Good Morning Breeders , we are accepting birds starting tomorrow morning. The weather is great for this early in the year, the temps are mild. Please email, text or call me when you have shipped birds and I can keep and eye out for them. I picked up the first batch of feed a couple days ago for the race. The feed room which is also the office at the Southern Belle race is insulated and climate controlled to keep the feed fresh. I am fortunate that I have a very reliable source to get my feed from and thus I can order as we need it. Time is finally here to accept birds and I can't wait. I love taking the new arrivals out of the box full of promise and hopes of their owners. We have 473 birds signed up. Have a great week, let me know of any concerns or ideas you have and I will be happy to discuss them with you.
Good Evening Breeders, we have had a great sign up for the 2017 race and there are more breeders that have spoken to me and will be sending birds. I had a great conversation with the Versele Laga Rep today regarding their feed. I will be giving your birds their "Start" feed until the birds are about 60 days old and then we will go to the " Junior" feed. Once the birds are flying and we begin road training I will use the "Gerry " feed. Once races begin we will use a combination of the Gerry, Champion and Traditional feed. I tested the feed this last season and I really like it, great quality and fantastic results. A local flyer in our club has used it for a few years with phenomenal results. Your birds will be vaccinated for PMV on arrival and given a booster 30 days later. The birds will also be treated for internal and external parasites . I have had great results with endo/ekto drops made by Dr. Okkie Botha of South Africa and available from the big suppliers. I will pox the birds in early June. I am currently looking at the Adeno virus vaccine but it seems the Jury is still out on its effectiveness. I will update you on whether I decide to use it this season or not. I will pull the 9th and 10th primaries in early June along with the 2 center deck feathers. Road training will begin in August with the 125 mile activation race in late September. The races will commence in October. I will give your birds many miles on the road, it is my belief that young birds really have to be worked on the road in order to get the best out of them. I will post all road training tosses on Wincompanion for you to follow along with frequent videos uploaded to our You Tube Channel on the website under the photo section. We are accepting birds starting February 15th until May 15th with replacements until May 31st. It is in my opinion better to send the youngsters when they are at least 35 days old. Birds sent before this are subject to more stress and seem to develop slower. Should you have any questions please call of email me at email@example.com and I will be happy to help any way I can. Thank you again for your confidence in me and our race. I can't wait to get the season started.
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.