Here is the latest update. The birds have been going out everyday it is not raining or the wind blowing to hard. There were several birds who had not come out of the loft literally scared to death. A week ago Sunday I pushed them all out with the trap blocked luckily for 3 days in a row we had no hawk attacks and the birds relaxed a bit, but that was short lived. They have been devastating this year.I am confident we will be able to start training in the next couple weeks and be on target to start the races Thanksgiving weekend as planned. You can look forward to an updated inventory this next weekend.Thanks again for your participation.Bud
My apologies for such a long spell with no updates. This has been a difficult time,
and I hope I am caught up with the family situation for the time being.Thank you to those who sent me well wishes at my mothers passing. I am back
from Oregon and had to stay a bit longer than intended to make sure my dad was
settled and would be okay.The birds are doing well, the health is very very good. What is not good is the hawk
situation. This is by far the worst year I have ever experienced. We have relocated 7
so far and there are at least 2 more, maybe 3 which are relentless!My personal young bird team has been sacrificed to protect the 1-Loft birds. I have
also lost several prized breeders killed and their head eaten through the wire in my
individual breeding pens. I am amazed at the cunning and the intelligence of my adversary. The last time your birds were out, one hawk would not let a group of 10 or 12 land and trap.
He chased them every time they would try to land right up until dark, those birds were not
seen again.I will be doing a hand inventory next week with the cooler weather. I hope to be off and
running next week and regular updates will resume.Thanks again for your patience and kind words.Bud281-924-5197
It has been a rough couple of weeks. The health of the birds was greatly challenged after the large amount
of rain a couple weeks ago followed by extremely high humidity, heat and a heat index in the teens for over
We did lose about half a dozen birds though this time with 4 or 5 more which will need to be put down. I will
be in touch with the affected breeders this week. Young bird sickness, circovirus or ????? not sure but it hits
some birds really hard really fast and others just waste away to nothing. The mortality rate is not that bad
but one loss is to many.
The majority of the birds are looking great and are in great shape; molting heavily and trapping well, finally.
There were about a dozen birds that just did not want to trap on their own. Whatever their issue was, they
seem to have gotten over it.
The next item on the agenda is to get the clocking system updated and set up for this season. Hopefully
Terry will be available when I am. Then we will be able to post a current inventory on wincompanion.As always, if you have a question feel free to give me a callBud281-924-5197www.TexasHolidayDerby.com
When we get rains like we did last week any bird with a poor immune system suffers; part of what makes flying here such a challenge.
We have great ventilation and plenty of room so the majority seem to handle the added stress very well.The birds are finally starting to get the hang of trapping, for some reason it was more of a challenge with this group as a whole.With all the rain, I did not get the pictures I had hoped to but they will be coming.I hope everyone is healthy and staying that way, and I hope you each enjoy the coming July 4th weekend.As always if you have a question feel free to give me a call.Bud281-924-5197TexasHolidayDerby@gmail.comTexasHolidayDerby.com
We hit 400 birds for the start of the series! Never expected that, and am humbled by the entries.Health is still holding, there continue to be a couple birds a week I need to pull from the flock and isolate, we have lost 12 and have 8 others in the hospital pen. Four of those will get moved back to "gen pop" thisweek.If you have lost a bird, you have been notified so you could send a replacement.If you are on facebook you should be able to go there after this week and sign up on my channel Texas Holiday Derby where I will be posting videos and pictures.(after next week)
A lot of rain and bad weather expected this week so will [play it by ear. Birds are learning the trapping
system but it seems to be hard for many, not sure why.Again thanks for the support, I will do my best.As always, any questions feel free to call.BudTexasHolidayDerby.com281-924-5197
Things at the loft are proceeding on schedule birds are allowed to freely trap out into the aviary as they wish and trap back
into the loft. They all have not got the hang of it yet, but they are learning. we will give them another week or so to discover
it on their own, then force them out to fully understand the routine before we release them all.We are right at the 380 mark with a few replacements yet to come in. The health has continued to hold strong. We have lost 6
birds to illness and 6 others had to be put down on arrival to protect all the other birds,, and 6 more with various ailments in
the hospital pen. There has been nothing consistent as far as ailments go they have all been different.July 1st is a pivotal day... last day for replacements and also the last day to enter for average speed, $25 per bird you can
check on wincompanion. If there is NOT a large green dot on the far right for a bird, that bird is not in average speed. Only
birds with a green dot on their line will be competing for average speed.All birds listed on the "BIRDS" list are here.Any questions feel free to give me a call.Bud281-924-5197
A very heart felt thank you to all this years participants!My goal this year was 300 birds. That goal was shattered last week andthis week will be more than I could have hoped for. We are sitting at 342birds right now and due to some delays in shipping last week I expectthe last 30 or so birds this week. Several birds are needing to be replacedbecause of the boxes they have been sent in.We have received 2 boxes of dead birds in square/rectangular boxes withflat tops. I highly recommend using the boxes which are angled at the topso if the postal/shipping personnel are not paying attention and pack theboxes tight against each other and on top, there is still at least some air getting to the birds. Many other boxes which were cut down were simply not appropriate to ship birds in, most with not enough air holes for air flow.For the most part the health has been excellent. There have been a few issues, we have had a couple birds expire and a total of 6 pulled from the loft. The owners have been notified. As you already know, any time you mix birds from dozens of lofts from all around the country there will be problems pop up. The key is early recognition and quick action.Thank you again for your trust and support of this race.As always feel free to call if you have any questions.Bud281-924-5197
We have 269 birds/perches taken care of and (3 to check in yet this morning) 266 showing on wincompanion.
I am expecting 60 - 70 this week maybe more! The health this year despite all the rain has been holding, and
at this time all things are good. The birds are enjoying the new expansions to the loft and I feel we are right
on track.I appreciate your participation in the race this year and will do my very best with the birds.I feel truly honored
to handle your birds and to have your trust.We have lost a few breeders who were planning on participating this year due to illness and even death. This
was one reason you may have noticed the reservation numbers go down as I deleted them from the site.If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.Bud281-924-5197