(theory & practical)
Falconer’s Knot i.e. securing birds correctly
Picking up: Approaching the bird and securing it in
Weighing: Concept of weight management, introduction
of bird to scales etc.
Diet: Chicks, Rats, Quail, Mice, Rabbit, Supplements,
food preparation, hygiene. Terminology: Jargon busting!
Equipment: Introduction to various items plus methods
Gloves, Bags, Baths, Perches, Swivels, Leashes. Equipment
For example, anklet, Jesses and Bewit making; equipment fitting, tools needed.
Equipment fitting: Practical fitting of various items
to bird of prey.
Diet: Balance, supplements.
Hawking: Practical application of the preparation of
a hunting bird of prey.
Housing: Weathering, Shed, Mews, Aviary
or free-loft, design, materials, construction. Imping:
Feather structure, number and type; hard-penned, repairing,
moulting, straightening. Running repairs to flight
feathers to improve performance and presentation. Moulting:
and important considerations during moulting period.
Training Program: Design and implementation. Manning,
Weight management, tiring, jumping, creance training,
flying free. Hunting: Game licence, game seasons, permission.
Loss avoidance, walking up, people to contact, telemetry, ID tags. Species Selection:
Assessing suitability of species dependent upon purpose, what to look for in
a new hawk (feet, feathers, wings, with parents), sources of birds.
Health Care: Cleaning, disinfectants, parasite diagnosis/
treatment, worming, injuries, veterinary care, signs
of sickness. Assessing the Condition
of Captive Birds of Prey: Beak shapes, talons, casting
a bird, checking feet. Law: Monitored species, A10,
captive bred, wild birds of prey, DEFRA.