Case Study: Falconry Business Models
A group of growers (usually small acreage growers) choose a single falconer or a falconry company to handle their bird management for the season. This has the potential to reduce costs, as each grower pays a portion of the fees.
The falconer may patrol fields on each farm regularly, but may focus on a specific grower’s field if it begins to have a significant bird problem. Growers would likely also use alternate methods throughout the season that include, but do not rely on, abatement falconry.
Estimated between $50,000-$100,000 total.
No neighbor problems.
Low-to-no risk bird management.
Educational to on-farm customers.
Growers must "share" a falconer, which can lead to disputes if not clearly contracted before the season starts.
Requires a consistent group of people with definite bird threat.
Acreage and geography are key factors. If the combined acreage is too great for a single falconer, the co-operative method may not be effective.