Good afternoon everyone!
Finally made homes for all of the extra birds, man does it feel good to have a completely empty loft again!
Under the loft has been completely cleaned and the pigeon poop will be hauled away before any new birds arrive, we saturate the ground with Virkon S several times before any new birds arrive. The floor is about 3 feet off the ground on the east end and about 4 feet off the ground at the west end where the ground starts to slope downward at the back of our property.
Next project is to install exhaust fans on the back wall of every section in the loft. These fans will be on a controller whereas we can control the length of time they are on, when they come on and shut off, or if we just want to keep them running 24-7. Last year we had no respiratory problems however still feel that this will be good for the birds, and of course for our workers when they are inside the loft caring for the birds.
Next project is to install a misting system on the front of the loft to help keep the birds cool and clean when it does get hot, they will also have access to baths once we have all birds in for the year and settled.
While these two projects are being done we are working on more perches for the loft as well.
Thinking about putting a feed trough on the back side of the loft that will run the entire length of the loft. The trough will be slightly above floor level and can be filled from the outside of the loft, this will pay obvious dividends for our workers and on days when we give our workers a day off and we have to do everything. Our workers do the loft cleaning, disenfecting of the loft and feed trays, we control the feeding part always.
Definitely going to put 2 more levels on the trailer as we are expecting more birds this year.
Remember, we are only accepting birds March through April, so please do not send any birds in February. Last year we accepted birds February through May. February can still be cold and wet here, March and April we usually have just awesome weather, when May rolls around it can start to get hot. We feel by not taking any birds in February when weather is still unpredictable, then in May when it can get hot, it will be a lot less stress on the birds when they arrive and are being settled. Our health was great last year, we are hoping for even better this year!
We are nearing 1,500 perch reservations already, our limit will be 3,500. If we get the number of pigeons activated in the mandatory BRONZE race, then in the optional SILVER and GOLD races, we may top $1,000,000 in prizes this year.
Do not miss out, the Apple Cup is going to be bigger and better than last year!
Remember, no birds until 1 March.
Rick & Olga
We have been working on updating the site this evening, please take a look and particularly at the Payout Tab. The estimated payout posted under our Payout tab is for the BRONZE race only based upon 2,500 birds activated and 1,500 going to the final race with the top 10% earning the prizes. The SILVER and GOLD races will be very similar to the estimated BRONZE payout chart with the top 10% of the pigeons shipped to those respective races winning the prizes!
Please let us know if you have any questions, text is easiest way to get a hold of us.
Rick & Olga
Good morning fellow racing pigeon enthusiasts!
Part of the reason to post whose birds were being shipped this week was to shake the bushes a bit, word gets around quick and in doing so we find out if we accidentally missed someone. We did discover that we had missed one breeder who had already paid, one breeder who had one pigeon not shipped that we need to go find. Since the last update a few individuals came forward and requested their birds, yes it is way past the deadline but if we have to sort through them again might as well let these guys get their birds back instead of being hardnosed about it.
Below are the breeders whose birds will be mailed back next Monday. If you have not received your birds yet and want them back, you have until 5 PM PST to go to our payments tab and pay for shipping, we will not accept checks at this point. After paying for shipping through our Payments Tab that is located off of our Home Page, send us a text at 254-247-9504 letting us know you have accomplished this. We will be sorting through the remaining 300ish birds tomorrow early AM, after tomorrow we will make no more acceptions or accomodations.
Jose Carlos Pigeon
Vacas Flacas Loft
Again, if you have not received your birds yet and are not on this final list then go pay through our site and then send us a text letting us know you have done so.
Rick & Olga
Please read to the very bottom, there is a update to this message that we put out earlier regarding other breeder's birds being shipped next week that have just surfaced after posting this update.
Tomorrow we will ship the very last of the birds that have had shipping paid for. According to our rules breeders have 14 days to pay for shipping after the final race, our final race was Thanksgiving day. Since we could not get all of the birds shipped out prior to Christmas and will not ship pigeons during the Christmas and New Year holidays, we extended the cut off date and were more than accomodating. We will have about 350 birds left after tomorrow, we will not sort through them again so please do not ask. This year we hope to be done early November and if so we will be strict on the 2 week rule so that we can ship all of the birds back before Christmas and find homes for the leftovers.
Since this is the very last shipment, we have decided to post a list of those breeders who have pigeons being shipped tomorrow so these breeders do not need to contact us asking if their birds were shipped.
123 Bird Love to Fly
Liu's Loft/168 Loft
Team Alferenz Loft
Medina Loft FL
Jose Carlos Pigeon (Ready for pick up)
La baraca Jal Loft/Mexnusa connection Loft
Rachel Olivieri (103)
Thunder Birds Breeding Loft
TX Lin Loft
Good Earth Loft
We are very proud to say that every single pigeon that needed to be mailed back got mailed back this year, roughly 900 out of the slightly over 1,200 that returned from the final race and the few that arrived after the clock was turned off. Most of the pigeons looked great when they were put in the box and had lots of muscle on them, moreso than in previous years. Our plan is the do exactly what we did healthwise this year that we did last, if it is not broke don't try to fix it as the old saying goes.
Everyone have a great week!
The following breeders birds will be shipped out not this week, but the following week.
If you paid for shipping and have not received your birds yet and do not have your birds on one of these two lists, then text us immediately with your loft name, first and last name, and what date you paid for shipping and if it was via PayPal or a check.
The main purpose of this post is to shake the tree so to speak, so let us know if you paid and are not on one of the above two lists so we can research it and figure out when we will be shipping your birds. If you have yet to pay for shipping then we can add you but only if you pay via PayPal through our Payments Tab. If you do so text us and let us know that you paid and we will log in to PayPal to verify, once verified we will add you to our ship list.
We finished shipping out the last of the birds yesterday, glad that is over!
Invariably, there are always a handful of pigeons we missed when shipping two separate weeks before Christmas, then again this Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. We will sort through the birds just ONE LAST TIME starting tomorrow to find 3 pigeons we missed on this week's shipments.
IF THERE ARE ANY PIGEONS YOU DID NOT RECEIVE THAT YOU WANTED RETURNED, YOU HAVE UNTIL 9 PM PACIFIC STANDARD TIME TODAY TO LET US KNOW VIA TEXT ONLY.
If you do happen to text us wanting a bird back that you think we may of missed, please identify yourself by LOFT NAME and the bird's band number and let us know today, tomorrow will be too late.
Our game plan is to ship the remaining birds out next Tuesday, remember Monday is a holliday.
We have well over 900 perches reserved for this year's race and a lot of interest in our Silver and Gold categories. We have yet to make changes to our site, however here are the only real changes you will see when we do update our site which will be in just a few days.
We are only accepting birds March and April this year in hopes we can get the races started and ended before winter weather sets in here in the Pacific NW.
Three categories instead of just one, Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Bronze is mandatory, all birds must be entered. Out of the Bronze we will pay a little on the 250 and 300 like we did last year, pay AVG speed prizes, and most will be on the final race just like last year.
Silver and Gold are purely optional, prizes are for the final race only.
Each bird is entered in the Bronze for $250, enter either the Silver or Gold for a total of $500, or all three for $750.
If we get the number of birds we are expecting and entered in each category we could very well reach $1,000,000 in prizes.
Entry fees are not due until AFTER the activation race, that is for the Bronze which again is mandatory, also the Silver and Gold. We will collect race fees just this one time for all races.
We had our best year ever last year despite having twice as many birds. This is our 8th year and we feel we have finally got a good grasp on what it takes to manage a large number of birds and get most to the first race and a large percentage to the final race.
If we get done early enough we will offer a 400, however ONLY if it looks like we will have time to conduct a 400 and still get the birds back to the breeders before Christmas. We absolutely do not want to still be mailing birds back after Christmas this year, just too cold and a big mess out there once the snow starts to melt. If we do offer a 400 it will be $250 a bird and fees will be due within 7 days of the final 350 mile race.
Again, main reason for this update is to talk about getting the last few remaining pigeons back to their breeders before the rest are given away which will be next Wednesday after all remaining birds are shipped Tuesday.
Everyone have a great rest of your week!
Rick & Olga
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send us a text or a call.
Rest of the birds will be shipped next week Mon-Wed.
Over 100 breeders already signed up for this year with nearly 600 pigeons and growing daily!
Do not miss out on one of the biggest races for 2023!
As per our rules, you have 14 days to pay for shipping after the final race and we are WAY past that date. Tomorrow early morning we will sort through the birds to identify those being shipped next week, this is the VERY LAST TIME we will be going through the birds.
If you have not already sent payment for shipping the ONLY WAY to do so is through our Payments Tab where it will take you to PayPal, you can use a credit card as well here.
If you pay via PayPal you MUST text us at 254-247-9504 and identify yourself by loft name letting us know you did so, we will then verify that you paid and will add you to the list of breeders whose birds we are pulling out tomorrow to ship next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Any CA birds are being shipped on Wednesday, same with OR and ID birds.
If you live in Hawaii make sure that you contact John De Carlo in CA who will coordinate shipment of your birds, we will be mailing the HI birds to him on Wednesday. John knows what documents are necessary to ship birds to HI.
We have just went through the last of the payments for return shipping, looks like we will be shipping 182 boxes next week and that will be it for the year.
We have one check whom we have absolutely no idea who is the breeder is, below is some information off the check.
Resource One CREDIT UNION
PO Box 660077, Dallas, TX 75266
Check No: 00642962
If you sent this check please send us a text at 254-247-9504 identifying yourself by Loft Name. We are sorting birds tomorrow moring early, this is the last time we will be going through the birds. The check is in the amount of $150.00 so we are sure that whomever sent the check, they reall want their birds back.
PLEASE, always put your loft name on checks in the bottom left hand corner, very important.
Happy New Year to all of our fellow pigeon friends out there!
Olga and I took our daughter who is home from college out to Texas to see the rest of the family for Christmas, with flight delays we just got home. Game plan was to start shipping the rest of the birds back which have had shipping paid for starting this coming Monday, however when we got home we found out our main helper has Covid and is just starting to recover to where she feels like her old self. Therefore, instead of starting to ship birds this coming Monday the 2nd of Jan 2023, we will start shipping birds back the following Monday which is the 9th of January, 2023. With flight delays to Texas as well as on the return trip, our main helper recovering from Covid, we have to delay shipping for a week and hope you understand for the aforementioned reasons.
All checks have been sent to those of you who won money and most of those checks have cleared the bank, last batch was sent 21 December, 2022. A few of you have not received your checks yet, only a handful from what we have heard so far. Give it a few days, if you do not get your check we wll gladly send one out to those of you whose checks got lost in the mail. If you won money this year and have not received a check from us then just text us, not call, and let us know who you are by Loft Name so we can research it.
A very few of you are owed refunds who paid for your entry fees early and had a bird(s) get lost before the first race. We will tackle this shortly and get those checks out in the mail, we did not want to mix refunds with prize money checks when we were mailing same.
If you get the Racing Pigeon Digest you have seen our advertisement on the front cover of the most recent edition. Same as this year, no money due with birds, $250 per bird after the activation race which will be hopefully in September. There will be 3 categories, Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Bronze is mandatory and is $250 per bird, we will pay out of this a little on the 250 and 300, AVG speed, with most going to the top 10% shipped to the final 350 mile race just like we did this year. Silver and Gold races are optional and are $250 each, all prize money will be paid out to the top 10% shipped to those races. So enter just the Bronze for $250, enter also either the Silver or Gold making it $500, or for $750 enter all three. If we receive the number of birds that we are estimating and everyone says they plan to send, we could very well have over 1 MILLION in prizes this year!
There is HUGE interest this year, we have nearly 500 pigeons already reserved and we have not even updated our site which we will do in the next few days before Olga goes back to work doing tax preparation. Our loft will hold up to 3500 birds, if we outgrow it we will add on to the loft and we have plans on adding additional levels to our trailer to accomodate birds and not overcrowd them.
This year we simply could not hold a optional 400 miler, it was tough enough getting the 350 in before we were coverd in snow and ice which we are now, looking out the window we are completely fogged in. If we get done early enough next year we will offer a optional 400, but only if it looks like the weather is not going to be like it is this year.
Happy New Year everyone!