News and Updates

      Urgent family and business situations forces me to direct my time away from mail outs till the first of next week. I wouldn't have thought that filling out certicates, calculating what was owed, etc. would take this much time and energy. More than half have been mailed, the rest will follow shortly. Sorry for the delay. Rick


   Hope all all are well. I have almost completed the package and will be ready to start mailing it to everyone on Monday. Check your mail box often. All the birds except for a twenty or so that have arrived lately, have been returned to their owners. I will wait another month and then will return these. So far, two hundred and sixty three birds have been returned. They just keep on coming. 

  Four have returned without either bands. Linda thinks that some one does that simply so that we can't race the bird again, sort of a Peta kind of move. Maybe she's right. 



   We have started the process of returning the race birds. Quebec and most of Eastern Ontario now have their's. The local birds have been delivered. On Wednesday, we will do Hamilton, Tornto, Guelph and Windsor. I will contact you today, tonight and tomorrow to make arrangements. 

   Each day, more birds come back, not only from the 380, but also from the 300 mile race.  We are also working on the payouts, pools, etc and hope to have all completed by the end of the month.

Thanks, Rick


  The birds keep coming home so I m keeping the clock on for another day or two. Rick


   The payout for the Marathon 380 , based on one prize for every fifteen birds is:

1.   $ 4500.00

2.   $ 3000.00

3,   $ 2500.00

4.   $ 2000.00

5.   $ 1500.00

6.   $ 1000.00

7.   $  750.00

8.   $  750.00

10.  $  750.00

11.  $  500.00

12   $  500.00

13.  $  350.00



   I appologize for a couple of things. First, forgetting to put up the revised payout sheet for the Marathon 380 and second, for not congratulating everyone immediately.

  It's not that I am ignorant, I am just tired. Four nights of not being able to sleep, five days of not being able to stop has ground me to a halt. I stepped into the house at ten last night, walked passed my wife and said goodnight, walked into the washroom and fell asleep standing in front of the bathroom sink while brushing my teeth. As I fell over, I caught sight of myself in the mirror and swore I was being attacked by a rabid clown. Hell of a sight to remember while your trying to fall asleep.

  Congratulations to British Columbia. The first four birds all were born there, infact half of the fourteen birds home on the day were born in BC.

1.      Bulldog Loft

2.      Cascade Syndicate

3.      Mountain Pacific Syndicate

4.      Dave Naylor

5.      Matt Long


Congratulations to Les Duex Suzannes for winning average speed.

1.     Les Duex Suzannes

2.     Cruz and Vasco Loft

3.     Cascade Syndicate


    I will now concentrate on writing the book of results and payouts and returning the birds to their rightfull owners. Linda and I thank you for participitating in our one loft race and we hope to see you all again next year. Stay tuned for the changes, check our updates often.

Linda and Rick


   Good Morning.  The birds will be let up at 8 AM this morning. We are in Quebec, north of La Sarre. The weather there is cloudy with the sun peeking through the clouds. There is no wind but there will be south winds, strong south winds, as the birds get closer to home. It is 59 degrees up north but it will warm considerably as the day goes on. 

Good Luck to everyone. 


   I have just heard from the driver. The birds circled twice and headed straight south. I had asked to make sure he watched their departure. For those wondering, no fog in the area and none the first 45 minutes heading south. 

8:55 am,



MARATHON 380 M 2017

  The birds are at the release site as I write. They have been fed and have water in front of them. Release time will depend on the day tomorrow. I will post it on this message board in the morning. One hundred and eighty six birds went to the race. Good Luck to every one. 



 The question everyone asks is how are their wings. Today, I handled most of the birds. Eighty percent have dropped and grown in their sixth flight. Some a bit, some a lot. They do not have a gap in their wings and will not drop a flight when in the trailer. A small number are on their fourth flight or fifth. Again none have a gap in their wing. There are a very few who have dropped their seventh flight but it is in and partially grown in. There body weight is superb. It's a little sad to handle the ones not going cause they're ready to race. Also, those who only picked the odd ones, the ones you missed might have been the ones that would have scorred.

Good luck to those in the race. As of this evening, 192 birds have entered.



  Today I thoroughly enjoyed watching your pigeons. It was Acrobat Day at the SS Empire. A very strong wind was blowing over the loft and all the birds took advantage of the up draft. A tip of the wing and up they went. Fold them together and it was down like a spent rocket. Coming in for a landing was a sight to behold. One after the other, almost in a straight line, tucking down and then, at the last second, up onto the board. How they can stop at that speed is beyond me.

   At one time, every single bird {and the married ones} were on the landing strip of the SS Empire. All the boys were spinning and all the girls were bowing. It was like a country hoedown. All the boys spin to the left, spin to the right and all the girls dowsie-do. If I knew how to work my fancy phone, I could have taken a video, added some music and send it in to Funniest Videos. But I can't. They are offering winter classes "Camera's, photo's for dummies" at the seniors centre, guess I better take them.

   At the first of last week, I treated the birds for a couple of days. Since then, they have had probiotics, and Ropa B. The last few days before the race they will have clear water. They have been stooked up with Y2K Racing mix and at prsent, it has Millinium added to it. The last couple of days, they'll have all the Millinium they can eat. Your birds are in terrific shape. They are primed and ready to go now. By the weekend, I'll have trouble holding one in my hand. It will be a shame if you do not activate your bird. The birds that were at the top of the first race weren't at the top of the second. I'll bet the third will be different again. Any one has an opportunity to win.

   The cut off day will be Wednesdy evening, September 13. On Thursday the birds will be scanned and separated and they will be ready to go. Make sure yours is on the right side of the dowelled partition. Activate by email as soon as you can.


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