2 weeks remaining for entries/replacements.
It has been a hot 4 days here with 117 degrees - As mentioned last update, we pulled several birds from Group 7.
There is something viral going on in Group 7 only - and with the heat it has only compounded the situation.
8 birds have died in that section over the last few days - and another 4 we will recommend replacing to the breeders.
We medicated with Enroflacin for 4 days as a precaution - realizing that viral is best treated with natural stuff, we are continuing with daily probiotic therapy. Symptoms: A combination of excess water in crop in a couple, another couple had respiratory issues, and the other 4 were just getting skinny and listless.
Best regards - not the best of news especially as we are on the last days of the acceptance period without any issues prior ~!
We are still in our acceptance period - accepting until Aug 15th (all entries and any replacements).
Partial Inventory is in process (combination of hand scan and running them thru the trap) the last 2 days - there are a few bands need to be fixed/corrected before the next clocking (AU to IF, wrong club, wrong number, intermittently working, unassigned, etc). We also have not run the last week's arrivals thru the traps yet.
Today we pulled 8 birds from Group 7 into the "Observation Bay". Hopefully this is just heat-related stress (due to temperature swings from 80 to 112). We will recommend which of those need to be replaced - as it is not fair to allow a bird to continue knowing that it will probably not make it.
As we have been saying - Any bird that has been pulled from their group - has been kept separately in an Observation Bay after recovery - so as not to mix birds and spread anything. So you will see a handful of birds show up in current inventory that originally belonged in the merged Groups 1-4 settling inventory.
After the acceptance period is over, and we have all birds settled - they will be truly "ONE" group - Right now its Groups 1-8 and Observation Bay. This is our last group - any arrivals and replacements from now thru Aug 15th will go to Group 8.
We finally got some rain puddles Friday evening - with cooler temperatures down to low 80's this morning.
Will continue with settling later this week as the winds/potential monsoon diminishes.
Chip assignment/checking Saturday/Sunday the remaining birds on property (Groups 7,8 and those that were ever in the Observation Bay) - got our electronic bands in.
Also got our 43,000 lb order of Versele Laga feed - we feed the best in the industry -
Versele Laga takes the guesswork out of it - and its dummy proof -
1. Feed Breeder Mix when breeding (Starter Mix, Traditional Breeder)
2. Feed Young bird Mix for youngbirds (Junior)
3. Feed Racing mix for racing (Champion, Gerry, Junior)
4. Feed Moulting mix during Molt (Mutine)
5. Feed Energy Mix during high fat needs, high protein needs, high carb needs (Energy Plus)
6. Feed a base Mix for economic maintenance feeding (Show Mix)
The last few days were gusts and potential monsoon - had a few drops of rain.... so we will continue to let out Groups 1-4 and wait for better days on Groups 5,6,7 and Observation Group...
All good - keep those entries coming in until August 15th.... quite a few still committed to ship ~!
By request we are extending the entries through the same period as replacements - August 15th.
Some breeders are on the borderline - training starts in November - so these entries would be perfectly poised.
Starting Sunday 19th - we will be working with Groups 5, 6 and any birds that were removed from their sections and placed in Group OG (Observation Group). We should have our new electronic chips soon and will chip Group OG and Group 7 as soon as the chips arrive this week. Then we will do a hand scan of ALL entries in the loft for inventory/any replacement purposes.
We hit the magical 300 entries today - still several weeks to get those birds in with several breeders still committed to shipping from our Resrevation List.
The birds get to Phoenix AZ and the distribution center calls me directly to pick up the birds as they arrive. In this way, they are not sitting on a heated dock or in a truck waiting to be delivered - they are in an AC controlled environment until I personally pick them up.
We pulled 4 birds into the Observation Bay for some TLC - excess water in crop, and skinny - being the usual symptoms in this dry heat here. Breeders have been notified if advisable to send a replacement. These birds when recovered are put in a separate section and do not join the main groups until later - this to minimize the spread of anything.
Settling continues - no troubles with older birds - we soap the wings on the older ones - plus with this heat they do not take off into the sunset~!
We ordered some more electonic bands today as we unknowingly ran out - so ALL the later arrivals will be chipped soon and inventoried on Wincompanion.
Best of luck to a great series ~!!
Continue to work with settling all the birds in groups - The temperatures are hot - and settling is easy as the birds do not take off as much. So feel free to send older birds (even if they have dropped flights) - no issues settling here ~!
During the acceptance period, we will be settling in groups and as such all birds will not be in daily clock scans.
We will do a hand scan/ chip check in the next week to show ALL birds currently in loft in a single inventory. Any bird that iwe have noticed absent in a group - breeder has been notified.
It is going to be a great series - send birds now, take advantage of our Perch Stimulus - pay perches in September.
Clock is on today for the groups that are outside today and tomorrow - Out around from 4pm to 7;30pm.
NOTE: All settled birds are NOT on this list - birds are being kept in 8 separate sections and released different days to minimize the spread of anything ~!!
Clock is finally up and running (had to borrow a club unit). Still messing around with Unikon this season as we were unable to switch to Benzing in time.
Happy 4th July USA ~~! Wishing you and your family a safe and Happy 4th July celebrations ~!
Birds are outside today - the groups are still being let out separately throughout the acceptance period and to be kept in their sections to minimize the spread of anything. It has been windy all week and OLR birds were kept in - on my own local birds there were a few busted chests and banged-up feet.
4 more weeks to accept birds until Aug 1st... replacements thru Aug 15th.
Windy since Saturday - Sun thru Tue with gusts up to 45 mph .... all birds are IN lockdown -
We will continue settling birds on Wednesday...
Check breeder list to see if you have any birds MIA -
The temperatures are in the 90s this week - ship those entries in.... will be a great series ~~!
Better update later in the week - we will start running settled birds through the clock/antenna.