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Repurposed goat shed

With the goat girls leaving at the end of the month, new plans have been made for the milking shed.  I still feel really bad about my husband helping me build such a sweet shed only to change my mind about the whole milking thing.  But it's such a great shed, we knew it would always have a purpose.


It didn't take long for the shed to be claimed by our oldest son for falconry.  Funny, that spot on the farm was claimed by him and was then taken by me (eminent domain, you know). 
Now he has it back.

So, the goats have moved down the row to the old buck pen until they move to Tennessee.


Lambert has the big pen with the run-in on the side of the shed.


And the goat shed has become the new Hawk Hut.


It will make a perfect mew (hawk or falcon house).  A few adjustments and it's ready for a bird.
Wooden bars on the dutch door to prevent it from flying away.
Screening over the open tailed rafters.
Padding on the walls near his perching spot.
And mats on the floor so he (or she) doesn't damage talons.


Jake will be on the hunt to trap a Redtailed Hawk beginning this weekend.  Then the training will begin.  It's an exciting adventure.  With this bird he will complete his two year apprenticeship and become a general falconer for the rest of his life.


photo from Cornell Lab of Ornithology

This week he was featured on the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife website to advertise the upcoming Wildlife Expo where he first learned about his sport.

To read more about falconry, see Jake's blog Apprentice Falconer.



Comments

  1. Wow - very interesting! I know idea this existed!!

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  2. oh, that solves the issue of having a much larger bird in the house! win-win!

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  3. Future post on 'How to Trap a Falcon' perhaps?! ;)

    Sounds much harder than rounding up a heard of goats!

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  4. That is the most beautiful goat house... falcon house! Wow. My son always dreamed of a owning a peregrine falcon... he read so many wonderful books featuring them. I look forward to following your son's adventures.

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  5. We used to have a RTH, her name was "Babe". I remember putting the glove on and calling for her with a chicken neck cringing when she'd see me from so high up. She never hurt me. We also had a pet crow at the time... very good "watchdog" - very smart animals. Looking forward to reading up on more bird type adventures...

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  6. Hi Kim, thanks for your visit and kind words about my bread recipe. I am so tickled that your son won like that..way to go cowboy baker!
    I have a SIL who loved falcons like this when he was a boy, he still does, everywhere we go he is looking for them! :D

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  7. I think it's absolutely fabulous that your son is into falconry. It's such a neat hobby and I'm sure takes a lot of skill. But isn't trapping wild birds illegal?

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  8. Kaytee,
    Falconers have to pass a very difficult test to be licensed with State and Federal Wildlife Departments. They have to serve a two year apprenticeship under strict supervision and have a equipment check with a game warden. Then and only then are they allowed to trap, train, or hunt with a raptor. Yes, all raptors are protected by law. It is against the law harm one or even to keep a feather from a falcon or hawk. So the answer would be yes but not for a falconer.

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  9. I'm impressed! First by the beautiful building... and then by your son's interest in Falconry!
    I will have to admit that every time I watch hawks or falcons I am in awe of their strength and beauty. What fun to have one that you train!

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  10. Hi Kim..I think I've missed something..what turned you off the goat idea? I'm sure your son and his bird will have a great time together training and getting to know one another.

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  11. Your family life is incredibly inspriational! Love it!

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  12. Just read your June 14 (?) post on Natural Horsemanship. How are the horse lessons going. You might be interested in my September 7th post and my seconde Sept. 6 post... I'd love to hear an update about your horses and lessons....

    http://margaretbednar-justhorses.blogspot.com

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  13. I have one little issue with one part of your post- the "general falconer for life" thing. After five years as a GF, you get the chance to be a Master Falconer, who can have a much larger variety of birds (golden eagles, anyone?) and more of them (in Oklahoma, it's five, I think).

    -Motaki, Aspiring Falconer

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  14. Motaki,
    You are absolutely right! He would be a falconer for life but not a general falconer. He would love the chance to fly a golden eagle someday as a master falconer.
    Right now he has his eye on merlins and prarie falcons but can't get those until his apprenticeship is up.

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  15. Hi Kim!
    I just found your blog yesterday and have loved all that I've read so far.
    I home schooled my own kiddos who happen to be grown now...but am just now starting to get back into raising a garden and hopefully some chickens soon!
    I absolutely love the verse out of 1 Thessalonians 4 that you have posted at the bottom of your page!
    Our verse is Gal. 6:9...!
    Nice to meet you.
    Have a great day! Pat

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