Progress

Weight: 745 grams (26.2791017)
Fed:1 Quail Leg, 1 Quail Breast, 1 Mouse

I took a couple of days and got Wolf's weight down. He was very responsive and I was able to get 10-12 good 8 foot flights out of him in the garage. I may have fed him too much and I do expect that his weight will be higher tomorrow we'll see how he behaves and see if I'll work with him tomorrow.

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Update

Weight: 820 grams (28.9246488)
Fed:Skipped

Well I'm going to be skipping the daily updates for a while. He's makeing good progress and we would be further along except I got sick tuesday night and have been pretty much down for the count since then. He's at 820 with a casting right now so tomorrow I expect 780 - 790 which seems to be an ok weight, but he may need to be skipped an additional day after tommorrow to see the kind of results that we need.

P.S. He wont shut up when he's in the living room.

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Day 11

Weight: 780 grams (27.5136903)
Fed:Skipped

Well his weight was high today and he didn't show a propensity to jump to the glove so I'm going to skip him today and see how he does tomorrow.

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Day 10

Weight: 780 grams (27.5136903)
Fed:1 mouse

He was higher today than I thought he'd be today I guess he's taking to the 60 degree air conditioned room a little too well. I'll have to open the window tonight and see if that will get him excited about flying to the glove.

Note: He started squawking yesterday. Today was funny as hell, he's making more noise than I've ever heard from a red tail.

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Day 9

Weight: 780 grams (27.5136903)
Fed:2 Quail breasts

Got a few mini-hops out of him today. He'll hop to the glove when It's right in front of him but he wont jump or fly to it. I only fed him 2 quail breasts so he should be same weight or lower tomorrow if he is lower then I should start to see long jumps and short flights to the glove soon. I'm thinking about putting him in the weathering yard tonight so he'll drop weight faster.

I've been using the whistle as a bridge, hopefully I'll be able to figure out a good method to call the bird in, maybe I'll get a police whistle that sounds different.

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Day 8

Weight: 820 grams (28.9246488)
Fed:1 Quail leg

He was high today as expected since I gave him 2 large mice for his hops the other day. I only gave him a single quail leg so we'll see how he does over the next couple of days.

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Fantastic Video

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Day 7

Weight: 780 grams (27.5136903 oz)
Fed: 2 Large mice (aprx 80 grams)

I was able to get 3 small jumps out of Wolf today.

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Day 6

Weight: 785 grams (27.6900601 oz)
Fed:

(12:13 pm) Today I'm focusing on hoping to the glove. We'll See how it goes.

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Day 5

Weight: 820 grams (28.9246488 oz)
Fed: Skipped him

His weight didn't change from yesterday at all which was really surprising considering I gave him mostly casting. Then again I guess this is indicative of a change in his metabolism. I skipped him today because he wasn't focused enough on the mouse on my glove to hop to it. We'll see how he does tomorrow

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Day 4

Weight: 820 grams (28.9246488 oz)
Fed: 1 Quail leg, 1 Quail breast, 1 Quail wing, 1 Mouse Head (appx 50 grams food)

This meal was mostly casting. I thought for a second he might hop to the glove in the middle of the living room with my wife banging pots around him and the dog walking around but alas he did not. Based on this I gave him a meal that was mostly casting so he should feel full but today his weight should be lower and perhaps he'll feel more inclined to hop to the glove.

NOTE To Self: Remember to keep using the whistle as a bridge, if you don't use it now it'll take longer to teach it later.

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Day 3

Weight: 794 grams (28.0075258 oz)
Fed: 2 Quail leg, 1 Quail liver, 2 Quail Brests (appx 100 grams food)

Same weight today as yesterday which isn't too much of a surprise given how much I fed him yesterday. I've decided not to rush things at all with this bird, I want to get him out in the field asap but at the same time I don't want to go so fast that I do something wrong. Tomorrow we'll work on stepping up onto the glove. which I don't anticipate having any problems with. That and tidbit's on his perch, should have him ready to come out into the living room on Thursday or Friday. He's really a sweet bird, he doesn't bate at all and is really easy to work with. I remember the hours and days and weeks of frustration spent with Geronimo and Athena and then I look at this bird and I can't believe I got so lucky.

After talking with Jesse, I decided to feed Wolf more than I had planned and keep his weight constant. I let him spend an hour or so on the new screen perch I built in the living room. He only bated 3 times so all in all a success.

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Day 2

Weight: 794 grams (28.0075258 oz)
Fed: 1 Mouse, 1 Quail leg, 2 Quail Brest (aprx 100 grams food)

Despite eating a mouse, a quail leg and a quail liver yesterday Wolf dropped 18 grams. This is ok, but since he's progressing so quickly I'm going to feed him a bit more today to try to keep his metabolism going at it's wild weight a bit longer. I only worked with him 2 times today each was about a 10 minute session. He wasted no time eating the mouse I placed on the glove during our first session. I have been doing very mild quick bursts on the whistle to start it's association as a bridge. The second session went better than the last I used tidbits and placed them on the glove. Each time I would wait to place another tidbit until he tucked his wings away a bit further than he did the last time so he progressively started to sit with his wings tucked. I really hope this continues this is an awesome bird.

Note: I saw a feather mite crawling around today so I'll have to spray him tomorrow before I work with him, I should have done it when we trapped him.

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Day 1 Update

Weight: 812 grams (28.6424571 oz)
Fed: 1 Mouse, 1 Quail leg, 1 Quail liver (aprx 70 grams food)

I have been working with him every hour for 15 minutes. I pick him up, hood him and then let him sit hooded for about 1-30 minutes. Then I un-hood him and try to get him to eat. During the third of these sessions today he ate off the glove. I was using a gutted mouse to entice him to eat and eat he did. It took him 4-7 tearing bites before he finished eating the mouse!! I really can't believe how fast he did this, it's only been a day and my last 2 birds took at least 1-2 weeks to eat off the glove.

I can't tell you how excited I am to get this bird out flying!

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Trapped PMRT


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Originally uploaded by snafu918
Yesterday I trapped my third Red Tail a nice little Passage Male that I named Wolf. He is a Dark morph bird and very fierce. His keel was solid muscle and he stood on the fist almost immediately.

His trap weight was 840 grams with equipment.

His weight this morning was 812 grams with equipment.

I'll try to keep everyone updated on our progress!

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