Franco & Belus Classic
News and Updates
1,000 BIRDS AND COUNTING We have received 1,000 birds and still have 3 weeks to take in birds. Its going to be BIG!!!

Deadline to accept birds has been extended to June 1st


Only 15 Days Left!!!

Dont miss out on one of the biggest OLR's in the US with one of the biggest payouts. Go to for more info and to register.
OVER 1300 PERCHES RESERVED!!! We now have over 1300 perches reserved. Dont miss out on one of the biggest races in the country.
SHIPPING CONTAINERS When shipping birds please don't jam more than 3 birds in the cut down 2 bird boxes and new 2 bird boxes. Pigeons produce more heat than what people realize. This can cause the birds to be stressed and dehydrated. There are not enough holes for the heat to escape and fresh air to come in. Also, when the boxes are cut down they are squared and allows the post office to stack boxes tight together blocking the air holes making the situation even worse. We have received a couple dead birds this year due to overcrowding in the shipping boxes. I understand shipping costs have gone up dramatically but, it is better to use two boxes than one if need be.
RACE DATES 100 mile Qualifier September 1st
Race #1 125 miles September 11th
Race #2 150 miles September 18th
Race #3 175 miles September 25th
Race #4 200 miles October 2nd
Race #5 250 miles October 9th
Main Event 320 miles October 17th
(Optional $200 per bird Entry) ‚Äč400 mile Second Chance October 31st
Dates subject to change
Birds have started coming in. When the birds arrive they are given a Versele-Laga recovery cap, Shot of water, canker pill, and drops under wings for parasites. After a couple of days of eating and drinking in a quarantine section they are then vaccinated for PMV and Salmonella. They are then put in general population where they are able to go out on landing board daily along will access to Versele-Laga all-in-One grit and Junior Plus IC feed. 
Why you need to be in the Franco & Belus Classic

Over 1,000 perch reservations already!!! - Dont be left out of all the fun and excitement, reserve your perches today!!! 

if you need assistance text Mike Belus at

Guaranteed perch fees - any paid perch not filled, replaced, or lost prior to the first 20 mile training toss will be credited to the following year(does not include the $100 upfront money that goes directly to the prize fund).


Six race series (125, 150, 175, 200, 250, & 320 miles) - No big jumps, birds will be in shape for the big race and Champion Bird over 6 races will truly be a great bird.


400 mile Special at end of season - There will be a 400 mile special race 2 weeks after the main race. Entry fee will be $200 per bird ($175 goes towards prize fund)


500 mile Old Bird series available - We will be hosting an Old Bird series that will include a 500 mile main event in the spring. Entry fee will be $300 per bird ($200 will go to prize fund)

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