News and Updates
Sep-03-2022
INVENTORY UPDATE Good Afternoon Breeders,

Another hot week here at the High Desert. We should start to see cooling weather after this. Overall the birds have handled the heat very well this year. 

We posted a Hand Inventory of your birds yesterday on Wincompanion. It does not include all the birds we received. The first hundred birds in the clock, is the group we are currently working on settling. We still have about 70 birds that are not on that inventory list as they are being trapped trained in preparation to being settled. If your birds are not on that list and not marked as lost, they are still in the loft. We do have a few birds that ended up lagging behind from when they were received. We either held them longer in quarantine based on how they were looking or based on their age they stayed in the trap training section longer. All that to say if you have a bird that isn't on the list and should be, go check your breeders list. If its marked lost, it was not in the loft yesterday. If it is marked as eligible and wasn't on the Inventory list, it is still in the loft. 

Once we get the last group settled we will post another Hand Inventory of all the birds in the loft. When all the birds are together and being forced out we will start posting weekly loft flies for you. The goal is by the beginning of October to have one main group and start working on getting them into condition. The main group is given the option of going outside on all days that allow for it. The main groups health is the best we have seen in years. Hopefully that continues with the heat hopefully subsiding soon. 

Until the next update. Take care and thanks again for another year!

Kenny and Corey
Aug-21-2022
CLOSED FOR 2023 High Desert Breeders,

Thanks to all who have sent for the 2023 Yearling Series! We are finished accepting birds and are looking forward to another year. Those who have sent year after year, thank you for letting us continue to test your birds. Those of you who are are new, good luck, and thanks for giving us a shot with your birds. 

We will be going through the birds received in July this week and see who isn't here. At this point all the birds going outside it has been free choice. So there is no point to run the clock as many don't go across the pad. We open the top hatch and birds are free to go outside if they want. Once all birds are settled then we will start to loft fly the birds. But that is a ways out. Have to finish getting the August birds quarantined, trap trained, and then settled. Once all birds are settled we will do weekly inventories until the snow flies. 

Overall the birds are doing well. The excessive heat makes it really difficult on some birds. '

Good luck to all that Club Race and have entered Young Bird OLR's. It is an exciting time of year. 

Kenny and Corey
Aug-21-2022
Jul-31-2022
3 MORE WEEKS............ Hello Fanciers,

We will be taking birds for three more weeks. Replacements and new birds. Last day to ship here will be August 17th, which is a Wednesday. 

This next week we will have a little break from the hot weather. We will also work on settling birds from the first two weeks of July. 

Overall birds are doing well. The main group is given the option to go out daily. 

Thanks to all who have sent so far. Until next time.

Kenny and Corey
Jul-18-2022
BIRDS MARKED AS LOST Afternoon,

We have done an inventory on birds that are outside and were received from 5/1 - 6/18. Birds that are missing are now marked as lost on Wincompanion.  If you have sent during that time frame please go look at your birds on Wincompanion. We will be taking in birds for another month. 

Thanks,

Kenny and Corey
Jul-18-2022
INTAKE OF ALL BIRDS UNTIL MID AUGUST High Desert Breeders,

We have been nice and warm the last couple of weeks. Overall the birds have handled it well. During transport in these hot days throw in some quartered oranges or any other fruit that can benefit the birds. We will take in Replacements and New Birds until the Middle of August and then we will be closed for 2023. As a reminder, as a handler we earn all of our money in the Perch Fees. We are one of the few OLR's that continue to pay out 100% of the entry fee money. Thanks to all that have sent. 

All birds received May 1st - June 18th have been chipped and are settled to the loft. Was going to mark the birds that have been lost on Wincompanion today but had an issue with the internet on the designated One Loft Computer. Will get that figured out this week and I will send out an email once the lost birds are marked. That way you have some time to send replacements if you would like. 

This week we will be settling birds received from 6/20 - 7/2. 

Think that is all for now. Enjoy the heat!

Kenny and Corey
Jul-01-2022
INTAKE UPDATE High Desert Breeders,

Hope you all enjoy the upcoming 4th of July Weekend. 2022 is wrapped up. All birds were shipped out the previous two weeks. 5 checks went in the mail this week. All the other checks were mailed the previous 2 weeks. Just waiting on one more W9 for the last check to be written. Thanks again to all the breeders for the 2022 season. 

We are taking birds for one more month. We have about 230 in the loft currently.  All birds but the last two weeks are being let out on all days possible. We will get an inventory done in the next couple of weeks of all the birds that are being let outside. Overall the health of the birds are doing well. Birds coming in are vaccinated for PMV and Salmonella. All birds are also wormed with Moxidectin Plus and dipped to kill all incoming lice and mites. We also use Ropa B Oregano and Primalac for our probiotic in the water regularly. We have a rotation of canker medications that we run through during the summer months. Thanks to all who have sent so far for 2023. We are looking forward to another year. Until the next update.........

Kenny and Corey
Jun-20-2022
WRAP OF 2022 AND ONTO 2023 Good Morning,

Hope everyone enjoyed their Father's Day weekend. Most checks and birds were mailed out last week. Post office overall did really well getting birds back to you in two days. We have a handful of birds to ship out this week and a handful more checks to write. Waiting on a few W9's and shipping of birds to finish getting out the checks. That wraps ups another year. Thanks to all who sent for 2022. 

For 2023, we have about 170 in the loft. Hopefully this week we will be able to start getting those entered into Wincompanion for you. Overall they are doing very well and healthy. Tomorrow should be nice enough to start settling the next group of birds that are ready. It has been windy the past week here. 

Next year we will be moving the final up about 15 miles. It should put the birds going in the right valleys. We raced from a similar area in 2019 because of high winds that day from the original location. It was still a challenging race, only 27 day birds but they came back like they are supposed to the next morning and following days. The location we have been releasing at is a challenge even for our seasoned club birds. Lots of factors that make it a tough release point. 

Post office is closed today if you plan on shipping this week. Thank you all for another year. 

Kenny and Corey
Jun-20-2022
WRAP OF 2022 AND ONTO 2023 Good Morning,

Hope everyone enjoyed their Father's Day weekend. Most checks and birds were mailed out last week. Post office overall did really well getting birds back to you in two days. We have a handful of birds to ship out this week and a handful more checks to write. Waiting on a few W9's and shipping of birds to finish getting out the checks. That wraps ups another year. Thanks to all who sent for 2022. 

For 2023, we have about 170 in the loft. Hopefully this week we will be able to start getting those entered into Wincompanion for you. Overall they are doing very well and healthy. Tomorrow should be nice enough to start settling the next group of birds that are ready. It has been windy the past week here. 

Next year we will be moving the final up about 15 miles. It should put the birds going in the right valleys. We raced from a similar area in 2019 because of high winds that day from the original location. It was still a challenging race, only 27 day birds but they came back like they are supposed to the next morning and following days. The location we have been releasing at is a challenge even for our seasoned club birds. Lots of factors that make it a tough release point. 

Post office is closed today if you plan on shipping this week. Thank you all for another year. 

Kenny and Corey
Jun-11-2022
FINAL RACE UPDATE High Desert Breeders,

Congratulations to PNWC, 49, for taking 1st place on the final by 2.5 hours and 1st place average speed! 
3 Stars and a Son, 462, 2nd place, 3rd place average speed.
Keyways, 166, 3rd place, 2nd place average speed. 

Some special birds that broke from the pack to come home on the day. 

I don't think we could have asked for a much better day to race but the results ended up being nothing we expected. This group of birds was a very good group and were ready for the final race. When the drivers returned, they reported that the route the birds should have taken was very calm the whole way, with temperatures from 70-78 degrees. Once they hit our valley there were some high clouds and a headwind that varied throughout the day. 

The birds arrived at the release site at 3:30 am. They had 3.5 hours to orient. They were given water. And they were released once the sun had finally gotten over the mountains and hit the trailer. At release the birds never circled and headed in the right direction over the mountains. At this release point the birds have some smaller mountains to go over and then they have a lot of different mountain ranges they can choose to follow. Go to the stations list on Wincompanion if you would like to see what choices your birds have to make to get home from that location. By the terrible returns and the direction the birds are coming in from, the East, every single bird. It is obvious they chose the wrong mountains to follow. It also hasn't helped that today and yesterday have been the hottest days all year. We were surprised to get as many in the heat of the day on day two as we did. Who knows the amount of extra miles those day 2 and 3 birds had to fly to get back home. These yearlings that have made it home are pretty amazing. Tough terrain for a yearling to navigate when they get that far off course. A good percentage have come in by themselves. 

What made that day even more interesting is our club birds, who were released after, have been there 2-3 times, had terrible returns too but have been coming out of the West for us. 

Next year we will more than likely be moving the release up 15-25 miles shorter. This moves the release west by quite a few miles and puts them in the valleys that should lead them home. We want your birds to be challenged but not a big fan of these survival races. As a handler these are gut wrenching races that takes its toll on us. We put a lot into your birds and to see those types of results is hard. 

Thank you for letting us fly and test your birds again. We appreciate your support. This wraps up 12 years of one loft racing. 

Get us W9's if you won more than $600. We will be mailing out birds Monday and Tuesday, 6/13 and 6/14. Please email or text if you want your birds back. We will be using the addresses on Wincompanion. Please make sure those are correct. We will also try and get out your checks next week too. 

Once this year is wrapped up we will get next years birds on Wincompanion. We have around 130 in the loft for next year. 

Thanks again for another year. 

Kenny and Corey
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