We Hunted Many Elephant Herds And Got Some Great Ivory, I Personally Took Down A Male And His Tusks We're Huge, Then My Good O'l Friend Took Down A Baby Elephant With A Dive, And A Good Fight It Was! Falcon VS Elephant, She Won Out And Got Her Prize, We Killed 385 Elephants In Two Months, Well Im Back And Kickin' Hoping To Get Used To The Updates Enscoius Verous!
     

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