News and Updates
Nov-26-2020
HAPPY THANKSGIVING ~~!

Happy Thanksgiving - wishing everyone a safe and happy holidays during these difficult times ~~

 

Well - perch fees saga continues - we will continue with or without these breeders ~!

All unpaid (perch fees) birds have been forfeited and remain at the disposal of the Arizona Classic Derby ~!

Our inventory and loft flying will continue next week. Training should start up after the birds are all routing for at least an hour.

Best regards

Nov-17-2020

Nice weather this week  - beautiful temperatures and not windy -

Birds are out everyday this week in 4 groups (Group A, B, C, D).

We hopefully should have all the perch fees squared away this week - and will start the clockings again.

Birds will be outside for about a month - let them acclimatize before we start flagging - and then training starts mid December - for races in january.

 

Best of luck ~!

Nov-09-2020

Windy this week from an abnormal record November high of 99 - rough local race on saturday with strong winds/gust and cold front moving in to drop our temps to 37...

OLR birds will start being let out later this week  in 4 groups after the cold front pushes through. The earlier entries are moulted out, the August entries have a ways to go...

Again - some perch fees are seriously delinquent ~ those who have overdue perch fees please send thiem this week before 15th November. Last call ~~!

 

Best regards

Oct-28-2020
DEFERRED PERCH FEES NOW DUE ~ THANK YOU ~!

Cool front moved through and dropped our temperatures by 30 degrees. We should be back up to high 80's tomorrow.

Birds are moulting nicely - kind of start and stop with our excessive temperatures hovering over 100 breaking records.

We should start back loft flying by middle of the month - once they start giving me 1 hr +; we will start training. The relaxed schedule this year is really nice - not rushed! Training starts in December and races in January.

A gentle and friendly Reminder: Perch fees are now way overdue (they were due in September). I will start emailing individual folks to get those perch fees in - and yes these are PERCH fees. Someone thought I was asking for entry fees without any training. This request is to get your PERCH fees in - the only race in the world that offered deferred perch fees - wonder if I will do that again next year ???

Best regards

Oct-16-2020
REMINDER - ALL PERCH FEES ARE NOW DUE ~!

Birds are doing well - another 102 degrees here today - our record is stuck - maybe this is the last of the 100 degree days - HA !!

Our local birds are training with some level of difficulty due to the heat -

One Loft birds are on lockdown trying to get them through a successful moult. Another few weeks we should have them all out and loft flying again - reminding folks that our races are in January, so the bulk of our training will be in December.

Gentle reminder that all perch fees are now due - for those of you that took advantage of our deferred perch fee stimulus.

 

Regards

Oct-07-2020
REMAINING PERCH FEES ARE NOW PAST DUE ~~!

Hello breeders,

September has come and gone - but the heat is still here.

For those of you that took advantage of our deferred perch fess - they were due in September.

Paypal (Friends and Family): stephenfurlonge@yahoo.com

Mail checks to:

Stephen Furlonge / Arizona Classic Derby 965 E Desert Lane, Gilbert AZ 85234

Credit card: Add 3.5% processing fees.

 

We keep saying one last heat wave - hopefully this is the last few days of records - and hopefully say goodbye to the 100 degree temperatures. It has been 105 and 10 degrees above normal.

Our own local birds are on training hold until later this week.

No treatments in water - just ACV, Probiotics, Ropa B a couple times, Vitamins/Electrolytes....

 

Best regards

Sep-28-2020
UPDATE

Not much to update - birds are in moult - had a couple one eyed colds that seems to be gone now with eye drops/respiratory treatment.

We keep saying one last heat wave - hopefully this is the last few days of records - and hopefully say goodbye to the 100 degree temperatures.

Our own local birds have been on training hold until later this week.

The One Loft Birds will be trained starting late November thru December for January races - so lots of time for them to complete the moult.

Best regards

Sep-17-2020
STILL BREAKING RECORD TEMPS

We broke another high record temperature yesterday in Arizona ~!

The smoke from Cali, Oregon and Washington is finally clearing out - there were 3 birds with eye colds - we gave respiratory eye drops and started a general Respiratory treatment for 5 days. I had problems staying outside with the smoke, and sunless days.

The one problematic sick section is still having a few skinny birds - probably a left-over from the viral effects that passed through that section. They are on all natural stuffs now - I cleaned them out with the usual antibiotics a couple of times - now I will only stick with the natural stuff  - sequencing through Oregano-based/Probiotics/Adeno Zap/ACV/Anti-bacterial supplements.

Lots of down feathers eveywhere, the older ones are locked down with pulled flights. We will get through a clean moult with all the crazy temperature swings - even with the August arrivals. Our acceptance period closed Aug 31 -  please do not get to excited and expect us to start training now as the early OLR races are showing their videos/training flights - everyone is anxious especially with the majority of OLRs on hold/delayed due to weather and smoke. Officially our training starts in November for a Final race in January - this is a late hatch race! We will start flagging later in October.

 

Best regards

Sep-11-2020
NEW INVENTORY IN PROGRESS

Quick update:

Remembering the brave heroes that sacrificed their lives 19 years ago ~!

We screwed up on the last inventory and reset the clock by accident - there are 350+ birds in loft.

We have re-started the clock - there are a few corrections needed and a few birds need to be added....

It looks like an eclipse out here with no sunlight and very eerie feeling. The smoke from the faraway fires has filtered out the sun to an orange/yellow tone and with that the temperatures have tumbled to 80's and 90's.

 

Best regards

Sep-07-2020
RECORD BREAKING TEMPERATURES ~!

We hit 115 degrees on Saturday and broke another record Sunday - two days in a row breaking all-time heat records. The excessive heat warning is through Monday - Over 53 days of 110+ degrees  - the hottest ever for Arizona records.

Some of the birds are going thru a massive moult in reaction to the temperature swings. Good clean moulting feed Mutine by Versele Laga, All n One grit, probiotics, ACV, Ropa B - checking on the birds 3 times daily to make sure waterers are topped up !

We delay our inventory to start Tuesday morning where it is expected to cool down to the 90's and more conducive to handling the birds. As is, by the time we change waterers, feed and clean - it is already too hot to do anything else.

Best regards ~!