Mar-24-2017

LOFT UPDATE

Good Morning Breeders, we have 182 birds in the loft. Roughtly 106 birds are settled. Health is great to date, birds coming in are in top shape. Weather has been good and looks to be getting even better. Pigeons love the sunlight that streams into the loft till about 11am.  Thank you for the support and look forward to training and racing your birds. Have a great weekend.

Feb-22-2017

ACCEPTING BIRDS

Hello Breeders, we have started accepting birds. Please email, text or call when you have put your birds in the mail. We will be vaccinating them on arrival and then 14 days later they will get a booster shot.

Thank you for the support and have a great week.

Feb-12-2017

FEB 12TH UPDATE

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.

Jan-21-2017

MID JANUARY UPDATE

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 sphitides@gmail.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.

Dec-25-2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

Dec-20-2016

SEASONS GREETINGS

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.

 

 

Nov-30-2016

FEED NEWS

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.

Nov-23-2016

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

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.

Oct-27-2016

SIGN UP NOW FOR 2017

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.

Aug-11-2016

NEW LOFT COMPLETE

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.