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News and Updates
Feb-05-2019

Good Morning Flyers,

 
Winter is back in full force here in Central Oregon.  We have about 5 inches of snow on the ground and temperatures aren't going to get much above freezing for the next week or so.  
 
I was able to complete the aviary expansion on the main loft before the snow started flying this weekend.  I'm pleased with the way it turned out and it will be a great benefit to the birds having access to larger aviaries.  The birds tend to spend most of their time out in the aviaries, even on the hottest days.  I installed a new translucent panel in the top of the loft in order to add a bit more natural light into the loft...definitely has brightened things up. There was a bit of delay on some expanded metal for the quarantine floors, but it should arrive here on Thursday.
 
I've been trying to source the Romvac combo vaccine that I usually use since October, but have been unsuccessful in getting that vaccine here in good condition.....so I have decided to switch to the US made PMV  vaccine by Arko Labs.  Thank you to Kelly and Jim Ward at Vita King for hooking us up.  I've heard good things about it and will vaccinate my old bird team with it to make sure there aren't any issues.  I try anything new on my personal birds before I use anything on the OLR birds.
 
I will start taking birds in the week of February 25th.  I like to see youngsters that have been vaccinated for PMV at least 10-14 days before arriving here at the loft, eating/drinking on their own, and flying up to a perch.  These birds tend to transition into quarantine much more successfully than younger birds. Please make sure and check for any signs of canker and Pox before you ship your birds.  I will not accept birds that arrive with either.
 
Thank you all again for the support this year.  There are currently over a thousand reservations with 343 prepaid perches and space for only 750 birds.
 
I hope this finds everyone well and wish everyone a successful breeding season.
 
Take Care,
Lucas
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Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac and Topigeon clocking system
Jan-10-2019

Good Afternoon,

 
Beautiful 50 degree day here in Central Oregon.  I've been taking advantage of the nice weather to get some improvements done in and around the loft.  Everything is right on schedule with the large aviary expansion coming along and finishing up the new quarantine building.  I will be ready to start taking birds February 25th.
 
Currently there are 928 reservations with 167 perches confirmed by prepayment.  As a reminder, I only take 750 birds and reservations are only confirmed by prepayment.  
 
New for 2019
I have decided to offer 50 perches on my personal race team.  I will not be raising very many of my own YBs to race and usually like to start YB training with about 80 youngsters.  Our race season starts August 10th and will go out to about 350 miles (schedule not yet finalized).  My YBs are trained just like the OLR birds and they fly the same course as the OLR birds.  Birds will fly under my name and races will be live on wincompanion. Trainers will not be published. Good opportunity to test some crosses.
Cost $100 perch fee, no entry fee.
Breeder retains ownership...return shipping same as OLR.
Breeder must be entered in OLR and may not send more birds than what are entered in the OLR.
Offered on a first paid basis...give me a shout if you have questions.
 
Breeding is probably underway for many of you and wish everyone the most success in 2019!
 
Take Care
 
-- 
Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac and Topigeon clocking system
Dec-19-2018

Good Afternoon Flyers,

 
Today is very windy and rainy here in Central Oregon, so I spent the afternoon updating email addresses...If you would like to be taken off or added to the email list, please let me know.
 
I will again be taking a maximum of 750 birds for the 2019 season and there are already 667 perches reserved. I will start taking perch fees after January 1st to confirm reservations..same as last year.  Paypal will be available through the website starting January 1st...checks, money orders, and direct deposit via Wells Fargo are also welcome. 
 
The new 12' x 36' quarantine building is almost complete. There are 6 sections with 55 perches each and each will have a separate aviary giving much more flexibility when birds arrive. I just need to get the expanded metal for the floors and get the aviaries done. I will get pictures posted to the website once complete.  For those new to our race you can also find us on Facebook "Crooked River Challenge" where I post picture often.
 
Please make sure to read the rules for 2019
 
I hope everyone has a great holiday coming up and welcome to those new flyers that are going to try us out in 2019. If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me a message.

-- 
Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac and Topigeon clocking system
Nov-02-2018

Good Morning Flyers,

 
Windy autumn morning here in Central Oregon.  The weather has definitely changed but still beautiful.  
All the birds have been shipped back to those that requested and all but a few checks have been sent out....looks like I am still waiting on some w9 forms.
 
2019 reservations are now open, PLEASE READ THE RULES PAGE for 2019 before reserving perches!
As a reminder, reserving perches does not guarantee a spot...after January 1st, prepayment of perches will start and that will guarantee your spot for the 2019 season.
 
I have been working on a new quarantine loft that measures 12' x 36' and will have 6 sections, this will give me lots of options when birds arrive...can never have too much space. I will also be enlarging the aviaries to give the birds more outdoor space...the birds spend much of their day outside in these aviaries already, so I will be more than doubling their size.  
 
Trailer is being rebuilt, so if anyone needs a trailer I would consider selling this one and starting from scratch.
 
There are a couple birds posted on Ipigeon, so please check those out.
 
I'm updating the website as I have time and try to update FB regularly.
 
Thank you for all the great support and I'm looking forward to a fantastic 2019!
 
Take Care
 
Lucas
-- 
Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac and Topigeon clocking system