The birds are doing Great. Training is going great and moving fast. We have had cooler temps in the mornings and Favorable winds. We are planning the 125 mile race for Friday Nov. 17 weather permitting. Remember that now entry money is due until after the 225 mile race. We will have the 100.00 option in addition to the 300.00 entry. The 100.00 option is optional. We will keep you posted.
Sorry i have been slow with the updates. I have been very busy working. All is good here. Very little damage from Irma. The power surges took out our computer and had to replace it. I had the clocking system unplugged and it was spared. The birds are doing great. John has them split in 2 groups and fly's 1 one day and the 2nd the next etc. They fly better in smaller groups. They are now flying 20-30 minutes non stop and are routing a little. We expect to start Training in a couple of weeks. When we start training there will be many reports then. Thamk Yoiu for your Patience
We now have over 638 birds received. Several people have asked if we can accept until July 15. We have decided to do so. We are on schedule even with the rain, Tip Pulling and Settling. Special Thank You to TheLoftReport.com for their Email. I have had a great response to it. Today my wife Kay cut the Grass and I Cleaned and Disinfected the Loft. John had the day off. Rumor has it he spent the day in the Pool. The birds are doing Fantastic.
We are pulling the 9 and 10th tip. They had been cut for a while. We have over half the birds done . we still have the last bunch to pull after they are settled. The first group will be ready to go out then also. The birds look great and are very healthy. We are very pleased with there progress.
I have had several requests for loft fly reports. This year we are cutting and pulling the 9&10 tip. As the birds get settled and are flying good i Lock them up and pull the tips. We have about 200 that are pulled so they are not out as they cannot fly well. I do inventories and the lost bird list is up to date. I hope that i explained it well.
We are excepting birds until july 1. It is not to late. Let us know. We have received 585 birds to date and more are coming. Thank You, Jim
We did an inventory today. Please check the list to see if you have any missing. You can replace until July 15. We also extended the deadline for recieving birds until July 1. Thank You
The birds are nice and healthy and look great. We have had no health problems so far. We keep the Loft, Water and air clean as this aids in good health. John has been settling the birds. I will have an inventory up soon. We have only lost 1 bird so far and that breeder has been contacted.
Our races this year are... 125, 225 and 325 miles. They will go a minimum of those miles in each race. We will not bring them back or shorten any race. We did last year and alot of people were not happy. Its on me, I made those decisions for the birds. I will be more diligent this year and will not ship if there is a problem on the race course or if the birds are not ready.
On another note, as always nobody but John and I handle the birds. Nobody but John and I feed and water the birds and clean inside the loft. Nobody gets near the loft if we are not here. JoJo and Shadow make sure of that. We do let people look at the birds from outside and they are welcome to sit with John while the birds are out.
If anyone has any questions call or email me please.
The Flamigo Loft has been pressure washed with chlorine. We will be repainting inside this week. When it is done we will post pictures on the webpage. Looking forward to 2017.
John Gallagher is handling birds for the GHC Classic and The Unit 10 Challenge race and is living in Unit 10. The unit 10 Challenge race is only for the Unit 10 Clib Members.