Well The Quad is over for 2017. After last years terrible sickness we were blessed this year with near perfect health. No one was more scared that the sickness may repeat than we were but were happy that some of you gave it another chance. We did our best to prepare the birds for the task ahead of them and are happy with the results. Congratulations the Gary Nelson for winning average speed with a super cock that never missed.
The birds were not darkened this year. Because we trained hard the moult was slow and controlled. No birds ever fell apart.
We must mention a few products that I feel were instumental in our program. The birds had Ropa Oregano in the water every day as well as the Kastle acidifier. The Kastle YB developer was on the feed daily until training started and was then switched to Kastle Performance Advantage. The feed was the same custom racing mix that we use for our own race team.
Any bird that finished this series is a very good pigeon. regardles of the numbers in competition, the task at hand was grueling and the breeders of these birds should be proud. I would be happy to breed from any of them.
One loft racing has for many people simply become gambling. So many one loft races do not train the birds enough to really show us what they have. A few years ago I came up with a word that describes too many One loft race managers. LAG. L Lazy, A Afraid, G Greedy. Too lazy to train enough, too afraid to lose birds or too greedy to spend the perch fee money. Maybe to some degree a combination of all 3.
How do we know as a breeder that the pairs we put together to produce these babies are really any good? Can we base this on the results of one 300 mile final when the birds have had minimal training? As far as im concerned I may as well take my money to the casino and play the slots. At least there I will get free drinks all night long.
Basing our breeding pairs on one result like this is more about luck and less about skill and ability of the bird.
Having birds compete in several 300 mile racers in a row will most likely always reveal a different group of winners. some birds simply cant handle it. As an example two entries from Royal Z loft showed us. They were great clocking pigeons all thru the training. 8594 was 4th on the 250 and was finished. He never recovered enough to continue. 8596 was 35th on the 250 and 9th on the next 300, only 9 seconds from 1st but he was also finished. He could not continue. 370 from Dragon loft placed 14th, 15th and 1st on the very tough and hot 300 but did not return from the last race. another of the Fassio entries was 1st on the 300 and was lost shortly after. These birds just didnt have the fortitude to handle the series while some others excelled. These are the kinds of birds that we all should be looking for in my opinion.
There was something in this series for every type of bird. The 350 final we just had was a very fast race with a strong tail wind. The 2nd 300 was 100 degrees and a head wind. The previous races had some head and some shoulder winds.we can see by the average speed results that the good pigeons were good pigeons all through the series regardless of the weather.
Training. We went every day that we could, including the 4 tosses in the past week that were not posted due to the clock getting soaked and me being away for a wedding all weekend, the birds logged in 2971 miles in training. Add to that the 1220 miles in 4 races and we have 4191 miles on these winners. To put this in to perspective thats the same as flying from Toronto to Vancouver and back again.
Our pigeons are amazing creatures and if we have faith in our abilities and give them all they need to excell, they will do some amazing things.
We have had several call over the past few days and weeks about next year. We are looking at our options and considering running it again with a few changes. It would still be a 4 race series and will be handled the same as this year. If your interested to fly with us please let us know. It was a lot of work to go thru for the 70 birds we had this year and we would be happy to run it again with enough participation.
Thanks for those that supported us this year. I hope your all satisfied with the series.
Good luck with the breeding season.
Final payouts will be sorted out in the next few days. Let us know if you want your birds back. If not they can stay here and fly on our old bird team in 2018 for some further testing.
Well the birds should be well on the way home today. we have a strong east wind along the course today.
The average speed payout will be as follows and pays 10 positions.
3000, 1400, 700, 500, 400, 350, 300, 250, 150, 90
The first race will pay 130 each for the first drop of 7 and 90 each for the next 3
2nd race will be 119 each for the first 10 in the drop.
3rd race will be 250, 150, 150, 150, and 82 for the next 6 positions.
Todays will be posted as we see the result again splitting 1190 dollars.
There are 68 paid birds from 70 sent. total prize money is 11 900
10 percent for each race paying 10 positions.
60 percent for the averasge speed also paying 10 positions.
Good luck to all.
Well the Thankgiving weekend here in Canada is finished. We had pretty nice weather but a bit of rain around and some really strong winds. I had made plans to send the quad birds for the final race on saturday but with head winds of over 30 km i decided to keep them home.
Dan did a few tosses over the weekend but does not know how to set them up to show on here. When I got home today from the weekend long wedding I took them for a toss and its posted. They will go again tomorrow and I will do the final on Thursday the way it looks right now. I have a job to do in Montreal and will take them with me on Wednesday. Tomorrow will be the last trainer before the final.
I just got back from setting u the hall. sorry for the late clocking.
the weekend is still looking difficullt. will watch for best time to race.
Well this weekend will be the last leg of the quad series. It is thanksgiving weekend here in Canada.
My son is getting married this weekend so that ties me up but I have made arrangements to get the birds to the station and Dan will be here to clock them. At this point we are watching the weather carefully as there is some rain in the forcast this weekend. We will pick the best day.
Yesterday we had a 50 mile toss and were not able to post it because we had a heavy rain fall here at home and the Unikon got soaked. I have borrowed another base unit for todays toss and the weekend race.
Best of luck to everyone and I will get back to update the final once I have the wedding over with.
Today, The beginning of fall was marked by the hottest day we have seen all summer. Temps of 31C or 88F feeling like 39C or 100 degreses. On top of this the birds also had shoulder winds being SW.
Every combine here in Ontario either cancelled or shortened their races.
Knowing it would be a difficult day i literally put them up at the crack of dawn. We were blessed with a clear morning, quite often the mornings are fog.
This race series has always been about finding the quality birds and I can tell you that all of these birds showed what they are made of today.
One more race to go to finish this. You should all be proud of the birds that you have bred and sent.
I had planned to fly the 300 today but things didnt work out for me to do this. The 300 will be tomorrow. It will be a tough day as its expected to be the hottest day we have had all year.
There have been a few birds struggling for the past few days as you can see by the trainers. Handling the birds this mor ning I have pulled 3 birds off the team. Royal Z 8595 and 8598 and John and Rick 15391. These 3 birds are simply worn out and it would be cruel to send them tomorrow. There is one more bid on the edge and I will decide after todays toss if it will be basketed for tomorrows race or not. The rest of the birds feel great.
Today the birds went went 50 mies.
This weekend we flew 2 club races and 2 open races in different feds. We had to put one open race in the same modue that we use for the Quad birds. The races yesterday were strangly difficult and strike off for 2 races was postponed to today. Because of this we need the Quad module to go to a strike off at 10 30 this morning.
So, when the qud birds arrive their will be no module in the base. We will upload the result as soon as we can but im not sure that it will work properly without the module. Worst case we can let the birds out again and run them back thru the trap.
The next race will likely be this coming Friday. The birds are training well and we continue with the program.
I HAD TO CALL TERRY TO HELP ME FIGURE OUT WHAT WAS GOING ON WITH TODAYS CLOCKING.
IT SEEMS THAT THE BATTERY IN THE uNIKON BASE IS GOING AND NOT HOLDING THE CORRECT TIME AS IT HAD THE BIRDS CLOCKING 20 MINUTES BEFORE THEY WERE RELEASED. tERRY TOLD ME TO ADJUST THE TIME BACK BEFORE THEY WERE RELEASED SO i DID THAT AND IT WORKED. tHE SPEEDS MAY NOT BE CORRECT BUT THEY ARE CLOSE AND THE BIRDS ARE SHOWN.
ALL BIRDS WILL TRAIN TOMORROW. THE 3 2ND DAY BIRDS WERE GIVEN AN EXTRA DAY OF REST TODAY BUT WILL GO TOMORROW.
Congratulations to the breeders of the birds in the first race. 2 nice drops came pretty close together and half of the birds were clcoked in 10 minutes.
Training will resumn tomorrow but we will have to watch the rest of the week carefully with some wet weather and very strong winds moving through. We will look to have the next race in the next 7 to 10 days.