News and Updates
JULY 20, 2019

   No simm card yet. This is very frustrating not only for me but also you. If the card does not arrive Monday AM we will do a hand inventory. I do not want to chase the birds around in this heat for my sake and theirs. At present, we have quiet birds that load well and do not get too upset with my demands but we do need to provide an update on what is in the loft. Monday is suppose to be the start of cooler weather, better for us and better for them.

   On Friday, the birds went a bit over ten KM. The sky was cloudy with a strong breeze on their left shoulder pushing them West. All were released within a half hour of arriving at the release point. The first half came home right on time and from the right direction. The second half took way longer and came mostly from the west. Upon arriving home, all flew for a considerable time in the valley. The winds provided the perfect updraft along the hill top and they took advantage. I suppose it is much cooler up high than on the ground and in the loft. Birds came in small groups and plenty of single birds arrived untill after supper. We received three phone calls from other fanciers and last night we picked up the happy wanderers, including one from my personal loft. There are fanciers who train along the lake shore and a number of their birds stop in for a visit. 

  Today, the sky has closed in with clouds that almost touch the ground, heat that at 7:00 AM is already unbearable and not a song bird flying about. If they sit still, the birds stay home. We will not take the birds out for a toss, Open loft and baths are the order of the day. Tomorrow promises to be better and they will go again.


FRIDAY 2019-07-19

  Yesterday the birds had a 10 KM toss. The weather was sunny. They were released in small groups but came home in sveral large flocks. Most flew around the loft for another hour or so. Today, another 10 KM toss and then we will step out to 25.

   We now have the tracking number for the simm card and it has cleared customs and is now in transit. Hope today is our lucky day. 


THURSDAY 18, 2019

  The rain kept us from training yesterday morning. When it stopped raining, the fog off the lake closed up the sky. We let the birds out for a loft fly in the middle of the afternoon. Today, they are going up the road, 10 KM. 


TUESDAY 16 2019

   The birds were taken just short of 10 KM on Tuesday morning. Loading was a dream with most of the birds walking in without too much fuss. They were released into a strong headwind in a blue sky with a few high clouds. Except for the first two groups, all cleared well. The first two joined together befor leaving the release point. Almost all missed the loft and came home from the south instead of the north. When they came home, all flew for another hour or so. The last group, released at 10:40, didn't enter the loft till almost one o'clock.We brought home a handfull of strays so I'm pretty sure we managed to clash with other birds being trained. At 2 PM, there were 23 birds still missing. By evening all had returned with 3 birds coming minutes apart at 20:50 PM. There were 748 birds that registered in the clock.

  The simm card was sent Monday by courier. Today it should be here.


JULY 15, 2019

   Topigeon has sent another simm card by courier today. Thank God.

   The birds were released at 5 KM in groups of fifty or so this morning. They, of course, hid around the corner and waited for their friends to show up. They arrived at home in three groups. There were the usual straglers including a small group that were gone for about 6 hours. Today, they were in the trailer in one hour, which is four times faster than yesterday. Trapping was good and there were only a small number that managed to piggyback their way in. I will lower the top of the trap another notch. We clocked 739 birds and there were seven that didn't go because of cuts and bruises and one with two broken legs. He is managing very well, eating and drinking on his own and going out on the landing board for the sun. Linda will tape the loading process and put it on her facebook site so that you can see how it works [ Patent pending).( Just kidding).

   Tomorrow, they will go about ten KM and will be released in small groups 



   Still no simm card. On Friday we found out it was sent by ordinary mail, not express. For just a few dollars, we suffer. Very annoying and emberrassing for us. 

   Yesterday, the birds went on their first training flight. It took for ever to load them into the trailer. The new shute upset the applecart. A few more trips and they'll get the hang of it, I'm sure. They were released in small groups over a two hour period. A few turned left instead of right and spent the better part of the afternoon coming home. All we need is that damn card and we will be live. 

   The birds are going again today.



JULY 11, 2019

   The birds are ready to start training. Our trailer has been serviced and we are ready to go. Depending on the weather of course, Monday is when we'll start. We still donot have the new simm card for the clock but still hope for this week. Card or not, we will begin to train. 



                                             Prizes as per 178 Paid teams

The 160 Special:    1------1,750.00


                            3------   750.00

                            4-------  750.00

                            5 to 8--- 500.00

The 220 Special:    1-------2,750.00

                            2------ 2,000.00

                            3------ 1,500.00

                            4------ 1,000.00

                            5------    750.00

                            6--------  750.00

                            7 to 9-- - 500.00

The 280 Special:   1--------4,000.00




                           5------- 1,250.00


                           7------- 1,000.00

                           8-------    750.00

                           9-------    750.00

                          10 to 12---500.00   

The 340 Special:   1-------19,000.00

                           2-------- 8,500.00

                           3-------- 5,500.00

                           4-------- 3,750.00



                           7 to 9--- 1,750.00

                          10 to 15--1,000.00

                          16 & 17--   750.00

                          18 to 25--- 500.00

The 400 Special:   1-------- 6,500.00

                           2-------- 2,750.00

                           3-------- 1,750.00

                           4  & 5--- 1,000.00

                           6 to 9-----  750.00

                           10 to 14 -- 500.00   

Short Distance Ace: 1-------1,000.00

                              2 to 5..   500.00

Long Distance Ace:   1-------1,500.00

                              2 to 5 --  500.00

Overal Ace:              1------ 4,000.00

                               2------ 2,000.00



                               5-------   500.00


Thanks, Rick



SUNDAY, JULY 7, 2019


  First an update on the clocking system. As I understand it, there is nothing wrong with the operation of topigeon and Ipigeon. What the problem is is that Rodgers Comunications will not allow the use of our simm card and are blocking our signal. The new card coming will be allowed on their system and we will be set to go. 

 Bill Wiema has added a locking system onto our trailer so now we are secure on the road. A new water tank is almost complete and we will be on the road, training, very soon.

 The health of the birds, I am happy to say, is excellent. All are out and all fly. We walk them out in the early AM and allow them back in one hour later. They have food and open trap untill four PM. Then, everybody goes back out and with the help of tennis balls, they fly. We clean the drinkers and prepare dinner and all come back in. After they are in we open the traps again and a large number will go out again and fly into the evening. The only exceptions to this patern is Sunday morning when I type and answer every question that comes in. I am slow, but eventually you'll hear from me. The birds go out after lunch on this day.

  I have been asked so many times what food we feed and what we put in the water. We use Baden feed. We mix Baden Pigeon mix, Y2k Breeding mix, DB Racing mix, Baden Pellets and Candy mix. These are combined in a secret formula that only Colonel Sanders and I know. On Sundays we give clear water. During the week we use Apple Cider Vinegar, Health Guard, Ropa B, Garlic and Kastle Acidifier Plus. What they get just depends on what  I feel they need that day. We use Grit from Natural and Beyers. We use pickstone and minerals made by Versa Laga, Beyers, Natural and add two types of probiotics. All are mixed together and given fresh everyday. They'll go to this before they have their meal. If you notice, at the bottom of each door jamb, the floors are always clean. The wind from their flapping about keeps it tidy. In every doorway, and we have twelve, we put a teaspoon of table salt on one side and a tablespoon of charcoal on the other. They pick at this whenever they feel a need for it. Most days, all spots are cleaned up. 

  We have 890 birds entered this year. That means 178 teams and a total of 124,600 in prize money. Not everyone has paid their entry fees but I will assume they will so I will revise the payouts to suit these numbers. You will see the new schedule here on our message board within a couple of days. 

 The number of entries in the Master Breeder has risen. If you wish to enter, you have a few more days.  I will publish the revised list at the end of this week.

See you all soon, Rick





   The system is not up yet. There is a problem with the simm card and  Rodgers. A new card that does work with Rodgers has been sent by Pony Express. It will be here shortly. We are the first in Canada to use this system and its learn and fix it as we go along.


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