News and Updates
A few of you have asked, so here are the tentative race dates.  All races will be held on Mondays and for a couple of different reasons.  Main reason being that the Blue Bucket and the Crooked River are 150 miles south of us and we want to take no chance of your birds getting mixed in with theirs since our birds basically fly right over their lofts.  Another reason for not having races on weekends is because our combine races young birds on Saturdays, Sunday if the birds have to be held over not to mention other clubs/combines who race weekends out of WA, OR and CA.  Our nephews are young and strong and they work Mon-Fri jobs and are available for helping on the weekends.  They also help during the week by showing up early AM to help load birds for training which consists of Olga and I inside the loft running the birds in to the hallway and through the chute at the end of the hallway where the crates are on the outside of the loft.  We had the crates made special to where the ends slide up guillotine style.  Once we have about 20 per crate they tell us from the outside they have enough, we close down the door which leads to the outside and they close the guillotine ends from the outside, load the crates on the trailer and we start the whole process over again until done.  We can load up 1,000 birds in 15-20 minutes once the birds have got used to the system which only takes a few times.  For the races each bird needs to be handled and hand scanned which is quite time consuming and since our helpers work during the week, we load for races on Sunday and will race on Monday, with the exception of the final race which we are tentatively planning on racing Saturday October 13th.  Come to think about it, that is my Dad's birthday, and by the way it is mine today.  He would of been 91 on that day and I am 51 for those wondering.  Spent 20 years in the US Army, retired 10 years ago out in TX, moved back here where I grew up 5 years ago and somehow got the urge to start a One Loft Race!  Sometimes I ask myself if I am a bit off my rocker!  
Here are those tentative race dates.  Remember, they can always change due to weather so if you do plan on coming to the final and we have to hold off a day or two please be understanding.
Sept 10th, Shaniko, OR 112M Activation Race
Sept 17th, Redmond, OR 161M 
Sept 24th, Lapine, OR 209M
Oct 1st, Paisley, OR 267M
Oct 13th, Alturas, CA 351M
As of today we are right under 200 birds in the loft.  When it is all done and over with we should have around 1400-1500 birds to start training with which will make us the 2nd largest race in the US for 2018.  If all goes well, we have big plans for next year so please cross your fingers along with us so we can make that happen not only for ourselves, but for you the flyers as well!
Oh, health is absolutely beautiful right now.  We pulled one bird a few days after it arrived and it died a few days later, looked like it had a viral issue like pigeon herpes.  Two others were acting puny so we put them on Baytril for 7 days and now they are on probios and vitamins, their droppings looked about normal this morning and a few more days on the probios and vitamins and they should be back to normal.  We closely watch the birds in the fly pens and in the loft when they eat and if one looks "off", it is immediately removed.  Out of close to 200 birds we are very pleased with the health thus far, so keep sending healthy birds!
Rick & Olga
The address under the contact tab is the correct shipping address, and yes it is a PO box and we have no problem accepting birds at that address.  The post office is just a few miles away and they call us around 6:30 AM to pick up birds before they open their main doors at 9 AM.  

Apple Cup
PO Box 313
Moxee, WA 98936


Rick & Olga

We are right under 100 birds in the loft as of today and there will be many more arriving tomorrow.  The weather has been warm and sunny lately and the birds are enjoying the sunshine.  The first group is ready to take to the sky and we will let them out shortly and start running inventories on Wincompanion.  Health is great thus far, no issues so cross your fingers!  The birds were vaccinated for PMV/Paratyphoid when they arrived and given a canker pill.  Ever since they have been on a good probiotic daily with vitamins added to the water.  They get fresh red mineral grit daily and a high quality feed with lots of safflower and they look and seem happy and healthy.  They are locked out in the aviaries for several hours each day starting early in the AM and around lunch time they are allowed back in the loft to eat.  They are signaled in to the loft with a whistle and believe me, it only takes a few days of repeating this before they learn that the whistle means chow time.  Anyone who has been here on race day knows that we do not have birds hanging outside the loft on race day, we whistle when they arrive and they shoot right through the traps.  The first group will get their booster shots next week, we like to wait at least 3-4 weeks.    

Keep sending healthy birds everyone, we are very impressed so far with your birds!

Accepting birds until end of May, replacements until mid June.  

Rick & Olga 
As of today we have 54 birds in the loft and 6 pre paid.  Perch reservations are up to nearly 1,000 birds from 173 different breeders and counting.  We all know the Hoosier is going to have a huge race this year, looks like we are going to have the second largest race.  So do not miss out on one of the largest One Loft Races for the year.  

As we have mentioned several times, if you enter 10 or more you get the same number of perches for free.  We are offering this because we are determined to have one of the largest races in North America and if all goes well, we hope to grow just like our friends with the Hoosier have done and if we have a successful series this year, we plan on doing just that!

We are revamping the front of the loft with new aviaries, windows, and each section having it's own trap.  Once we get this finished we will post some new pics for all of you to see, the old pics are outdated and we apologize for not having accomplished this earlier.

The new arrivals are being settled in the aviaries and learning to go through the traps.  They will start going out shortly and we will post loft flying inventories on the Wincompanion site.

We are real excited about this season more so than the two years prior combined.  The two years prior we had a late hatch race, that proved to not be in our best interest, as well as the bird's especially weather wise.  Now that we have switched to a young bird race we are already realizing what a good decision it was to make the switch.     

Thanks again for all of your support thus far.

Rick & Olga 
The birds are starting to arrive, thanks to all who have sent such nice healthy youngsters thus far.  

When the birds arrive they will be vaccinated for PMV and Paratyphoid, then given a booster 30 days later.  We also give each bird a Trizole tablet which is a canker/coccidiosis treatment which is supposed to be good for 30 days.  

Once your birds are vaccinated and given the Trizole tablet, they are entered in to Wincompanion.  Check the breeder and bird list to see your birds listed there.  They are then moved in to the loft to where they are quarantined for at least 2-3 weeks in their own section with birds that only arrived that week.  Each section has sliding doors and is divided by wooden walls inside, as well as out in the fly pens.  Once we have more than one section settled and trapping well, providing the health looks good, the sections will be merged and the birds will be loft flown daily together.  We will run loft flying inventories on Wincompanion as soon as the birds are settled and we get the new traps installed, we are doing several renovations to the loft and will post pictures when they are complete.  Please keep a eye on your birds and let us know if you are missing one, if we do not contact you first.  

As always, please mail out on a Monday or Tuesday only.  We would hate for someone to mail the birds out mid week and they not get to us in a timely manner, keeping in mind that our post office is closed on Saturday as we have mentioned numerous times.

Keep sending nice healthy youngsters everyone.  If you know you have a health issue in your loft then please do not send, it just puts everyone's birds at a disadvantage not only yours.  

Rick & Olga
We will making some announcements this year via email, sent our first one last night.  We will post the day to day operations here on the Message Board, major announcements will be here as well as sent via email.  This is being done because we know that some of you do not check email, some do not check our updates, so to get the word out more effectively across the board we will do both.  If you do not check this Message Board often and you are not already either a current participant or a past participant and just want to follow us, please email us your first and last name as well as the email address you would like updates to come to and we will be glad to add you to our email list.  If you are already a breeder past or present you will automatically be getting the emails so no need to contact us.  
First Name:
Last Name:
Email Address:
Email the following to and just put in the subject block, ADD TO APPLE CUP EMAIL LIST.
Rick & Olga 
First birds are arriving this week and we are all ready for them.  Please do not ship after Tuesday, just too much of a risk them not getting here by Friday and our post office not being open on Saturdays.  

Rick & Olga 
Please do not send any birds until Monday the 5th of February, and do not mail out after Tuesday.  We have a small but very accommodating rural post office in the city of Moxee which is actually closer to us than our assigned post office in Yakima which is quite a bit farther and much less accommodating.  In other words, we took out a PO Box in Moxee because they work with us, the main post office in Yakima which we are assigned to refuses to work with us.  The PO in Moxee is about 4 miles away and they call us every morning that we have birds come in, all we do is go to their back door and knock and they load us up before their main doors open.  If we use the PO in Yakima it usually turns in to a shouting match, think you all get the picture.  The PO in Moxee IS NOT OPEN on Saturday, so if you try to squeeze your birds in to us by mailing as late as Wednesday and they just happen to take a extra day, we will not get them until Monday.  DO NOT TAKE THIS CHANCE, MAIL OUT ON MONDAY OR TUESDAY ONLY!

As of today we are up to 900 reserved perches and will be accepting birds through May, replacements through mid June.  Our goal is 1,000 birds through activation, we are fairly certain this is going to happen this year.  Loft has 1,200 perches, if we get over that we will add on and keep going as needed as we have lots of room out here.  

Breeders keep asking about hawks.....we have little to no hawks.  There are no trees within 100 yards of the loft and the birds can see for miles, very easy to settle birds here.  We have some old pictures up on the site, this was our first loft which we are no longer using and used the first year.  We are renovating our new 84' X 12' loft, 15' if our count the new 3' aviaries the run the length of the loft we are currently working on.  Once it is all done we will replace the old pics and put some new ones up.

All birds will be vaccinated for PMV and Paratyphoid on arrival, also given a canker pill which is supposed to be good for 30 days.  In 30 days we will give the birds a booster and also another canker pill.  The Trizole tablets we are going to be using also help with Coccidiosis in pigeons, so in actuality your birds on arrival are being treated for PMV/Paratyphoid/Canker/Cocci. 

Looking forward to working with your birds this year!

1099s will be mailed today for those who won $600 or more last year in the race.

Rick & Olga 

Hi everyone,

We are having a mild winter this year, hope it stays like this.  We are going to start accepting birds in February and it looks like the first day you out of state breeders can ship is Monday the 5th of February.  PLEASE, ship ONLY on a Monday or a Tuesday.  Our post office is closed on Saturday so this means if you ship after Tuesday and we do not receive the birds by Friday then we will not get them until Monday.  

Like we mentioned last year, if you use the Click and Ship option make sure you put your phone number on the label if it is not being printed out with it already on it.  If our phone number is not on the printed label then write it on there please.  

As of right now we are set up to receive checks only for perches.  When you send your check please tape it to the inside of the box where the birds can not step on it.  We received several checks last year who were in envelopes at the bottom of the box who either were purposely put there, or they fell down to the bottom of the box from where they had been taped.  Please take a moment before shipping the birds and the check for perches to put the checks in a sealed plastic sandwich bag, for obvious reasons.  

As of typing this we are sitting at exactly 800 perches reserved.  Thanks to all of you who have already signed up, and to those of you considering who will later on down the road in making this one of the laregest One Loft Races in the US for 2018. 


Rick & Olga    





In 35 minutes it will be 2018 here in Washington State, so I will make this real brief.  

Remember, if we owe you a few free perches from this past race series they can only be used in 2018, we will not carry free perches over to subsequent years.  

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and that you have a happy and prosperous new year in 2018.

Rick & Olga
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