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Old 24-04-2013, 02:12 PM
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It would be crazy for beginner with his first Harris hawk going through its first moult to try and fly the bird through the summer. He would not yet have the skill to fly the bird in high condition, nor would he understand the risks in doing so. Although the beginner often thinks they do.

The sensible approach would be to rest the bird in a freeloft pen with plenty of good food. And retrain once the moult is complete.

As for buying a second hand bird at this time of year. As said it would be a mistake to train a new bird during a moult, which means it could not be flown till October, whereas a fresh young untouched bird would be in the air sooner, and will not have the 'issues' so common with second hand Harris's.
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What you say makes total sense...
Now raises the question, what age of bird should a newby such as myself, under the guidance of a mentor, if not a second hand bird?

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Old 24-04-2013, 02:28 PM
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What you say makes total sense...
Now raises the question, what age of bird should a newby such as myself, under the guidance of a mentor, if not a second hand bird?

Thanks David

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For a Harris hawk best age is 16 weeks plus
As its your first might be best with a 20 week old
Less chance of creating a screaming hawk

But you've been to see Stewart he will advise you on best breeder in your area
And age to get your hawk

David's advice was all good as was the rest of this thread
But everyone has there own methods they've developed over the years
Better sticking to info from the one source so you don't get conflicting views
But feel free to ask away at least your eager to learn more

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Old 24-04-2013, 05:58 PM
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I agree, 20 weeks would be ideal.

With a first Harris, screaming should be expected. That way you wont be disappointed or surprised when it starts.
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Norrie
For a Harris hawk best age is 16 weeks plus
As its your first might be best with a 20 week old
Less chance of creating a screaming hawk

But you've been to see Stewart he will advise you on best breeder in your area
And age to get your hawk

David's advice was all good as was the rest of this thread
But everyone has there own methods they've developed over the years
Better sticking to info from the one source so you don't get conflicting views
But feel free to ask away at least your eager to learn more

Atb
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Old 25-04-2013, 01:14 AM
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Norrie
For a Harris hawk best age is 16 weeks plus
As its your first might be best with a 20 week old
Less chance of creating a screaming hawk

But you've been to see Stewart he will advise you on best breeder in your area
And age to get your hawk

David's advice was all good as was the rest of this thread
But everyone has there own methods they've developed over the years
Better sticking to info from the one source so you don't get conflicting views
But feel free to ask away at least your eager to learn more

Atb
Dylan
Hi Dylan,
Off to see him on Sunday... and again n again.... Thanks for the pointers, and chance to hear different opinions.... Really appreciated...

KR

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