News and Updates

   The first group of birds are comfortable with their daily life. Eat breakfast, digest your food, have a bit of lunch, digest your food, listen for the trap to open and then scoot outside for a bit of flying. After an hour or so of mucking about, the trap is opened again and it doesn't take them very long to head back in and wait for the main meal.

   The second batch, about 160 birds, know where the trap is for their area and most spend the day going in and out of the settling cage. With the first group out, they are chomping at the bit, waiting for their turn to fly free. By weekend, they will be out to. This group has been vaccinated and soon all will have the run of six sections. 

   The weather has slowed down loft flying a bit but not their desire to pick in the dirt. Besides bathing, dirt picking is the number one activity of the day.

   More birds are arriving on Thursday. On Sunday, we will be in Woodstock. Thanks to those who have signed up.



   We are picking up along the 401 today and on Dixie at the Burger King. There are flights arriving from the west coast and the prairies. On Saturday, I will be in Woodstock at 9 AM for the west side pick up and on Sunday at the Irving Gas station near Cornwall for the far east side. 

   The birds are doing well. The first group have been in an out several times and the second batch have been in the settling cage while the rest are flipping about. They will be out on Saturday afternoon to try their wings.

   The rest of our perches are here. The birds look very confused. They don't know where to sit, just too many places to go. 



     The landing board of our new loft is no longer known as the landing board. It is now the poop deck. Doesn't take them very long to leave their mark. The birds have been out two times. On Saturday, just a few found out the settling cage had been moved. On Sunday, all of the first group found out. They spent about two hours going from the loft to the piles of top soil and all had the scare of their short life time when a pair of noisy geese came over the loft. A couple of circles around the loft and then right back down. They are already listening to my tapping stick when I want them to move and I was able to walk them into the trap with my tap tap tap. Very good for the first time out. Their was one who was stubborn and decided that being out was better. Came from a loft south of Ottawa, home of the stubborn people.

     There are about 160 birds in the loft, I will update the list as the week moves on. Next week will see a major increase in jail mates.  For those who wish to know, feed is Baden's DB breeding mix with peanuts added plus Badens pigeon mix. I mix two pigeon to one DB, add a few peanuts every day and add 10 percent Baden's pellets. Their appetites have doubled since they have grown used to their new home. At present, water has garlic and cider vinegar a few days per week. This weeks arrivals will spend time in the settling cage and then will join the rest next weekend.

Keep the entries coming and good luck to all in the races.

Rick, Linda, Dyann and John


  The birds are doing well. They are now OK with the settling cage and bop in an out of it all day long. End of the week and the first group will be out and about. The inside of the loft, except for a few sets of perches, is done. Now to complete the exterior. Hopefully the weather will be on our side.

    On April 28 we will pickup the Eastern Ontario birds along the 401 starting in Cornwall at the Irving Station at 11 AM. I will stop where necessary on the way home. We will be at the airport in Toronto this Thursday. April 18, in the  evening at 6 PM or a bit earlier depending on traffic. We will also be in Hamilton at Tim,s at 4 pm. We will pick up in Woodstock when ever you are ready in the west. Please call me.



    I've become a robot. Every morning I drag myself out of bed, dress, eat what I can find, pick up what ever tool is laying about and do some work. At least, that's what it feels like. I'm glad I am retired. I would never have the time to do this much work if I had a job.

   The little things in a building are dragging on. We are so close to completing the inside. I hate the little details. I like banging up the walls and roof. At the end of the day, you feel like super man.

   The birds here are doing well. They have adjusted to their new home and are ready to start the breaking process. There are fanciers coming to the loft this weekend and lots have phoned for next weeks pickup. 

   As is life with Rick, I have destroyed another phone. I'll have that problem solved shortly, sorry if it has frustrated you when you have called. Bugs the pants off me too. Linda will be back soon to take photos and update her face book thingy. 

   Thanks to you who have signed up for our events.



  Finally, a little sun, a lttle heat, no snow or rain. It seems it takes longer than in the past for spring to kick into gear. It's probanly just me. I've  become an old fart, just like my dad. My next job is to drive my kids mad, just like my dad did to me. It's the only way you can get them out of the house and keep them out. 

  We are coming along with the new loft. Loads of small things still need to be done but everyday, we accomplish a bit more. Mostly, we need to move our tools out of the building, install the traps and a few more doors to close off the hallway. Painting can wait a few more weeks. The addition for storage, sick bay and our office will begin at the end of next week.

  We have youngsters in the loft and they look great. They spent a day of them trying to hide from us but now they have taken a shine to their new digs and they are busy exploring. Most any time of the day, you will find a mess of them lying around enjoying the sun{ when its out} and fresh air when the shutters are wide open.

  Call and let me know when your birds are ready. We'll make arangements to meet or if you want, you are welcome to come on out and see our new place.




    Snow, lots of it. What a thing to wake up to. March came in like a lion and I think the lion stayed around and ate the lamb. Today, three brave souls are coming over to help complete the skin on the building. The east side is covered, the south side is covererd, the west side is covered except the solid shutters have to be hung. The north side we will finish today. The doors for all the sections are here, ready to go and all the track is already in the loft. Perches will be brought over and placed in their sections. Tomorrow we will start at one end and clean up the bits and pieces as we find them. Birds are coming tomorrow and we'll hold them in our receiving loft for 24 hours, vaccinate them, keep an eye on them to make sure all is well and on Wednesday they will be into the new loft. 

    Our first pickup is on Thursday at the airport in Toronto and at the Burger King on Dixie Road at Britania Ave. I have 2 flights and 2 appointments now, call to book yours if you are ready.

   Thanks to those who have signed up.



    It snowed again last night. Not much, just enough to make working on ladders and joists a little tougher. Great fun for us who have a touch of virtigo. Not much got done on the weekend. Those of us over the age of seventy needed a time out. That left the site empty of workers. 

   The frame of the loft is up. The rafters are installed for the landing deck. The ceiling joists are all in place and the ceiling wire/netting is installed . Today, Tuesday, we are  cleaning up a bit of oddds and sods of framing and starting to install the roof framing. All should go quickly with the amount of help that we have.



Good morning all.

    Time for an update on life around Salem. The new loft is starting to take shape and with the help of friends and fellow fanciers, it is comimg right along. Our deadline will, I'm sure,  be met.

    I should describe to you what we are building. It is a bit different than any other loft you've seen. I did a bit of this at the end of the season at the other one loft and it made a terrific difference. 

    The loft proper consists of a hallway four feet by sixty feet long. Doors can divide it into three seperate areas. At the front of the loft there is a fly pen four feet deep, four feet high and sixty feet long. On top is the landing board. Along the hallway are six lofts that are eight feet deep and ten feet wide. Seventy perches are along each side, the eight foot walls. Along the back walls, there are four foot doors that open and out into another room that matches the first. The two on the outer extremeties are eight foot by ten foot fly pens eight feet high. The centre two sections are a bit different. The first is eight by fourteen and the second is eight by six. This smaller one is my catching room. The ceiling is a bit lower and the birds will be much easier to pick up in the smaller floor space. In total we will have 1200 places for birds to hide away. All the sections have wire walls allowing fresh air to flow through out the building. All sections have lower pass ways for birds to move to where ever they want to be. All perches are box with lowered and angled rear sections. They will not stand in their own mess.

    The exterior of the loft is where it becomes a bit different. All the walls are inch by inch wire. The front wall, the lower four feet is board and batten with double doors, two feet wide that open, placed every four feet. In the day time, doors are opened and the fresh air comes in. In the evening they can be shut as needed. The upper four feet of the front wall is made of clear acrylic plastic to allow sunlight to fill the loft. The trapping entrance is built into this.

    The side walls and the rear walls are all constructed the same way, four feet of wall, four feet of shutters that open to allow the fresh air and sunshine in. These are seven feet high.

    The roof is steel with clear plastic panels for light along the lower edge the full width of the rear roof slope.

    i found the birds at the other loft enjoyed laying in the sunshine that came in from all side. The building faces south east in two sides get the sun till two or so. The back gets it untill the sun goes down.

   There is an aditional twelve foot on the loft that is for our office, storage and hospital. Also the loading dock for filling the trailer.

   Hope this helps to see what we are trying to do, make a building that will help keep every one healthy.

   Thanks to all who have signed on. 

Dyann, Linda, John and Rick



    The construction of the loft is coming right along. The footings, support posts and frames are almost ready to accept the floor panels. Then we will be able to erect the walls. Cutting into the hill side gives the building a spectacular perch and certainly provides an easy approach when the birds come home to roost. We'll take some photos next week to put on Linda's face book for the Salem Special. At present, the ice makes life very difficult. Any distance away from something to hang onto, your off on a trip down the hill side. 

    Since there is only one payment for our race series, we have decided that payouts will be the day after each race is over. The only exception will be the main event where we will need a couple of days to figure out the pool payouts. That is always a bit of a chore but I'm sure Dyann will be much quicker at it than me. Thanks to those who have signed up so far. More are on their way.


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