News and Updates

   I have been away for a couple of days and Linda has been looking after the birds. The birds will be caught and checked out this morning and then those ready to race will be taken for a toss, 75 KM early afternoon. If it becomnes stinking hot, I'll only go 50 KM. One more longer toss the first of the week and then we will hold the race on the first decent day we have.

   The birds are loft flying well. All except a few late arrivals are in racing shape. Today and tomorrow I will answer all my email and phone messages and rest assured for those that have stated you wanted to race, your birds are now on the activation list. 

Thanks, Rick


   The birds are doing well. They excercizes well each day and they have regained their strength. Today they are going on a toss and I'll put that on wincompanion. Some of you have asked me to remove birds  from the general population for safe keeping. It takes about 5 hours to catch all the birds and check out who they belong to. I like you all a lot but not enough to spend the better part of my day looking for pigeons. Each day as I go along, I catch a dozen or so to check on their condition. If I find one that's on the list, I pull it out. There are 210 pigeons flying around in an 20 by 80 foot loft. If yours is smart enough to avoid me, it will loft fly and it will be trained. They look great. Maybe you should consider joining in with the race. Nine have been removed and over 70 have been nominated to enter the race. 

    On Sunday we will have the final list of birds ready to go and then I need final conformation if you are participating.

Thanks, Rick



    The birds are well. They are now all flying well. There are 51 activated at present. More to come, I'm sure. I will once again catch the birds and check their condition and post it on Wincompanion at the end of this week. 



   The bird on the loft fly today are all capable of racing in a couple of weeks. They have their weight back and are active around the loft. Today, they flew for 45 minutes or so. There are others who will be ready in a few days, but at present, these are the ones that are capable of racing soon. Next week, weather permitting, they will be tossed short distances everyday that is possible. We plan on racing near the end of the third week of September, again depending on the weather.

   Activate your birds by email please. If you want your bird removed, also email me please.



  The birds have open loft{ out the side window and back in via trap} and can go in and out as they please. At 4 PM they are all locked out while I prep the feed and water. Yesterday, all but 12 flew a half hour. Fifty or so flew longer. The birds will be assessed Saturday morning and I will post a loft fly with all the birds that I feel can fly the 380M race. 

  There are still a few cheques re activation that have to be sent out and They will be i the mail this weekend. Pools, prize money, etc will be started after the last race.



   The birds were out yesterday. Fifty or so flew for half an hour while the rest just went up and down. They had a bath and went back inside. Emails are coming in at a steady pace for the activation of birds for the 380M marathon. The first reported birds missing from this weekends race are south west of Montreal in upper New York state.

   I didn't think the humidity and the heat could get any worse but yesterday it did. 



   Congratulations to all the birds that have made it home, especially to the ten day birds.

1st             Cruz & Vasco Loft

2nd            Naylor/Spring Syndicate BC

3rd             Bator-Nanez

4th            Weekend at Bernie's

5th            Gabes Loft

6th            Baden Feeds/Pete Mecca

7th            Joe Demedeiros

8th            The Three Islanders

9th            Wilk Loft

10th          Sam and Steve


     It was a very tough race with the heat and wind increasing as the day went on. The driver did not see any rain on the way home but I am sure that on the path the birds took they ran into one of the pop up storms created by the heat, forcing them way off line.

    The race will stay on Win Companion for another day or two allowing you to see if and when your bird came home.

    In three weeks, we will hold the 380 M marathon. If you wish to enter, please email me. 




  My computor has crashed. Tomorrow I will replace it and then write a full report. Hats of to all the birds that won you money and gave you pleasure and hats off to the birds that are still coming home. Kudoos to Cruz and Vaco for being first.



   This was a difficult decision to make. In fact, I asked the help of 3 other pigeon fanciers who I respect and trust to help me make the best decision.

   The birds were released at 8:00 AM. No rain is expected from La Sarre into Ontario. That gives them 200 miles of great weather to give them a great start. Once in Ontario, the chances are there for isolated showers and thunder storms. It is expected to be clear along the lake later this afternoon. 

   Good Luck to every one.



PS  Just had a call from the driver, the birds left quickly with about 12 leaving on their own, just ahead of the flock.



   The birds are doing well. Their schedule has been changed a bit. Now, morning has one hour loft fly and bath then everyone back into the loft for food and sleep. The sun hits the back of the loft from 12 noon on and with the new shutter system, it fills up with sunshine and fresh air. I find almost all resting on one wing or canoodeling in a corner for the complete afternoon. It has helped bring them back into top condition. At 4 PM its fly time again and at 5:30, back into the loft. When they are out, 95% are in the air. The late ones are not quite ready for full participation. 
   I have been asked about the moult and as I go along I check various birds. Most are on their 6th or 7th flight. Some are close to dropping # 8. The later birds are just starting # 6. The bodies of course, are done.

   Shipping on Saturday will start at 10 AM and when that is done, we'll eat and then do the loft auction. You can come and handle your birds, please do. There will be some campers on site and maybe a trailer or two. Lots of folks have found rooms in our area.

   Race day is iffy at the moment. Every site I check has a different forecast and everyone I speak with has their opinion. Cross your fingers and hope for the best.   

   Pools are coming in and I see I made a mistake. Last years sheets say $ 75.00 to buy your loft Pool ahead of time. That's what it will be. Any extra I receive re the loft pool, we'll return. So Loft Pool is $75.00 to pre buy.


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