News and Updates
TRAINING UPDATE High Desert Breeders,

Beautiful rainy day at the loft today. Over the next few days the weather continues to be hit or miss for road training. Tuesday we are projected to have some snow in the AM. We will get in a few more 40 mile tosses and then get in a couple of 75 mile tosses before the 125 mile activation race. Birds are looking great. This has been a very fun group to train. 

This last toss was a great educational trainer for them in navigating home. From the 40 mile spot there is a wide range of hills in front of them. If they go to the east of the hills it shoots them right into where we have been training them to come. If they go to the west, it obviously shoots them to the west and if they don't navigate correctly it will shoot them way past our loft. The first toss from 40 miles they went east and had no problems coming home. Then yesterday they went west based on how broken up and the direction they came home. All the birds but the extremely late birds still had lots of spunk. Todays deluge of water has made it harder for the rest of the birds to make their way home. A few trainers like these every year are great to have. Gets the birds thinking rather than just playing follow the leader.

Just a reminder this week we start accepting birds for next year. May is a great time to ship if you have birds ready as we generally have cooler weather. 

That is all for now. Hope everyone is doing well. Any questions please reach out. 

Kenny and Corey
TRAINING UPDATE High Desert Breeders,

Overall tosses having been going well for your birds. The birds are coming out of the trailer nicely and breaking for home quickly. We have a lot of birds from these short tosses that will loft fly or than go tripping. Which to us those are all great signs. Your bird has to love to fly to get through the final two races of this series. 

The last 10 mile toss we did with 22 groups. All the groups took off straight for home minus one group. That group decided to head East instead of North and just kept going like they knew where they were going. The first toss from 20 miles there is always a large group of birds every year that will blow on by the loft. Happened again this year. Those two tosses are where we had the biggest losses. The good thing is those birds that made it home from those groups will hopefully fly smarter. 

Birds will be staying in today and more than likely tomorrow due to high winds. It is our goal to push the birds during the preseason as much as we can. Unfortunately the weather doesn't always cooperate. It is looking like once we hit Sunday we might have a really nice week for the first time all year. If all goes well the Activation Race will be the first or second week of May. We will see how the birds progress. 


Kenny and Corey
ROAD TRAINING UPDATE High Desert Breeders,

Birds are doing great so far on the few tosses we have had. They are coming out of the trailer nicely and taking off for home like we want to see. Next toss we will be 10 miles and in the hills. With the tosses from the hills, the birds tend to do great. It is the 20 miles toss which is when we start to go around the hills, that always gives the OL birds a good challenge. We will see what happens this year. 

We are experiencing lovely weather this week. Thought it was January again. Birds will be down the road once we have a nice day. We really like what we are seeing from this group. They should progress very nicely as we increase the miles. 

Best of luck to those of you that club race! Old bird season is the best season. 

Kenny and Corey
LOFT FLYING High Desert Breeders,

The longest winter ever in our neck of the woods is finally over and your birds have been out the last 3 weeks loft flying. Started off easy the first week and then the second week we did lots of double loft flight days to get some extra wing time. This week all the birds are up loft flying for over an hour. They are coming together and getting closer to being ready to go down the road. Weather over the next week is looking okay. The biggest issue we always face in the spring is excessive winds in our valley. Been nice to get the birds back outside and see them out exploring and enjoying what they are bred to do. 

Until the next update..............

Kenny and Corey
QUICK UPDATE High Desert Breeders,

Overcast day out at the loft. Getting closer to having this never ending winter weather being over. Had some really cold nasty days over the past week. Have a storm rolling in this weekend and maybe one mid-week. Then hopefully we will have more consistent nice weather.

Birds are looking good. They are ready to start loft flying. Once birds are out we will post weekly loft flights so you can track your birds. And once we start down the road we will post every road training.

Hope all is well and you are enjoying breeding and sending out to OLR's. 

Kenny and Corey
WINTER UPDATE High Desert Breeders,

Another nasty cold, snowy, windy day out at the loft. It has been a long cold winter here. The weather should start shaping up in the next few weeks to start getting the birds back out. It will be nice to get the birds back outside and into shape. We have a lot of birds of prey hanging around the loft currently. Under normal conditions birds of prey at the loft are rarely an issue. Once the snow in the south hills is gone that should clear up our hawk problem. Road training will more than likely start in April with the races in May. This time of the year always goes fast. Best of luck in your breeding programs! 

Kenny and Corey
2023 INTAKE UPDATE High Desert Breeders,

Still cold and snowy here in our neck of the woods. Been a very cold past month. Birds are doing well-consuming lots of feed and defecating at extraordinary levels. The forecast has lots more cold weather!

As you are all breeding and thinking of where to enter birds this next year. We just wanted to let you know that our website is updated with information for the 2023 race series. You can go here to look at our rules. Just a reminder if you haven't sent here in a while is that this is a yearling race. So we are intaking the next year's birds and finishing up our yearling race series in the same time frame. 

No big changes to our rules. The perch fee and entry fee will stay the same. A few things that make us different are our free perches. We will continue to offer free perches for paid birds that are lost prior to training. We also payout 100% of the entry fee. Most races take anywhere from 10-20% of your entry fee money. To accommodate the smaller boxes we are now offering 1 backup bird for every 5 paid birds. So send 6 for the price of 5. You won't get rich at our race but you will find out the type of birds you have. Our final races are flown in the hot Nevada terrain. In terms of testing your birds, not many races out there fly in the heat. The last change is if the birds and weather allow, the final race might become a 400-mile race. We have strayed away from the 400-mile station as it is in a wide-open valley and if the birds take the wrong route the mountains can lead them toward Salt Lake City or towards Oregon. The last year we flew the 400 mile race for the One Loft birds we didn't get a day bird back because they headed up towards Salt Lake. 2023 will be the 13th year of the High Desert Yearling Classic. 

Any questions please reach out. Best of luck in your breeding programs. 

Kenny and Corey
WINTER High Desert Breeders,

Hope you all enjoyed your Christmas Festivities and time with your family. 

Winter arrived in December and put about two feet of snow at the farm, with drifts as tall as 4-5 feet. The birds are staying happy and healthy. They are consuming lots of feed with the colder temperatures. The coming forecast has cold temperatures projected but no more precipitation as of yet. Not much to report as this is the slower time of year for us as we house birds year-round. Most years January and February tend to be pretty bad weather-wise. Birds will get outside when possible. Take care and until the next update. 

Kenny and Corey

Hope everyone is able to enjoy Family this week, eat lots of food and perhaps take a nap on Thursday. Your birds are in the air 50+ minutes now. Most flew for over an hour and there is a group that flies multiple hours. Weather continues to look good and we will continue to get them out loft flying. The birds are in good health and it is nice to have them at this point in the air. Weekly loft flights have been posted on Wincompanion for the past two months. 

This week we will get the loft ready for winter. That includes cleaning out from under the lofts and closing up the bottom of the loft on the west side so cold drafts don't go into the loft from our predominantly west winds.

Our local club is having a pigeon show in Jackpot, NV, on December 4th. If you are in the area stop on by. We are having an online auction until December 2nd, that will then be live December 4th. Please check out and help out our local club if you so desire. A big thank you to those who donated a bird or a OLR Perch. There are well bred birds in the auction from reputable sources. The flyer about where the show is located is also on the Pigeon Depot website. If you are looking for someone to help you out in selling birds, you won't find a more honest and integrous man than Luke Young who runs the Pigeon Depot site. 

That is all for now. Take care and will update again probably when winter hits. 

Kenny and Corey
GOOD MORNING High Desert Breeders,

Happy Halloween. Your birds are progressing nicely. Almost all are flying 15+ minutes. The top 25% fly an hour plus, the middle 50% are flying 30+ minutes, and the bottom 25% land once we stop making them fly. Won't be long now until they are flying 45 minutes around the loft. 

The health of the birds is doing well and they are looking good after they went through their body molts. We will continue to push the birds every day the weather allows us. We have been posting a loft fly weekly so you can check the status of your birds. Best of luck to those who have birds in race series that are finishing up!

Kenny and Corey
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