Everything is going well here with the birds. health has been excellent. There have been two birds with issues and one was treated and recovered quickly. The other did not.
The birds are out daily and are enjoying the freedom. many are flying well.
This year we are using the Ropa B oregano daily.
We are also using the kastle acidifier and young bird developer.
This combination seems to be working well. We are using it on our own race team as well.
I hope that you all had a great long weekend.
The birds here are all doing well and going out daily.
There has only been one bird looking sick and it has been isolated. I showed signs 3 days after arriving so we feel it arrived with a problem already started.
We have 60 birds in the loft. A few more will come in over the next week and then we will stop accepting.
The numbers are small this year but the quality seems very high. We look forward to getting these birds working.
I just returned from a great trip to Belgium where I was able to visit with some of the top lofts.
Jelle Roziers, Ulrich Lemmens, Bart Geerinckx, Dirk Van Dyke, Op De Beeck Baetens, and several other small and relatively unknown lofts. It was a pleasure to meet these gentlemen, talk systems and handle some word class birds. One loft racing is not something most europeans are interested in. The competition there is so large and I see that as the difference between there and here in North America where many lofts dont even have a club to fly in locally.
Back home now and getting things caught up and settled down.
I will post an inventory of the birds this week. The support has been low with just over 50 birds in the loft at this time. The next and last border crossing will be the 3rd week in May. We will accept birds up to that time from Canadian lofts as well.
Remember this race is about completing the task and not so much about how many birds are in it. We will work the birds like our own to face the task ahead.
Thankfully the health has been good. there have been no issues at all.
All but the most recent arivals have been out a few times and are settling into the loft nicely.
The weather sure has been wet and we look forward to nicer days ahead.
Good Morning Breeders.
For US participants we have a conflicting schedule for the first week of April and ask that birds be shipped April 3 or 4. Dale will not be around later next week and I am not available early next week so we need to delay one week.
Please email with the band numbers prior to sending to Dale so he can get the health papers sent away.
Yesterday I posted a list of free perches and didnt realize that all messages on the 2016 race would be lost when Terry updated the site for 2017 so I will be posting it again.
There are a few changes for this year and the site will be updated shortly.
A few highlights. There will be an upfront price inclusive of perch and activation fee. This way we will not have any issues trying to collect activation funds at a later date.
Please ensure that you vaccinate the birds and let us know the date of the vaccinations. There has been a lot of sickness around and all reports show a pretty strong case for vaccinating in the nest at 21 days and again 14 days later for a booster.
We will be accepting birds for the Month of April.