Trainer cancelled this morning. Heavy marine layer along with drizzle still present. We hope to be on the road again tomorrow morning. At the moment, birds look great. Still have some in body moult but the majority are cleaned up. We will continue with 30-40 miles tosses for the week. Birds still liberated in groups.
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Training is starting to become a little bit more of a challenge. This past week all the Royal birds got some wing time. Fortunately, we had some cool days. As mentioned the first 50 miles is nothing but mountain terrain. A short 5-10 mile trainer should be no more than 20 minutes. On this course, when the birds get off line, it's anywhere from 1hr to all day flying. We are currently releasing in groups of 100-200 due to warm afternoons. The birds look great and are flying strong.
The birds have been doing well during our daily training tosses this past week. We’ve had to deal with overcast conditions throughout the week. As a result, we have been training later in the mornings. The birds are enjoying the cool weather and spend a lot of time flying around the loft upon their arrival. We will continue to adjust our training program as the weather changes.
John Timmerman & Team
Road training has officially started here at the Royal Cup. We like to train the birds between 5-6 days per week weather permitting. The temperature will usually be in the 90s until the middle of September, so we have a short window in the mornings to get the birds out. The first 50 miles along this course can be difficult with so many different mountain ranges and valleys. With the heat and tough mountainous terrain we will work the birds out slowly and won’t have any live clocking, until we get some distance on the birds. We will do a weekly loft inventory.
The birds are being flown daily in multiple groups throughout the early mornings and afternoons. The birds are continuing to get stronger on the wing and have been taking advantage of the winds that come in during the afternoon. The weather has been a little better recently, but it’s still been hot. We will start training next Monday.
In the next few days, we will have our itinerary finalized and have it posted here on our message board for all those breeders who plan on spending Thanksgiving weekend with us.
John Timmerman & Team
The weather here has been unpredictable recently. We have been experiencing high winds, heat, humidity, light ran and overcast conditions. This isn’t our typical weather and we have been forced to change up our flying schedule accordingly. We will try to loft fly tomorrow if the weather allows.
The Royal Cup birds are all back out exercising. We still have a few hundred with flights only 3/4 way in. Birds are currently flown in two groups. We fly early mornings and mid afternoon. The overall health is fair. We did run into some mycoplasma (one eye colds) with some of the later birds sent in. We will start pushing the birds in a few weeks once birds start to finish body moult.
We are finishing up the race week itenary and should have that out within the week.
The birds are doing good at this point. Over 1/2 the birds have their flights grown in, and they are ready to go outside. Starting this week, we will begin to let the birds out in groups.
For those breeders who are planning to attain race week the Royal Cup will start of the week off on Saturday November 20 with the viewing of the birds and the 190 mile race the following day on Sunday November 21. There is still time to book your hotel stay at the Courtyard Marriott. Their contact info can be found on our website.
Have a great 4th of July!!