Rosie is unable to fly but, guided by her natural instinct, still tends
to climb the highest possible spot available it would be rather foolish
to put her into a common flight cage. Her beak would soon break again
and the joints of her legs would not stand the continuous 2- or even
3-meter drop. There would also have to be many ladders to climb up.
make it as safe for her as possible a special "flight" cage
had to be designed. I built a little shed for her to protect her from
the weather (sun, snow, rain...), to give her a feeling of safety. She
has a nest ledge there, which she is able to reach by jumping. All the
perches are easy to either jump or climb and have different diameters
and surface to reduce pressure on the feet and talons (her feet can
never rest during flight!). The distances between the perches are small
so Rosie can jump ("fly" for her!) from one to the next.
There's also a stone to reduce the sharpness of the claws and avoid
self-puncturing. Her food is provided on the stone, so she has to go
there and thus wears her claws. On the ground I put a layer of about 20
centimeters of sand to make the landings soft. There's a bath for her
also, not too deep, as she is afraid of falling to her "bad"
side, which can make her struggle to get up again for minutes. She might
drown in deeper water.
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1 and 2: The cage from the outside with the little
shed on the right. An interior view, with the different perches,
the stone and Rosie's bath.
3 and 4: Interior
view showing Rosie near and on her nest ledge. From her
"good" side she looks just like a healthy Peregrine
5: The right wing was amputated completely. I've marked
the spot with the red circle.