News and Updates
May-30-2018
MAY 30 PICKUPS

     This week has been a joy, of sorts. Meeting folks is always more fun than working. Unfortunately, I am behind in all that I needs to be done.

     The birds are in great shape and with almost all the birds here, their daily lives will shortly become more regimented. It will be eat, exercize, play a bit, eat and sleep. Sounds perfect to me.

     Pick ups on Thursday will be in Hamilton at Tim,s on # 20 and at Toronto Airport. If needed, a special stop can be fit in. Call me on my Cell.

Thanks, Rick 

 

 

May-21-2018
THURSDAY, MAY 24 PICK UPS

     The end is near. Only two weeks or so left before the deadline is here. The birds are doing well. They were confined to the settling cage for the better part of last week but now, about seven hundred are out. Flying is sporadic, but soon enough,  they will be travelling around the neighbourhood.

     Yhursday, I will again be at Toronto airport at my favourite Burger King. I won't be there much before 7 PM, I also have a late  afternoon stop in the Bradford area. I will be in Hamiolton and Niagara Falls thr following week. Call me please for pickup times. I am without my wife this week so please call my cell. You'll have a better chance at catching me. 905 269 2348   

Rick 

May-14-2018
PILLOWS

   One pillow gone. One to go. Rick

May-13-2018
PICK UPS MAY 17, 2018

     I know that a lot of down feathers is a good thing, but sometimes, a good thing is a pain. There are times when I stir up the corners, they float in all directions. A bit ago, I did my morning chores and decided to hit Tim's for a snack and a coffee. A sweet young thing stared at me and with a very soft voice asked if I had birds. I said "yes, I have racing pigeons". Without batting an eye or cracking a smile she said" Did you kiss them goodbye this morning, you have a lot of feathers in your beard".  Every old geezer in Colborne is in Tim's for their fix at the break of dawn and I made their day. 

    I gathered up all these down feathers, had them steamed and sterilized and made into a pillow. Two pillows as a matter of fact. I've also had two pillow cases embroidered with the Empire Logo and now two lucky people can win them as a prize. Just email me the full name of my wife, and two of you will be the lucky so and so. As a bonus, two really lucky people will win a T shirt with our Empire Logo embroidered on it. So send it in, quick as a bunny!

    On Thursday, I will be in Woodstock around 10 AM and will be there till 11 or so. Then it is off to Badens, Bill Wiema's and then Burger King and the airport. Several folks have already made arrangments. If needed, make yours.

Rick Broere

May-06-2018
PICK UPS MAY 10,2018

Good evening 

   Hope you enjoyed the wind. Friday was a white knuckle ride for me. Towing a trailer on the 401, stuck between transports, all dancing to a different tune. It was fun! No hydro till Sunday at 5pm and to stop the food from going bad in the fridge, I ate it all. When I lay on the couch, I look a bit like a beached Beluga whale.

   Group one, about 250 birds are out and about on a daily basis. Group 2 joined them today. I don't force them out, but their curious side can't help but sneak a peak out to see where the bright light is coming from. By the end of this week, about 450 will be flying. Next weekend, if all goes well. last weeks babies will get their turn. With so many on the deck, it becomes very easy to settle them.

    The hawks have been very supportive. They are attacking my neighbours birds and leaving us alone. Hopefully, they will stay away.

   Health problems have been minor and for that, I thank my lucky stars.

  The numbers are climbing and as of today, if all goes as planned, 1st prize at the 340 main race is $ 42,750.00.

   Pick up this week will be at Burger King and the airport. If any others are needed, phone my cell. 905 269 2348

Thanks, Rick

Apr-30-2018
THURSDAY, MAY 3 PICK UPS

   My family is growing exponentially [Bernie might have to look that word up and to be honest, if it wasn't for my whizbang wife, I would have to also. She can do the Sunday New York Times crossword while I am still busy folding up the newspaper to the right page.] Its awsome to have so many birds in the loft and we still have a month left to go before we shut the door.

   The first group are out everyday for play time. There's a lot of up and down and around the loft we go. Puddles are fun and the gravel patch is a necessary stop. It doesn't matter how many different types of grit we mix or the powder we put over top, dirt and stone is better.

    Already, the quiet ones are starting to follow Linda around while she and I do our chores. The bossy ones will come into the hallway make an awful racket as if to say" don't dare come into my territory' and then scramble back to their spot at the feeder.

     We have room left for 42 teams. Each day, we get an email/phone call or someone shows up at the door and adds another team. I bet my cat, will fill right up. Payout for the 340 M race, !st prize, is as of today projected to be 39,500.

    Tuesday, I will be at the US border with Dale. I already have 2 appointments to meet others, so call if you want to meet with me too.  Thursday I will be at Toronto airport. I will also make time for a midmonth trip to Woodstock, when the call comes in. Hamilton only has to whistle. I can hear it at the loft travel across the lake.

    If you see a little white and black truck swerving down the highway, get out of the way. It's me heading to the next pick up. See you soon.

Rick

 

Apr-23-2018
PICKUPS THIS WEEK.

Hi all.  

Pick ups this week will be on two days. On Thursday, we will be at the Toronto airport so call ahead and I will meet up with you. On Sunday, the truck will be at the Irving Gas Station in Cornwall, that's on the north west side of interchange 138, Cornwall. Time, about 10:30 AM.

The birds are in great shape. The loft is full of down feathers and they are all enjoying the recent sunshine. 

Rick

Apr-16-2018
PICK UP ON APRIL 19.

  Howdy Partners.   

    I watched an old western for half an hour or so. John Wayne was the star. I thought something with a lot of sand and cactuses in it would make me feel warmer. It helped, so did Captain Morgan. I am so sick and tired of wet feet and cold hands. Even the pigeons are huddled up in corners cause there just isn't any sun to spur them on. All look great, eating more than the average cow.

   There have been a couple of questions regarding prizes at the first race. They are 5 Benzing clocks. When they arrive, I'll tell you the model numbers.

   This week, Thursday, 19th, the first pickup will be in Hamilton, early afternoon. If you are coming, phone and we'll set the exact time. At 5 PM, I will be at the Burger King, Dixie and Britannia. I'll be there for awhile. I have lots of birds arriving on West Jet. Call if you are coming please.

   As of today, and if all birds are shipped as planned, we will have a first prize at the 340 mile race of $ 34,750.00. I am excited, you must be to.

Thanks, Rick

Apr-09-2018
PICK UPS, APRIL 12,2018

Hi everyone. The birds in the loft are doing very well. Not a single bird feels nor looks off. All eat well and are very active. Plenty of fresh air helps. They are using the aviaries at present and later this week, after settling, some will start to go out.

I will be at the airport on Thursday, April 12 and I will also go to Hamilton late afternoon if you are ready to be picked up. Please call and we'll arrange a time. This week, Tuesday and next week I will be at the US border in Gananoque and I can meet anyone from the East side of the province,  Thanks, Rick

Apr-04-2018
APRIL 5TH PICKUP.

  I am late. I have gotten in to the habit of sitting down after dinner to watch the news and then falling asleep. Not a lot happens after that. Can't prmise, but I'll try to be a bit more productive.

  I have airport pickups on Thursday evening so I will meet you at my favourite Burger King  on Dixie if needed. I will be in Woodstock Sunday morning and will gladly take your birds back with me.

   Entries are adding up with a First Prize of 31,000 being reached today for the main event, the 340 mile race. { when I complete the entries phoned in] . Lots more are expected.

Thanks, and hope to see you soon. Rick

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