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Old 08-02-2008, 11:42 PM
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How do people go about handling their gos chicks? I was told by a breeder that it is very important to never grasp them. Only ever let them sit on the palms of your hands. Not too sure why this is though. Something to do with not comming across as intimidating, I think
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Old 08-02-2008, 11:43 PM
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I admire the skill that goes into a well mannered imprint goss, I have never done it myself and to be honest the idea scares me. How do you manage recall without food on a lure? Do you ever call your imprint to the fist? at any stage?, Why no carcase feeding early on? Excuse my ignorance only I have read and reread McDermots book, and understand his thinking and I was not aware Goss imprinters had managed to improve on his methods, your thoughts would be appreciated.
David i too had a couple of reads of "the imprint accipiter i didnt rate it that much especially "the advanced baggies"these can cause a young bird to fit through excitment....people might think im talking rubbish but i saw it happen twice to young spars ....using mc dermotts methods ....i must say his second book was a much more in depth and intresting read
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After intial hunting and he was taking on all slips, I hardly ever fed Flynn from a kill - everything was feed on the floor and the diet was either rabbit or chick, mostly chick.

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Jim i nearly allways feed mine off kills i never feed him chicks or rabbit.he eats mosty phesant.when i pick him up off a kill he just steps up on to the glove without food most of the time.
A mate of mine last season had 260 rabbits with a female gos and he never ever let it eat from a kill just gave it a chick leg every rabbit.it to didnt mantle and was well behaved.

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Old 08-02-2008, 11:53 PM
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How do people go about handling their gos chicks? I was told by a breeder that it is very important to never grasp them. Only ever let them sit on the palms of your hands. Not too sure why this is though. Something to do with not comming across as intimidating, I think

I didn't use an imprint tank, used a dog bed instead then I could just pick up the gos and nest then without upsetting the young chick and move them anywhere.

Until the gos has the tail halfway down and can stand well / grip well I don't pick up, once it's ready I gentle guide it onto the glove and progress from there.
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Old 08-02-2008, 11:55 PM
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I didn't use an imprint tank, used a dog bed instead then I could just pick up the gos and nest then without upsetting the young chick and move them anywhere.

Until the gos has the tail halfway down and can stand well / grip well I don't pick up, once it's ready I gentle guide it onto the glove and progress from there.
Ultilising the plastic sheet to full effect i see jim ...mate can they fire it out or what?
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Old 08-02-2008, 11:57 PM
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Very good thread
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ultilising the plastic sheet to full effect i see jim ...mate can they fire it out or what?

Oh yes, you've got to keep everything as clean as possible or the other half ain't very happy and that's before you start flying it for the season daily

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Old 09-02-2008, 12:04 AM
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Nice one Wez,
I'll use pretty much the same method as last year but with a few small variations to resolve some issues I had with Flynn.

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Fully raised indoors for the first 7 weeks.
Socialised with kids and different dogs daily.
Transported to plenty of different locations.
If left on it's own, left in front of 42" Tv on a good volume.
No lure feeding during first 7 weeks.
Never fed up on the lure, food placed to side of lure.
No carcass feeding during first 9 weeks.
No weight reduction or recall training till fully feathered.
Very quick weight reduction when hard penned and hunted immediatly.

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Pretty much what i do with my spars apart from lure training
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very good thread

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Old 09-02-2008, 12:09 AM
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so jim,

what did you do different this time as from last time in imprinting?


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