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Aug-09-2022
VIDEO: TUES, AUG 9 - SEE ALL BIRDS PUSHED OUT FOR OPEN LOFT

TUESDAY, AUGUST 9

Here are ALL the birds, over 1,300, pushed out this monrning for open loft.

www.LonghornClassic.com

Aug-07-2022
AUGUST 7 - LONGHORN CLASSIC UPDATE

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Hello everyone - happy Sunday, 

 

  • We now have ALL the birds together in one main group - which is great because we can get down to business.
  • The birds are having open loft to allow the final group to locate.
  • After locating is done, we will start pushing the birds up to loft fly on a regular basis - with the time they fly increasing in increments.
  • The birds health is still looking great and we don't anticipate any issues at this point.
  • The birds are molting, becoming silky smooth and gaining muscle.
  • There's a lot of "love" in the air... like a bunch of hormonal teenagers. 

The birds coming thru the traps at feeding time


Early morning open loft


Bath day!


Stole this from someone on FB 

Thought everyone would relate

 

Jul-30-2022
HAND INVENTORY & PULLING 9THS IS DONE
HAND INVENTORY IS DONE
 
We spent 3 days (Wed 7/27 - Fri 7/29) pulling 9ths and doing a hand inventory. We also gave every bird a booster vaccine and treated for external parasites (plus individual pep-talks and positive affirmations LOL). We only pulled the 9ths so we can keep loft flying the birds and in 4 weeks, when the 9ths are 3/4ths of the way in, we will pull the 10ths.
 
Since handling all the birds over last few days, we see again the quality of the pigeons in the loft is excellent. They are molting out, becoming silky smooth and gaining muscle. The overall health of the birds is looking great.
 
We had 1 chip issue which has been fixed and breeder was notified.
 
 
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR BREEDERS FOR YOUR SUPPORT - WE APPRECIATE YOU!!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Jul-27-2022
HAND INVENTORY & PULLING 9THS - ALL BIRDS

Hello breeder friends,

 

We are pulling 9ths starting today. We will also be doing a hand inventory, giving a booster vaccine and treating for external parasites. 

 

Please be patient - it will take us 2-3 days to complete this. We will post when we are finished.

 

You can watch the inventory progress here: https://wincompanion.com/oneloft/races/listRacesT.php?skin=longhornclassic

Jul-26-2022
VIDEO: LONGHORN CLASSIC OPEN LOFT

The birds having open loft, getting up in groups on their own & flying around

See all Longhorn Classic videos on our YouTube Channel here

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoApla2oHG0XML6tG_O7LOw/videos

Jul-24-2022
JULY 24 - LONGHORN CLASSIC UPDATE

Hello pigeon breeder friends,

 

  • We are getting the birds out early every morning, before it gets too hot.
  • This coming Monday 7/25 we will add Group 15 to the main group, so ALL the birds will finally be together.
  • The health of the birds is looking great. 
  • It was another VERY HOT week in Alvord - between 104 and 109 degrees everyday, and no rain. Its very humid too.
  • We had a fire about 1 mile down the road which burned big for a few hours until the local fire crew put it out.

 

Take care everyone - hope you have a great weekend!


 

Sunday morning open loft at the Longhorn Classic


 

Open loft - the birds trapping at feeding time


 

Action shots from inside the loft

 


 

The pigeons enjoying open loft

on this beautiful Saturday morning


 

A fire about 1-mile from the loft.

A lot of fires in Texas this year - its been very hot with no rain.

Jul-21-2022
INVENTORY WILL BE RUNNING ALL DAY THURS 7/21

We are running an inventory all day today, Thursday 7/21. 

Please do not consider the inventory complete until Friday morning. 

The inventory only includes groups 1 - 14, birds that arrived through 7/2.

DOES NOT INCLUDE GROUP 15.

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VIDEO: A recent open loft day - see the birds trapping at feeding time

 

Jul-16-2022
VIDEO - YOUR ATHLETES OF THE SKY - WHO WILL BE THE WINNER?

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Video - Your athletes of the sky - who will be the winner?

Jul-15-2022
JULY 15 - LONGHORN CLASSIC UPDATE

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Hello cool people,

 

  • The Longhorn Classic is officially closed for the 2022 race season. We are no longer accepting new birds or replacement birds. If you lost a bird before July 1st when the doors closed, and you weren't able to send a replacement - we will note your WinCompanion account with a free perch for 2023.
  • The Texas heat came early and extreme this year. As of today, we've had 20 straight days over 100 degrees - its very humid too. As you can see in the picture below, it's not cooling down any time soon. All things considered, the birds are taking it well. We give them access to the sprinkler and/or bath pans every day, and inside the loft is always a few degrees cooler than outside. The birds are going through about 45 gallons of water a day and getting a lot of probiotics, vitamins and minerals. 
  • Group 15, the last group of birds to arrive at the loft, will soon be out of quarantine and ALL birds will be together. 
  • Starting today, groups 1-14 (arrivals through July 3rd) will have open loft for 1-2 hours a day for several days, and then we'll post an inventory. We will be outside with the birds, watching for hawks and doing what we can to prevent attacks.

 


 

Half of the loft at feeding time, as the birds come in


 

We had a buckle made for our sponsor, Josh Prator of PigeonMart.

Our sponsor, Ed Gardner of Health-Gard, has one on the way too.

 

The 2022 LONGHORN CLASSIC CHAMPION BIRD

wins this same style of buckle!

 


 

 

Jul-13-2022
VIDEO: 7/13 - HALF OF THE LOFT AT FEEDING TIME, AS THE BIRDS COME IN

We are checking in the last few replacement birds this week (group 15), so all birds will be together as a main group soon. We have been trap training groups 1 - 14 daily. Today we allowed the birds to take a bath at their leisure in the aviary with the sprinkler on. We are on day 20 of over 100 degree temperatures, so to say its hot, is an understatment. Our final race is the first weekend in December, so we aren't in a rush and taking our time.  

See all Longhorn Classic videos on our YouTube channel 

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