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    In order to take full advantage of OC when I have a newly trapped hawk on the fist. Do I want to use my whistle/voice whatever, every time the bird takes a bite? Or just the first time?
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    When I have a fresh trapped bird I use tapping the toe of the bird and clicking my tomgue. I just want to draw the bird's attention down to the glove to the tidbit. Some birds you may have to take a bigger piece and get them to bite it and slowly pull it down to the glove. It usually takes only one or two times and the bird comes around pretty quick.
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    I guess I don't understand the question or your goal. What part of OC are you trying to take advantage of?

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    Quote Originally Posted by outhawkn View Post
    In order to take full advantage of OC when I have a newly trapped hawk on the fist. Do I want to use my whistle/voice whatever, every time the bird takes a bite? Or just the first time?
    Bill you crack me up! LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by FredFogg View Post
    Bill you crack me up! LOL

    No Problem Fred...............

    But seriously, if I'm teaching a new bird, say a sharpy for example to come when called do I want to whistle each and every bite. Or do I want to give the bird a bite and whistle once?

    What do you do and why?
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    Just the first time. That not only covers this hawk but also the next one also.

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    I think it depends on the hawk
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    Obviously I didnt word this question properly..................
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    Bill, with any new bird, I whistle every time they reach down and take a bite. Eventually, I back off and only whistle once in a while. When I can whistle and they immediately look down to the glove to see what is there, is when I start just doing the whistle periodically. By the way, I whistle with my mouth, I only use a mechanical whistle for the lure. I can whistle as loud with my mouth as most mechanical whistles.
    Fred
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    Bill,

    Are you talking about conditioning the whistle as a cue to fly back or as a secondary reinforcer/bridge/clicker to use once they come back? Either way the whistle would need to come before the food. As for the number of pairings, that may depend on what you are working on.

    Andy

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