News and Updates
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

Sep-26-2018

Good morning everyone,

First congratulations to all the winners on the main race. It was a nice & cool day, everyone had a great time and really liked the food catered in. The race was a little hard to predict as the driver called and said he drove through rain for a while. They had a great start so we were sure they would come. One bird came, followed by 1 more just short of a minute later, as the 2nd was coming down, 5 more came together. 21 minutes after the 1st one we even had a drop of 24 birds. It was a really fun day and we are already looking forward to next year !!!

Now we are gearing up for the 400, remember the prize pot started with $11250, with 75 birds entered the total prize pot is $21375 and with 100 birds entered it is $24750. This will be a very exiting race.
Please let us know right away whether you want your birds in the 400 or if you want us to put it aside for return to you at a later date. We have to started training shortly and we need to seperate the 2 groups. If we do NOT hear from you, those pigeons will stay in the active group and be trained and if we still do not hear from you by shipping day, those birds become available for other fanciers to enter. Please send us an email, text or FaceBook message, I need it in writing. Thank you.

 

Sep-23-2018
RACE DAY

Good morning everyone,

It was overcast early and cloudy down the line but it started clearing out nicely and the birds were released in Val-Paradis at 08:45 with mainly sunny skies and a light North wind (tail to side tail wind) We went to Val-Paradis (to the East) because it was suppose to clear out earlier there and the line home would be better. About 2/3 of the way home it will be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of a shower, but with a tail/side tail wind that should not be any problem. The birds were in fantastic conditions so we are looking forward to a great race. For people that can not make it here we will have our live video feed. We will start running the live-stream around 14:15/14:30 and can be viewed here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5USv3wXyRYY

Best of luck to everyone !!!

Sep-23-2018
RACE DAY

Good evening everyone,

The main race is on for tomorrow as planned. The birds are on their way there and we expect the release to be around 08:30, the conditions look good but it will be cool, or actually cold, early in the morning it’s suppose to be around 0C (32F) there will be a light tail wind for most of the race and at home an afternoon high of 17C (63F) It seems we are going from one extreme to another 🙄🙄

The tent is back up and all is set, we are looking forward to a great day 😎😎😎

Pay-outs are as follows:

A series

1st 20000, 2nd 12500, 3rd 7500, 4th 5000, 5th 4000, 6th 3000, 7th 2000, 8th 1250, 9 & 10 1000, 11-15 600, 16-20 500, 21-30 300

B series

1st 7500, 2nd 5000, 3rd 2500, 4-6 1000

Average Speed

1st 4000, 2nd 2000, 3rd 1000, 4th 750, 5-8 500

Remember to activate your birds for the Long Distance Special after the main race, we are looking to have that race 11-12 days after the main race, the prize starts of with 11500, with 100 birds in it that will grow to 25000. This should make it a great race.

Sep-20-2018
TRAINING (OR NOT)

Good morning everyone,

So far the weather has not cooperated to even get a short training toss in. Yesterday low heavy clouds all day, they loft flew real good until the falcon showed up. I was inside the loft and all of a sudden I see the whole flock roaring straight toward the front of the loft (landing board) a bunch dove under the loft, others crash landed on the landing board a some crashed into the windows. It seems the pigeons know what to do, with a hawk they take off and try to go high, with a falcon they go down as fast as they can and hide, falcons will not go on the ground. Right now it's raining but is suppose to clear in a couple of hours, if not to late we may get a toss in today. tomorrow looks like a wash-out with strong winds and T-storms.

The forecast for race day has been back and forth but all weather models now have Sunday for sun & cloud to mainly sunny but cool. The wind is suppose to be N & NE which will be a side tailwind to cross wind, I call it side tailwind from the wrong side as races never go as well with the wind from that side. Release temp is suppose to be around 3C or 37F and arrival 17C or 63F.

We are getting everything ready for race day, the 65ft x 45ft tent is already in place and today we will get all the chairs and tables etc. We will have lots of prizes to be won again from prizes for ladies and different feed mixes and all different pigeon products from BEYERS

Check back daily for more updates.

Sep-16-2018
THE DAY AFTER

Hi everyone,

First congratulations to the birds that did really well, a special mention to 18209 & her breeder Mary Lou for scoring 2x 1st in a row, we have not seen that before and I would assume it is not common at all. This is her 2nd year in pigeons.

It would be a HUGE understatement to say that the last 2 races have been strange, disappointing, discouraging. Last week the weather appear to be near perfect with near calm and cool conditions. The first birds did 1400 mpm so things looked good, but than it took 6 minutes to get 2 more and an other 6 minutes to get 1 more. I knew than that it would be a strange type race, but I have no answers as to why, some think a falcon may have hit the flock or it was atmospheric or ???? 

The birds had 2 tosses this past week, 44 miles on Wednesday & 52 miles on Thursday and looked fantastic. Unfortunately we could not get Thursday's trainer posted as we kept getting error messages. I spoke to Terry and it turns out that Wincompanion was being moved to a new and better server and there were a couple of hic-ups. The birds came real good but with the last group of birds landing and on the landing board a hawk hit them. I was inside at the time and not sure it got any but there were some birds missing and some returned the next day.

Yesterday started great with the first 62 in under 10 minutes but after that, totally scattered. Again it is hard to understand as to why or what happened, they cleared great and all left as 1 big group. One thing is for sure, it has been a very challenging year for OLRs and club and combine racing with unheard losses. hoping for a much better year next year or I am not sure we want to continue.

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