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Old 30-08-2017, 09:19 PM
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Default Hints and tips on hooding an older bird.

I am wondering is it even worth the effort.......
I have flown Izzy my FHH for 6 seasons now and have never used a hood.
After hood training my falcon and possibly myself to the hood last season I am wondering should I now try hood Izzy.
There have been times that a hood trained Harris would have been beneficial........Meeting dogs in field, Bating at quarry out of distance ect !

So your thoughts on the matter please.

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Old 30-08-2017, 09:53 PM
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Default Re: Hints and tips on hooding an older bird.

With a well fitting hood a hh is pretty straightforward though they seldom look happy and use the cobra dance
, but made birds are reluctant to bate off the fist so with a gentle but deft hand they're not overly demanding compared to say a fat falcon
All my hh are made to the hood but it's often a year between use but they'll still take it without a fight , if she gets jumpy spray her first
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Old 30-08-2017, 09:57 PM
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Default Re: Hints and tips on hooding an older bird.

There's only one way to find out !
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Old 05-09-2017, 01:20 PM
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Default Re: Hints and tips on hooding an older bird.

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With a well fitting hood a hh is pretty straightforward though they seldom look happy and use the cobra dance
, but made birds are reluctant to bate off the fist so with a gentle but deft hand they're not overly demanding compared to say a fat falcon
All my hh are made to the hood but it's often a year between use but they'll still take it without a fight , if she gets jumpy spray her first
Thanks Shaun

I am going to try it.
How I see it a handy tool to have if needed.
I will let you know how I get on !

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Old 05-09-2017, 02:41 PM
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Default Re: Hints and tips on hooding an older bird.

Shaun what do you mean by spray her if she gets jumpy please?
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Old 05-09-2017, 10:07 PM
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Shaun what do you mean by spray her if she gets jumpy please?
Hi

Shaun means spray her lightly with water to help calm her if she gets upset.

I will post how I get on when I pick her up from moult.

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Old 06-09-2017, 10:51 AM
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Default Re: Hints and tips on hooding an older bird.

Oh i see.thank you john.
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Old 13-10-2017, 07:52 AM
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Default Re: Hints and tips on hooding an older bird.

Well just to let you know It worked well !
A couple of days messing around at the beginning of training and I have a Harris that excepts the hood nicely.
Shaun's advice is spot on .....
The Cobra dance is an excellent description to the shape a Harris makes to try avoid the hood...
A little spray and the bird calmed perfectly.
At first she would try to shake and scratch the hood off but after awhile excepted it and just sits relaxed and calm normally on 1 foot .
I have now used the hood both stalking up on quarry and when we were approached by a guy with 4 dogs......
Izzy didn't even know the dogs had been there !

An excellent tool for use with a Harris hawk , I highly recommend it !

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