Jun-17-2018

WEEKLY UPDATE

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he  believed in me. 
"Jim Valvano"

Good Morning Breeders, happy fathers day to all you dad's , I hope your day is  filled with joy and family. The molt is gong well, primaries are about 2 1/2 inches out. I will let the birds out in about 10 days. Pigeons had a bath yesterday and really enjoyed splashing around. The birds are on probiotics, vitamins and apple cider vinegar in the water on alternate days. I pulled two birds this past week both with one eye colds, one is back in the loft and the other will be tomorrow. The health is doing well, this time in the south is generally the danger time health wise. I walk thru the loft at least 5-6 times each day to check on birds. I pull any bird that looks even slightly under the weather immediately. 

One of my breeders contacted me and told me that there is a pretty bad outbreak of PMV in upper South Carolina. We have not problems here, all birds were vaccinated on arrival and again 21 days later. I always vaccinate my own youngsters at about 21 days and those that go to the one lofts will often get at least 2 shots.  Those of you that do not vaccinate in your own lofts should definitely do it,  it helps your birds own immunity when going out to the races.

Check our YouTube and Facebook  pages for video uploads from the past week. Happy Fathers day again and have a great week. 

Jun-01-2018

RACE IS CLOSED

May-27-2018

LAST WEEK TO SHIP BIRDS

Nothing is ever lost by courtesy. It is the cheapest of pleasures, costs nothing, and conveys much.
"Erastus Wiman"

Good Evening Breeders, first things first. I  want to thank all you veterans that have served this country and we thank you for the sacrifices you and your families have made to make our lives better. We will always remember  those that are still on "patrol"

This is the last week to send your birds, the race will close on Friday and no more birds will be accepted. I did a hand inventory this last week and it looks like just 1 bird missing off the loft since our last inventory.  We have 554 birds in the loft with just over 400 settled. The birds have been out everyday this past week, it does look like we may have rain for the next few days. 

I did drive up to North Carolina this past week and got our new trailer ordered, I believe it is going to be great for the birds and will make for very fast loading on training day. We will have it in early July, so plenty of time before we start road work. 

Breeders have a great week and thank you for the support, videos have been posted this past week on our Facebook page and I will upload one to YouTube channel shortly. 

May-20-2018

11 DAYS TILL RACE CLOSES

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities - brilliantly disguised as insoluable problems.
"John Gardner"

Good Day Breeders, there are 518 birds in the loft and 369 are settled. The past two weeks we have seen our biggest intakes to date. We have 11 days till the race closes and I fully expect the next two weeks to be just as busy based on the emails and phone calls I have received about birds coming in. 

Your pigeons were out all but one day this past week, we have had some rain which we sorely needed but it has had a very limited effect on our flying time. The health continues to  be absolutely outstanding, I am very pleased with the health regime I have the birds on this year. I have come up with neat design on a trailer that will be manufactured over the next 6 weeks. It will be a dual purpose trailer that can  take individual baskets and can be speed loaded for training where birds go in without having to load them in individual baskets. This will really streamline training and allow for much faster loading in the mornings. They will still have access to water troughs in both situations. 

The quality of birds in the race are outstanding and over the past 6 years I have noticed without a doubt the quality of pigeons in the race are just getting better and better. It takes a few years for new breeders to find their feet as it is special pigeon that is needed to face the rigours of a one loft race and come out on top. The one loft races give you an opportunity to test your birds "apples to apples"

Breeders I want to personally thank you for helping the Southern Belle race grow each and every year. We have surpassed last years intake and have grown steadily from our first year of 98 birds and 22 breeders. 16 of those breeders are still with us and of that group of 22, 3 have passed away. I do my best to retain as many of you as possible and each year make changes to improve the race and condition of your birds. We have 115 breeders that have already sent birds and there are quite a few more that will still send. 

A weekly video has been posted on our Facebook and YouTube. Have a fantastic week. 

May-13-2018

18 DAYS TILL RACE CLOSES

Opportunities are on every hand; what we need is, not a new chance, but clearness of vision to discern the chance which at this very hour is ours, if we recognize it.
"Katherine Krieger"

Good Evening Breeders, there are 456 birds in the loft and 338 are settled. We had the busiest week at the loft this past week with new birds coming in since we started taking birds. I have already heard from several of you that are shipping birds this week, going to be another very busy week. 18 days and the race closes.  The birds are doing great, they were out everyday this past week and weather looks great for the week ahead. I will do another hand inventory on Wednesday to see if we have any missing birds.

I got a call on one of our birds that a homeowner found in his yard and took the time to contact the breeder and then me.Still good people out there.  It had been grabbed by a Coop and was about an hour away from the loft. I am always amazed at how tough a racing pigeon is, this particular bird had a great deal of its breast muscle eaten and was still standing and It is now eating and drinking on its own. The owner has been notified and will send another. I suspect it went routing and got into trouble. 

Health continues to be outstanding, to date only 4 birds have been replaced due to health issues. I am still amazed at how good it has been this year.  Group 10 is out and settled.  I am looking forward to the race closing and getting your birds into a fine tuned  team.

I have posted a video this past week on our Facebook page and one on our YouTube channel. Have a fantastic week and thank you for helping make this 2018 season a great one.

May-06-2018

WEEKLY UPDATE

Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions.
"Albert Einstein"

Good Afternoon Breeders, there are 402 birds in the loft and 314 are settled. The race closes in 25 days so for those that have signed up now is the time to get your birds in  and be a part of a very exciting series that lies ahead. We already have over $30,000 in the kitty for payout on the race series.  Weather continues to be perfect and the next 10 days are much of the same, 80's low humidity and no rain. It has been a windy spring but has not slowed us in any way and the birds have really enjoyed flying in I daily. I will post a hand inventory later in the week so we know where we stand, as of last weeks hand inventory on the settled birds only one bird has been lost off the top of the loft to date and the breeder has been informed. The health is excellent, I walk thru the loft several times a day looking very carefully at your birds. Experience has taught me that a YB that is caught early if something is coming on can be turned around quickly and be back flying in a matter of days with the right treatment.

There are groups of birds leaving the loft each day and returning after 10-15 minutes. The birds will have their 9,10th flight and center tail feathers pulled in early June. We get them back out again in early July with a clean molt and then start pushing the birds to stay airborne. We start road training in August and will have well over 1000 miles under their belts before the race season starts, last season we had over  1200 miles before we started. The activation race will be in late September and the final race will be the first week in November.

I have posted a couple of videos  video's this past week on our facebook page and one on our YouTube channel. Have a fantastic week and thank you for helping make this 2018 season a great one.

Apr-29-2018

WEEKLY UPDATE

Success in life is a matter not so much of talent or opportunity as of concentration and perseverance.
"C. W. Wendte"

Good Afternoon Breeders, all is well at the loft. We have 374 birds in the loft, 262 are settled. On Tuesday's inventory we have lost 1 bird off the loft so far this season in the settling process. I could not be happier with the way it has been going and lady luck has smiled on us with not hawk visits. We will see hawks but usually it is later in the year when the birds are strong on the wing.

Health is great and birds coming in continue to be top notch. It is going to be a great series, always fun to see which birds come out on top. The weather has been fantastic with the birds out everyday this past week except Monday. I did post a short video earlier in the week of the settled birds.

On a somber note one of our Breeders Allan Catoe of Perseverance Loft passed away a few days ago. Our thoughts and prayers  are with his family and friends.

We had a busy week this past week with many birds coming in. Thank you for letting me know if birds are on their way. Have a great week and I will update again soon.

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.