Happy Memorial Day ~! Thanks to all the brave men and women for their selfless sacrifice in times of war and the unheralded heroes in the ongoing current struggle ~!
Very very windy here with 25 mph gusts on Saturday - have not been able to let the birds out for inventory due to high winds.
We checked the birds and removed two that did not look right - will notify breeders shortly if they do not shape up in a couple days.
All good at Arizona Classic Derby -
Hand inventory on Monday - will notify breeder if any birds missing ~!
We will stick with the Unikon clock for this season - we had planned to switch to Benzing M1 but was unable to get a response in time possibly to all the ongoing COVID issues. All birds will be chipped and ran through the antenna later this week.
Stay safe ~
All is well - birds are healthy ~!
We will have a pickup at JEDDS this Friday May 8th at 10AM ...
Hope this finds everyone well amidst these pestilent times of uncertainty.
NOW ACCEPTING BIRDS ~~!
We will schedule a pickup at Jedds in May, June and July – please give us a headsup so we can schedule the time as it gets closer.
Here are the WIN-WIN specifics of our season.
$90 perch fees each for 6 or more – if you lost birds last season, 1 free for every 3 entries.
Example 1: Enter 6 birds, add 2 free = 8 perches for $540 ( $67 per bird).
Example 2: Enter 3 birds, add 1 free = 4 perches for $300 ($75 per bird).
2019 – No blowhome final 8+ hrs with 1265 mile of training before 1st race
With training between races (13 tosses between 5 races = 650 miles).
I pray that everyone stays safe, practice social distancing and heed those in authority.
Horizon single bird shipping boxes have NOT arrived as scheduled - so will be delaying return shipping until Monday. We also have a Governor's Stay at Home order - but the post office is still open - so we will ship while practising Social Distancing ~!
If they do not arrive this week, we will be modifiying the old shipping boxes over the weekend to avoid costly shipping charges.
Checks/paypal is going out by Monday.
If you have over $600, please send a W-9 if we do not have one from you in previous years.
Alternatively, you can leave a credit towards this next series and reduce the reporting of the $.
Bird return requests have been noted and will ship out on Monday.
Looking back, we trained a lot more than we intended to after the early challenges in getting the birds to the races.
We did 1915 miles of official road training (1265 miles before 1st race, and 13 training tosses between the 5 races totaling 650 miles).
We felt it was necessary to get the conditioning with those 45 - 55 miles repetitive tosses.
The website will be cleaned up and archive the recently completed series. We are adding content to the Rules, and Media pages and
2020 Sign-up is Open. Look for our pending "Perch Stimulus" offer, and complementary perches to those who lost birds in our recently completed series -
8+ hours on the wing with variables winds along the course, 3 birds arrived from the East - what a tremendous performance - congrats to these two breeders Lazy AC Loft (Al Coury) and RDM Syndicate based in Ontario.
The consensus here at the lofts were 2:30 - 3:00 pm; I was inclined to more like 4 pm. Hauler indicated that birds took one circle and oriented immediately towards home.
27 day birds - even at dark when we locked the lofts. More birds are trickling in this morning. The clocks will stay on through Tuesday. I would like to mail birds back on Monday ($60 per 1 bird box; $10 for each additional bird).
Any birds not requested will automatically continue with our local races - and you may have them back after the races complete.
If you had more than $600 in winnings and we do not have your info from past years - please send a completed W-9 (scanned to email or regular mail). Checks and paypal will go out shortly ~!
Thank you for your support this season in spite of all the challenges we faced. I will have more commentary on this when the dust settles.
Released from Ft Hancock TX a 7:00AM; 46 degrees, under partly cloudy skies and light NW winds (headwind).
The normal route is usually Ft Hancock - Las Cruces 300 - Deming 250 - Lordsburg 200 - Safford 100 - if you want to check the weather along those stations.
Based on the steady winds, the birds could be pushed north of those stations which could make for a long day - based on yesterdays Arizona Federation race from Organ NM. All the local pigeon guys are predicting a tough race.
The good news is most stations are under 10 mph along the course - but 10 mph headwinds/crosswinds for 365 miles is a challenge - as such birds were appropriately loaded ~!
Best of luck to all - stay safe, healthy and prayng for God's mercy to heal the land, and deliver us from this pestilence ~!
Birds are en route to the release point - it looks like a very tough race tomorrow !!
Staring at the Windy App - it could be a long day with SW and West winds from start to finish -
5-12 mph steady winds for the first 100 miles and will push the birds north and later in the day headwinds WNW...
Just thinking out loud - tough Federation race today from 300 miles and winds not expected to get better Mon or Tuesday.
Considered shortening the race to Tornillo Tx - but that's only 15 miles shorter at 348 miles ... so may not help !! The birds are in great condition and loaded well and have good body weight and fed at 10 am !!