Apr-22-2018

WEEKLY UPDATE

I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.
"Charlotte Brontë"

Good Evening Breeders, firstly this week the pigeon fraternity lost a really special guy. Ron Steinbrenner form the Triple Crown race passed away. This is the 30th year that Ron had run his race in San Diego. I was fortunate enough a few years ago to attend the great week those guys put on in November, I attended Ron's race and the California Classic with John Timmerman. Ron was a great promoter of the sport and until last week was still flying in the local club in San Diego and clocking good birds. As a handler running a race I am well aware of the challenges that face us in hosting a One Loft Race and for Ron to have done a great job for 30 years is  very commendable. I know the pigeon community in California especially will really miss Ron's can do spirit, and I know I will miss him. RIP Ron.

Things are going well at the Belle, we have 231 birds settled ,  and 341 birds in the loft. The health continues to be great, I pulled a bird on Thursday that was a recent arrival that started going light on me. It appears the bird has turned around and should be back in the loft later this week, the breeders was informed. It appears to be a case of perhaps stress of being in the box and adjusting to a new loft. We have had great weather the past week, windy but not too strong to fly birds and they have loved it. We do have rain this evening and the whole day Monday, birds should be out again on Tuesday.

I posted a few videos on our Facebook page and our YouTube channel of goings on at the loft this past week. Have a great week and shoot me an email or text if you plan on sending birds.

Apr-08-2018

UPDATE

It is of little traits that the greatest human character is composed.
"William Winter"

Good Evening Breeders, we have had a great week at the loft. Settling is going very well and birds are starting to take more serious loft flights. They still go up and down most of the time they are out from landing board to roof and back again. Once the group grows as I have seen over the last few years each successive group that is added to the main flock find it easier to settle in. The reason being so many more birds are airborne and landing that when they do take their first nervous flight they are sucked back into the loft a lot faster than the first few groups when there are not many birds settled. There is roughly 8 weeks left to send  birds, we have 558 birds signed up and 262 birds already in the loft. 182 of those birds are out and settled.

Health is great, only 2 birds removed from the loft to date, certainly hope it continues, much of that comes done to healthy birds being bred. Also I have had no birds this year that I have taken out the box and thought wow that bird is young. I have received several birds that were at least 60 days old and I have been able to settle them, it takes a bit more time.

Get your birds for a chance at that $60,000 guaranteed first on the final 325 mile race.  We have 8 weeks left before the race closes. As always I have posted some videos on our facebook page and youtube channel for your viewing. Have a great week

Apr-01-2018

HAPPY EASTER

We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining - they just shine.
"Dwight L. Moody"

Happy Easter Morning to all of you. I hope you are all able to spend time with your families today. It was a beautiful sunrise in Georgia today and a magnificent day lies ahead.

The birds are doing well and settling is going great, groups 1-4 are out. They have been out most days this past week. There are 232 birds in the loft and 532 signed up. Health continues to be great, only one bird has been pulled to date, it is still early yet so we hold thumbs for continued good health. I posted a short video on our Facebook page and our YouTube channel.

Breeders I wish you and your families a special day together. Thank you for the support and communications when shipping birds. Have a great week.

Mar-29-2018

WEEKLY UPDATE

Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts
"Sir Winston Churchill "

Good Evening Breeders, our updated mobile friendly website is up and running. It will allow you to view it on your smart-phones. We added  the option for you to pay online using our Paypal platform and updated our photos and a few other changes. You can now view our Facebook page and  our YouTube channel all from our homepage including our link to follow our trailer once training begins. There may  be a few small bugs in the site that may have to be ironed out over the next few days.  

We have 196 birds in the loft with 89 birds settled, group 4 will be out this week for the first time weather depending tomorrow and then join groups 1-3 late in the week. Health is great, I realize it is early on but we will take any day without any health related issues. Still happy to report no hawk visits and settling continues to go according to plan. It has been very windy this last week so I was not able to let the birds out as much as I wanted, they were out Friday, Saturday and today and we have a decent group that are starting to really explore their skyward domain. It is great to watch the exuberance of young birds tearing up the sky.

This is the 6th year I have been running a one loft race, we ran the race as North Florida One Loft race for two years, started with 78 birds,  this will be the 4th year as the Southern Belle two years in Florida and then two years ago we moved to Georgia.  I run the race full time and love what I do. The race has grown each year and we take great pride in that fact.   I go thru the loft several times each day to keep a very close eye on all of your birds, if a bird looks a little dumpy it is pulled out of the loft immediately.  Past experience has shown that it is critical to pull birds as soon as it look like they may not be right, this practice really helps keep any health issues that may arise at bay.

I have posted a short video of your birds starting to fly around that I took earlier in the week. Thank you for your support and I hope all of you have a great week. I am always available if you have any questions, you can email me thru the contact page on our website of call me. I do my best to get back with you the same day.

Mar-18-2018

UPDATE

Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.
"Ralph Waldo Emerson"

Good Evening Breeders, there are 151 birds in the loft. Group 3 was out this week for the first time, they will join group 1,2 on Tuesday if weather holds. The birds continue to molt heavily and the health of the birds is good. We have been fortunate not to have any nasty aerial visitors to date. Last year we had very few hawks visit us due to loft location and hopefully it will be the same this year again.

I have posted a short video on our Facebook page and YouTube account of the birds out this past week. We have a busy week ahead of settling more birds and getting our first groups into the sky. We have been working on our new website that will be mobile friendly and should be up sometime this coming week.  Have a great week and I will update again soon

Mar-11-2018

UPDATE MARCH 11TH

He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.
"Ralph Waldo Emerson"

Good Evening Breeders, there are 133 birds in the loft and we have 500 signed up. Groups 1 and 2 are now out and in the process of being settled. Several birds have begun to fly around on small flights around the loft and onto the roof. Weather ahead looks great and by late week we will be in the upper 70's.

Many of the birds are molting heavily, usually birds coming from more northern locations tend to dump feathers when they come down south. All birds that are in are looking great, Group 2 will have their vaccinations boost shots this coming week that is roughly 21 days after arrival. We will continue trap training groups 3 and 4. Every year I witness things at the loft that make me admire these birds we love so much even more. On settling group 2 a bird that was out for the first time in its life, came to the trap was about to trap and promptly turned around flew up in the air circled the loft higher and higher and then left to the South not even turning back once. I thought well there goes one we probably will not see again. Two hours later it was back at the loft landed on the landing board and trapped. Could be a good one.

We have a good group of birds due in this week, thank you for the communication when you ship them. Have a great week and I will update again soon.

Mar-04-2018

WEEKLY UPDATE

Not in numbers but in unity that our great strength lies.
"Thomas Paine"

Good Evening Breeders, there are 87 birds in the loft. First group of 24 to arrive 17 days ago were out today for the first time. They will be out each day weather is good. Group 2 will go out Friday or Saturday of this week, weather depending and also how trap training goes. The weather has been magnificent, in the upper 60's to low 70's.  March usually brings decent showers, Spring has already arrived in the South.

Birds coming in are looking great and health is tip top. I spend a great deal of the day in the loft this being my full time job, experience having run a one loft race now for 6 years has shown that if you can catch a YB early when it starts looking dumpy it can quickly be brought back to full strength. Birds have lights on in the loft till about 9 pm each day, first group are already dumping feathers a sign I like to see.

Thank you for letting me know you are shipping birds and I will contact you  once I have your birds in hand. Have a great week, I posted a couple of short videos this week on our Youtube channel and our Southern Bell One Loft facebook page. Both can be accessed from our homepage, youtube under our photos tab.

Feb-25-2018

BIRDS COMING IN

Who Dares Wins
"Motto British SAS"

Good Evening Breeders, we have 52 birds in the loft. First group are pretty much trap trained. They will go on a platform in front of the loft now for a few days and look back at the loft to get a good picture of their new home. They will be out weather depending on Thursday, I like to get the birds out as soon as I can. They will be allowed out for a short time and then each day I will increase their out time. From the time they arrive they have access to the landing board and are able to move freely in and out of the traps. Pigeons that arrive each week are kept together for 3 weeks before they are joined with the general population, week one is just a slow time to reduce stress of arrival, and a close eye is kept on each birds to ensure it is drinking, I dunk their heads on arrival and then for the first two days in the evening I catch each bird to make sure it is drinking. Past experience has shown many youngsters that are raised in individual pens do not know how to drink out of the waterers. Week two is trap training full time and week three is the start of going out free for the first time.

Spring has definitely come early in Georgia, we had one day last week in the 80's, the week ahead will be in
the 60-70's. Each year we implement small changes to handling the group that make it better for the birds and the race. Some very nice pigeons have come in already, we have 4 grizzles in the 2 groups so far.

Breeders thank you for your communication prior to sending  birds, I will contact you as soon as have your birds in hand. Have a great week and thank you for your support and confidence in training and testing your birds.

Feb-18-2018

ACCEPTING BIRDS

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
"Ralph Waldo Emerson"

Good Evening Breeders, first birds arrived this past week. It looks like we are in for an early spring in the south. It will be in the upper 70's most of this coming week. The new arrivals have enjoyed the sunshine and spent a great deal of time lying in the sun in the aviaries. Trap training takes place the first two weeks  and several of the birds that arrived on Wednesday are already coming through the traps with no bobs down. The youngsters have food in front of them all day until it is dark and then the food is taken away and replaced again early the next day. I give the new arrivals plenty of pro-biotics on the food and in the water.  Birds also have Versele Laga  "all in one " grit each and every day.

We have a 4 race series this year on a tough course, it will be fun to see who comes out on top. I feel so privileged to be able to host this race and for you as breeders to send us your birds to test. We will strive to make it even better than last year and I have already implemented several changes that I think will only improve the race. I post a short video each week on our facebook page and our youtube channel. Both can be accessed from the home page, youtube channel under photos tab and facebook page link about halfway down the home page.

Please email or text me to let me know the birds are on their way prior to shipping. I will contact you when I have your  birds in my possession. I usually make a run to the small local post office twice a day, early in the morning and late in the afternoon as we get two live shipments daily. Breeders have a great week.

Feb-11-2018

ACCEPTING BIRDS NOW

The sure way to miss success is to miss the opportunity.
"Victor Chasles"

Hello Breeders, we are accepting birds now for the 2018 season. I want to welcome all of you and to those new breeders I hope your experience will be a pleasant one. I train the birds hard and will have them ready for the series. I do a weekly email update usually on Sunday evenings and will post at least one video on our Youtube account and our facebook page per week. All our training tosses and races can be tracked on our home page link that follows the GPS tracker on our trailer. I am with your birds all day, I do not do this part time,  this is my full time job and I take it very seriously.

I have heard from several of you that are sending birds this week. The weather is mild with some 70's predicted later in the week. Birds will be vaccinated on arrival and then a few  weeks later given a booster shot. They will all be treated for internal and exterior parasites on arrival. A local vet that is a pigeon fancier here will be doing periodic samplings of the dropings to keep a close eye on overall health. The #9,10 primaries will be pulled the end of May along with the 2 center tail feathers.

Your pigeons will be on an excellent diet and will mature into strong healthy birds ready for the long road that lies ahead to the final race. Please email me or send me a text to let me know when you ship birds. During race season it is often difficult for me to take a phone call as it is busy with all the birds. I will respond to email and texts in a timely manner and I will return phone calls if you would like to speak to me in person.

Thank all of you for your support and good luck in the Old bird season at your local clubs.