Birds were taken 1.5 Miles today however the clocking system is not working. We are working with Benzing now to try to rectify the issue. The majority of the birds are in the loft. Hoping we can get this fixed shortly.
Update #43 for 2020 SeasonJust a reminder that all birds will be released 5 baskets at a time until we reach 70 miles. All birds are loaded every morning until we reach 40 miles and then we will need to load the night before. I hope this answers some questions especially for Tom Schilling and his partner Dominic Rappucci.Training continues tomorrow
Update #41 for 2020 SeasonToday was the first training toss for the birds. They were released from the back of the property this morning. From where they are released they are able to see the loft. Most of them continued flying for quite some time. Once we opened the traps some of the birds came right in and others were content just flying around the loft. We did notice that a decent size group of about 100 birds take off ranging and we are slowly starting to see them come back a few at a time. Traps will stay open so birds can continue to clock.
Update #38 for 2020Birds were out flying today and clocking. It seems that the clocking results show a little over 100 birds missing. When the birds were let in they stormed the traps and we believe they may have jumped over each other. It seems to be a common occurrence when so many try to get in at one time.We will leave the clock running tomorrow and see what clocks when they are let in. We have seen some late ones come in within the last hour as well.
Update #37 The loft flying is better and better each day. We have had a cool down from our 15 days of near or over 90 degree heat which with humidity always seems hotter then it actually is. Once we got cooler days we were able to see a big difference in the birds flying. We have started to alternate the groups at different times for exercise. The younger group has a little more learning to do however yesterday and today we were able to get close to 30 minutes of continuous flying from the younger group. Starting next week the birds will begin to learn the crates for the trailer as we plan several releases from the property. We will not road train until birds are flying better. Before training starts all birds will be treated for respiratory as we get closer to training we will take a few days to do a hands on inventory. All of the birds have been named as of a few days ago. As we have said before if you had not selected a name for your birds we then named them for you. Have a great rest of the week...Stay Safe
Update #35 for 2020 SeasonHappy Fathers Day to all the hard working dads out there.Birds continue to go out daily rain or shine. Yesterday while exercising the younger groups we were paid a visit by Mr. Cooper. Needless to say we had birds everywhere. The past three days our temperatures have been in the low 90's. This next week we will see cooler temps & cooler temps mean better flying. The 9th & 10th flights continue to come in nicely and birds will not be forced to fly for a few more weeks. We do see the groups get bigger each day of birds that are flying. Younger groups are flying very well and continue to cause me to have a heart attack every day. Two video's have been uploaded today to our YouTube Channel and a link has been provided below. We will update again in a few days with a complete list of birds that are For Sale from Top Breeders.Today I want to Thank my sons for working so hard with their dad. They haven't missed a day with me since March - if only they knew how happy they make me just being at my side. Happy Fathers Day