News and Updates
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.



   Inventory will not be uploaded today. We have to wait for the techie to co-ordinate the connections between us, topigeon and wincompanion and that will not happen until Tuesday evening. At the moment, all the info is shooting out into outer space. Sorry for the delay. Rick


  Hi all   We are running an inventory today. For some reason, Topigeon is not transfering the data it is collecting to Ipigeon. It will happen but I do not know the time frame. Their techie is still in bed. In a couple of hours, their  part of the world will rise and shine.  Rick


   This week has been a joy. No birds with signs of PMV, nothing crouching in the corners looking like a dishrag and best of all. the ones in sick bay now flying back up to their perches, staying off the floor and regaining their appetite. Everything now goes out the door and all but thirty or so are now flying without me having to persuade them. The last group are the latest to arrive and we won't scare them up for another week or so. Their morning feed has had an increase in barley and that is helping them stay in the air longer. More and more are starting to travel, so soon, training begins.

   These last three days, the clocking system has been running. I have not installed the dividers in the trap so they come in rather quickly. In fact, the first day only 541 birds showed on the clock. We left the clock running and the second day, there were 625 on the system. last night, it went up to 732. Speaking with the manufactured of the system, we have found out that we need the dividers to force the birds to slow as they go over the reader board and not piggy back. Tomorrow the boards will be in and we will attempt to run a training inventory on Wincompanion..

Linda has been busy with her ipad so check her site{The Salem Special} on face book. You may be able to spot some of your birds.

   Don't forget the Young Bird Extravagansa. For those of you who are able to fly this open, Linda and Dave have a free bond for those who sign up before the end of June.



   The birds are flying well. The older settled birds are rambling and on most days, seven or eight different groups are going in all directions and disappearing from sight. The later arrivals are getting stronger everyday but they still stay within sight of the loft and basically fly round and round the mulberry bush. But, not all is OK.

   Health problems haven't completely gone away. A bit of PMV came back and Paratyphoid surfaced again. The hospital is at my house and all that were in sad shape reside there and are taking strong medicine. Those that looked a little down went into a clean holding pen at home and received individual doses of medicine and straight pellets for a few days. About forty got this care and are now back in the loft. There are stil about twenty in the hospital. About 22 have not survived. On a brighter note, This morning was the first time in a bit that I enjoyed opening the doors. The floor was covered in down feathers, the birds were very active and were ready to shoot out the minute I opened the traps. There were no slow pokes and hardly a tap of the stick was needed.

   I have had several birds rerported found and I have brought them back to the loft. Please call me asap if your birdis reported so that we can resettle any lost bird. The furthest away from the loft was 16 KM.

  The clocking system is working. This works with a cell phone that transmits directly to Wincompanion. It has had clitches, like picking other race info but I hope they have solved that pain. When I sharpen up on my Taiwanese and listen a bit harder, I'll let you know what they had to do to make things go well. Adam is assembling the solar panels and battery packs on Monday and Tuesday and then we are ready to go. We will do a inventory via a loft fly this week and when we start to train, each one will be live and on line.


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