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Old 12-01-2013, 08:35 AM
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Hello there,
For some reason I'd thought you were already a falconer but now I realise you're not, I'd advise you to slow down and think about this very carefully. Don't think about buying anything at all until you know what's involved in caring for it appropriately. This thing you think you want to do is actually very demanding and time consuming.
Here's some stuff to read, in addition to all the threads on here in both the Owl and Harris hawk sections:
The first link also has a list of recommended books.
http://www.eclipse.co.uk/~su2550/IFF...ter%20Pack.pdf
http://www.themodernapprentice.com/
http://www.britishfalconersclub.co.u...hip/beginners/
http://www.britishfalconersclub.co.u...ning-falconry/

Here's an example of a good course:
http://www.icbp.org/index/index.php/...e-day-falconry

Here's a link for the Shropshire Falconry Club which, if you join, will enable you to make contacts with local practising falconers.
http://www.shropshirefalconryclub.co.uk/

Whatever decision you make needs to be an informed one, so the first objective is to inform yourself of what this involves.
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Old 12-01-2013, 09:24 AM
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This is good advice.

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Hello there,
For some reason I'd thought you were already a falconer but now I realise you're not, I'd advise you to slow down and think about this very carefully. Don't think about buying anything at all until you know what's involved in caring for it appropriately. This thing you think you want to do is actually very demanding and time consuming.
Here's some stuff to read, in addition to all the threads on here in both the Owl and Harris hawk sections:
The first link also has a list of recommended books.
http://www.eclipse.co.uk/~su2550/IFF...ter%20Pack.pdf
http://www.themodernapprentice.com/
http://www.britishfalconersclub.co.u...hip/beginners/
http://www.britishfalconersclub.co.u...ning-falconry/

Here's an example of a good course:
http://www.icbp.org/index/index.php/...e-day-falconry

Here's a link for the Shropshire Falconry Club which, if you join, will enable you to make contacts with local practising falconers.
http://www.shropshirefalconryclub.co.uk/

Whatever decision you make needs to be an informed one, so the first objective is to inform yourself of what this involves.
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Old 12-01-2013, 11:42 AM
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After supply many falconers ive became quite interested in birds of prey myself now

think im going to start with an owl. Can anyone suggest the best starter owl and does anyone have any for sale?

thank you
Before you get a bird ask yourself a few questions first

1 Why do I want a bird?

2 What do I want to achieve with the bird once I have got it.

Once you answered those 2 questions then you can work out what type of bird you want.

If you just want something to fly and are not interested in or don't want to go hunting then yes an owl may be the right choice.

If you want something to fly and are not that fussed about hunting but if it happens then it happens maybe a male Harris would be better.

If you are interested in just going out hunting then male or female Harris or Red Tail would be the birds to look at.

As I tell people the easy part is getting the bird. The difficult part is the flying of it. Know what you want to achieve and then go for there.

Not "I fancy getting a bird".

Once you have answered those 2 questions there will be a few more questions to answer before you even ready to start thimking about getting a bird.
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Old 12-01-2013, 04:34 PM
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Hey all.
I was thinking of an owl as well. After some reading, i feel a bit diswayed from an owl. Barn owls, reclusive and not interested. Some owls, greedy and hard to get off prey. The physical make up, long sighted, auditory feeders- make training difficult and frustrating. However, they are beutiful and can be very rewarding. EEO. Europian Egle Owl flying at a deer! And the difficult to obtain rusults that are amazing in the end. Someone said you would have to be a masochist to hunt an owl. So..... I have no experience. None. Just been reading and thinking since 2008, off and on. A harris or redtail seems to be where we should begin, but.... You must begin somewhere. Reading is only just that. I know it. I am still testing the waters, big toe in, feels chilly, but i still feel up to the task. An owl might suit your personality, but if it is a social experience, i hear you will not be able to hunt an owl with others. I think we need to hear from people who know. An owl seems a good place to start, but perhaps the path alot less travelled.
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Old 12-01-2013, 05:25 PM
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Do you know of any for sale ?
You have received much good advice on this thread already.

Your question re. Owls is not easy to answer. And you will not win friends here by trying to buy a bird before you have done the research, or bought the equipment you need, and found local help for the inevitable hurdles you will come across.

Are you planning to train and fly an owl? Or will it be just a pet. Because the answer will be different.

You will need a suitable aviary. And telemetry if you plan to fly it. The costs can be huge, and not only financial. Rene has given you further reading that will help you a great deal. As an owl can live for a long time, patience will bring its own reward. Good luck
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Old 12-01-2013, 05:51 PM
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After supply many falconers ive became quite interested in birds of prey myself now

think im going to start with an owl. Can anyone suggest the best starter owl and does anyone have any for sale?

thank you
Ask Phil ( smallperegrine) for some help, he loves newbies coming into falconry especially with an owl............
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Old 12-01-2013, 09:31 PM
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Owls are very nice but if you want one for huntin be aware as the are hard to get off a kill but in the right hands they can be top hutin birds dependin on the owl you buy ive bred owls for years and love them but not many people like owls for some reason.tony
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Old 13-01-2013, 08:03 AM
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Your more then welcome to come and fly my Harris with me and the falcons, give me a text and we can arrange something and you can see our set up equipment you would need etc.
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Old 13-01-2013, 02:32 PM
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owls are very nice but if you want one for huntin be aware as the are hard to get off a kill but in the right hands they can be top hutin birds dependin on the owl you buy ive bred owls for years and love them but not many people like owls for some reason.tony
How many top hunting owls do you no tony?? very few im sure.
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Old 13-01-2013, 02:41 PM
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Great advice from top guys above my post!

Heres the crux. If you want an owl, you need to get a baby at no more than 10 days. That will give you an adorable pet for the next 20 years.

If you want a flying and hunting bird, you need to take a step back and consider your land and quarry, and match your bird to that.

Ones doesnt get a bird one fancies, one gets a bird that is suitable to ones conditions.

Either way, you are going tp need advice.

Hunting with owls is not something you should consider seriously unless you know what youre doing.

Having said that, owls are lovely birds. I wish you all the best and please do your research and get your setup and food supply in place before getting a baby owl.

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