News and Updates
Jul-03-2019
JULY UPDATE
The birds are looking great. We pulled the 10th flight on June 24th and the birds are out daily and flagged. The birds are grouping nicely and flying high in the air. We are scheduled to start road training around the July 22nd.

The health of the birds this year has been great. I would like to believe it is do to the all natural approach we have been doing with this year. Basically it is try to help the birds build their own immune system. Lots of wins more, ecol tonic, apple cider vinegar, A-Champ supplements, Versele-Laga All-in-One grit, And Versele-Laga feed mixes.

In light of the drastic increase in shipping fees for shipping birds, the price for returning birds at the end of the season will have to change accordingly. We will have to wait and see what happens first. If there is any price corrections or simple box modifications that can be easily done.

With the quarantine still going on in Southern California we have selected an alternate station for the final race. We are still going South but the last two stations will change to account for a slightly different final release.

I would like to thank all the participants for help making this race grow year after year.

May-29-2019
874 BIRDS!!!
SFBATC is FULL!!!

We are starting the season with 874 birds!!!

The birds are looking great. We pulled the 9th flight on Monday and Tuesday and did a hand inventory. we just added the final group to the main flock and will start giving the birds open loft again. We will not force all birds out until next week and then start getting all birds outside for a week before we start forcing the birds up. The hawks have been coming by regularly and scaring most of the birds up and they are bunching up, make several circles and then come down.

New!!!
Any birds that are lost up till the first 20 mile training toss will get a free perch for next year.

I would like to thank all the participants for help making this race grow year after year.

Thank You
Mike Belus
May-23-2019
WE ARE FULL!!!

WE ARE FULL!!!

May-03-2019
SFBATC IS FULL!!!
I will be doing an inventory today. Check the inventory for missing and lost birds. You have till May 15th to send replacements.

NEW!!!
On May 15th, all unfilled prepaid perches and lost birds that have not been replaced will be credited to 2020.

Franco's Classic only has 76 perches left so don't miss out. It is his 2nd year and is doubling the amount of birds from last year. You have till June 8th to get your birds to him. Click the tab below to go to his website.
Apr-10-2019
AN INVENTORY HAS BEEN DONE An inventory was done on April 7th. Check the inventory for missing and lost birds. You have till May 15th to send replacements.
Apr-07-2019
600 BIRDS ARE IN THE LOFT!!!
The loft is filling up fast. We now have 600 birds in the loft at this time.
The first 275+ birds have been out for about 10 days. We have just added the next group of about 250 birds to them. We will run them through the traps a few times and then let them out again around Wednesday.

We have the new clocking system up and running and will be running the first two groups through the traps for an inventory soon. You will have till May 15th to get your replacements in.

The weather is looking to improve with very little chance of rain and in the 70's the next 10 days. The health of the birds is looking good.

Some people are having issues tying to ship birds to California. It is only affecting areas within zip codes 90000-93599. My zip code is 94509 and is not affected right now. This has shut down Southern California but Northern California is open.
Mar-03-2019
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR BIRDS ARRIVE TO THE SFBATC
Record Month!
We have taken in 132 birds in the month of February.
This was our busiest February so far.

New Clocking System
The new Topigeon clocking system is working smooth so far. I will be redoing the stall traps to accommodate the new antennas and will be increasing the amount of stalls to 16. Once that is completed I will start playing with the training toss feature and do some inventories to help learn that part of the system.

What happens when your birds arrive to the SFBATC
When your birds first arrive after being in a shipping box for two sometimes three days they are given a squirt of water down the throat with apple cider vinegar and Acidifier Plus to help rehydrate the birds, then logged in, also given a canker pill and a Versele-Laga Recoup Cap. Also, sprayed with a mixture of Permectrin II with some Dawn dish soap to help it stick to the feathers and rid the babies of external parasites.

Then the birds are put in individual groups of 5 or 6 birds in quarantine cages with Versele-Laga All-in-One grit, Versele-Laga Junior IC+ feed mix, and water with apple cider vinegar and Acidifier Plus.

After A couple of days in the quarantine cages and your birds are eating and drinking well they are then vaccinated for PMV and Salmonella, Clocking chip then put on each bird, then given an Versele-Laga Ideal pill, and then moved to there own section for one week before going into general population.

There is also one of many products that I rotate thru that I put in the water daily to help increase the acidity and build the birds immune system. Such as VGN Avian Solution, A-Champ Rx Complete Adeno, Pigeon Vitality Anti-Fungal and Improver.

We also use Versele-Laga feed mixes and grits.
Feb-16-2019
THE LOFT IS OPEN AND RECEIVING BIRDS
We have 59 birds in and more arriving daily. Birds are looking good. the first group has been moved to the main loft and are adapting well.

Also, next week I will be testing out the new Topigeon clocking system. If everything goes smooth we will make the switch. With the switch I will also be increasing the amount of trapping holes into the loft.

The weather here is in the mid 50's here lately, about 5 degrees below normal. We are also getting plenty of rain.
Feb-02-2019
LOFT IS OPEN
We got our first birds in yesterday and more coming today.

When shipping birds please try to use a dustless litter in the shipping box. The birds have to breath in what ever you put in the box for 2 days.

Please mail birds on Monday or Tuesday

Send birds to:
KEN JOHNSTON
2425 WILLOW AV
ANTIOCH CA 94509
925-759-2644

Call, text, or email to let us know birds are on the way.
Phone 925-759-2644
email - pigeonman247@gmail.com
Jan-25-2019
LOFT OPENS THIS WEEK
We will be cleaning and disinfecting the loft tomorrow as we open the loft this week to start accepting birds for the 2019 season. Be sure to only ship birds on Mondays and Tuesdays as it seems it takes 2 and sometimes 3 days to go most places these days. Perch fees must be prepaid or included with the birds.

Send birds to:
KEN JOHNSTON
2425 WILLOW AV
ANTIOCH CA 94509
925-759-2644

Call, text, or email to let us know birds are on the way.
Phone 925-759-2644
email - pigeonman247@gmail.com
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