News and Updates
Apr-18-2018

Good Morning Flyers,

 
Looks like we are going to be getting some more rain today, so the birds might be staying in.  Yesterday we had a beautiful breezy day and the birds were having a great time enjoying the sun. I'm surprised to see the clock show 11 missing birds, but a peregrine did come through and scare some of the birds.  The birds did storm the traps a bit, but I usually don't have issues with missing birds on these sensors. I will wait until the next loft fly to confirm and then I will let folks know if their birds are missing.
 
The birds are flying more and more each time they get out and we are all looking forward to some sunny 70 degree days coming next week.  This spring has been a bit chilly.
 
I had to euthanize 3 birds this past week, one for illness, one for a wing injury, and the other that looked to have an internal injury.  A couple birds came into isolation for not feeling well and a couple came out of isolation after responding to treatment.  
So far, overall health seems good with a few birds here and there picking up something.  Seems to be on trend with what I have seen the last two years.  Some warm sunny weather always seems to help.
 
Birds will continue to go out every day as long as the weather cooperates.  Birds stay in if the winds are 20 mph or more and/or if we are getting heavy rains.  
 
The next group of birds will be getting their booster vaccination today and electronic chips rechecked and you should see them on tomorrow's loft fly inventory.
 
I hope everyone has good rest of their week.
 
Take Care
 
Lucas
Apr-08-2018

Good Morning Flyers,

 
Perfect morning for an update.  The wind has been howling since yesterday, so the birds have been locked in. The birds are antsy to get back out flying.  They definitely are figuring out the routine and are always ready to get out in the morning.
 
First, I want to thank everyone for the generous support this year in getting filled up so quickly. The support of all you breeders is what makes this race possible.
 
Second, I want to apologize to those folks that aren't able to enter the race this year and to those that did not understand the prepay on the perch fees. I try my best to communicate clearly in my weekly updates.
 
Please do not send birds unless I already have your perch fees paid. The race is full.
 
Bird update...I received just under a 100 birds into quarantine this week.  413 birds are settled into the loft and flying more and more each day.   Unfortunately, with that comes injuries when I am settling this many youngsters.  I had one bird hit the loft and die, 2 birds collided mid air killing one on contact and the other requiring to be euthanized, another has a wing injury that will be sent back to the breeder, and I have one that got grabbed by a coopers that will also be sent back to the breeder.  2 birds are still missing from the loft fly on Friday.
 
Bird health...I have had some issues with a few birds in the previous weeks quarantine group. I had one birds die shortly after arrival (most likely due to stress from shipping).  3 birds I have pulled into isolation to treat for being under the weather.  The bird that arrived with pox has been shipped back to the breeder, the bird that arrived with canker it was decided to euthanize due to other underlying issues. 
The main group is looking good and droppings are looking great. I keep a close eye on them and will pull anyone that is looking off.  This is the time that they spread all their germs to each other and hopefully they can continue to build up good immunity. Appetites are great and the birds continue to get Primalac and Ropa B in the water.
 
I hope this finds everyone well.
 
Take Care
 
Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac and Topigeon clocking system
Apr-06-2018
RACE IS FULL!

Good Morning Flyers

 
2018 Crooked River Challenge is full! DO NOT SEND BIRDS!
 
Please DO NOT send birds unless you have prepaid your perch fees or we have talked.  Please help me spread the word. 
 
Thank you for all the interest in the race this year.  I couldn't make it happen without all the support.
 
Update coming later.
 
Lucas
 

 
-- 
Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac and Topigeon clocking system
Mar-31-2018

Good Morning Flyers,

 
Busy week here at Crooked River Challenge...153 birds brought into quarantine!
 
Daytime temperatures have warmed up into the 60's and we have had some beautiful sunny days.  Definitely feels like spring is finally here to stay.  The birds have been getting out and enjoying some wing time this week and today they will all get baths.
 
I have 3 birds in isolation...one that arrived with pox last week, another arrived this week with canker, and the other I just pulled this morning for looking a bit under the weather . The bird that had an eye cold has returned to the main flock after treatment. I dropped 5 birds in settling this week and was hoping to see them back over the last couple days.  Breeders have been notified.
 
I was visited by a passage coopers this week that got one of my personal young birds, but I haven't seen him since. Hopefully, she has moved on. The main flock is slowly learning not to panic every time a bird flies over the loft.  They are learning which ones want to eat them and which are just passing through.  
 
Birds have great appetites and really have taken to the Versele Laga pellet and Winners Cup pellets I have added to the mix.  Birds are molting nicely and many of the youngsters are already looking like old birds and strutting their stuff.  I am always amazed on how fast some of them mature.  
 
There are only 120 perches left  for 2018, so I would say now is the time to pre pay your perches if you are wanting to send your birds after next week.  
 
Have a great weekend and good luck to those that are starting their old bird season.
 
Take Care
 
Lucas
  
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Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac and Topigeon clocking system
Mar-19-2018

Good Evening Flyers,

 
This past week saw 122 birds enter quarantine and 148 birds getting settled to the loft.  Birds have been out enjoying the sun, when we have it.  Winter has decided that it doesn't want to go away giving us a few inches of snow the other day.  Today was beautiful getting into the low 60's and the birds got to enjoy sunshine and baths.
 
I pulled two birds from the main group today that aren't feeling well and placed them in isolation.  I have contacted the breeder and started them on medication.
 
I was surprised to see a bird return today from the 300 mile race last year.  He is a little thin but otherwise in good shape.  I talked with the breeder and we will see how he does on my old bird team.  I bet he learned a few things over the winter.
 
Birds continue to receive Primalac and Ropa B in the water daily.  I have also started adding some Versele Laga Energy pellet to the birds diet.  I have tried several different pellets on my personal birds over the last year and I have settled on the Versele Laga Energy pellet and the Winners Cup Green pellet.  These seem to be the most palatable and acceptable to the birds. I like having some pellet as an option for added nutrients and easy digestibility.
 
Have a great week and thank you all for sending your birds to the Crooked River Challenge.
 
Lucas
 
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Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac and Topigeon clocking system
Mar-13-2018

Good Morning Flyers,

 
We had our first free flight of the season on Sunday with the first group of 100 birds.  Unfortunately, right off the bat, I had a prairie falcon cruise through and check things out and we ended up having birds everywhere.  Most of the birds held their head and stayed put, but I did have a bunch take off and come back throughout the day. After everything settled we were out 5 birds on Sunday night.  Monday we had a much better loft fly and saw one bird return from the previous day.  I am still hopefully I may see some others return.  That first loft fly is always the most nerve wracking for me.
 
Breeders have been notified of missing birds and they have been marked missing in Wincompanion.  I will continue to loft fly daily (weather permitting).  Daily loft flights are posted under the "trainer" tab under results.  Remember that your birds will not show up on daily trainers for at least two weeks from the time of arrival.  If you have any questions, always feel free to contact me. 
 
This past week I had close to 70 birds arrive into quarantine,bringing total arrivals to 225.   The first group of birds got their PMV/Paratyphoid boostervaccine and overall health/weight is looking good.  The birds got to enjoy baths in the nice 60 degree sunny weather the past couple days.  Definitely feels like spring is here.
 
Please remember to send perch fees with your birds.  Birds do not go into the race loft until perches are paid.  
 
I hope everyone has a great Tuesday and that you are all surviving the time change :)  Have a great week.
 
Lucas
Mar-04-2018

Good Morning Flyers,

 
I received another 50 birds this week that are doing well in quarantine.  The 107 birds from last week have been moved out of quarantine and are enjoying lots of space in the racing loft.  They are learning the traps and should be able to have a bath today since it is warming nicely.  They should be ready for their first outing toward the end of the week.  The one bird that was in isolation has made a speedy recovery and is back with the main group.
 
Winter is still hanging on, we had snow yesterday morning again and most of that has since melted.  This week we should see some days in the 50s, which will be a nice change.
 
I have had some questions about perch reservations and perch wait list this last week.  I leave my reservations open and do not have a wait list.  Perch reservations are confirmed by payment, so first come first served.  As of right now we are sitting at 243 paid perches and there is no hurry to pre pay your perches.  I will keep everyone posted on these numbers, so if we are getting close to cutoff you will know and can respond accordingly.  
 
I hope this finds everyone well and that you all have a great week.  Thank you all for the quality birds sent so far.
 
Take Care
 
Lucas
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Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac and Topigeon clocking system
Feb-25-2018

Good Morning Flyers,

 
107 birds made it into quarantine this first week!  The birds look great and are handling our chilly winter weather well.  We have a couple of inches of snow on the ground with evening temperatures in the teens.  I pulled one bird yesterday from quarantine and placed her into isolation for showing early signs of respiratory infection. I can usually catch these birds early and they respond quickly to treatment. I will always contact you if there is something going on with your birds.
 
For those joining us for the first time this year, here is what happens when you birds arrive here at the loft.
Birds are entered in wincompanion, electronic chip attached, PMV/Paratyphoid vaccine, dewormed, canker tablet, and treated for external parasites.  If birds have an extended trip in the boxes due to shipping error I do postpone this and let them have a couple days of recuperation in isolation before giving meds/vaccines.  Birds are placed into quarantine with other birds arriving the same week and have access to food, free choice grit/minerals, and water with Primalac, ProVital, and Ropa B.
 
If all looks good, birds are moved from quarantine into the racing loft....treated for external parasites again and given another Spartrix tablet. Birds will spend another week trap training and then should start being let out of the loft 2 weeks after arrival as long as the weather cooperates...at this time you should start seeing birds on the "loft fly" on wincompanion. Birds will also get a PMV/Paratyphoid booster 14-21 days after arrival.
 
My goal is to keep these birds as healthy as possible with the use of minimal antibiotics.  I do use antibiotics when necessary, but really try to boost natural immunity with good hygiene practices, plenty of space per pigeon, probiotics, oregano, lots of free choice minerals, and good quality food. Our dry and sunny climate really helps to promote optimal health in these birds.
 
This next week looks like more of the same winter weather, but hopefully we will start warming up soon.
 
Thank you all for your support and sending great birds. As always, feel free to give me a shout with any questions.
 
Have a great week.
 
Lucas
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Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac and Topigeon clocking system
Feb-10-2018

Good Morning Flyers,

 
 
It won't be long until I will start seeing a bunch of potential Crooked River Challenge champions arriving in the mail! February 19th is the first day I will start taking birds into the loft.  We are currently sitting at 712 reserved perches and it looks like we will fill again this year.  I will again take in around 750 birds, so there will be no overcrowding.  Prepay of course will confirm your perch reservations, but I will keep everyone up to date on bird numbers.  I want to thank all of you returning breeders for supporting this race again this year and to those trying us out for the first time.  You are the ones that make this race happen and I will do my best to not disappoint.  
 
I vaccinated over 100 birds with the Romvac PMV/Paratyphoid combo vaccine 3 weeks ago and then boosted my first round of youngsters on Tuesday.  All birds are happy and healthy.  There was some chatter that this vaccine was having some issue overseas, but I see no ill affects, no injection sight reactions,  and I was successful with this vaccine in 2016. I always like to test all products on my personal birds before I use them on the Crooked River birds.
 
Thank you to Jedds Bird Supplies for getting my pallet of pigeon supplies shipped up to me, it definitely helps to have a supply house on the west coast.
 
 
I hope everyone's breeding is going as planned and that some winners are being produced!  I wish the most success to you all and I look forward to getting this season rolling. 
 
 
 
Take care
 
Lucas
 
 

 
-- 
Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac and Topigeon clocking system
Jan-10-2018

Good Morning Flyers,

 
Beautiful morning here in Central Oregon, the sun is trying to peak through some high clouds and temperatures are supposed to be up in the mid 40's again today.  Much milder for us this winter than last and for much of the rest of you dealing with a real winter of cold and snow.
 
I have emailed 1099 tax forms to those that made over $600 in 2017, please let me know if you did not receive yours or thought that you should have.
 
We are just over a month away from starting to receive your youngsters.  I will be starting a couple weeks later this year (week of February 19th) due to the last couple winters being cold and snowy.  2000 doses of Romvac vaccines are here...this is the combo PMV/Paratyphoid vaccine that I used in 2016 and was very happy with it.  I am glad I was able to source it again this year.  I do vaccinate twice....birds get vaccinated upon arrival and again 2-4 weeks later to ensure good immunity.
 
As far as bird management, not much will be changing for 2018.  My go to products will be the same Ropa B, Primalac, and ProVital with several different types of minerals/grits.  My feed mixture will be staying the same for the most part, other than I might add a small amount (1-2%) of high quality pigeon pellet to the mix if I can source it.
 
Most of you have probably taken a look at the rules for 2018. There are a couple changes that need to be noted from 2017.  Unfortunately, I am not offering quantity discounts on perch fees this year...flat rate of $100 per bird for 2018. Entry Fees have gone from $250 to $300 and there are additional optional entries...please see the rules page for details. http://www.crookedriverchallenge.com/rules-1/
Payout structure will be similar to 2017, other than average speed will be paying out top 5 places instead of 10.  I pushed the dates into September to try and miss some of August's heat...hopefully we will not see the smoke or horse riding accidents :) that we saw in 2017.
 
I hope this finds everyone well and that breeding is going well for those that got an early start.  
As always, if you have any questions feel free to drop me a line and to those that are joining us for the first time this year you can text, email, call, or facebook.
 
 
Take Care
-- 
Lucas Cramer
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac and Topigeon clocking system
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