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Old 06-09-2008, 04:40 PM
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I live in berkshire and are extremely considering buying an owl, maybe sometime next year. i have already read 4 books and been on falconry days. so now i would like to know anyone who wouldn't mind 'teaching' me.
By the way please don't be put off that i'm 14.
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Old 06-09-2008, 04:44 PM
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i live in berkshire and are extremely considering buying an owl, maybe sometime next year. i have already read 4 books and been on falconry days. so now i would like to know anyone who wouldn't mind 'teaching' me.
by the way please don't be put off that i'm 14.
Marcus
Hi Marcus,

Have you considered volunteering at a local centre?

Are your parents as interested as you? You are going to need their help and support. What will you do with the owl when you go to university or leave home?

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Old 06-09-2008, 04:50 PM
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My dad is just as keen as me. and i'm sure he would love to look after it when i go to uni or..
Unfortunetaly my closest centre is 35 miles away (i think, well i don't now of any others)
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Old 06-09-2008, 05:36 PM
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for a young lad you seem very well balanced and mature in your mind set............learning first is paramount. really hope you find someone local to you to mentor you, but don't dispair.........as you have plenty of time!
I've always had an interest in BOP, but it took years until I could have my own.........hope this doesn't put you off. wish you well
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Old 06-09-2008, 06:10 PM
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Hi, Marcus Just taken on the role of mentor to somebody in the next village so not sure how much time I would have. I can only repeat what you have seen in the previous posts plus add that you would be limited as to what you can do with an owl, but with a kestrel you could at least fly it to the lure. You sound as keen as I was at your age, but sadly I was 21 before I got my first kestrel. Good Luck and stay keen!

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Old 06-09-2008, 06:37 PM
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Ill just pop into thread and wish u luck personaly i would try and perswad u of the owl as the post above ses they is little u can do with them id also not advise a kes ether personaly go for a red tail or harris and if u have to fly falcon a male saker or lanner
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Old 06-09-2008, 07:00 PM
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Thanks every one for your infomation.
about the owl (eeo) my dad thinks it will be best for me to get, me personally would like to obtain a mhh.

also does any one have any tips on how to address a farmer to ask him for permmision to hunt on there land?
One more would it be 'ok' to tether a eeo on a perch in a free loft avairy? ( i mean just in the middle with a bath during the training proccess?)
Thank you Marcus
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Old 08-09-2008, 08:11 AM
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if you get an eeo my advice would be to get it from around 5 week old as it should be 'imprinted'. this then will hopefully give you a better natureed balanced bird (alot depends on the training here though) the eeo will be very heavy too when fully grown,( 5lb plus over a long time becomes heavy!!)
the bengalese eagle owl is ideal as not too big and usually very well natured.
owls need to be free lofted all the time, only put mine on perch when cleaning out and weathering (enjoying sun lol!)
if you want a HH then yes if you are going to hunt you need permission from land owner.
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Old 09-09-2008, 10:28 PM
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Good luck finding a mentor mate I wish you all the best
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Old 09-09-2008, 10:31 PM
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Hope you find a mentor and just go to the farms around you and ask for permission its the only was
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