News and Updates
Aug-28-2018

Unikon clock malfunctioned today during our live clocking inventory. Will need to send it in for service - our backup clock is having a battery replaced - so we should be up and running again shortly.

Our temps are back up again this week 103 - 107 and drying out in terms of humidity. The birds seem to thrive better with the lower humidity. Soon the skies will be dark here in a few weeks as we put the birds through their paces...Training should start in October, with the first race in early November.

Thanks for your support this year...

Aug-27-2018

9:48am: Looks like Wincom needs rebooting - will reboot in the afternoon when I get back to the lofts ~~!

Aug-26-2018

Hand Inventory done today -

4 birds need correcting (AU to IF, 2 unassigned bands, 1 unassigned breeder). These will be corrected tonight, and clock is on Monday again for running the birds through the traps.

Dove season starts here soon - so not much activity from Sep 1 - 15 with the birds.

***** Perch fees are due in full at this time (for those taking advantage of the 50% down with shipping - the remainder is due now). We will be sending out invoices shortly for those...

 

Best regards

Aug-24-2018

Another clocking inventory completed yesterday. Looks like we have an issue with a few bands - will do a hand inventory again to catch those few bands that are not working.

Birds are looking really good - we could potentially be ahead of schedule if we can get thru this neck and body moult on the latter arrivals.

 

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Aug-23-2018

Clocks turned on today for inventory. We had one group through the traps in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Looks like some birds may have piggybacked as we are missing a few. 

Clocks will be on again tomorrow - On the weekend, we will do a hand inventory to double check the updates we made on the Unikon Administration software

 

Best regards

Aug-21-2018

No new news to report. Birds are moulting nicely - with the rain and swing in temperatures has triggered a lot of body moult. We turn on the clocks this week - please check your inventory.

For those of you that took advantage of the 50% perch fee deposit - the remaining 50% is now due. 

For those that have paid their perch fee in full - any missing birds receive a credit towards entry fees.

We do not believe you should have to pay perch fees if a bird is MIA early on in the acceptance/settling process - hope this policy catches on to some of the OLRs that lose a lot of birds early.

Health is optimal - we have 3 birds in the recovery bay treating for respiratory with all the blowing dust around here lately.

 

Best regards

Aug-14-2018

Monsoons daily with afternoon high winds and rain .... I counted 20 trees down/uprooted along the road on Monday morning near the loft from Sunday night storms. As such birds are on lock down for the remainder of this week. We will ramp up on live inventory updates next week as we get the birds back up in the air and release in two groups on alternating days.

Best of luck in your OLR endeavours...

Aug-05-2018

Temperatures around 110-112 for the past few days - 

PMV booster given to all the latter arrivals - this concludes our vaccination regimen.

During this time, we continue with the "all you can eat buffet" for optimal development and feather growth - no cutting the feed with barley ~! 

We will continue with our weekly updates (or more frequently if anything changes or needs updating) during August.

Best of luck in all your 2018 racing endeavours...

 

 

Jul-31-2018

Finally got Wincom to work with new computer, new USB serial drivers, new cables .... We will run the birds through the clock 7/31.

*** A hand inventory will be done on Wednesday to verify any missing birds, birds that did not scan, or incorrect band numbers after today's clocking ***

Last week with the heat wave, we hit 115 - 117 degrees for a couple of days - birds are looking well and seem to have adjusted to the heat by now. The 9th and 10th are growing in well on the earlier arrivals.

Jul-19-2018

Intake period for entries and replacement is officially closed. We are at about 360 birds with very few replacements needed. Remember any bird not making the inventory list prior to start of training WILL have any paid perch fee refunded/credited.

The 9th and 10th on older entries are about 3 weeks in and they have all been booster PMV and Pox.

The later arrivals (about 80 birds) will have their secondary/booster PMV and Pox vaccines by August 1st.

All Birds are doing well - all e-bands have been assigned and placed on the last few entries.

Unfortunately we are having issues running the live inventory with Wincom - using a brand new computer running Windows 10, new serial cable, new USB to RS232 connector (from Deister). At this point we are not sure if it is RS232 port on the Unikon clock itself. We are diligently working to continue to debug and have a live inventory ASAP !!!

Thanks for your support ~~!

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