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Date:10/22/2014 7:19:27 AM
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Hi, Mackenzie,
You had quite the adventure then being out in the wild and hanging out in the trees. That must've been 3 very hard days for the parronts, but at least they knew where you were. We aren't outside unless in a carrier either. Pearl with clipped wings can still fly somewhat, Silver would be grounded. We've heard that some birds just don't care for flying much. As 'tiels we love to fly and since we're small don't need a big area to get some good exercise in. Your size bird would barely have enough room to spread your wings properly.

Yes, dad was very patient in training the hawk. There was no hurry, but it did learn quickly since it was young. The beef heart tidbits were used for training. On days he didn't train and when the bird was a certain weight dad would feed it a thawed out quail. (These were ordered from someone who specifically sold to falconers and others who needed that type of food.) Think it was thawed in the microwave slightly then left out to warm up the rest of the way. Usually he would open the lil feeding door on the side of the mews and toss it in and by the time he'd run to the front the hawk would've swallowed it. Behind the backyard was a creek so no neighbors behind 'em to be bothered, but the hawk wasn't noisey like parrots. Dad installed two wooden poles across part of the yard with a flat surface for the hawk to stand on and put some fake lawn on it. He had a rope stretched across it. He'd attach the leash to the rope and the bird would be able to fly from one end to the other without being able to fly away. Mom would use the rope for a clothesline on non training days, heehee. In this way he would train the hawk to fly to the fist. More next time.

Have a great day, wing hugs, beak kisses and a vote, Pearl and Silver.
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