News and Updates
Apr-23-2017
2017 RACE CLOSED

2017  RACE  CLOSED
Well the time has come for us to close the door on accepting any new entries.  Please DO NOT SHIP any birds unless they have been previously paid for or are replacements.  We can not accept any new entries.

Our team wishes to thank everyone for such great support of our race.  We are now in our 5th year and really have our work cut out for us.

Remember to watch the inventories so you know if you need to send in replacements.  If a bird becomes ill or is injured we will notify you.  3 birds were removed from the loft this week and the owners have been notified.  Groups 1-5 have all been revaccinated for PMV, and group 6 will be done on Tuesday.

We Guaranteed $100,000 for 1st Place and proposed the possibility of raising the bar to $125,000 for 1st!!   Well, we have done just that...this years winner on the 350 mile race will win $125,000. 


Have A Great Week,

Jim

Apr-13-2017
APRIL 13TH UPDATE

There is a partial inventory posted as of yesterday.  We have groups 6 & 7 that have not been moved over yet so they are not showing on the inventory.  Overall the birds are looking really good.  We will have to do a hand inventory soon as there were 15 foreign chips on the clock yesterday.  We have been very busy the past few weeks here at the Hoosier and this week has been no different.  Yesterday we had 34 boxes arrive which makes for a long morning in the office and a long afternoon in the loft making sure everybody is eating and drinking.  We are quickly approaching out limit for the race and will be closing the race soon.  The last 2 weeks we have had over 200 birds arrive each week and it looks like we will see close to those same numbers this week.  If you are missing a bird remember that you can send replacements until June 15th so get them in if you can.
There are a few breeders that still need to get perch fees in.  Please do that as soon as possible.  Once the race is closed we would like to focus on the loft and not unpaid balances. 
We had sent out a fecal test last week.  Dr. Zollars calls us with test results and also sends out a receipt with results written on it.  The results arrived Monday after the update had been sent out so they are included in the email to view. 
This series is shaping up to be a very tough race to win.  I spent most of today in the loft and I was amazed with so many quality pigeons.  Hats off to all the breeders for sending so many super birds.  It will be something to see who wins $125,000 on the 350 Mile Race! 

With as crazy as it has been the past few weeks with birds coming in, we are planning on some much needed family time this Easter Weekend.  We hope you all have a chance to do the same and hopefully get some good weather to go along with it. 

Happy Easter Everyone,

Jim & Family

Apr-09-2017
APRIL 9TH UPDATE

We have been very busy here at the Hoosier Classic with just over 1000 birds here so far.  We have been averaging about 200 birds per week.  We will be closing the race very soon to entries, once we do we will only accept birds that have been pre paid for or are replacements.  Any one who owes perch fees please get these paid. 
Groups 1-2-3 have been out several times now and group 4 was to go out today but it was to windy.  We will look to get group 4 & 5 out this week.  We had a misting sprinkler system installed in the front aviaries of the Hoosier.  A video was posted but you really can't see anything happening so we will post a better video in a few days.  I hope it helps with settling some of the older youngsters by wetting them down just a bit before they venture out.  Click on the link to see the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqgVBktxYQo

We will be shipping our own birds out this week to 5 one loft races tomorrow and a few more in a couple of weeks.  I noticed a few new races starting up and wish them all the best of luck.  I truly believe for many of us One Loft Racing is the best way to test our birds. 

Have a Great Week,

Jim

Apr-04-2017
INVENTORY UPDATE

Inventory Update

We have an inventory posted however the clock shows 804 and Wincompanion is showing 784.  We are not sure why this happened so we will show another inventory over the weekend.  Terry from Wincompanion is also working on trying to get the rest of the birds uploaded. 
Clock issues are never fun so please be patient with us as we get this resolved.  Hopefully we don't have to do a hand inventory, my boys will kill me! 

Take Care,

Jim

Apr-02-2017
APRIL 2ND UPDATE

Our weather the past few days has been much better.  Some of your birds experienced something new for the 1st time since being at the Hooiser.... Sunshine!!  We were able to get groups 1, 2, & 3 all out this week.  Group 3 was only out once so far.
We had 216 birds arrive this past week.  Making it our biggest week yet.  We now have 817 birds in the lofts and another 160 pre paid.  We will close the race once we reach our goal.  I am confident that will be in the next few weeks. 
INVENTORY
I started an inventory and realized I would be missing over 300 birds with those who have not been moved to the main loft from quarantine.  Rather then deal with 50 or so phone calls from people asking what happened to their birds I will show a complete inventory on Tuesday.  We have been very busy this past month with the amount of birds that have been arriving and were not able to get a video done.  Hopefully this week we can squeeze one in with the inventory.  We have also been looking into some new features for the loft and hope to be able to implement them soon.
Remember to get your birds in before we fill up.  Don't miss out on a chance to win $100,000 for 1st place and beat the best in the USA.
Also a reminder to please include perch fees when you are sending birds in unless you have pre-paid.  Also, please do not over crowd boxes.  The birds already have enough stress with the process of shipping alone, don't add to it by overcrowding the boxes. 

My boys are on spring break this week so I am sure we will be negotiating a deal to help in the lofts in return for some trips to the batting cages.  If they only knew its not their help that makes me happy its them being around that does it!   We also have a new fella hired on at the Hoosier Classic..Devon Cervantes.  He will work part time 6 days a week and Keith will stay on full time as usual.  If Keith ever quits that will be the end of the Hoosier!  I couldn't do it without him. (Don't anyone tell him I said that!)
Feel free to give us a call when shipping birds out and check for an inventory Tuesday afternoon. 

Take Care,

Jim

Apr-02-2017
MARCH 26TH UPDATE (POSTED LATE)

What a week...we have gone from temperatures in the 20's & 30's to a windy almost 80 degree day and now we are dealing with rain.  If we get anymore rain we will have to build an Ark for the Hoosier Classic Loft!  Needless to say it hasn't been ideal pigeon weather this past week.  All is going well with the exception of a couple fluffed up young ones that were removed from the loft.  Hopefully they will bounce back like the last 2 did. 
Starting April 1st we will begin posting inventories.  I noticed our satellite on the loft for our internet is damaged so hopefully we can get the company out this week to get it fixed and get the internet up and running in the loft.  We will be vaccinating a second time this week for PMV on our first group of birds.  We noticed several other one loft races implementing this practice now and have always thought this be a good measure.
When the weather clears up we will take some videos and have them posted on our site.  I believe we have around 750 birds/pre-paid perches.  I am confident we will reach our goal of 1400 birds with having over 2000 perches reserved. 

Remember that our First Prize this year is a Guaranteed $100,000.  Don't miss out on the chance to Win Big this year!!
As always with the Hoosier Classic expect:
-Monthly Dropping Analysis with Dr. Zollars
-Weekly updates
-Video Updates
-Full Time Loft Manager
-Live GPS Tracking

Please include Perch Fees with the bird when they are shipped to us and feel free to call or email and let us know that you are shipping your birds.

Have a Great Week,

Jim

Mar-19-2017
MARCH 19TH UPDATE

We had a very busy week with about 190 birds arriving this week.  We are watching very closely if any youngsters are showing any signs of stress.  I have had several conversations with Dr. Zollars on our vaccinating program and health regimen.  We were able to put two youngsters back in the main loft which bounced back very nicely after falling behind.  The weather this week was terrible.  A few towns to the west of us saw a foot of snow, however today was 54 degrees and sunny.   Our boys got caught outside several times today without jackets.  Needless to say they think anything over 45 degrees right now feels like summer and they think a T-shirt will is fine to be out in. 
One thing I would like to stress is to send youngsters around 35/45 days old.  I received a few this week that looked as if they were taken straight from the nest.  One Loft Racing is a stressful environment and your doing your birds no good if they are not eating and drinking well on their own before they are shipped.  It is my job to care and prepare youngsters for the season but give them a good head start is all that I am saying.
I can't believe the quality of birds that are coming in.  Its definitely the best of the best in this season. 
Remember to ship birds early in the week so we don't have birds sitting at the post office over the weekend.
Remember Perch Fees Are Due When The Birds Arrive!  $200 per bird

Please do your best to call or email when shipping birds so we can ensure they all make it.

Take Care,

Jim

Mar-13-2017
MARCH 12TH UPDATE

Well it has taken a few months but the new addition to the loft is complete inside and out!   We are right around 450 birds that have either been pre paid for or are physically here.  This is only after accepting birds for 2 weeks!  I am very confident that we will fill up very quickly.  There are some days we are in the office from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm doing inventory and vaccinating new arrivals. 

We have a few reminders when it comes to shipping birds, the first being Please make sure you are registered on the HCRace.com website before you ship your birds to us.  This speeds up the process of entering the birds into the computer on our end and eliminates a few phone calls.  When you do ship birds please include the "Loft Name" the birds are to be registered to either on the check or on a separate piece of paper.  This alone makes a huge difference when it comes to entering birds.  And as always, please make sure that the $200 perch fee per bird is included with the birds when they arrive unless you have pre paid. 

Our first group will be let out of the loft this week as long as the weather cooperates.  We removed one youngster from the loft today and placed her into a separate loft.  The owner of this bird was notified today.  A short video of the first group of birds trapping in the main loft was posted today to our YouTube page and it includes a quick look at the outside of the lofts.    This link will take you to the video.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-PK0oaJJkQ

Please email or call if you have any questions. 

Take Care,

Jim

Mar-05-2017
NEW LOFT FINISHED

New Loft Finished

Birds are coming in fast and furious now!  No more sleeping in at the Ward House!  The post office is calling by 6:30 am now several days a week to let us know there are birds waiting to be picked up.  We received at least 12 phone calls this week from breeders wishing to enter the race.  All we can tell them is that is a first come basis.  Either ship your birds or prepay for perches.  This is the only way to guarantee your perches.  The first group of birds will be moved into the main loft this week.  Appetites are very good and so far the youngsters look great!

This morning we met Miguel Socorro of M & Y Connection.  He brought his birds down from Michigan to enter in the race.  Miguel it was a pleasure meeting you and I'm sure you will have a successful future in the pigeon sport!

Please remember to ship your birds early in the week and to drop us a call or email when shipping them out.  Also, a reminder that perch fees must accompany the birds when they are shipped.

We finally finished the interior of the new Hoosier addition.  A short video was posted on our website and this link will also take you to the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-YBcSbxJD8 
The aviary construction began today and that and a few other finishing touches should be finished this week. 

Going into the 2017 series we were facing a clock dilemma using the Benzing M1.  This system is our clock of choice and has always worked great for us.  The M1 though has a bird limit of 1000 birds.  I owe my wife a big Thank you, as our options were limited and almost forced to purchase a new clocking system and learn a new clocking system.  After several phone calls and emails with Benzing and Siegel Pigeon Supply, Benzing has agreed to modify our M1 clock to allow for a higher bird limit.  We will be able to continue to use the Benzing system which works great for us. 

Hope everyone has a great week!  Please check out the video for quick peek at the new loft!

Jim

Feb-26-2017
ACCEPTING BIRDS

Accepting Birds

We have officially started accepting birds for the 2017 season.  This past week we received 39 birds and everyone is looking great.  Upon arrival all birds are vaccinated for PMV & Paratyphoid.  I will show a more detailed intake treatment of the birds next week.  Our office looks like a drug store with all the vaccines and meds that have been delivered this week.  As of today the birds in quarantine are working the traps if all goes well they will be moved to the main loft next Thursday.

Remember if you want to win send your BEST!  Look at the competition in this years race.  This will be a very exciting series.  We have a few ideas that we want to implement at the loft and will show you them once we finish and make sure it works. 

Our first shipment of Versa-Laga was delivered this week and we will be using the starter mix again this year until June when we will switch to the Junior mix .  Jovati grit will be given daily as well as the Vita King minerals.

We expect the birds to start arriving fast, remember we will only take the first 1400 birds that arrive or are pre-paid.  Please ship your birds early in the week.  Anything shipped after Wednesday may not get here by the weekend.  Please remember to send Perch fees with your birds!  When we have to call about money it takes time away from the birds. 

There are a few new flyers signed up that haven't flown one loft races before.  If you have any questions feel free to call or email me. 

I am very excited for this season and what we have in store!  This is going to be a very exciting and competitive series! 

 

If you do do not receive these updates in an email form please either check your "spam/junk" box or contact us to make sure we have the correct email.  Updates are always emailed out to all breeders with occasionally pictures of the birds or lofts and links to videos we may have posted.  

Take Care,

Jim

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