Abatement Falconry Business Models
ABATEMENT fALCONRY USING A SINGLE FALCONER
Two of the growers interviewed for this project have had experience using a single abatement falconer:
Grower A found a knowledgeable, well-trained abatement falconer at a fairly low price and continues to have success working with this person. The falconer and grower mutually benefit because bird abatement finances the falconer’s primary interest- falconry for sport and leisure. This situation is unique, but can be a highly effective partnership if a grower and falconer are lucky enough to come by one. The cost is approximately $300 a day.
Grower B fired his falconer after one week. Several years ago Grower B was approached by someone from California who claimed to have abatement experience. The grower agreed to pay him by splitting the cost between three other growers, which came to about $75 per grower per day for bird management. Within a week, the falconer had lost his bird and spent a good portion of the day trying to hunt it down. Dissatisfied, Grower B now uses a combination of other bird abatement methods that he considers more effective.
Several growers sharing a single falconer or several falconers
Two types of companies using this method were evaluated for this project- one using a co-operative model, where several growers split the cost of abatement falconry, and one where several growers split the cost of abatement falconry, but the falconer only enters the field if there is significant pest bird threat.
Look at Co-operatives as a model that has the potential to be successful given the right conditions, including: the right geography, a knowledgeable and trustworthy falconer and a group of growers that have a solid working relationship. In other words, this model may work if everyone involved has experience working together and has the potential to save growers a great deal of money. For those new to abatement falconry or those using a new falconer, this may not be the best first time approach. See Grower A's experience using a single falconer for more details.
As a model to be aware of, Grower insurance was brought up by several falconers in interviews for this guide. We did not see the practice in the field or interview any growers that had experience using this practice.