We ran another inventory with the last 107 birds added to those who have already been settled 3 days ago. The last inventory we ran on 4-21 had 335 birds, add to that the 107 we added 3 days ago and that comes up to 442. We clocked in 437 today and we ran the birds back out in to the aviary to make sure we did not miss any birds. If any birds show up now that the clock is off we will post those bird's band numbers here. We did remove 3 birds since 4-21 that were either under the weather or injured, two of those have been returned to the loft but are not in the group flying they are in the next group who will be settled. This means that we are down just 2 birds since 4-21 and these are either young birds who were just let out for the first time 3 days ago, older birds who were out flying, or a combination of both. Needless to say, we are very pleased with only not being able to account for 2 birds, anything could of happened to them while out flying. I believe we mentioned this in the last update but it is worth mentioning again. Do not ship birds past Wednesday. Our worst fear occurred last week, breeder sent on a Wednesday and we did not get the birds until Monday. Our post office is closed on Saturday, all post offices are closed on Sunday, and the main hub in Yakima did not contact us to let us know that they had received them and the tracking showed they had left Spokane but never arrived in Yakima, that is until Monday. So PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, ONLY SHIP ON MONDAY OR TUESDAY!732 birds in the loft as of today, we brought in 69 more this week. Only accepting birds through May so if you have not shipped or plan on sending more, get them to us before the end of the month. Oh, back to today's inventory. Birds 408-430 trapped in later than the rest because they continued to fly after the others had already went in. If you own one of these birds, keep your eye on them! We ran all the birds back out in to the aviary, quite the chore by the way since they had already eaten and were acting stubborn, then let them come back in through the trap. The birds who clocked in 431-437 were obviously missed by the clock when the birds were gang rushing the trap when we first opened the trap from the inside when 100 trapped in within the first minute, and the next 100 in the next minute.
We have contacted all the breeders who either have had sick birds or were injured and no longer able to compete and have started to receive replacement birds. Please take a moment to look over your bird list and if you know your birds have already been settled and you are missing a bird then please let us know. If you sent birds this week, last week, or the week prior then your birds have not yet been settled, all previous birds have. It is Mother's Day Sunday, do not forget to tell your mom that you are glad that she hatched you so you can play with your pigeons. Rick & Olga
PS: PPH 8008 returned this evening, must of got chased off while out flying.
Hi everyone, been super busy with accepting birds this week, 53 yesterday and 51 today. We are up to 568 birds in the loft and we are sure that by next week we will be well over 600 and if we have a week like this week we will be nearing 700. Next week if the weather is good we will try to settle some more birds. As we have mentioned several times, we want the birds to be here at least 3 weeks before we let them out for the first time and a day or two day prior is when we give them their booster vaccination for PMV/Paratyphoid. We have a system and thus far, it is working great and as far as we know we have not lost a single bird due to settling. Health is great this year and we keep the look out each day for birds who may look a bit off in the general population. Scraping the perches each morning all of the droppings are well formed which means the birds are feeling well, cross your fingers that it stays like this! We are accepting birds through May, replacements through 15 June.....don't be left out!
The birds who have already been settled are absolutely tearing up the sky flying high and long. We will most likely hold off on posting another loft flying inventorty until we get the next 100 or so settled, but as far as we can tell all of the birds are still here. Next inventory will be conducted next week some time, depending upon the weather. Rick & Olga
The last group has been flying for a few days and it seems they have the system down pat. We trapped in about 270 today real fast and a large group continued to fly high and longer, when they finally came down they quickly trapped. One bird, EPL 0369 did not clock today. We were with the birds all morning, we hardly ever have any hawks so unsure what happened and we even ran the birds out out in the aviary and through the traps to see if we may of missed it during trapping but it did not show up. Hopefully this bird will show up on the next inventory. Yesterday we ran a inventory and noticed a bird missing from American Loft. All afternoon we tried to figure out who this bird may be and then about 4 PM the bird is spotted on top of the house. We tried to whistle the bird in which usually works, but the bird was having no part of the loft and right before dark it took off not to be seen again. This morning the bird was sitting on top of the loft and went in like it had the two days prior. Only explanation is something spooked that bird on or near the loft and it just did not feel comfortable going in. How did we know it was a bird belonging to American Loft when it was spotted on top of the house.......easy, it is the only yellow! We only tell this story because when the bird arrived we told the owner we were going to keep it because it was too pretty to take a chance on. Just want to let you know Bob, we did not keep your bird!! Ha HaRemember, we are accepting birds through May, replacements through 15 June. We let the birds sit in the loft for a minimum of two weeks before we let them out for the first time so get us your birds here ASAP so we have time to settle them and you can send a replacement if need be. Thus far we have only had to put down 5 birds due to health and about the same number have been treated for one thing or another and returned to the loft. As far as we know we are only down one bird due to settling which is that EPL bird, hoping that bird will return tomorrow. We mention this to let you know that while replacements at this point probably are not going to be necessary, things do happen and we can only accept replacements up to 15 June. Thus far anyone needing a replacement has been notified via email. Hopefully we will surpass 500 birds next week, still shooting for 800-1000.
UPDATE: EPL 369 trapped in at 17:30 today. The bird has no apparent injuries and flew from my hand to the floor of the loft for feed and water. Probably got chased by a Raven or a Crow, we have plenty around here which help keep the hawks away, but they can be a nuisance at times themselves.
If you are going to ship next week, please ship on Monday or Tuesday. No need to call, text, or email, but if you have a question then by all means contact us.
We get asked every week if the PO Box on our site under the contact tab is the right address to mail the birds to, the answer is YES.
Have a good weekend everyone!
Rick & Olga