The giant hood is a great way to transport your bird. It keeps prying eyes out, keeps the bird quiet and safe, controls the mutes and keeps your car clean. The problem with most wood giant hoods is they are too heavy. This giant hood uses one sheet of coreplast and is extremely light. You can purchase coreplast from sign stores. They run from $15 to $35 a sheet. I like the black color because it is completely opaque, but I’ve seen it done in white and yellow.
A free source for coreplast
After elections are over, find the large signs and use them. They will be white, but, hey, it’s free.
I would suggest printing out this pattern onto heavy weight paper and go through the steps below. This is a good way to see exactly how it all goes together and make more sense to you.
4′ x 8′ Black Coroplast
Fresh Contact cement
White china marker
Cheap throw away brushes for the glue
– Marking the coroplast can be difficult. If you can’t find a white china marker, you can try a white colored pencil. When gluing the sides together, cover both sides to be glued together completely and allow to dry first.
1. SIDES – Fold down J then F, glue.
2. BACK – Fold in this order, B, A, C, D, glue This order gives a smooth surface inside and out.
3. FRONT – Fold door cut-out first. Glue K, L next. Glue door last.
4. VENTILATION HOLES – Come down from top edge 1″ and in from side 1″ Cut 4 slits 1 ½” high and ¼” wide. Each slit is 3 grooves wide and 4 grooves apart. Don’t make these too large. You want as little light to get in as possible, yet still allow for ventilation. ALTERNATIVE – Go to a hardware store and find the round eves vents. Get the smallest ones you can find. You will need at least three at each location
5. DOOR – For extra strength, Gorilla tape the door hinge.
6. HANDLES – Using a good soft nylon or dacron rope, attach two pieces for the handles. Poke a hole in the back and front and insert the rope. Tie a knot on the inside at each end. A washer can be slipped on the rope before you tie the knots so the knot does not come through the hole. Don’t make them too long. When you carry the box, you need to carry it easily without it hitting the ground.
7. Use Velcro to close the door. Cut two pieces about 7″ long. Separate the hook side from the loop side. Cut the loop side in half. Glue one on the door at the top and the other on the side so it lines up with the one on the door. Keeping the hook strip whole, simply attach it to both side and door. Repeat on the bottom of the door as well.
8. Cut a scrap piece of 2 x 4 for the perch. This is screwed from the outside. You can use washers here for extra security. Cover the 2 x 4 with whatever material you choose. I like the long “grass” you get from a door mat.
9. Allow the Giant Hood to cure and air out for several days before you use it.
10. Simply place some newspapers on the bottom and your ready to go.
11. This step is optional, but it really finishes the Giant Hood and makes it look cleaner. Take lengths of the Gorilla Tape and cover all the edges and corners. I use Gorilla Tape because it doesn’t loose it’s stick after a few years. Rub it down really good.
thanks for the reliable information.but i have one thing to ask.i have a passager steppe eagle.its with me from about 2 months now.hood i made from locally available sources could not fit properly and eagle rejects it although the size of the hood is measured by vernier calliper to be 58 mm.i am from nepal and no one here practices falconry..everything else(anklets,jesses,swivel,leash,perches,lure,mews) except the hood is made.please help me.
I’m not sure what you are asking me. Is it her hood that she doesn’t like or the giant hood? If it’s her hood, try making one just a little bit bigger. Even though you measured her head very carefully, sometimes it’s still too close to her eyes and she is uncomfortable. Look inside the hood where her eyes are to see if it is stained from the moisture of her eyes. If it’s the giant hood she doesn’t like, Do you put her hood on first, then place her in the giant hood? She may not like the confining space and you will need to make the giant hood larger. I don’t know what is available to you, but you might try an extra large dog crate. I worked with golden eagles and found the giant dog crate to be perfect. I used a 2 x 4 covered with rope for a perch. I always have my bird hooded when in the giant hood. It may seem strange to hood her if she is in the giant hood, but it’s a lot easier to get her in and out and she won’t bate as soon as you get her out. Steppe eagles are very large birds and their equipment have to be especially large to accommodate them. I hope this was helpful to you. By the way, what do you hunt with her?
A steppe eagle?? Woah! That’s a big bid. This giant hood is really for a large red-tail. You will have to make one custom for him/her. The coreplast I would think would be too weak to hold her weight. Find out what size you would need and make it out of 2×2 or 2×4 and plywood. It will super heavy, but with a bird this size you wouldn’t be carrying is very far if at all. I had a female golden eagle and used a extra large dog crate. I masked out the windows with duct tape. But, she was hooded as well. I hope this was helpful.
This was great and pretty easy to make. I made one with white coroplas, but it makes it very light to where I think the hawk would see all the shapes and shows approaching. Could a white one be spray painted black on the inside if left to air out for a month or so before introducing a hawk to it? Also, how high up should the perch be?
I’m glad this was helpful for you. As far as the white coroplast, I would just leave it. Your bird may see shadows, but not enough to be a problem. I wouldn’t even attempt to paint it. I think over time the paint would just peel off with all the cleaning it will take over time. The height of the perch is just enough so her tail does not touch the bottom. When determining the height, make sure you give her enough room at the top as well. You can measure from her feet to the tip of her tail as she sits on her bow perch and add about 1 1/2 to 2″.
I made one out of white coroplast as well. I painted the outside black, let that dry, then painted white over it again. this totally darkened the inside of the giant hood, and the white helps keep it cool, where if you just paint it black, if it is out in the sun, it will get hot.
What kind of paint did you use? Acrylic house paint? I find that the white is fine just as it is. The whole point is so the bird can’t see outside. Even if it lets light in, the bird still can’t see outside. I also have my birds hooded inside the giant hood.
How big of a bird will this fit? I am trying to make one for a female redtail
I had a very large female redtail in mine.
This is as big as you can make the box with one sheet of coreplast. Any larger, for a larger, and heavier bird, I would make the box out of wood simply because the coreplast may not hold the weight.