Hello Breeders, I would like to wish all of you a blessed time with your families. May the New year be filled with health, happiness and prosperity.
I hope you all have a great breeding season, I am excited about our new location and the new race series. Thank you all for your continued support.
Good Morning Breeders, Versele Laga feed will be our feed sponsor for the 2017 race. I used it this year and really was impressed with the quality of the grains in the feed, the corn both yellow and red are small and easily eaten by the birds, they also have a premium race feed that has black corn in it. They will sponsor a trophy at the final race and will also have a small booth set up with some of their products. Sign up now we are gonna have a great race in the new year. Have a great day.
Good Evening Breeders, we are finally at my favourite time of the year. I love the thanksgiving celebration. Many years ago when I first came to the USA, I was invited to a thanksgivin meal by a student that I hardly knew. It was the first time I really experienced the goodness of the people in this country to a stranger. We have tried to continue that tradition in our own home of inviting someone that does not have the blessings we do. I wish all of you a wonderful time with your family and friends.
Once you have all rested, Friday would be a great day to start pairing up those breeders. I know that is what I will be doing.
Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours.
Shane , Heather and kids.
Good Evening Breeders, the final loft punch list of items have been completed. We will be taking birds starting February 15th until May 15th and replacements until May 31st. Thank you for your continued support and to all the new breeders you will find a transparent race and a handler that is readily available to answer questions and concerns you may have. You can email or call and I will get back in touch with you in a timely manner.
Hello Breeders, the new loft is finally done. I had good friend of mine Ronnie Moore help me build the loft. Finally finished insulating the the office and put the AC in that will help keep the food fresh next year. I did take the time to insulate the roof on the flying sections and this has really kept the loft comfortable, the past few weeks that I have been inside adding the finishing touches. I guess one of the things I am most excited about is the loading bay that will allow me to load the birds in a very short time when training begins next year.
We are working on a new website , however the old site is still up and running. I have made a few small changes to the rules this year, take a look at the rules section. We will have a three race series with and optional 4th race. There will be a 175, 225 and final 325 mile and then the optional 350 "Redemption" race. We will most likely fly a South course, it is going to be a slow course but according to several of the old time flyers here the course is slow but they have good returns. The reason I say most likely is that I am flying my own birds on the South and NE course. The NE course is a faster course and may turn out to be too quick for what I am wanting.
The loft location is fantastic, The loft is on a hill in our pasture and I have not lost a single bird to a Coopers Hawk so far this year, the nearest tree line being a bit too far them to mount an ambush. I am hoping to have more people visit us on the final race day this coming year. The town we live in Madison is a stunning little town with great restaurants, antique stores and quaint B&B's, a destination your spouses would really enjoy.
I would appreciate your support again this year, sign up and lets make our first year in Georgia a great one. Good luck to all of you this race season, gonna be fun watching and seeing who comes out on top. Go to our photo section and check out the loft. Have a great week.
Good Morning Breeders, the new loft is coming along very well. The roof is on and I am in the process of putting up perches and getting the traps framed in and hanging the aviaries. The new location is fantastic, the birds are really going to enjoy flying and racing here. I am very pleased with the design of the new loft, it is very airy and the ventialtion is excellent. I also insulated the roof as a result the loft is cool in the heat of the day.
I have about 50 young birds that will will be trained on the two courses I will be testing for our race series in 2017. One section has the aviaries up and perches, the 50 youngsters are in there and I can see the birds love it. They get alot of sun until about 11.45 am each day as the loft is facing SE. Most of our bad weather comes out of the West, so the location is great. We have had 2 big storms pass thru and the loft is dry.
The loft has 900 perches, it is 70 feet long and 12 feet wide. The sidewalls are 8 feet high and the roof is 10.5 feet high in the front and 9 feet at the rear. The floors are expanded metal with a solid passageway that is 30 inches wide. There are 6 individual sections with sliding doors seperating each section. I have a section that has the loading bays and the birds will walk straight into the baskets on the transport trailer which will make for stress free and quick loading for the birds. Perch fees will remain the same as 2015 that is $125 per birds with $25 of that going direclty to the payoff on the last race as it did in 2015. The loft is in the middle of our pasture and it sits up on a hill, that will make for great spectator sport when birds return from the races.
I have posted some pics of our progress. Have a great week.
Good Morning Breeders, we have started on the new loft here in our home state of Georgia. I was fortunate enouth to secure metal floor grids that came out of a demolished power plant at next to nothing. We have a great spot picked out for the loft, it is in the middle of a pasture with the nearest trees about 150 yards away which will help with predatory air attacks. I have befriended a retired vet in town who raced pigeons for many years, he is also a falconer. It is going to be very helpful to have his clinical knowledge when it comes to any sickness we may come across. According to him the two courses that they had the best returns on were a NE course and a South course. I am leaning more towards the South course, I will fly young birds on both courses this year and see which will be best for our 2017 race series.
We are now taking reservations for the 2017 season.
I will post pictures of the new loft as we move along. As always feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Have a great day.
Good Evening Breeders, I trust you all had a great Thanksgiving with your families. I want to once again congratulate our final race winners. Churn Creek loft who clocked BB 9216 the first bird on a very tough final 328 mile race. The average speed winner was a Grizzle 429 owned by Kwan Loft.
I have completed the move from Florida to our new land in Madison Georgia. Breeders I will not have the race in 2016, I do not want to rush back into the new season when I am not properly prepared to take in new birds. I also want to fly my own young birds on two different courses here in GA and see which course will be best for the birds. In addition I have a very ill father in law that will require alot of care over the next few months. I really appreciate all of your support of my race the last 4 years. Two years as the North Florida One Loft race and 2 years as the Southern Belle. I have met many fine people that will be my friends for years to come. I wish all the one loft handlers a great 2016 season
I will looking forward to 2017, I wish all of you a blessed Christmas with your families and much success with your breeding seasons also. If you are looking for a new race to try, give the Great American Classic in Michigan a look over, Todd Fisher is a good pigeon man and I believe he will do a great job.
Thank you for support and kindness once again, have a great week.