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Raptor husbandry and falconry techniques

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Abstract

Raptors have been kept in captivity for many centuries. While the original purpose was for falconry, to obtain meat for the pot, they are now kept for a more diverse range of reasons. This has great relevance to the clinician, as husbandry has a considerable impact on disease. This chapter look into tethered birds, aviaries, falconry equipment and training.

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2.3 Falcons on block perches. Note the essential water bowls.
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2.4 Classic husbandry of Steppe Eagle tethered on bow perch in the day. Bays for tethering at night or in poor weather are in the background.
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2.5 Bald Eagles on line tethers: there is a bow perch under cover and large block in the open. Although the leash is short, it is attached by a moving ring to a fixed long rod, allowing greater movement for the birds without the dangers (to the handler/falconer) of flying from the aviary. (© John Chitty)
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2.6 Covered aviaries.
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2.7 Indoor weatherings.
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2.8 Part-netted, part-covered aviary. (© John Chitty)
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2.11 Falconry equipment. This varies between countries according to the falconry tradition. For example, the lure shown here is not typical of that used in the UK. (© Michael Lierz)
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2.12 Falcons exercised and trained to lures. Different types of lure are used in different countries: rope lure. pole lure. (b, courtesy of W Bednarek)

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