Rearing and export Preparation

All our falcons are reared under parental birds, from 7 days of age. At around eight weeks of age, the whole clutch is then caught and given a prophylactic treatment for coccidiosis. They are then moved outdoors into one of our 25- or 30-meter diameter, hexagonal hack pens, where they should then develop speed and control while flying these huge circles. Being split from the parents also allows the falcons to become mentally mature and independent.

They are kept in these chambers for a minimum of three weeks; at the time of removal from these chambers, they are enticed with food into our anti-chamber trapping rooms. Once caught they are segregated into shipping batches and given a prophylactic treatment for worms and other parasites before being released into one of five large internal hack chambers. Each chamber holds a batch of around thirty falcons to be shipped on a specified date.

Due to the amount of exercise achieved in the outside hack chambers, at the time of capture, each falcon is around its expected flying weight. So once released into these smaller internal chambers the falcons are encouraged to eat high-quality food ad lib, for around ten to fourteen days to help their weight increases before they are ready to ship.

The morning prior to the shipping date, the whole batch are caught jessed, hooded etc and placed outside in the shade on perches. Midday sees the vet visit for a visible exam of each falcon and the signing of the export health certificate. Throughout the night each falcon is fitted with wing guards and a tail guard, before being placed into its own, IATA approved shipping crate. Early the next morning the falcons are taken to the airport (Manchester for the Middle East, Heathrow for Japan). Falcons destined for the Middle East land during the early morning when the weather is at its coolest.

Pure Gyrs and a large percentage of Gyr hybrids are given a prophylactic treatment of Voriconazole from the time of capture through to 7-10 days post shipment as a guard against Aspergillosis during this stressful period. At an additional cost, any of these falcons being sent direct to customers can be digitally endoscoped at our own facility by a highly qualified avian vet. Photos of all internal organs and a report will be e-mailed to the customer prior to shipment.

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