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Falconry Gear for Sale
I provide this page as a service to the falconry
community. The items are things that I like, or
invented, or are
obtained from friends. For example, I make Jack
Mavrogordato pattern hoods,
and offer them for sale, but for really fine hoods, I
Denman's shown on this page below. It may take a while
certain items ready, so please give plenty of notice.
and I will give you an estimate of when I can ship. On
the plans are on my web site and you can save money by making
yourself. Prices are subject to change and may not be
If link does not work for some reason, email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Leashes and Jesses
One of the best leashes I have seen was made by Laura
Kirby, but I have lost touch with her.
I now make braided paracord leashes,
which I copied from Kylie Taylor's leash (upper left in
upper picture) Difference is leash end, which I whip,
and then seal with epoxy. $15 for stock leash of
available color, $20 for custom color. Add $15 for
SPRO swivel and snap set. Three feet long
minimum. Custom length add $5.
Swivels shown above are combination of SAMPO and SPRO. Currently I use #4 and #3 SPRO swivels (240 lb and 150 lb test), with #6 and #5 SPRO Split rings (150 lb and 90 lb test). Shown to left (date stamp is wrong in picture). Amply strong for a red-tailed hawk. Because they are so small and light they will work with any hawk. Obviously this is not a traditional setup, which I have abandoned. A few years ago I switched to a system very similar to a Heinz Meng design. I find it much safer especially when deploying a bird to fly. If you build your own, realize that it is VERY important to put that heat shrink on the snap. If you want to learn more about this, email me.
This is an
excellent small bow perch that requires no sliding
ring. Tie up
the hawk on the same side of the perch as bath pan is
$65 without perch padding, either dull finish 316
stainless steel, cold
galvanized mild steel or bright black painted mild
steel. For an
extra $15 I will put an AstroTurf cover on the
perch. Build your
own for less than $50. This is the best perch that
I have ever
used - not perfect but very good.
Red-tail sitting on U perch
of Coroplast, based on the design by Charlie Kaiser
Mavro Anglo-Indian Hoods - $75 - I recently began making hoods from Jack Mavrogordato pattern, glued Anglo-Indian hoods. For really fancy hoods, including Dutch hoods and desert Hurr, Keith Denman's hoods are beautiful, and probably are in the same ballpark for price. See blurb elsewhere on this page.
|BC Trap: A 12" X 12" trap for red-tails, and Harris' hawks. $100 each. You must send me your falconry credentials to view a picture or buy the trap.|
Bells by Jim Ince This one shown on a tail mount. Very limited availability - Email for price and lead time.
Falcon Blocks by Mike Wiegel - shown is a red-tailed hawk sitting on one of Wiegel's blocks. Very inexpensive, but good quality. To the left is a U perch, the first prototype. Email for price and lead time.
|Hawk Cooler and Mister -
$40 each plus shipping (ships flat)
For very hot summer days, keep your hawk cool. Made from PVC pipe and fittings, plus an Orbit mister nozzle, it works well for hot afternoons in any climate, even along the Gulf Coast. Works whenever the relative humidity (RH) is below about 50% which includes summer afternoons almost anywhere. In dry climates, the mister works even better. Hooked up to a garden hose, the mister consumes 1/2 gallon of water per hour.
Red-shouldered hawk during molt
|If you have the materials,
you can make one. Materials: A length of 3/4" PVC
pipe, some slip
joints, a cap, the Orbit mister nozzles (Amazon.com), PVC
about thirty minutes of your time. You'll need a 10-24
with drill. If you want to build one, send me an email
and I will
help you. I would not leave the mister running
overnight on your
hawk, especially in damp climates. In Houston the
relative humidity varies from
about 40% in the afternoon to 80% at night and early
Red-tailed hawk during molt
In conjunction with a fan, it really cools the bird down. In still air, the fan pulls the mist through it.
|Hoods by Keith Denman
Keith makes make Dutch, Anglo-Indian molded and Desert Hurr hoods. Here are a couple of pictures of some Dutch hoods. Call or email for availability and time lines as well as for pricing. Check out his web site.