News and Updates
Jul-10-2017
LOFT UPDATE 07/10/2017
The birds are looking great!!!

We have the birds flying daily for 45 - 50 minutes. We have had the annual visit from the nearby falcons. We haven't seen them for a few days and hope they are gone now. I did happen to see a few birds being hauled away. 

This coming Friday we will be pulling the 10th flight and be dipping the birds. At the same time we will be doing a physical inventory.

We will start training on July 21st, taking the birds 1.6 miles to the rivers edge. We will slowly work the birds up to the 100 mile Qualifier on Sunday, September 3rd.

Keep checking the training results for inventories and training tosses.

Mike Belus
925-759-2644
belusconst@aol.com
Jun-19-2017
LOFT UPDATE 06/19/2017
I hope everybody had a nice relaxing Father's Day.

We would like to thank all of the breeders that have participated in the San Francisco Bay Area Triple Crown. Your support is the reason why this race has grown year after year.
This year we are starting with 772 birds. That is up over 23% from last year. We have shown steady growth every year.

Saturday I pulled the 9th flight on all the birds and did an inventory. The birds in general are looking nice and in good health.

We will start letting the birds out again tomorrow along with the 125 birds of the next 2 groups that have been added to the main flock last week. The birds will pretty much go out Monday thru Friday till we start training the end of July.
 
Michael Belus
925-759-2644
belusconst@aol.com
May-28-2017
LOFT UPDATE 05/28/2017
Well it is Memorial Day Weekend, the official start of Summer.

I love the summer time; longer sun filled days, young bird training, and the afternoon Delta breeze.

Only five days left to send in your birds or replacements!

There are just a few perches left.  If you don't want to be left out, contact me as soon as possible.

We will be taking birds and replacements until Friday, June 2nd, which is only 5 days away.

We are Introducing group #9 into loft today. Groups 1-8 will continue going out daily.

Have a great Memorial Day and please take a moment to remember why we celebrate.

Mike Belus
925-759-2644
belusconst@aol.com
May-22-2017
LOFT UPDATE 05/22/2017
We will be letting groups 1-8 out this week.  An inventory has been completed and Missing or Lost birds have been updated. Please check your inventory status. We've had a slightly higher challenge with the area hawks this year. Please check the inventory to see if you need to send a replacement.

We will be taking birds and replacements until Friday, June 2nd which is only 11 days away.

If you have prepaid perches and your birds are not here I have sent out a missing bird email as a reminder.

Birds are coming in daily. We still have perches left. Don't be left out!!!
 
Mike Belus
May-18-2017
LOFT UPDATE 05/18/2017

The birds are coming in daily. We only have 27 perches left. Don't be left out!!!

We will be taking birds and replacements until Friday, June 2nd which is only 15 days away.

We have let groups 1 – 6 out and have now added groups 7 & 8.  An inventory has been completed and can be viewed under “Training”. We’ve had a slight challenge with the area hawks. Please check the inventory to see if you need to send a replacement.

We are very excited about this season. With the new addition done and our capacity increased to 800 birds, it is going to be a nice size race with more prize money than ever! 

I want to thank everyone for your continued support in making this race grow every year. 

Mike Belus

May-08-2017
LOFT UPDATE 05/08/2017
The birds are coming in daily. We have taken in 685 birds. 

We still have 36 perches left. Don't be left out!!!

For those of you that are smaller scale breeders or have had a rough breeding season do to weather, We have extending the cut off date of accepting entries and replacements to May 30th(same as last year). 

We have done another inventory and notified breeders of any missing birds that need replacing. We will be opening the loft up again this week and will do another inventory at the end of the week.

We are very excited about this season. With the new addition done and our capacity increased to 800 birds. It is going to be a nice size race with more prize money than ever! 

Just over 16 weeks till the 100 mile Qualifier!

I want to thank everyone for your support in making this race grow every year. 

Mike Belus
Mar-01-2017
LOFT UPDATE 03/1/2017

The weather has improved here in the bay area. We are finally having some dry days. We haven’t been able to get much done with the loft addition due to all the rain we have gotten here. The area where the new addition will be, has a loft in the way that has to be moved and that will been done this week. Then I will be able to really get moving on the addition. The addition should take about 3 weeks. The existing loft is ready to go.

We have only 59 perches left!

The birds are coming in daily. We have taken in 115 birds for the month of February. The quality of birds coming in are looking good.

This is what happens when the birds arrive

1.            Birds get logged in the log book

2.            Birds get an electronic chip

3.            9th and 10th flights are clipped

4.            Birds get 1st vaccine of PMV/Pox/ Respiratory.

5.            Each bird is given a canker pill.

6.            Birds are observed in quarantine cages for 10 days.

7.            Birds are given a PMV/Herpes vaccine and a Paratyphoid vaccine.

8.            Birds are then moved to the main loft.

We are very excited about this coming season. Don’t be left out!

Mike Belus

Feb-12-2017
LOFT UPDATE 02/12/2017

It was brought to my attention that some breeders noticed that I had 10 birds in the race under my name and was wondering why I have birds in the race. Let me explain what this was about. This year I will try GPS tracking on the birds to see the route the birds are taking home from training tosses and races. Since it would not be fair to attach the tracking system to some birds actually in the race I have a group of birds left over from last year’s season that I will use to attach the system to. For Winconpanion to register the bird’s arrival time it must be registered in the clock. Also, since each GPS chip cost $100 I thought that putting them on birds that made it thru all last year would better my chances of retrieving all my GPS chips. I have since changed the Loft name to “G P S Tracking”. I am very excited to experiment with the GPS tracking system this year. We all wonder what route the birds take when they don’t arrive on time. The key to this system is that the bird has to make it home for the chip to be retrieved to upload the info into a program that plots the bird’s route on google maps. I hope this answers any questions. I am only trying to gain more information on what our birds do when in the air and I know we all want more info.

Birds are coming in. We have 23 birds in this week and more coming every day.

We have only 118 perches left! It is going to be a very exciting year.

I would like to thank all the participating breeders for their ongoing trust and support

Mike Belus

Feb-01-2017
LOFT UPDATE 2/1/2017
We are accepting birds for the 2017 season. As a reminder send birds to

 

Ken Johnston
2425 Willow Av
Antioch CA 94509

 

Call or text Mike at 925-759-2644 to give us a heads up when you ship your birds, so that we can look for them.
Jan-09-2017
SFBATC LOFT UPDATE 01/08/2017

Time is flying! We are already 8 days into the New Year.  The first birds will begin to arrive for the 2017 season in just over three weeks.

Additionally, SFBATC will be breaking ground on the Loft expansion as soon as the rain stops. There are existing lofts to move and this process has begun.  As the loft progresses, I will post updates and pictures.

To date 487 perches have been reserved and paid out of the 650 that will be available in 2017. If you haven’t pre-paid your perches yet there are only 163 perches still available. As a reminder, the new loft addition will accommodate a total of 650 birds.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity.

With retirement from my home remodeling business, I now have the opportunity to dedicate even more time to the SFBATC.  I have the ability and relentless focus to strive for and ensure a standard above all other races.  Of utmost importance is bird health, successful race returns and consistent communication to and with breeders.         

Stay tuned for more updates and always feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

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