News and Updates
Feb-19-2017

Good Morning Flyers,

 
This week we saw 28 youngsters arrive and have a total of 674 reservations for this years race.  All the birds are currently happy and healthy.
 
I moved the first group of youngsters out of holding and into the racing loft on Friday.  They immediately went into the settling cage and had to enter the loft through the traps. They are settling in well and are learning the routine quickly. The birds will trap train everyday through this week and depending on the weather will be able to be let out to stretch their wings next weekend. I am doing some clock testing to make sure bands are all working correctly.  If you go under training you will be able to see these trap training tests. 
 
Congratulations to everyone in the Central Oregon Racing Pigeon Club.  We had our awards banquet last night and it was great to recognize everyone for their hard work.  Special congrats to Tim Wogoman and Paul Rueter for putting in a great showing and making us all work harder.  Thank you to Don Chapin for making this all happen, I definitely appreciate all the hard work and time you put into keeping the club going. 
 
I had a great showing in Old Birds with my late hatch group taking some awards and winning both the 400 mile and 500 mile races.  I could not have done it without the support of some good friends Roger Teeters, Captain Chuck, and Donald Chapin for providing me with the late hatches. I wasn't able to breed in 2015 due to the move and these guys stepped up and provided me with some great birds.  Thank you. 
 
Reminder that tomorrow is President's day, so no shipping of birds.  
 
Thank you all again for your support and I hope spring is starting to find many of you in the Northern Regions.
 
 
-- 
Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac and Topigeon clocking system
Feb-11-2017

Good Afternoon Flyer,

 
We have a beautiful sunny day here in Madras and the OB team is out enjoying the weather. Current Crooked River Challenge bird reservations is at 648!
 
This week there were a total of 48 birds that arrived and are settling in well.  As many of you already know, the birds spend about a week in the holding loft before they enter the racing loft.  All the birds came in good condition with only a couple needing a little extra TLC to find the water and food.  
 
I would like to remind everyone to tape the bottom of their boxes.  I had a couple soggy ones this week and I would hate to see someones birds get loose at the airport.  Also, please make sure your babies are eating and drinking well on their own. There is no rush to get the youngsters here and I believe they ship, transition, and are better able to fight off diseases if they are a bit older.  Please send perch fee payments with your birds...birds with unpaid perch fees with not enter the racing loft.
 
I am proud to announce that we will be the first one loft race in the United States to use the Topigeon clock for this years race.  Thanks goes out to Don Chapin and Terry Gilmore for getting the clock functioning properly with Wincompanion.  It is exciting to get some newer technology into the pigeon clocking game and allowing for some more options here in the US. 
 
I will also be working much more closely with a Certified Avian Veterinarian this year to make sure that when problems arise, we are able to catch it early and treat accordingly with the proper medication.  Good Avian Vets are hard to come by and I am excited to have one on board this year.
 
Thank you all for your support and I am excited about this season.
 
-- 
Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac and Topigeon clocking system
Feb-05-2017
SPRING LIKE SUNDAY!

Good Afternoon Flyers,

 
Today feels like spring here in the high desert of Central Oregon.  It is currently 53 degrees, sunny with a 20 mph wind out of the south and I'm loving it.  The forecast for the next week is looking at day time temperatures in the high 40's and low 50's and more sun later in the week.  The snow is almost gone and my hens are out enjoying the wind. 
 
We currently have 637 birds reserved for this years race, with several new flyers signing up this past week. One of the greatest joys this race has brought me is the opportunity to talk with flyers that I have only heard/read about and the overwhelming encouragement from from many of you. 
 
This week I will get to meet our first Crooked River Challenge race arrivals. It is warming up nicely, so it will be a bit easier on those babies coming from warmer climates.  
 
Thank you again for all your support and as always, feel free to give me a shout with any questions.
 
-- 
Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac
Jan-19-2017

Good Morning Flyers!

 
We are only two weeks away from receiving our first birds in for the 2017 season. This winter has gone by so quickly for me and I feel like I just shipped birds back from last year.  The weather has warmed considerably here in the high desert and the majority of the snow has melted in the last couple days.  I'm excited to get this season going.
 
Currently, there are 559 birds reserved for this years race and I want to welcome many of the new breeders that have signed up.  Thank you to everyone that will be joining us again this year, I appreciate all the support and your efforts in helping grow this race.
 
I want to give a big thank you to Terry Gilmore and Don Chapin for configuring our new clocking system for this years race.  I'm excited to try the new clock this year with all new equipment.  I have installed 4 new antennas on the loft with one on the outside of the trap and one on the inside.  This way each bird has to go over a sensor twice before it enters the loft to ensure proper scanning.  Terry and Don have spent hours getting this clocking system going for me and I really appreciate it.  I will give more feedback on this clock as we start using it.
 
Just as a reminder, birds are vaccinated against PMV & Paratyphoid upon arrival and treated for Canker,Coccidiosis, and internal/external parasites.  Birds stay in a separate loft for at least 6 days and watched closely to make sure no signs of illness are present.  Birds are entered into wincompanion and chipped immediately upon arrival.  I'm a big believer in probiotics and oregano, so we will continue using Primalac and Ropa B oregano again this year.  
 
Please let me know when your birds are shipped, so I can keep an eye out for them.  I always call, text, or email when your birds arrive.
 
Thank you for considering the Crooked River Challenge for 2017!  
 
 
-- 
Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac
Jan-02-2017

Happy New Year!

 
I have been wanting to put together my final numbers for the first year of the Crooked River Challenge and since it is snowing this morning I got them done.
 

2016 Crooked River Challenge Race Statistics

 

356 birds entered which included all replacement birds


322 birds started road training at the end of June (90.4%)


295 birds went to 1st 150 mile race (82.8%)...birds road trained over 1100 miles before first race which included two 100 mile tosses.


262 birds went to 200 mile race (73.6%)


213 birds went to 250 mile race (59.8%)


208 birds went to 300 mile race (58.4%)


207 birds went to final 350 mile race (58.1%)...144 birds home on the day with winning speeds of 1456 ypm and 179 birds home by the end of the second day.  


50.2% of the all birds that were entered into the Crooked River Challenge made it home from the 350 mile race by the end of the second day.

 
Hope this finds everyone well.
 
-- 
Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac