Chicken , a Lanner falcon (Afrikaans – edelvalk, Scientific name – Falco biarmicus) tiercel, (the falconry term for male), is now flying his fifth season. He was found poisoned on the Wild Coast as a youngster that had just left the nest. His parents must have fed him poisoned meat and the stress on his body retarded his systemic and feather growth. He was a weak youngster who took nearly three years to get strong and learn to fly well. He is called Chicken because he is also a secondary imprint and cackles like a chicken to his handlers. This is admittedly a very poor name for a speedy Lanner falcon who now is none less than a ‘turbo chicken’.