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Tomhardisty Tomhardisty is offline
Posted 13th August 2015, 07:13 AM
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Training problems


I'm new to all this and can use some help. I have 12 white racing homers that I received a week ago. They seem comfortable in the loft and are about 60 - 65 days old. I tried to start trap training yesterday and could not catch any of the birds to put into the settling cage. They kept flying away from me. The loft is 6X8 and about 6 1/2 feet high, so they have plenty of room to get away. My question - Did I try too early? Do I need them feeding out of my hand before I can try to hold one? I have a feeling that I'm rushing this process.
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heeler heeler is offline
Posted 13th August 2015, 08:14 AM
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Hi Tom, try this....make sure they are trained to your feed call. That shouldn't take long, you do that by making your call each time you feed and once they respond to that call and know it's time to eat then start trap training.

Ok so you have them responding to your feed call and they know it's time to eat when the dinner bell blow's --- then is the time to start trap training.

Go in the loft while it's still dark and gently pick up each one and put them out on the landing board in the settling cage and close the door,(lock them in) even if you have to fashion something outta cardboard for now. Leave them there for several hours (hungry) and then remove the block or door and make the feed call, if they are trained to your call they will soon learn to trap in too.
Hunger is the key to trap training.

Good luck
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Tomhardisty Tomhardisty is offline
Posted 13th August 2015, 08:41 AM
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Thanks. They already know the call (or perhaps the time of day). They will come down off of their perches to the floor and wait for the food. They are very skittish still of me when I'm in the loft cleaning and such. I feel like I don't have their trust yet.

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