Since a few people have asked, here’s how I got away with keeping a hawk in my dorm room for over a month. I bought three posterboards and taped them together to make a sort of cubby in my closet. I lined the inside with shelf-liner to make it a smooth, easy-to-clean surface. I then placed a fourth one on top and two more on the bottom, all lined for easy cleaning. I put Phoenix’s perch and bath pan in there. This kept his mutes completely contained, but I still cleaned it several times a day for good measure.
If the RA came in for checks (which she did every week), I would simply close it up. It looked a little weird, sure, but it probably just looked like some school project. No one’s first thought would be “you know what? I bet there’s a hawk in there!” I would also close it up at night so that he could have darkness to sleep.
And that’s how I pulled it off :) During the day I would sometimes free loft him in the joint bathroom. It was perfect because it was set up so that the four rooms all had their own door into the center bathroom. The only people who could get in were people in those four rooms. There was no access from the outside. Also, the only window was frosted glass, so there was no danger of Phoenix trying to fly through it. And it was all tile so it was easy to clean! My neighbors got used to showering with a hawk perched above them haha. At the same time, we also had 3 pet rats and a hamster in our dorm. We had a full house!
Even a narrow hallway can accommodate an area for shelves, which takes advantage of unused wall space. Here, a wall lined with cubbies creates a handy storage area for bags, shoes, coats, and sports equipment.