News and Updates

   Good Morning.  The birds will be let up at 8 AM this morning. We are in Quebec, north of La Sarre. The weather there is cloudy with the sun peeking through the clouds. There is no wind but there will be south winds, strong south winds, as the birds get closer to home. It is 59 degrees up north but it will warm considerably as the day goes on. 

Good Luck to everyone. 


   I have just heard from the driver. The birds circled twice and headed straight south. I had asked to make sure he watched their departure. For those wondering, no fog in the area and none the first 45 minutes heading south. 

8:55 am,



MARATHON 380 M 2017

  The birds are at the release site as I write. They have been fed and have water in front of them. Release time will depend on the day tomorrow. I will post it on this message board in the morning. One hundred and eighty six birds went to the race. Good Luck to every one. 



 The question everyone asks is how are their wings. Today, I handled most of the birds. Eighty percent have dropped and grown in their sixth flight. Some a bit, some a lot. They do not have a gap in their wings and will not drop a flight when in the trailer. A small number are on their fourth flight or fifth. Again none have a gap in their wing. There are a very few who have dropped their seventh flight but it is in and partially grown in. There body weight is superb. It's a little sad to handle the ones not going cause they're ready to race. Also, those who only picked the odd ones, the ones you missed might have been the ones that would have scorred.

Good luck to those in the race. As of this evening, 192 birds have entered.



  Today I thoroughly enjoyed watching your pigeons. It was Acrobat Day at the SS Empire. A very strong wind was blowing over the loft and all the birds took advantage of the up draft. A tip of the wing and up they went. Fold them together and it was down like a spent rocket. Coming in for a landing was a sight to behold. One after the other, almost in a straight line, tucking down and then, at the last second, up onto the board. How they can stop at that speed is beyond me.

   At one time, every single bird {and the married ones} were on the landing strip of the SS Empire. All the boys were spinning and all the girls were bowing. It was like a country hoedown. All the boys spin to the left, spin to the right and all the girls dowsie-do. If I knew how to work my fancy phone, I could have taken a video, added some music and send it in to Funniest Videos. But I can't. They are offering winter classes "Camera's, photo's for dummies" at the seniors centre, guess I better take them.

   At the first of last week, I treated the birds for a couple of days. Since then, they have had probiotics, and Ropa B. The last few days before the race they will have clear water. They have been stooked up with Y2K Racing mix and at prsent, it has Millinium added to it. The last couple of days, they'll have all the Millinium they can eat. Your birds are in terrific shape. They are primed and ready to go now. By the weekend, I'll have trouble holding one in my hand. It will be a shame if you do not activate your bird. The birds that were at the top of the first race weren't at the top of the second. I'll bet the third will be different again. Any one has an opportunity to win.

   The cut off day will be Wednesdy evening, September 13. On Thursday the birds will be scanned and separated and they will be ready to go. Make sure yours is on the right side of the dowelled partition. Activate by email as soon as you can.



  The birds were taken on a 63KM toss today. They were released in one group and came home in one group except for the usual stragglers. While a lot decided to go in and eat dinner, a number decided to stay out and check out the lawn. Two birds stayed home. One, belonging to F&D Loft has a banged up leg and one, belonging to Robert Marshall, needs another days rest. Neither are in the clock. The rest flew the toss and came  and went in as they pleased. They will have open loft tomorrow with one hour manditory loft fly in the afternoon. One hundred and forty birds have been activated for the marathon, Send in your entry as soon as you can.

Thanks, Rick



   The birds went on a short toss today. I took them to the Ten Mile Truck stop, Belleville. All were in the loft when I got home. Tomorrow they will go forty miles and I will set the clock so that you can see what's what.

   There are now a total of 270 birds home from the 313 mile race. Here is the list of the latest arrivals.

262   Kwan Loft   Kwan 561   BB

263   Joe and Celia Visscher   NR 2404 SLVR

264   Jim and Shiri and Dick  PTHP198  BC

265   Red E  Loft   CRPU  10940  BCWF

266   Baracuda-Mitu    CRPU 17503 LCH

267   Baracuda-Menier   BF  627  BB

268   Duhra Lofts    Duhr 0362  BC

269   Robert Marshall   GLPH 0543 BC

270   Jules Hou   MP  17136  DCWF

As the weather now stands, we may race next Sunday,not Monday. Check the returns and send in your Marathon entries as soon as possible. Thanks.




  The birds are flying very well. All but 4 flew an hour on Thursday and then spent the afternoon playing in the grass and tooting about. Two birds arrived home in the afternoon. One belongs to Kwan Loft, the other to Joe and Celia Visscher. On Sunday, the birds will resume their training schedule. All birds cabable of racing will be in that toss. The clock will be on and you can check inventory. 




    No birds returned home today. All the birds at home were set outside this afternoon and all but a handfull flew for almost 2 hours. The worked the sky in small groups, disappearing for ten minutes or so then streaking across the loft and then disappearing into the opposite direction. Amazing how quickly they regain there desire to be active. 

    Please send in your emails asap regarding the 380 marathon race. Over 80 have signed up, more have said they will. The race will be held not next week but the first of the week after. 



  The one loft birds were let out for an hour this afternoon. almost all flew the entire time they were out.

The following birds arrived today:

 248,   J Bishop                CRPU 17 18975                 07.51.58

249.    Shah Khan             CRPU 17 1902                  08.57.30

250.    3 Legged Loft         NR 17 2005                     09,00.13

251     Waterfall-Woolner   BOW 17 330                    09.12.09

252.    Jules Hou              MP 17 17246                    09.32.38 

253.    Andy Lewendoski    CRPU 17 10231                09.43.40

254.    Sunshine Loft         CRPU 17 8184                 10.39.32

255.    Bulldog Loft            CRPU 17 504                  11.49.53

256.    Richard Callahan      AA 17 1635                    11.56.01

257.    Y2K                      NOVA 17 17307               13.44.20

258.    Elorado Lofts          CRPU 17 9377                 14.32.25

259.    Arquette-Depierdon  CRPU 17 3891                 16.13.26

260.    Shah Khan              CRPU 17 1910                 17.20.23

261.    Teixeira 2               CRPU 17 1055                  18.14.28






     When anxiety sets in, all the things you had planned to say and do, go out the window. I have forgotten to thank all the folks who worked so hard along side of me to help make the race weekend a success. While sitting in my truck last night, in the pouring rain, watching and hoping for birds I made out my list. It also occured to me that pigeon dust not only effects the lungs of pigeon fanciers, it also effects their brain. I bet mortar dust effects the brain of brick layers. You can't snort either for so many years without dire results. I bet if you opened up either noggin, you'd find a solid brick. Anyway, I digress. It must be the brick in me.

     Thank you to Frank, Ken, Ashley, Tom and Dennis for catching the birds and scanning them. It gave the fanciers at shipping an opportunity to handle their birds. Thanks to Rob and Chris for the excellent barbie on Saturday night and looking after everything needed to serve our meal on Sunday. Super organized people who kept the ball moving forward. Thank you to Dyann and Mandy who handled all the pooling and the loft auctions. Again, well organized, super efficient. Thanks to John, Robert and Al who provided the pig, the spit and worked all night to give us the best tasting pork ever. Thanks to Bernie and Suzanne for making the most wonderfull beans ever. Thanks to Mike, the garbage collector, Marian, who walked around and looked pretty and my wife, who was a gatherer and hunter, making sure all was where it had to be and at the correct time. She also walked around and looked pretty. Thanks to Jim and Judy, our poke and prodders, who quietly whispered in our ears " you forgot this and you forgot that ". In twenty years, I'll still forget this and that. Thank you all.

                            THE MARATHON RACE

     The time has come to enter the Marathon race. There are 247 birds in the loft at present. More will arrive today. The late comers I will post on the message board every evening. I will do my job of replenishing their tanks and prepping them for the 380 mile event. You have to send in your commitment to this race. Please send by email the list of birds that are participating in our race. The money you can forward by mail, email or pay pal. Any bird can win this event. All that came home are capable. The race will be held in a couple of weeks, when they are fit to go and when the weather will allow it. Twenty seven birds have already been registered. Send yours in now. Cost is $ 125.00 CDN or 105.00 US

     Congratulations to all the winners of not only the 313 race but also the loft auctions, the pools, and the Master breeder awards. When I write my book, you will be mentioned.



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