45 mile toss today, 1 crate at a time 10:15 - 11:15 am. Last group got hawked on the other side of the mountain. We will go 35 miles tomorrow. This will be the last toss before the final race.
Today's toss was 30 miles. Birds were let out 1 crate at a time. Weather was cloudy and windy, birds came in fast. We kicked the birds out agin when we got back in two groups to loft fly. We picked up our piggyback birds. We still have a few birds to pull out that will not race. This will be done by Wednesday.
We are going out again Tuesday and Wednesday. The birds look great! We have a few birds not paid that are available on a first come basis. Send a note if you are interested.
As a reminder, entries were due last week. We will post a schedule of activities later in the week. If you have not sent in your reservation card, we dont know your coming.
We had our 180 mile toss on Thursday morning and the majority of birds came in good. We only dropped a few birds. We had a slight tailwind at the release site and some SE winds as they came into the valley. Overall, a good toss for the birds. They are ready for our final race next Saturday.
It has been raining here for the last two days but hopefully gone by Sunday. We would like to get the birds out a few short tosses next week in preparation for the race. We will post a basketing list on Thursday night and ship birds on Friday. If you plan on being at the Aliante Hotel to handle your birds , please let us know. Otherwise, your birds will go on the trailer and to the race.
We will have more updates later in the week for shipping and race day activities. We have not heard from a few breeders and we are trying to get an accurate headcount for shipping and race. Please remember, this is a private event for breeders and their families only.
Thank you for all your feedback. I have spoken to or received text and emails from over 50 breeders and besides a few, the majority would like to continue with some changes to the schedule due to loses and weather delays. These changes will be in the best interest of your birds.
The overwhelming majority of you would like to eliminate the average speed and grizzle races. This will allow the birds to rest up and get back on training schedule. Our forecast calls for high winds over the next 4 days with possible rain on Friday. We have the birds on baytril for the next 5 days and then vitamins and probiotics. We will get them out loft flying asap. Late birds will continue to rest and build themselves back up. We will put them back into the rotation when they are ready.
The majority of flyers have agreed to eliminate the first 2 average speed tosses and keep the final 300 mile race on 2/25. We will have short tosses with loft flying . We will try to get a 180 mile toss a week to ten days before the final race. This will allow for any late birds to recouperate. We went through the loft today and can report there are no injuries!! (finally). Just some tired birds. Some of these birds flew between 3 to 8 hours.
Please understand that by sending in your entry fee, you agree to these changes in our schedule. If you do not want to participate, just let us know and we will pull your birds out. Otherwise we will train them. Please look to see if your birds are here and send your entries now. Any entries not received by 2/14 your birds will be disqualified from the race.
We are almost there.
Thank you for your support,
We had our 100 mile toss yesterday and it proved to be a difficult one for some birds . The weather was clear and calm at release and mostly cloudy with some slight headwinds at the loft. The first groups arrived in normal time, with birds coming in all dayafter that. As of this morning, we have 97 birds back. The birds that we saw come in yesterday did not look tired and were chasing hens around.
What happened ? There are a lot of Monday morning quarterbacks out there so your guess is as good as mine. All the birds receive the same feed , medication and training. Some birds seem to be navagating the river mountains better than others.
We are dissapointed in losing birds after all the time and effort we have put into them for almost a year. We are sorry if you have lost birds.
Going forward, this is your race. Let us know if you want to continue. We know that we will probably lose some more birds, but we will continue with the race series if the majority of flyers want to. We understand if you dont. Any flyers that do not want to participate, we will pull your birds out and ship them back to you at no charge.
If you have sent money in or prepaid and we do not continue with our race, your money will be refunded. If you have a bird (s) here, send us a text or email us on your wishes to continue or not.
We will take a concensus and let you know.
We completed a hand inventory today and found some birds with bad chips. We replaced them with new ones.
Here is a list of the bands;
We should have 225 birds on our basket list tomorrow. Birds are relaxing and eating well. weather permitting, we will go long on Sunday or Monday.
Tough toss today to say the least. First group circled and went straight to Las Vegas. Second group circled and went towards California. Third group went up and circled and headed to Arizona. The last group went up and headed toward the Colorado River. Just when you think your doing everything right??? Birds are trickling in as I write this update. We will keep the clock on and regroup in the next day or so.
After a short toss yesterday, we went 45 today on the other side of the mountain and as you can see, the birds came in broken up. We have had falcon hits on every toss we have done so far. All late birds go into a section were we have food and water for them. We then can check them out for injury or illness. Most of these birds are healthy, just late after being hawked.
We will loft fly tomorrow and continue training this week going to the 60 and the 100 by the weekend. All birds receive antibiotics first part of the week, every week.
Here is a list of our injured birds:
Hawk- AA1327, MEM 856, PSC 673, NHCF 603
Leg- COM 5527
Wing- Lonestar 852
Breeder packets were mailed out yesterday along with reservation cards.
On todays's training toss our contractor accidently turned off the power to our office where our clock is located. It looks like most of the birds are back . Today is the second time the birds have been over the mountain. This spot is the hardest one for them to learn. We have lost some birds as they come thru Las Vegas, mainly to falcons and wires. We will post an injury list tomorrow. The birds are healthy and flying around once they arrive.
Our weather is starting to get better so lets hope for the best. Friday calls for some strong winds all day, so we will give the birds a bath and let them relax a bit.
We have had some rain here for the last couple of days. The forecast calls for Partly cloudy this weekend with possible rain again on Monday. We will train accordingly. The birds are doing and are healthy. Once the weather clears, we will get back to training everyday.