Morning guys, boxed em up but fog/marine layer here in the valley didn't burn off so let them do a loftfly. Will try again tomorrow.
Morning guys,Was 101 degrees in Dehesa yesterday with mid 90's being called for today. Suppose to have a cool down next week so I'm holding them in until Monday. Birds look great but their performance has not been what it should so taking this opportunity to run some meds thru them. Race dates look to be advanced as they won't be sent to the distances until they are ready.
Any questions or concerns give me a shout.
Morning guys, The toss on Thursday was obviously, not good. Looks like I ended up losing about 34 birds. This was the first toss in the mountains and there was fog down low in the valleys. Result is they overflew the loft, I'm thinking to the north and west. Weather at release station was calm and clear, at the loft sun was peeking through high clouds but hazy. Birds came in small groups, from the west, all day, same on 2nd day. In hindsite, might have been better to wait another hour for release.
165 birds in the loft with 2 being injured. Birds loft flew yesterday and are in crates now waiting to see if it is going to clear.
Any questions or concerns, give me a shout.
N0 training today, smell of smoke in the air, little hazy lookin, plus going to be another HOT one. Will take this opportunity to do a hand inventory/chip check then a bath..Birds look great, finishing up the molt.
Afternoon guys, just to hot to fly, tried getting them out early and miss some of the heat but the ones that drag in later are toast. Over 100 degrees here in valley last three days. Plan on putting them in shipping crates early tomorrow and just see how it looks. Birds in general look great.
Race dates on the website look fine, still planning on having a 125 mile activation race on Nov 5th. As we are not having the big race week event this year due to COVID those dates can be more flexable, if the birds, weather, and circumstances are not quite right, we will adjust the dates accordingly.
My hip replacement is improving, will see the surgeon next wednesday and hopefully he will take me off this only 50% of my weight on the bad leg. Hate this dam walker....
As usual, any questions or concerns give me a shout.
Yea, ya gotta turn your clock on...Well it's to hot to chase them back out so guess I'll try again tomorrow. Birds doing great, I'm dragging around with a walker for another 3 weeks but training will not miss a beat. Shout out to my pal Alex who is feeding and loading while I'm laid up, good pigeon man.
As always, any questions or concerns, ring me up.
Morning guys, couple things been going on here at the lofts, thought Id better get you up to date. First off, birds are doing great, out flying most every day, been putting them up early as it has been HOT for last couple weeks. Some still molting, health has been excellant...Been getting them in and out of crates, working on getting them to drink from these crates and have released down at the barn, on the property few times. Plan on starting moving them up the valley in couple weeks.
As many of you know, I took a fall back in April which has limited me to doing what I do on one leg. Initially was told "soft tissue" damage will take some time to heal. As it turns out I broke the "shaft" of my hip replacement loose from the bone and will require surgery to replace. That surgery is scheduled for Wednesday of next week.
The good news is, I'm a fast healer and anticipate being up and around quickly. In addition I have had this hip surgery twice before and know what to expect. Also and most importantly for the Dehesa Valley Classic, I have had a young fellow helping me for last two months, and with direction from me the care and training of your birds will go forward as planned.
In addition, due to the COVID stuff the Turkey Day event is cancelled this year. The races will go on as planned with the $100.00 per bird Pot Builder being due after the 125 mile activation race and the $200.00 entry fees after the 200 mile race and prior to the 300 miler.
Well there ya have it, all the dope, any questions or concerns, give me a call.....
Evening Guys, not much going on here at Dehesa, birds are out most every day, flights are mostly done with about 80% of birds striking up in groups. No long sustained flights for the most part but doing OK. Weather has been HOT, HOT, HOT!!! Some of the younger ones still need little work on trap taining and responding to the whistle. Todays inventory is incomplete as one of my trap doors was open and bunch of birds found there way in missing the antennas. No health issues, I am having little trouble with Mrs. Cooper, trying to swork round hder daily visits.
Any questions or concerns, give me a shout....
Evening guys, Pulled last of the flights today, handled every bird and did a chip check. I have one bird with a bad chip and two birds that just arrived over the weekend that will need to be chipped. Looks like we will start with 227 birds. Flights on first group are starting to come in with 2nd group being week or so behind.
I do have a Cooper hawk hanging around so will keep them shut in for a few days and see if I can entice him to do his shopping elsewhere.
Very hot in the valley last couple days, my loft has an insulated aluminum roof with 3"s of styrafoam filling in it so inside the loft stays pretty nice during the heat.
As always, any questions or concerns give me a shout.
Evening guys, New clock, all birds chipped and into WINCOMPANION. Ran a little test trainer today to see how things worked, seemed to be going just fine. I will do alive clock inventory Friday or Saturday showing all birds in the system. Would do it tomorrow but going to L.A. and don't like to turn em out when I'm not here. Health is holding, last group of birds this week, will try to get them out and up ASAP, few late birds were very young, few were little older, kinda of a challenge but Im usually pretty sucessful settling birds. Have a few breeders still owing perch fees, give me a call or send me a text let me know what's up.
Any questions or concerns let me hear from you.
Ross, all four birds are here.......