News and Updates
END OF JULY UPDATE Hello Breeders,

Hope everyone is finding a way to enjoy their summer. Your birds are doing well. The heat has stayed the last couple weeks but your birds for the most part have been able to handle it. The oldest groups are ripping around the loft real nice. 

Summer is rapidly coming to an end. If you would like to send, get your birds here by August 15th. When we receive birds we are able to quarantine them in smaller pens for 7-10 days. These pens have been really nice to keep an extra close eye on the incoming birds. While there all birds are vaccinated for PMV, Parathyphoid, given a canker tablet, wormed with Moxidectin Plus, and then dipped in permethrin before entering the race loft. That process we break up in 3 days. Once in the racing loft the birds are given Primalac and Ropa B often in the drinkers. Birds are also given baths weekly. 

All birds received June 22nd and before are now chipped and those that were lost are marked as lost in Wincompanion. You can go into Wincompanion and see if you have lost any birds to settling. Again this only applies to birds received June 22nd and before. If you would like to send replacements get them here by August 15th. Any questions please contact us.

During the settling process, there are some red tails that spook the birds from time to time and we did have a crop dust plane buzz right over the loft and scatter a group of birds that had only been out a time or two. The oldest group is kitting well and flying lots. We fly the homed in birds in the morning and once they are trapped, we let out the group we are working on settling. Birds received from June 23rd - July 3rd will begin the settling process this week. Once those are settled we will get them chipped and you will be able to see if you lost any birds in the process. 

Thank you all for your continued support. We enjoy the challenge of keeping the birds healthy and trying to get them to perform. Those who club race, good luck in your upcoming season! We are excited for young bird season as our club continues to grow slowly but surely.

Kenny and Corey
MID JULY UPDATE Good Afternoon,

Hope everyone was able to enjoy their 4th of July Festivities. We have archived the 2020 season on Wincompanion. All birds that have been received for 2021 are now in Wincompanion. That will be updated every week now. 

Overall birds are doing very well. So far it is the best year we have had health-wise in many many years. But that can always change in an instant with a OLR. 3 have been lost to health-related issues, all brought on by what I believe to be shipping stress. 

All birds that have been received June 13th and before are out flying. Birds received between June 15th-20th will be going out this coming week. We will try and get a live inventory up with all the birds that are out and about in the next week or so. That way if you lost one during the settling process you have a chance to get a replacement in. 

Thanks for letting us fly your birds!

Kenny and Corey
2020 WRAP-UP AND START OF 2021 Thank you to all the breeders who let us fly and test your birds this past season. The 2020 season is pretty much in the books. We have gotten all but a handful of the checks mailed out last Thursday and Friday. We will get the rest out this week. There are only a couple birds left from the 2020 season and that is it. 

The last few weeks have been busy. Between shipping out birds, checks, new birds, and getting the lofts cleaned up and ready for this next season. We have currently received 230 birds for the next season. Overall the bird's health has done really well. All birds that were received before June 1st have been out of the loft and flying. The oldest group is flying lots around the loft. The group received the 1st week of June will be going out later this week.

We will be archiving the 2020 season in Wincompanion in the next week or so. Once that is done we will start adding the birds for 2021 into Wincompanion. Thank you all for your continued support. 

Kenny and Corey
380 MILE UPDATE Congratulations to Gardocky Team for having the first bird by almost 2.5 hrs. JEDDS-4664 meant business coming home. Also, congratulations to Warbird Loft, L & L, and Mile High for having 2nd-4th place. Those three came in together. And congratulations to Transilvania Loft for having the last day bird. Warbird's 2nd place bird, FOYS-31200, is also the winner of average speed. The day birds were flat tuckered out when they arrived.

That race ending up being a much tougher race than expected. Based on how few came in the morning/early afternoon on the second day, perhaps they took a wrong turn down some mountain ranges, perhaps the winds blew them off course. Something broke them up real good. The heat also played a factor. It wasn't really hot but not a lot of cloud cover on race day and that sun was pretty intense. The weather has been really mild for previous race days. (Birds are given water before released). 

The course was really calm until around noon-one o' clock Around the 200-mile station it became gusty and blew the truck around a little bit. Winds were a Southwest at ground level. Racing after a storm the pressure systems the birds had to encounter could have played a role in how scattered the birds were. 

I am very impressed with how many 3rd day birds you breeders had come home. 39 came home, granted there are still a lot of birds still out there but to have that many able to make it back shows you something. 

Thank you all for letting us fly and test your birds. That last race can really be a challenge. Thank you for your support. That wraps up our tenth year of running this race. And each year comes with new surprises. 

Please let us know if you would like your birds back by this week. A few people have already gotten ahold of us. You can call, text, or email. Whichever you prefer. We plan on shipping out birds on June 8th and 9th. Also if you made over $600 please get us a W-9 form. Those can be found on our website under the forms tab. You can email a filled out form, no need to mail it. 

Kenny and Corey

Birds went up at 7 am. Very calm and clear conditions. It looks like a very nice day for a race. The first 150 miles so far looks like fantastic racing weather. Good luck to all!

Payouts are up to date on our website. Click here if you would like to see it. 

FINAL RACE UPDATE We are still planning on doing the final race Sunday. We will keep an eye on the weather and if the plans change we will let you know. Thanks. 

Kenny and Corey
300 MILE RACE AND 380 MILE RACE PLANS High Desert Flyers,

Congratulations to the 9 breeders who had a bird on the drop from 300 miles! And congrats to Marian Taloi for having the first bird through the trap. It was fun to watch the birds come in from the race. The conditions for the course were ideal the whole day. Which is not often the case. The speeds were faster for the first 134 birds and everything after that was under 1300 ypm. Even with fantastic conditions the Nevada terrain only let there be 255-day birds. Here is the drone video of the release. You know its desolate land when weeds can't even grow, only sagebrush and perhaps junipers. 

If your bird came back Friday or Saturday. They are tough! Friday there was rain for a good chunk of the day for about the last 100 miles of the course. Watching all the birds that came home in that weather was quite a nice surprise. And Saturday the last 40 miles or so it was pretty much 18-20 mph west winds all day. Not to mention it was pretty cold for this time of the year. Of course we would always like to see more second and third-day birds back but with the conditions the birds had, the returns were not too bad. 

As of right now we might be having the final race on Sunday, May 31st. Nevada is starting to heat up so we have to get the right day or the birds will get torched on the course. We will let you know about mid-week what we are thinking based on the weather updates.  

Kenny and Corey
LIBERATED AT 300 MILES Birds went up at 7. Beautiful sunny and calm at the release. We are almost to the 200 mile station and the weather thus far has been ideal for flying birds. Good luck to all!
200 MILE RACE UPDATE AND 300 MILE RACE PLANS Congratulations to the top 20 birds through the traps. Congrats to Powerstroke for having the 1st through the trap and Warbird for having 4 of the top 20 spots. There were around 40 birds on the first drop and the following groups were right behind the first group.

We arrived at the liberation site at 5:45 am and waited till the sun starting to peek over the hills and through the clouds. We delayed the release an hour waiting for the conditions to be right. Here is the drone video of the release. Beautiful location! The course was great overall for a race day. Partly cloudy skies with side winds. After the first 300 or so arrived the weather in the valley and in the hills started to get a little rough. It was a good test for the final birds that made it home. Second and third-day birds will get the rest they need to compete for the next race. The winners of the final race last year were both second-day birds from the 300-mile race. 

Thank you breeders for getting your checks in the mail so promptly. We are waiting on a couple more checks that will hopefully be here tomorrow. There were only 6 days in between races and one of those days was a Sunday. Again thank you all for making it easy for us. 

The plan for the 300-Mile race is sometime between Tuesday and Friday next week. Again all weather dependent. We will post it on Wincompanion when we pick a day. If you are unfamiliar with our race please look at the archives of our past races. The 200-mile race is just a warm-up. The 300-mile race and the 380-mile race can be very tough races. Please keep that in mind if the 300-mile race ends up being a challenging one. 30% of the prize money will be distributed to the top 10% through the trap for the 300-mile race. Thanks and Good Luck to All!

Kenny and Corey

LIBERATED AT 200 MILES Birds went up at 8:00. Course should be partly cloudy throughout with west winds (side winds) ranging from 2-17 mph. Race counts towards average speed and first 20 through the trap get $100. Good luck to all!
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