News and Updates
Aug-23-2019
ACTIVATION RACE

Hi everyone,

Today we had the activation race. It was a beautiful cool morning day with near calm at release and light tail wind on the way home. Birds went up at 07:25 and cleared well. On my way home (about 20 miles from release) heavy low cloud had drifted over the coarse from the NE, I drove through about 30 miles of this cloud and was worried but when I was still about 20 miles from home Linda called to say birds had arrived. When most were in the B of P came by (again) and some of the birds took off again and/or went hidding in trees in the area. This is why we often see bird clocking in later in the afternoon evening and most of those are in great condition. Unfortunately the B of P does not come quiet close enough. 

As we get into the races and birds come home in smaller groups I think we will see less of a problem with that.

Entry fees are coming in good, sorry it's been quick but we are a bit behind with everything that happened and we must move along now or we can not make all the races. This past week it looks like the birds have really dailed in. The 1st race will likely be early next week. All birds going to the 1st race have to be activated, here is the information again, I forgot to add the mailing addresses last time, so here they are for your convenience.

The entry fee is $300/bird (mandatory for all birds on your team) and the average speed (optional)
You have a number of options:

You can pay on line on our payment page (working now)

Pay with PayPal to oldev@storm.ca , when paying with PayPal, MAKE SURE the receiver gets $300 and fees are paid on your end.

Send e-transfer to lindadevries40@gmail.com 

Send cheque/money order., make payable to "Friesdeel Farms Inc" and send to O&L DeVries, 10744 Cameron rd, Winchester, ON, K0C 2K0

US fanciers, please make payable to "Oscar DeVries" send to 431 State St, Unit 1326, Ogdensburg, NY, 13669

Aug-20-2019

Hi everyone,

Sometimes no matter what you do or how hard you try, sometimes things just do not go as planned or hoped for.
I ended up in the hospital again, this time with kidney stones with a blocked ureters that caused a kidney infection. It’s extremely painful, thankfully they can intravenously give you enough morphine or stronger to help you feel "better".
With the birds everything was going great, they looked great, loft flew very well and ranged well, we spotted large groups 5-6 miles from home. Than in 1 training toss for some unknown reason it’s as if the birds could not find home. There are many theories but we will never know with 100% certainty. That same day/weekend I heard from several people that several individual fanciers to the East and West of us also suffered huge losses of 60-70%. It is a painful and devastating experience and I would rather have kidney stones than have this happen.
We are now slightly behind schedule, things will now be moving quickly. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we plan to have the activation race around the end of this week. Than the 1st race will be early next week, normally we like to have at least a week or more between the activation race and the 1st race to give time to get the entry fees in.
Because things will be moving fast, have a look at the last trainer and send in your entry fees as soon as possible. You don’t lose, as any bird that does not go to the 1st race has the entry fee fully refunded. 
The entry fee is $300/bird (mandatory for all birds on your team) and the average speed (optional)
You have a number of options, you can pay on line on our payment page, pay with PayPal to oldev@storm.ca , send e-transfer to lindadevries40@gmail.com or send cheque/money order., make payable to "Friesdeel Farms Inc" and US fanciers, please make payable to "Oscar DeVries"

One last thing, same as previous years, we will again have the tent up and food catered in and draw prizes on the main race day. Please let us know if you plan on attending so we can make arrangements with the catering service. We will decide on the menu soon and post it here.

Aug-03-2019
HEALTH, TRAINING ETC

Hi everyone,

It has been a while since the last update. Linda & I have had some set backs and health issues that made it difficult just to get everything done. I am not much of a story writer and put a bunch of BS on here in the first place and dealing with everything the last couple of months pretty much made it non existing. Linda had a tear in her knee and some cartilage damage and had knee surgery so she was not very mobile. I had a herniated disk with some nerve damage that was very painful so I could hardly walk, could not lay down in any position that was comfortable and definitely could not sit. It has improved a fair bit now but 3/4 of my left leg still has a numb feeling.

On the other hand the birds have been doing very well but we did have some real big problems with B of P. When it started we lost 10 of our own in under 1 week and I am sure a number of the OLR birds as well, it usually is not the problem of the number that they catch but the number of birds that take off and don't come back. At this time it looks like the problem has been mostly solved but there are still birds that come home from training and don't go in the loft but sit in trees in the surrounding area and hide till later in the afternoon or evening. This problem will correct it selves once the training goes out further.

We started training July 24th and go every day weather permitting. At first we do a number of shorter once and go different directions as well. We toss them in the morning and than loft fly them for an other 2-3 hours each afternoon. We are still having a little hick-up with the uploading to Wincompanion as it does not continue to upload once it gets to the end of the list, this mean we have to turn the upload program off and than back on to upload the birds that clocked after. I am sure this small issue will get resolved early next week, Terry always does a great job and gives outstanding support. (I prefer not to bug him on weekends) Don't worry if/when your bird(s) get clocked later in the day, it does not mean they came late from training.

Jun-03-2019
BASIC TRAINING WILL START SOON

Hi all,

 

Thank you all for participating in the 4th edition of the Dutch Touch International OLR this year. Most birds were in great condition this year making thing much easier for us, thank you for that. We are hoping for a great year and hope to see you all here for the main event Sept 22nd (weather permitting) We will have our tent up again, cater in food and have lots of draws and prizes to be won, similar to previous years.

Things are going good, health has been better than past years and loft flying is going according to schedule. We had a lot of birds come in late this year for varying reasons, some planned some due to difficult weather during breeding season. We have had a little problem getting the clock going but should have an inventory of the 1st groups tonight and all birds by the weekend. We have done hand inventories when giving the PMV booster shots. If you had a bird(s) missing we would have contacted you, so if you did not hear from us all is good.

The weather has been a challenge here withrain almost every other day, yesterday there were 2 tornados just North of us in the Ottawa area, more rain today and again tomorrow but if we can believe the forecast it is looking to improve big time after the middle of the week.

Look for the inventory tonight for the first groups and all birds by this weekend.

 

Thank you !!

May-14-2019
PICK UP SUNDAY MAY 19TH

Hi all,

Things are going as good as can be expected. Health is very good with a few exceptions and settling/loft flying the same. We have had a few birds injured by the looks of it wires and there are some missing. We will be doing a hand inventory the next few days to check the birds over and will let you know if any replacements are needed. If you do not hear from us than everything is fine with your birds.

We will be doing our last official pick up Sunday May 19th, check for locations and times below.

We will also be picking up birds to go to the HOOSIER CLASSIC MDR, this is you last chance to get in this Million $$$ race, we will be delivering these birds personally again on May 21st.

Quarantine for the last shipment to the SAMDPR starts May 24th, you must have you birds to us by then as the SAMDPR will not take late shipments. So you have to ship them to us by the 24th or for your convenience we can take them on our pick up.

This is our 3rd & final official pick up run, same locations and same times, see below.

Any questions or letting us know you will meet us at any of these locations, email: dutchtoucholr@gmail.com or text: 613-290-0783

08:15-08:30, Chatham, 401 exit 81, Bloomfield rd, Esso gas station.

09:20-09:30, London, 401 exit 189, Highbury Ave. S, Dennys/Shell parking lot.

11:00-11:15, Woodstock, 401 exit 232, Hwy 59, Eastside Mario parking lot.

12:00-12:15, Guelph, 401 exit 299, Brock Rd. S, Park & Ride parking lot South of 401.

12:45-13:15, Mississauga, 407 exit 48, Dixie rd/Drew rd, Esso gas station, 1km South of 407.

13:45-14:00, Markham, 407 exit 92, Markham rd, Staples parking lot, 1km South of 407.

14:30-14:45, Whitby, 401 exit 410, Brock St, Petro Can/Tim Horton/McDonald parking lot.

15:00-15:15, Bowmanville, OSHAWA Clubhouse on Rundle rd.

16:00-16:15, Colborne, 401 exit 497, BIG APPLE parking lot.

17:15-17:30, Kingston, 401 exit 619, Montreal St. Park & Ride, North of 401

Apr-22-2019
APR. 28 PICK UP.

Good morning everyone,

The birds here are doing fine, they are out in the avery every day and the first ones are starting to fly a little. It is shaping up to be a great year with over 600 perches reserved. If you have not reserved your perches yet there is still plenty of time, we are taking birds till end May. With our darkening system all birds will be EQUEL for the races, not at all different stages of the moult. For example, last year's 400 Mile LD Special winner was shipped here late May.

We will be doing our 2nd pick up run Apr. 28th, same locations and same times, EXCEPT Chatham, see below.

Any questions or letting us know you will meet us at any of these locations, email: dutchtoucholr@gmail.com or text: 613-290-0783

08:15-08:30, Chatham, 401 exit 81, Bloomfield rd, Esso gas station.

09:35-09:45, London, 401 exit 189, Highbury Ave. S, Dennys/Shell parking lot.

11:00-11:15, Woodstock, 401 exit 232, Hwy 59, Eastside Mario parking lot.

12:00-12:15, Guelph, 401 exit 299, Brock Rd. S, Park & Ride parking lot South of 401.

12:45-13:15, Mississauga, 407 exit 48, Dixie rd/Drew rd, Esso gas station, 1km South of 407.

13:45-14:00, Markham, 407 exit 92, Markham rd, Staples parking lot, 1km South of 407.

14:30-14:45, Whitby, 401 exit 410, Brock St, Petro Can/Tim Horton/McDonald parking lot.

15:00-15:15, Bowmanville, OSHAWA Clubhouse on Rundle rd.

16:00-16:15, Colborne, 401 exit 497, BIG APPLE parking lot.

17:15-17:30, Kingston, 401 exit 619, Montreal St. Park & Ride, North of 401

Mar-31-2019

Hello everyone,

Tomorrow (April 01) we start accepting birds for the 2019 Dutch Touch Int. OLR season. We will be in S. Western Ontario 3x this year and will be doing pick-ups on our way home. The dates are April 07, April 28 & May 19. See pick up locations and times below.

As we are the agents for the following 3 BIG races, we will also pick up birds for those International races, they are Pattaya Thailand, the SAMDPR & the Hoosier Classic MDR. We will personally deliver the Hoosier birds on Tuesday April 09.

We can also ship your birds to any race in the USA you want birds shipped to and we only use new (never used before) boxes and do not crowd them.

Any questions or letting us know you will meet us at any of these locations, email: dutchtoucholr@gmail.com or text: 613-290-0783

08:30-08:45, Chatham, 401 exit 81, Bloomfield rd, Esso gas station.

09:35-09:45, London, 401 exit 189, Highbury Ave. S, Dennys/Shell parking lot.

11:00-11:15, Woodstock, 401 exit 232, Hwy 59, Eastside Mario parking lot.

12:00-12:15, Guelph, 401 exit 299, Brock Rd. S, Park & Ride parking lot South of 401.

12:45-13:15, Mississauga, 407 exit 48, Dixie rd/Drew rd, Esso gas station, 1km South of 407.

13:45-14:00, Markham, 407 exit 92, Markham rd, Staples parking lot, 1km South of 407.

14:30-14:45, Whitby, 401 exit 410, Brock St, Petro Can/Tim Horton/McDonald parking lot.

15:00-15:15, Bowmanville, OSHAWA Clubhouse on Rundle rd.

16:00-16:15, Colborne, 401 exit 497, BIG APPLE parking lot.

17:15-17:30, Kingston, 401 exit 619, Montreal St. Park & Ride, North of 401

Oct-07-2018
END OF SEASON

Happy Canadian THANKSGIVING everyone.

Congratulations to all the winners and top performing birds this year. We had some amazing performances but also some hard to figure out losses this season, this made it tough and stressful at times to say the least. However when looking back at some of the fantastic performances of the last few races, the winning & top birds in all races, it made for a very exciting year and this has us really looking forward to next year.

This last race was an eye opener to what pigeons are capable of. With Sunny, calm & cool conditions at release, light side to slightly side tail wind (West) about 60 miles into the race (Matagami) than mostly cloudy with very light side to side headwind (ENE) through the middle (Amos/Val d'Or) and sun & cloud and near calm the last part (Maniwaki/Ottawa/Winchester) we were expecting the birds to arrive around 17:00 (1175mpm/1285ypm) but Linda called me when I was still close to 100 miles from home that birds were home, I could hardly believe it, I knew they were in fantastic condition but as I said, this was an eye opener to their fantastic capabilities. Most of these top performance birds are 6 to 8 months of age, the winner of the 400M/645km LD Special arrived here at the end of May and the 2nd place bird mid April, but I do not think these performance are possible without us using our darkening system and with our darkening system you do not need to send older young birds and why we accept birds for this race from Apr. 01 till end May.

Our internet at the loft has been down again, therefore I will take the computer in the house this evening and upload the 2nd & 3rd day birds. Unfortunately the weather has not cooperated on days 2 & 3 with overcast and on & off drizzle and showers therefore limiting returns.

By the middle of the week we will post an inventory of all birds here, please check the list and inform us as to what you want to do with your birds. We would like to have the loft empty as soon as possible so we can thoroughly clean the loft and get it ready for next year. If we do not hear from you by the weekend of Oct. 20/21 we assume you do not want them back and we will offer them to new and starting fanciers.

We would like to sincerely thank everyone whom entered our Dutch Touch International OLR and hope to see you all back for the 2019 season !! We are anticipating a big increase in the number of birds for 2019 Smile Smile

THANK YOU,
Linda & Oscar

Oct-05-2018
400M/645KM LD SPECIAL UPDATE

Hi everyone,

unfortunately our internet is out. I just got home and I’m doing a short update from my phone. The birds were released at 07:50 this morning, it was Clear, Cool & Calm. They took off real good and I saw them 1x about 15 miles from the release point and they were high and moving straight South, about 60-65 miles into the race the recorded wind was West at 6-6.5 m/h, (race was from mainly North with a touch to the West) about half way home the recorded wind was ENE AT 3-4 m/h, about 100 miles from home it was calm and at home very light NE. 

There are 20 some birds home which we hope to upload as soon as we are back on line.

The prizes are as follows:

1st 8000, 2nd 5000, 3rd 3000, 4th 1500, 5th-10th 1000 & 11th 305

Oct-02-2018
400M/645KM LD SPECIAL

Tried to post this yesterday but kept kicking me off, everytime it wanted me to put my username & password in again and it does not allow copy and past so every time I have to re-write the whole post Frown

 

Good morning everyone,

As you can see, we have started training the birds for the 400M /645km LD Special. They are in fantastic condition but the weather has not really cooperated and this week looks the same . According to the forecast we should get a trainer in on Monday, Wednesday and maybe Thursday or Friday. At this time Sunday looks like the best day for the 400M/645km race, hopefully it stays that way.

We currently have 80 birds activated and still about 30 no decisions, with 80 activated birds the prizes will be as follows:

1st 7500, 2nd 5000, 3rd 3000, 4-9 1000 & 10th 550.

This will keep building if more birds get activated. Look at the training results, if you see your bird(s) on there and have not activated them (yet) let us know one way or the other. Wednesday evening we will be doing our final sorting, if you have not let us know one way or the other those birds not activated yet are out, no exceptions.

We have had some ask whether there will be class races. Yes we have them as follows:

A 20, B 50 & C 100. Split 50/30/20

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