News and Updates
Jun-20-2018

Happy Wednesday Flyers,

 
Birds had a nice loft fly this morning followed up with a nice cool bath.  Summer feels like it has finally arrived for us with some nice 80 degree days.  We are still getting down into the high 40's and low 50's at night, which isn't uncommon through the summer.  The birds are enjoying laying around in the sun and heat.
 
The birds are looking and acting great.  There are feathers everywhere and many of the birds are doing their head and neck molt.  The 10th flight is about half way in and the birds are spending more time flying while they are out and about.  The birds have had to access to the training trailer for awhile now and there are a few cock birds that think they own it. The trailer has doors on both ends, so next week I will start having them go through the trailer in order to loft fly.  I like all the birds to be fully accustomed to the trailer before we start heading down the road.
 
Congratulation to Paul Rueter at Blue Bucket for winning a tough 500 mile race with no day birds over the weekend.  I was fortunate to be able clench a win at the 400 on Saturday, but both days were tough with headwinds in excess of 20 mph at the loft.
 
 
Have a great rest of your week.
 
Lucas
 
 
-- 
Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac and Topigeon clocking system
Jun-11-2018

Good Morning Flyers,

 
Cool wet morning here in Central Oregon, but it looks like it will clear up and get into the mid 70's today.  Birds are doing well and getting to loft fly most days.  I finished up a canker treatment last week and the birds have been on Primalac and Ropa B since.  I will do a deworming this week to catch anything we missed on intake or anything they have picked up since being here at the loft.
 
Birds are getting back to flying since having the 10th flight pulled and are molting body feather like crazy.  Appetites are good and the birds continue to eat as much as they want.  We have had some cool nights down into the 30's and I really see an intake in feed during these cool temperatures.  
 
Congratulations to Paul Rueter for winning both races from our 200 mile station yesterday. One more week of Old Bird racing for us with the Western Open (400 mile) on Saturday and a 500 mile on Sunday.  For those breeders that still have birds Old Birds with me, please let me know if you would like your birds to go to the 400 or 500 mile station this next weekend.
 
I hope everyone has a great week!
 
Lucas
 
-- 
Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac and Topigeon clocking system
Jun-03-2018

Good Afternoon Flyers,

 
Birds are doing well here at Crooked River.  We have finally had a few warm days in a row with a high of 85 today.  The birds are enjoying laying around in the aviaries and soaking up some sun.
 
I did a hand inventory and pulled the 10th flight on Wednesday.  The birds look and feel great.  The 9th flight is almost all the way in.  I pulled a couple birds that were a little thin and checked droppings, but both of those birds have since returned to the main group.  Birds haven't been flying as much since the pulling of the 10th flight, which is to expected, but they should be back in the swing of things shortly.  
 
Birds are currently receiving a preventative canker treatment with Ronidazole.  Birds got to take baths yesterday and will continue to be offered twice a week after loft flying.  There will be a respiratory treatment given at some point this month.
 
As a reminder, we will not start road training until some time in July....our 150 mile qualifying race is not scheduled until the end of August.
 
Friday I did have a peregrine come through and scattered the birds. I still have one missing bird from Friday's flight.
 
Have a great week.
 
Luas
-- 
Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac and Topigeon clocking system
May-26-2018

Good Morning Flyers,

 
Birds are out enjoying a cool sunny morning.  There is a bit of breeze this morning and the birds are really enjoying zipping around.  Birds are looking great with many of them looking like yearlings already.  This week I will be pulling the 10th flights on birds received before May 1st and checking health on each bird and electronic chips.
 
Overall health is looking good so far. I've had a couple of injuries this last week with a bird needing some stitches and another bruising a wing....both look to be making a quick recovery.  I did find one bird that must have hit a set of power lines that run across the property and sustained fatal injuries.
 
Birds continue to loft fly well and the younger ones are starting to join in.  I received the last of this years birds this week, so there are still a few birds to add to the main flock. Birds will continue to loft fly through June and will not start road training until some time in early July.
 
Western Open is hopefully flying from Winnemucca NV tomorrow.  This race is always fun since there are birds heading in every direction at release.  Good Luck to all those that can participate in this race.  Cross our fingers for some good weather.
 
Have a great Memorial weekend!
 
Lucas
-- 
Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac and Topigeon clocking system
May-19-2018

Good Morning Flyers,

 
Birds are taking there time coming in today from a quick loft fly.  It is a bit overcast and they usually are allowed to stay out for longer.  
 
Crooked River Challenge birds continue to do well and were able to loft fly all but one day this week.  Wednesday we had some rain and I usually don't mind putting them out in the rain, but I had a new group that I had added the day before.  9th flights are about half way in and the birds seem to be flying more this week.  One bird was pulled and put into a recovery cage due to an injury yesterday. Flock health seems to be holding for the most part.  I have had a couple birds looking a little off and just needed a little TLC.  
 
This next week is the last week to send prepaid birds and replacements.  If you notice a bird missing and I haven't marked it as missing after a couple days, please let me know.  Once all the birds are in the loft and clocking it is easy for me to run a missing bird report each day, but until then I have to manually go through each breeder to find the missing bird on the training report. I try to do it at the end of each day, but some days I run out of time.
 
Congratulations to APC Loft for getting the first bird in the clock on the A race last week, 8 hens came together to take the first 8 spots.  Shout out to Bob Byers for beating me in the B race with 5 birds.  Old Birds are currently on their way home from a 200 mile race today. 
 
Have a great weekend.
 
-- 
Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac and Topigeon clocking system
May-11-2018

Good Morning Flyers,

 
Birds are out enjoying another cool morning here in Central Oregon.  The main group of birds is doing well for the most part and the majority of them are putting on a some good wing time.  Yesterday I had a large group of over 100 birds take off for a bit and had some late birds come back in the afternoon and one this morning.  
 
I pulled 3 birds from the main group yesterday, 2 with injuries and the other looked to not be feeling well...the 2 with injuries should make a full recovery.  The other ended up passing during the night, he could have sustained an injury that I wasn't able detect or picked up a virus that hit him quickly.  One bird was pulled from quarantine and euthanized this week due to illness.
 
Health is always my biggest concern.  Drinkers are sanitized and the expanded metal floors are scraped daily.  Birds have all been vaccinated and boosted for PMV and Paratyphoid, treated for coccidiosis, worms, and canker.  Birds continue to get Primalac or Pro Vital in the water along with Ropa B.  Basics are covered and now we cross our fingers and hope that the birds can fight off any viruses that might arise.  If I have any concerns with anyone's birds, I will notify you. No news is good news.  
 
Congratulations to Don Chapin for winning the A race last week and Bob Byers for taking the B race.  My A race hens were a minute twenty behind and my B race birds were five minutes behind.  Tomorrow looks like they are going to have a good headwind the whole way home, so hopefully those cock birds can get their head in the game.
 
I hope everyone has a great weekend and good luck to those racing old birds.
 
Take Care 
 
Lucas
 
 
 503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac and Topigeon clocking system
May-02-2018

Good Evening Flyers,

 
It is a beautiful sunny and warm day here in Central Oregon.  Birds were out again today enjoying the the great weather.  The main group of birds consist of 655 birds at the moment with another 21 birds adding in tomorrow.
 
I did a hand inventory on Saturday of all the settled birds.  The birds feel great and I did not find any visual canker or birds that I would be concerned about at the moment.  9th flights were pulled and the 10th will come off in early June.  Birds continue to loft fly well with some groups heading off on occasion and others just mingling on the roof.  At this time I really do not care how much they fly, just that they know where home base is and that they know the loft is a safe place.  That also goes for trapping....In general the one loft birds and my personal birds usually have some type of food in front of them at all times.  I want the birds to have reserves if they have to fight off some type of disease.
 
I did have a little issue in the quarantine loft with 3 birds coming down and succumbing to an illness.  One passed quickly and the other two were euthanized.  The others all seem to be doing well.  This is exactly why I like having a quarantine loft, but also wish I was able to have 100 separate cages for arrivals.
 
Shout out to Kelly Fly for getting his hen first on the sensor in our first old bird race of the season. I was able to get 18 hens on the drop by 8 minutes in the A race.  Congratulations to Paul Rueter for beating me by two minutes on the B race.  I do love me some pigeon racing.  My hens were on fire this week, while my cock birds had other things on their mind  :)  Thank you to Don Chapin and Terry Gilmore for making possible to do live clocking on Wincompanion at the club level.
 
I hope everyone has a great week.
 
Take Care
 
Lucas

 

Apr-24-2018

Good Afternoon Flyers,

 
We are finally getting some nice weather here in Central Oregon...today is a high of 75 and then the next two days in the 80's.  The birds are loving the sunshine and some heat.  I have posted some videos on our facebook page of the birds loft flying.  They are getting the hang of it and I have some groups taking off for a while and then come cruising back.  I have also noticed some groups going really high to the point of barely being able to see them.
 
This week I have seen some injuries and a couple fatalities due to mid air collisions.  It always makes me hold my breath when I see several groups circling and then one group decides to go the opposite direction.  I have seen a bit more raptor activity this year and found a carcass of a pigeon that had been eaten on this week.  I have also noticed that I have more pigeons going missing on my loft flying than I seem to remember from last year...some of them are older birds that should be settled. It could be that I am dealing with a larger group earlier on this year and more birds heading out routing, plus more raptor activity.
 
I have pulled a couple more birds this week for not feeling well but overall health seems to be holding.  I am doing a flock treatment for coccidiosis with Endocox at the moment to clear up any underlying infections that might be present.  
 
Please make sure your email address is correct in Wincompanion. If your bird has been missing off a loft fly for two days I send a missing bird email to you through wincompanion.  If you need help with this just give me a shout and I can help. Missing birds can of course be replaced.
 
I will be doing a hands on inventory, most likely this Saturday, to check overall health and make sure all the chips are working properly. 
 
Have a great week and as always, if you have any questions just give me a shout.
 
Take Care
 
Lucas

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