News and Updates
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
Dec-09-2017

Good Morning Flyers,

 
Another chilly morning here in Central Oregon.  We have had freezing fog here for the last couple days and it covers everything in hoarfrost.  It makes everything very pretty, but I do prefer the sunshine and so do the birds.  Those birds that have been left for the old bird series are all transitioned over to my old bird loft and entered into the clocking system.  They are all settled and spend most days enjoying open loft.
 
Thank you to all the returning breeders that have reserved spots and to those that are new for 2018.  To those that are new for 2018 I send out individual emails, post to wincompanion, and you can find me on facebook.  I try to keep everyone updated as much as possible. Perch fees can of course be prepaid to guarantee your spot, but please hold off until after the 1st of January...easier for me when I do taxes.
 
Breeding has started for me and I started seeing my first eggs laid yesterday...I get an early start since I don't have many breeders.  Always an exciting time of the year for me. 
 
I am selling my Tauris OLR Derby System if anyone is interested.  
 
The 2018 race information is all up to date on the website...if anyone has any questions, please feel free to give me a shout.
 
I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season with family and friends.

Take Care
 
Lucas
 
-- 
Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac and Topigeon clocking system