We are going to allow breeders to ship new birds and replacements on June 1st. May 31st is Memorial Day and is a Monday, June 1st is Tuesday and we always strongly advise due to the USPS running a little behind this year to ship on a Monday or a Tuesday at the latest each week.
PLEASE, do not ship any birds after June 1st for this year's race.
We ran a inventory today and clocked in 944 pigeons, last inventory on the 13th was 949. We removed 3 birds since the 13th due to wing injuries and one due to sickness, so it looks like for now we are down one bird from the 13th that has come up missing while loft flying which we do daily.
We have been posting videos through Facebook regularly lately. If you want to see these videos send us a Facebook request and a Instant Message identifying yourself. Look up Rick Mee in Yakima, WA.
Look over your birds closely, if you are missing a bird please send us a replacement in the mail no later than 1 June.
Rick & Olga
Yesterday we trapped weeks 7-9 through the traps without them going out to fly, then let out weeks 1-6 to fly and trap in on their own after all birds from weeks 7-9 came in. Today we let all birds in weeks 1-9 out and have kept the clock running from yesterday's inventory to see if we had any birds stay out over night in weeks 1-6. So we now officially have weeks 1-9 all together and settled.
Week 10 birds, which was last week, and week 11 which is this week, will be settled in the next few weeks.
If you have a bird needing replaced due to sickness, which we have had very little of KNOCK ON WOOD, you have been emailed and texted. Please get replacements to us BEFORE 31 May and keep a eye on loft flying inventories. If you have birds that arrived weeks 1-9 and you see one come up missing on a loft flying inventory then send us a replacement before our deadline.
Only 2 more weeks to send, do not get caught on the sidelines.
Today we ran a inventory of weeks 1-9. Weeks 7, 8, and 9 trapped in first and did not go out of the loft. Weeks 1-6 were kicked out after all of weeks 7-9 trapped in and trapped in on their own. Next Monday or Tuesday weeks 1-9 will be merged and flown together and we will run a inventory or two during the week. Week 10 are birds which came in last week, week 11 is this week. It will be a few weeks before weeks 10 and 11 are let out to fly.
After this week there are only 2 more weeks to get birds to us, last day is 31 May.
If you have had a bird needing replaced due to sickness or injury, you have been contacted via email and text. If you have a bird in weeks 1-9 and it comes up missing then send a replacement by 31 May.
If you have questions please text us, this is the fastest way to get an answer. 254-247-9504
There are nearly 1,200 birds sent by nearly 300 breeders, it is going to be a big race so get in while you can!
Just a reminder, we will be offering a optional 400 mile race this year aproxomately 14 days after the final 350 mile race. Pick your birds from what you have left after the 350 mile race, fees will be due 7 days later and training will begin again leading up to the 400 miler.
$100,000 GUARANTEED 1st prize.
Accepting new birds and replacements up to 31 May. Those of you who need to replace birds have been contacted via email and text.
There are currently 1,100 birds in the loft with lots arriving over the next three weeks, do not miss out!
Accepting birds until 31 May, 2021.
Health is incredible this year! Only 30 pigeons have had to be replaced so far, all breeders have been both emailed and sent a text message. If sending a replacement please write REPLACEMENT on the box please.
We are not full, it is not too late to sign up and send your birds in.
Weeks 1-6 are out flying and doing great. Weeks 7-8 will be settled shortly and merged with weeks 1-6, next inventory will most likely be weeks 1-8. If you see a missing bird on more than one inventory then go ahead and send a replacement, write REPLACEMENT on the box in big bold letters.
Good luck to all of my fellow One Loft Race manager brothers, only we know how much work goes in to trying to pull off one of these races. If you want a challenge start a One Loft Race, we dare ya!
If you have a question the best way to get a quick answer is to text us at 254-247-9504, we check email every few days when we have time which this time of year is not very often. Please be patient if you are unable to text.
Please read previous updates below if you have questions regarding the race this year.
$100,000 first prize!
All races are by clocking order, only race in the USA that is pure clocking order.
Thanks for your continued support!
Accepting birds until the end of May.
We currently have about 950 birds in the loft, we will exceed 1,500 this year.
Health has been very good with only 25 birds having to be replaced. If we contact you for a replacement please include a note with your loft name and write REPLACEMENT on the note.
We appologize for not having ran a inventory yet. We have weeks 1-6 out and flying and hope to have a inventory posted shortly after we get our wiring project completed. After we post our first inventory we will try to post at least one loft flying inventory per week through May. Our laptop is the clock and we are using the laptop basically Wed through Sat to input incomming birds. This means that inventories will be posted on either Sunday or Monday, Tuesday we use it to assign chip bands through May. Once all birds are in and settled we will be posting loft flying inventories at least a few times per week.
Keep in mind that we will be offering a 400 miler this year.
All races clocking order only, only race in the US that is pure clocking order.
$100,000 first prize!
The PO box on our site is the correct address to mail your birds to.
If you have any questions, the best way to get a quick answer is to text us at 254-247-9504, include your loft name please.
Thanks for the support breeders, we really appreciate it!
A few of the same questions we keep getting asked so felt we should address them here briefly.
Accepting birds through May 31st, 2021.
Shipping address is as follows:
PO Box 313
Moxee, WA 98936
Make checks out to Apple Cup if sending a check, put your loft name on the check. If paying via PayPal through our PAYMENTS tab on the left located on our home page, please put your loft name on the box on the address label, or on a note.
$100.00 per bird, no discounts. If your bird is lost BEFORE the first training toss, we will give you a free perch the very next year.
$300.00 entry fee due after the activation race and must be received before the first official race which will be held 7 days after the activation race.
400 mile optional race this year. After the final race you will have 7 days to get your $200.00 to us per bird, we will resume training with all birds going to the 400 miler after 7 days and hopefully have the 400 mile race 14 days after the 350 mile final race.
Health of the birds, knock on wood, is very very good this year. We have pulled 16 birds out of the loft this year and 8 of those were from two different breeders.
We will start running inventories shortly. We decided to change up the traps this year a bit and needed more cable which we now have. Once we have everything installed we will start running inventories, sorry for the delay.
It is not necessary to contact us to let us know you are shipping birds. Simply ship on a Monday, Tuesday at the latest, and follow the directions above and in other updates you can find below. However, if you have a specific question then by all means contact us. It is always best to text us, you will get the fastest answer that way.
The main two questions we get asked were addressed above, shipping address and are we still accepting birds. If you have any questions you have not seen addressed in our updates then by all means give us a call or text, again you will get the fastest answer if you text.
PLEASE, vaccinate your birds 3 weeks before shipping to us for a minimum PMV. When your birds arrive they will receive their booster for PMV and be treated first for bacterial diseases, secondly canker, then we will put your birds on a regular health regimen and only alter it as needed.
Most of all, do not overcrowd your birds and use only USPS approved shipping boxes.
Thanks everyone for your continued support, Olga and I really appreciate it!
Rick & Olga
We currently have 720 birds in the loft and 360 breeders signed up through the first 6 weeks with new breeders signing up daily, over 1,700 perches reserved thus far. We have 7 more weeks of accepting birds and took in 168 birds just this week. At this rate we will easily surpass our goal of starting with well over 1,500 birds when training begins and can hopefully get 1,500 birds activated which is what our payout is based upon.
Some feedback as to why we are continue to climb the ladder as one of the largest and most recognized One Loft Races in the USA.
Only OLR in USA which is clocking order only.
We train like crazy, most importantly between races and get the birds tuned up for the next race.
$100,000 GUARANTEE 1st prize on the final 350 mile race.
400 mile optional race, first time offered this year.
A tough course with N to NW winds racing from S to N, varried terrain consisting of hills, ridgelines, valleys, desert, forest, mountains, all of this and they still have to cross the Columbia River on the Columbia Gourge where cross winds are at times very strong.
We use only brand new shipping boxes when your birds are returned, all birds are shipped with dividers.
We had a excellent year in 2020 statistically, many who have entered or already sent birds have mentioned this so thanks for paying attention.
MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, VACCINATE YOUR BIRDS AT LEAST 21 DAYS BEFORE SHIPPING FOR PMV!
Join us for our 6th consecutive year of hosting the Apple Cup, you will not be disapointed!
Rick & Olga Mee
Good morning everyone from the Apple Cup! Olga and I hope all of you are enjoying your Easter weekend and that you are spending it with friends and family.
Birds continue to come in at a steady pace as do new breeders signing up daily. We currently have nearly 1,600 perch reservations and over 550 pigeons currently in the loft. It appears that we will meet our goal of 1,500+ pigeons this year.
The postal service continues to be late on deliveries this year. It is cool out for now, but as we get in to warmer months keep this in mind when you put your young birds in the box. The warmer it gets, the bigger the box you should use, or the fewer you put in each box sending.
It is not necessary to call, text, or email us before sending birds. Do the following and everything goes smoothly.
Sign up before sending. If you do not do this then we do not know where to assign your birds when they arrive.
Send ONLY on Monday or Tuesday, preferably on Monday.
Do not overcrowd your birds, worst thing you could possibly do.
Vaccinate at least 3 weeks before sending, do not vaccinate right before sticking them in the box.
If sending a check, put the check on the INSIDE of the box inside a plastic zip lock, not on the outside. Some of you put the check under the shipping label or sometimes in precarious places, making it nearly impossible to find unless you were the person placing it there. We burn all boxes when they arrive and will use only new boxes when we return your birds, so please do not play hide and seek with your check.
Put your loft name on the check if sending a check. If you pay via PayPal under our PAYMENTS tab, please put a note in the box that you have done so and put your loft name on the note or at least on the box. It gets confusing when birds arrive where the breeder has not registered, can not be found in Wincompanion by doing a search, especially if the breeder has never entered a One Loft Race.
Write legibly please, if we can not make out the phone number then we can not call if we have questons.
Please go to our breeder list and click on your Loft Name before contacting us to see if your birds arrived. We do not have time to check emails throughout the day especially when we are processing birds, or normally to pick up the phone. If you follow your tracking numbers, you will see when we pick up the birds, and I can guarantee that your birds will be entered in Wincompanion the evening that they arrive. We process in the morning, input them in to Wincompanion after all of the birds have been taken care of for the day. If you do not know how to track your birds through USPS.COM then text us at 254-247-9504, include your loft name, and we will let you know if your birds arrived or not.
Again, we are offering a optional 400 mile race 10-14 days after the conclusion of the final 350.
We are the only race in the USA which is pure clocking order!
Lots of info below, please read our previous updates!
Happy Easter to all!
We will be offering a optional 400 mile race aproximately 14 days after the conclusion of the 350 mile race.
$200 per bird due 7 days after the conclusion of the 350 mile race, you pick the ones you want to enter.
All birds will begin to be mailed back after the 400 mile race.
The payout below is based upon 500 activated birds in the 400 mile race.
15% 1st $15,000
10% 2nd $10,000
9% 3rd $9,000
8% 4th $8,000
7% 5th $7,000
6% 6th $6,000
5% 7th $5,000
4% 8th $4,000
3% 9th $3,000
2% 10th $2,000
1% 11-25th $1,000
All prizes above will be adjusted up or down based upon how many birds are activated.
We currently have over 400 birds in the loft and should surpass 500 birds during our first month of intake. We are expecting 1,500-2,000 birds this year.
Last year we had 81% make it to the first race from 311 breeders entered, 304 had birds make it to the final race, 275 breeders completed the entire series which is 88.4%.
We are the ONLY race in the USA which is pure clocking order!
Very few races compare to the amount of training we conduct, especially between races.
Join us for our 6th consecutive year of hosting the Apple Cup, and our first year offering a optional 400 mile race.
Rick & Olga