News and Updates
Dec-07-2018

Rain Thursday night and early Friday morning with cold damp air. Loft flying birds today again with a 50 mile toss Saturday. Rest on Sunday - and we go to 250 on Monday.

 

Best regards

Dec-05-2018

Birds are on lock-down today with Vita King Return Combo and to allow any 2nd day birds to clock and rebound.

Thursday - Loft Fly/Bath/Open Loft

Friday - 50 miles

Saturday - 50 miles

Sunday - Locked down

Monday Dec 10 - Next race

 

Dec-04-2018
ACD 200 UPDATE

CONGRATS to the winners ~~!!!

Release 28 degrees, NE winds < 5mph. Our race course is South East with today's expected winds less than 10 mph variable along the course, clear skies and perfect temperatures. This should have been an easy race (if there is such a thing).  

Winds notched up to 14-20 mph East as the morning progressed in Winkelman (60 mile station). The first drop of 23 or so came directly out of the SW which says they were pushed to Tucson (south of us) with the later winds. The 2nd drop came directly out of the West which means they definitely overflew. The later birds were not tired at all - no open mouths or drooping wings. The later ones are definitely in the + column for wingtime.

Thanks to the local lads that helped out with the droppers and came to watch the race and congrats with 2 of them being in the 1st drop (Scott and Jairo).

Dec-03-2018

2nd Race 200m station - Tuesday Dec 4th. Basketing list published later today.

 

Best of luck ~~!

Nov-30-2018

Well we timed it good. Strong cold front came in last night with rain and headwinds along course - which unfortunately led to only 2 additional birds making it home today. Cold headwinds along course for Sat-Mon.

We will have the birds back out on a 50/75 mile tuneup before the next race.

Thanks to the local lads that made it out on race day to observe the proceedings....

Best regards ~~!

Nov-29-2018

297 birds shipped (one bird was pulled and will not be competing in the series - breeder has been notified).

275 birds in the clock at end of day.

 

** There were 3 birds that showed up in training mode  that I will have to get with Terry to see if these birds can get the credit for the flight today. after we close the clock. I had to  manually add them to the basketing list last night (as clock said "Already basketed" when we scanned) and they showed up on the official published basketing list but not when Wincom ran. I have screenshots of Unikon clocking if anyone wishes to see it.

DMAR 306 - TIme: 14-03-39

OL 2597 - Time: 10-17-27

JEDDS 21409 - Time:  9-58-15

The birds started off with very little help in terms of the non-existent winds. Results-wise, 200 birds in the first 20 minutes, 22 birds on the 1st drop at 1521 ypm. Congratulations to ALL the winners with my long-time mentor Lazy AC being first in the clock. Just a quick tribute - Al was the guy that showed me Winspeed, Unikon, how to figure a race, and how to race pigeons.

"Generally" with speeds over 1500 ypm, and around 80% of the birds home in the 1st hour - this is a good gauge of overall conditioning of the birds. Test that criteria on the various OLRs out there and draw your own conclusions....

What's next??

Based on what we saw today, I would really have liked to quickly go to the 200 on Monday - but the weather seems iffy - we will make that call as we get closer. We will load the birds appropriately for this next task - 

Congratulations again and thanks for your support ~~!

 

Nov-28-2018

Birds are on lock down today in preparation for basketing. They are being hand examined and chip-checked. There were a few later arrivals and habitual late trappers (we will not name call) after we shut the computer off and left the loft yesterday morning. The official basketing list is what to look at later this evening.

We will put the clock in race mode and do a basketing list tonight - race is on for tomorrow Thursday 11/29. Light winds 5-10 SSE on one wind app, and other weather channels are calling for 5-10 SSW... so either a slight tail wind or light cross winds with 48 degrees at release and about 62 degrees on arrival.

Stay tuned....

Nov-26-2018

Birds are looking much better ~!! Droppings have tightened up significantly. They flew from 1-1.5 hrs today so I know they are feeling good.

Tomorrow we will take them out on a 50-60 mile toss and evaluate when we want to have the 1st race.

Friday looks like rain, Saturday 15 mph headwinds/crosswinds; and Sunday iffy. So I will make the call whether to do Wednesday or Thursday as I do not want to have these birds sit around for another week ~!!

Nov-24-2018
SUNDAY'S RACE IS POSTPONED

We have decided to postpone Sunday's 1st race for the following reasons.

After the blowhome activation race, we had several tosses and dropped a few birds since that activation toss.

We saw some abnormally loose droppings on return from both longer training and some birds seemed sluggish especially on the last toss. We think with a 90% confidence that it was due to a bad batch of supplements that we typically use on the days of basketing and return from the longer trainings. We also saw that the supplement had colored the water green today - when normally it should be yellow.

In the best interest of the birds - I have decided to let this flush out of their system first before we have our first race.

We are treating with Ropa natural oregano -based in the water for now , lightened up the feed and then will have 2 days of a Therapeutic Cleanser.

Hope this does not inconvenience anyone - but from my experience as one of the top handlers in the Arizona Federation - this is the best decision to do this as precautionary ! I would hate to start the series and then have to shut them down and then restart - we have seen in the 2018  OLRs  what time-off does to the returns.

Thanks for your support -

 

Nov-21-2018

Looks like all birds are being accounted for (paid or check is in the mail).

We will do a couple more tune-up tosses this week before the 1st race... and then it will be like clockwork unless we have a hard race in-between.

 

Best of luck ~~!

 

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