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Ordering a Hood

To order a hood, please contact Larry Ray by email at
Please include:
  • Name
  • Contact information
  • Species of bird and gender (e.g. female Saker)
  • Bird's weight
  • Color for facial portion
  • Color for rear eye portion
  • Number of topknots
  • Straight or curled fringe
Larry will confirm all details and pricing based on this information.
Your custom hood will be created once payment is received.

Some inventory of common sizes and colors is maintained. Time to delivery may be shorter for these. Please inquire as to what inventory is available currently. Hoods are also individually made to order to the specifications of each purchaser. Prices begin at $125.00 for a hood with rough-out eyepatches, fabric braces, and one to three top knots. For special materials and crown embellishments, such as plumes and cross-stitching, prices increase. Shipping costs vary based on the country to which the order is being shipped. Shipping costs are included in the hood price for orders within the USA. Payment is accepted by personal checks, money orders, bank drafts, or cash in person once a hood order has been placed and the order is confirmed.

Braces may be ordered separately. They will be made of fabric, either Gore-Tex or a similar material. Braces are typically black, although other colors may be available periodically (please inquire).

Brace pricing:
  • Uncut sewn strips, 55", enough for 5 braces, sell for $25.00 each.
  • Pair of finished braces, 9 ½" long with buttons and cut slits, is $12.50. Eagle braces are $15.00 per pair and 12" long. Slits will be cut and sealed with heat.
The following brace widths are available (width refers to the width of a brace strip before folding/sewing):
  • 1" - Kestrels, Sharp-shins, Jacks
  • 1 ⅛" - Merlins, Coopers Hawks, Spars, Aplomados
  • 1 ¼" - Tiercels, male Goshawk, male Harris's, smaller hybrids
  • 1 ⅜" - Peregrine, female Harris's, female Goshawk, male Red-Tail Hawk, Gyrkin
  • 1 ½" - Gyrfalcon, female Red-Tail Hawk, female hybrids
  • 1 ⅝" - Eagle

Embellished hood
A specially made embellished hood to commemorate a first duck

European Goshawk with hood
Larry Ray in his workshop making hoods to order