News and Updates
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
Jan-21-2019
HELPFUL TIPS
Helpful Tips on Breeding for One Loft Racing
reprinted from 2016

About a month ago I gave Mike Ganus a call and asked him what he did to prepare his youngsters before shipping them out to one loft races. Over the last three years, Mike has sent me 45 birds and not one of them has gotten sick. Additionally, just last week at the AU Convention, I had the opportunity to sit down with Mathieu De Clippel, Product Manager with Versele-Laga of Belgium. Mathieu dabbles in one loft racing and is also involved in the Belgium Master One Loft Race. I also asked him what he does to prepare his youngsters before sending them out to a one loft races.

From both these conversations I came away with some simple steps to ensure the health and protection of the youngsters being sent to one loft races. Following is a quick summary and some great pointers that you as a breeder should consider.

1.      Breed out of birds that have participated in one loft racing. Breeders that have been in one loft racing have a stronger immune system to tolerate all the diseases that are found in one loft races and should pass that along to their youngsters.

2.      Vaccinate your breeders for PMV 30 days before mating.

3.   A good diet, Vitamins and minerals are very important.
good clean fresh dry grit, extra iron(Red Cell), Vita (Versele-Laga), Mega Mins (Vita-King) are also recommended.

4.      Vaccinate the babies at 22 days old in the nest for PMV and Pox

5.      After the babies are weaned for 4-5 days feed nothing but peas and whole corn for 6 days. This teaches the babies to eat the big seeds.

6.      At 42 days old vaccinate the babies again for PMV.

7.      At 45 days old look for the best youngsters and ship them out. At 45 days old the babies are protected and can handle the stress of shipping much better than at 25 to 30 days old.

I hope this info is useful. I will definitely be following these steps this breeding season. I would like to thank Mike Ganus and Mathieu De Clippel for their time and helpful information.
Oct-21-2018
FINAL RACE Birds are up in the air at 0745. Weather at release is Clear, E 1mph, and 40 degrees. Good luck to all
Oct-21-2018
FINAL RACE Birds are up in the air at 0745. Weather at release is Clear, E 1mph, and 40 degrees. Good luck to all
Oct-15-2018
BATH DAY Birds are taking a nice relaxing bath today.
Oct-12-2018
RACE #3 RELEASE Race #3 is underway! Birds were released at 0745. Guessing somewhere in the 5 hour range for arrival. 
Good luck to everyone!
Oct-12-2018
RACE #3

Birds are loaded and on their way. The birds had two short 40 mile training tosses this week. Birds are looking good. Birds should be released around 745.

Oct-05-2018
RACE #2

Birds are loaded and waiting for the driver to arrive shortly. Tomorrows station is 175 miles. Forecasted to be light crosswinds for their journey home. Air should be clean since we have had some light rain off and on the last couple of days

Good Luck to All

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