Link for trainers today from 195 miles - OLD BIRDS. These are old birds left over for me to fly in our AZ Federation. These trainers are released 30 minutes after Fed race.
For those that left birds from last series to fly Old Birds with our Federation: There are some supers in this group ~!
Birds have been turned around from West Course towards Dagget to our Federation South East course. It has not been easy with any turnaround courses but they have been to several 75 mile tosses, 120 mile training and 150 mile training on Federation trailer. Tomorrow Saturday the remaining birds will be on the 195 mile as trainers. We will post the link as soon as we get the LIVE Benzing working. After this, they will be spread out to the 300, 350, 400, 200, 500 mile races as there is a 36 bird limit.
Stay tuned ~!
For the 2024 Youngbird series, We have the first arrivals settling in nicely and out on the aviary - Lots of time through August to get those entries in - we will get to our usual 400 birds - very manageable amount
The first birds are here - they will stay in quarantine section for a few days and then banded (E-bands), vaccinated on Wednesday. I do not like to vaccinate birds right out of the shipping box.
Estimating our usual 350 - 400 bird intake from our usual participants.
New this year is automatic loading of birds, new trailer and Benzing Live - so you dont need to wait on Wincompanion uploads.
Arizona Classic Derby 2024 RulesThis course requires a tough bird on the Final - birds that can survive the Summer and fly in desert conditions despite the early fast training races which allow the birds to be conditioned properly and have a high probability of getting to the tough Final. 2022/2023 Late Hatch (397 initial entries, after settling/training/Activation Race - 300, 264 went to Final, Speeds 1638-1529-1483-1394 ypm).
Accepting Birds February 5th, 2024 through August 5, 2024 (including replacements)100-120-140-190-320 mile series in December 2024. Trophies for ALL 1st in clock winners and Avg Speed.Perch Fees - $100 per bird due September 1st OR $150 per bird AFTER 120 mile Activation Race.
Perch Fees are due for only settled birds - you do not pay for lost birds off the loft.Entry fees - $325 per bird due AFTER the 120 mile Activation Race
Payout 1st drop, then clocking order.Payout on the Final Race limited to 10% of birds shipped to the Final.OPTIONAL $500 High Roller Average Speed entry (40/30/20/10 split).OPTIONAL 400 mile race 10 days after the Final - $150 entry.
Fly your remaining birds as Old Birds 2025 on our tough Federation course free up to 540 miles.ALL decisions by the OLR manager are Final – by entering the race you agree to this.
Dates, Distances could be adjusted depending on weather, and any other unforeseen situation in the best interest of the birds and safety of all.Any unpaid bird by due dates will be offered to others – new buyer will obtain ownership.
MINIMUM Training Schedule - All tosses above 50 miles published onWincompanion and ALL tosses on Benzing Live (link provided). We also train BETWEEN RACES ~!
2-5-10-15-25-35-50-50-50-50-75-75-75-90 before 1st race (PLUS)
We will start intake next week ~!
As a reminder, there is NO 2023/2024 Yearling Race. We have moved back to regular format for a regular 2024 YB race series - accepting birds in Januar 2024 for November 2024 races.
On a personal note, we have opened our loft for some 2023 youngbirds that we can fly in our Arizona Federation in October 2023. Some have taken advantage of this - next week is the last opportunity for you to ship some youngsters for us to fly locally for you.
Several of you got ahead of me before I had a chance to post- Return shipping is $60 per bird (add $10 for each extra bird). I did get 8 -boxes shipped out Wednesday morning. Next week Monday 15 - Wed 17 I am out of town so will not be able to ship until the following week.
Other remaining birds will be flown in Old Birds on our Federation South East course in February.
2023 Old Birds was a rough one on our toughest NW course where none of the remaining birds came back from the 540 mile race. Here is the link to the race results before the Final for the birds that made it to that point.
Races | ARPU National Database (pigeon-ndb.com)
Choose An Organization "Arizona Federation"
Choose a Race "4-8-2023" Peacock Mountain
Look under Loft "Irish Syndicate"
Still waiting on a few inbound checks
Race: 2nd Peacock MT Date: 04/08/2023 Station: PEACOCK MOUNTAIN, AZ 37 Lofts / 609 Birds
Super Congrats to all and to the 1st drop of 3 birds (Pegasus - Dan Coury, Sienna Loft - Joe Erato, Sooner Challenge - Rex Urbany) that were 5 mins out front of the 2nd group of 4. 3rd in the clock hung out extra - luckily went in before the 2nd drop arrived and will be counted as 1st drop.
After postponing the 200 due to 100 degree temps in favor of lower temps that led to a blowhome and a relatively easy race, we decided to keep the Final as scheduled. Due to a relatively quick turnaround, we only saw 112 birds today on what should have been an easy race with SW winds 10-15+ (which is effectively a tailwind on this course). The alternative would have been to rest up some more and possibly a 40+ bird drop so the added element slowed the returns today IMO.
There is the same confusion every year on the Wincompanion Approximate Speed calculation - that calculation is 1 hour off due to probably an incorrect time zone setting (nothing I can do on my side). The correct actual speeds are shown next to each bird - simply do the math and prove that to yourself (distance / time * 1760 ypm).
There will be no 400 this year as we are running out of good temperature days to host that.
There will be no late hatch acceptance for 2023 - we are moving to a YB 2024 series with acceptance in Feb 2024. Too many complications with late hatches, last rounds being weaker, double moult issues, major medication routines for health, etc..etc. Our race has been a low budget, low cost ($80 perch fee) with no frills, no white glove/white table cloth treatment, no staff to cater to your every need. By design, we keep cost down by avoiding all these bells and whistles. We will keep it that way but will change the Perch Fee structure to have perch/entry fees due after the 100mile activation race.
If you absolutely want us to test some of your super healthy late hatches in 2023, we will fly them in our local Federation races in October - December. There are some small money race options where your birds can participate. However I will need those birds in May 2023.
That's all the reflections for today.... Thanks
BEST of LUCK ~~!!
Lunch (Filipino food) served at 11:30 ..... txt msg for loft address (it's different from mailing address).
TENTATIVE PAYOUT (Based on all checks clearing and some funds still incoming)
Free Perch Fee is for our intake in February 1, 2024.