Keeping Birds of Prey As A Pet Or Working Aid
Fancy yourself as the owner of a pet eagle or falcon? It is more than possible to have an exotic pet such as these in the UK, but there are some hurdles to jump over and quite a few regulations that you must abide by. For instance it is one thing for these creatures to grow in the wild. Most raptors don't attack humans or fly anywhere near them unless provoked - although they will always protect their young.
But any quotas of these birds which are considered dangerous need to be kept an eye on. So if you are breeding eagles in captivity, licenses need to be handed to responsible people. Because of the nature of the bird, you may well wish to expand horizons for your and your new pet.
You may like to attend shows or displays, both of which require greater knowledge of handling and controlling a bird of prey especially when it comes to the safety of the members of public. Below follows a few brief details and topics you may wish to consider before taking an Eagle or Falcon under your wing.
Feeding and Overall Health Of Your Bird Of Prey
Being top of the food chain means your bird will need a healthy supply of meat to eat, this may come in the form of voles or mice and other treats which will need to be kept secure and in good condition. I'm sure he'd enjoy it, but uncooked meat is far more healthy for your bird of prey. Health too needs to be kept in check. The bird may get injured when out of sight and in flight, even when for a few minutes he can get attacked by another bird or bitten by one of his prey.
Housing Your Bird And Choosing Perches
Where will you keep your bird of prey? In a cage? How big? The housing you use needs to be dry and contained from all weathers. It is a place the bird should feel relaxed. Any cats, dogs or other animals should also be kept out of the housing area. It should also be at least twice the wing space of your bird, however the larger the better. An aviary or weathering area is perfect to keep a bird of prey in but ensure proper ventilation. As with all dangerous animals, you should seek advice from DEFRA and visit a local Bird of Prey centre before you even contemplate any of the above. Birds of Prey are fun, so good luck!