Today the dropping in the loft are much better. Vaccine was in short supply on hand, but I was able to finish all the birds that have been flying out and 86 more that have been in holding mode. We continue to have a few sick birds in the main group yet none so far in all the birds I've received since April 1. I will notify you if I move your bird to an isolation section. The back order vaccine should arrive May 2nd
Part of the Columbopolivac S vaccine arrived late Tuesday so I started vaccinating Wednesday. Thus boostering for PMV and vaccinating for Paratyphoid. I will not be letting the birds out for a few days to allow them to heal from the booster and pulled nineth flight.
Now that most of the birds are here we are starting to have some health issues. When purchasing vaccines for this year one of the new options was a PMV/Adeno combo. Being that I haven't had the pleasure of experiencing Adeno I choose this one and failed to cover the Paratyphoid besides. After the fact, indications are that this was a bad decision.
I have isolated 15 birds so far now that aren't feeling well. The birds have been on Baytril and Amoxicillin for eight days and are looking better,flying better, and continuing to body molt. Vaccine should arrive Fri or Sat. so we may be able to eliminate or at least slow down the paratyphoid possibility.
Though their are younger birds housed in the same loft in separate sections that have not yet been liberated to fly, they will continue trap training and will not mix with the main group until after they have been vaccinated. All birds have been on Kastle YB Developer as a precaution as well with the new +Plus developer on the way. Ecotonic and Avian Solution are used alternately daily.
Daily clocking of birds will continue for those that are out. I will try to do a better job of keeping you informed about birds missing on these inventories. Remember all birds received after April 1 are not involved and are not included in the daily inventories. Thanks for putting your trust in me, to care for your birds and make this a great race.
Winds today!!! I will keep the birds in the loft. A better day tomorrow!!
Thank you everyone who has sent birds and prepaid perches for the 2017 Blue Bucket Stampede. The loft is full!!!
I will still be accepting replacements and previously prepaid birds until May 15.
Today in Central Oregon we woke up to 30 MPH winds so no loft flying today. The clock is on so I will post late arrivals from this weeks settling process. The birds seem in excellent health with lots of body molt going on. Just did finish 5 days treatment for Canker and Cocci. Loft flying to resume tomorrow.
Please continue to moniter the daily Loft Settling Inventories. Just when everything is going so well a hawk scattered them today. Remember it's close to two weeks after I receive them that they will show on the daily inventory.
At the end of the day today we have 683 paid birds. 331 will be flying tomorrow another 140 are learning to trap and 60 more have come in this week and it's only Wed. night. We are fast approaching our 830 bird loft limit and unfortunately we will be turning away breeders who reserved perches but haven't sent in perch fees. If you want birds in this years race SEND PREPAYMENT NOW!!!
Tomorrow March 16th I will be in Portland,OR and will pick up birds on my return home. I will be at Rod Frazier's home 19638 Everett St , Portland,OR 12 noon and can gather birds for my race , the Crooked River Callenge, and the Oregon State Classic.
Please call my cell 541-419-0590 and let me know if you are meeting me. Thanks!!
It seems just weeks ago I was sending the last of the birds home from the race. Now here it is only three more days and a new series begins. Our winter, with snow, has been a long one here, which is not been the case here for a good number of years. Been a little more struggle dealing with the cold, but other than a few falls on the icy paths, shovelin out snow in the mangers, tire chains, and taking extra time puttin on all those extra thick coveralls an' winter boots, spring is getting closer every day!!!
We'll start taking birds Feb 1st but no need to rush things. Mail shipment, just weaned, cold temps, new surroundings, etc all contribute stress on those babies you are sending me. Watch to see if they are eating and drinking on their own. I do have small 3'x3' cages I put them in on arrival and introduce them to watering out of plastic milk jugs which I continue to use to attract them to the through-the-wall troughs in the main loft. I also get a chance to see any off normal droppings and allows me another day before I vaccinate, cancer, and worm, (a little more stress for these babies).
Again like last year I will be taking around 800 birds to fill the loft. Prepayment is the only way to issure you will have perches. I believe there are 190 birds prepaid today. Sorry snail mail is the only means of payment at this time.
Those of you who won moneys last year over 600 should have in your possession your 1099 misc as they were mailed three weeks ago . Let me know if yours hasn't arrived.
I'm looking forward to handling your birds this season and will be happy to address your questions and concerns.