Hot hot hot spell from 110-114 for the next few days. We are not doing much with the birds - just rest during the moult - all the vitamins, minerals, all n one grit, feather supplements, and all you can eat buffet during this period when the birds are developing the most.
There are no birds in the sick bay - ACV and oregano-based supplements in the water a few times a week.
Until next time....
A record 115 degrees on Monday breaking a 50 year old high temperature on this date. Birds did not seem to be bothered... followed by some extremely high winds and dust storms that normally accompanies high desert temps. The next few days will be closer to normal 105 degrees but with potential dust storms ... will try to squeeze in an inventory in the mornings as we keep the birds inside and close off even the aviaries on stormy evenings.
Rain, rain and rain in the Arizona desert. We have not seen temps to 81 degrees for a long time.... 20-30 degrees cooler with the monsoon moisture.
All birds are now integrated (including the last arrivals). The next inventory will reflect all birds on the property. We have a few bands that need to be checked: WOC 94 is not scanning, and a couple other mismatches with numbers correct but Club Name incorrect
9th and 10th are coming in nicely. We will try to do some facebook videos in August to showcase the health.
Until next update....
July is almost gone - now to August and looking for a successful moult (ACV, Oregano extracts, vitamins, minerals, Versele Laga pellets, All in One grits, feather supplements).
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After the above normal record heat for the last 2 weeks, the monsoons are finally here with cooler mornings and rain.
Birds have had 9th and 10th pulled (except the later arrivals). Later arrivals will be allowed to acclimatize and settle for a while longer. The feed content has been bumped up with Versele Laga pellets and higher protein to help with the moult.
Chip check is complete and sorted out.
We have started a manual hand inventory this morning with 4 sections completed. The remaining 4 sections will be finished later today and posted.
Acceptance period for entries and replacements are over. We are cleaning up the inventory list for lost/missing/replaced birds - so the list is not 100% accurate yet. There are a few birds that have been replaced that are still on the list.
Due to the extreme heat advisory, we have not completed our chip check/flight pull/boost as advised. We should drop down to normal temps in a few days. We don't think its is wise to pull flights and vaccinate on an extremely hot day.
All else is good - thank you for your support this year.
Wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable July 4th ~~!
Check the "Breeders" page to see if you are missing and need to replace a bird - you are welcome to send any replacements next week.
All is well here - we will be finishing up pulling flights on the early groups, pox/salbac and booster pmv on all those that need one.
We just have a few entries/replacements coming in next week - and will upload the clocking inventory/chip check next week.
We realize with the abundance of OLRs out there that you have a choice. Thank you for your participation this year and best of luck to all your OLR entries for 2019 season. We will strive to be at the top of the OLR stats this year again.
All good here in AZ ~!! The Woodbury fires are burning NE of us (96,000 acres burned so far) - but on the other side of the mountains so we are not affected by smoke or in any danger. No lives lost or property so far ~!!
Several breeders are shipping this week. We have a very good relationship with our Post Office - they call or send birds direclty out to us so that they are not driving around in the mail truck. Or we pick them up at the distribution center if they come in at weird hours.
Two breeders have asked for extra shipping time the week after the July 4th. That works for us if you need an extra few days.
Training starts in October so plenty of time to get them ready for that. On our own local team we are on our last round of babies - those June hatches really do better in the heat ~! One July hatch won the Arizona Open Classic one year from 358 miles in December ~!!
We are super excited as this year our AZ Federation is flying the SAME direction as the Arizona Classic Derby OLR - Southeast - so my training commute is cut in half. This means we can work twice as hard as our Federation birds and OLR birds will be going the same direction. We will not be training or racing on days of Federation races.
Until next update ~~!!
We hit 112 degrees (above normal) the last few days - for the next week or so we will be 10 degrees cooler to normal ~100 deg. The birds seem to be acclimated and was not bothered by the heat. Health-wise we are extremely happy with how the birds looked this week. As we approach the moulting period - we will be adjusting the feed accordingly with the best of Versele laga feed and supplements. We are a Versele laga distributor here in the Southwest and import several containers every year - call or email if you need a quote for shipping a skid of feed/grit/all in one.
Thanks for your support and confidence with several weeks to go - get those entries in - training starts in October - so lots of time to settle those birds and get them routing before training.