Just wanted to let everyone know that we have started training.
It might be a little early but we have been having quite a bit of rain and I dont want to get caught out with not enough time to train.
Birds are doing really well and are flying around the loft now for an hour and a half. We have done a 8 miler and will do at leat 2 more to that station and then progress from there. I like lots of short tosses to build confidence. Right now its about confidence and also getting used to the crates.
Times are a little off because the birds come back and carry on loft flying. Also they are let out at a crate at a time but they get together and then head out.
Just wanted to thank my uncle in South Africa for all his tips and the knowledge he has given me. This year seems to be going to plan and I am very excited about these birds!!
Birds are doing great. I did a 1 Mile toss this morning. ( from my nieghbors driveway). Birds could see the loft. It has been their 4th time to the 1 mile station. I am starting earlier this year due to the rain we have been having. Dont want to lose days with the rain. Birds flew around and did not come right down so the speeds are incorrect.
Just wanted to give you an update on what has been going on the last 2 months. Birds have settled and are looking fantastic. We have them flying now for 75 minutes a day and they have learnt what the flag means. We raise the flag and they fly until it comes down!! We are going to start some short 5 mile tosses until the end of Decemebr then I am going to start training. It might be a little early but I am not sure what the weather is going to be like for the next 2-3 months. I started last year ealy and it worked out nicely.
Losses around the loft have been minimal so If you have not heard from me your bird is still here.
Birds are doing fantastic. 98% of them are up and flying. We have a few late ones that are still learning to trap. They will be out in the next 2 weeks.
Health is great.
We are so grateful for all the birds we have received this year. We had 1 flyaway and 2 deaths and those flyers have neen notified. 90% of the birds are flying around the loft now. Health is great. We are having a little heat wave now so they have access to baths everyday for those birds who want it.
Once again, thank you for sending your birds this year!!
Birds are coming in great this year. We have quite a few commitments still out there. Send them. Health has been great so far and we have a number of birds out flying. As of now no losses.
Thanks to all
Birds have strated arriving and we are excited about this years race. This past 2 races we had went off great and we have exceptional returns from both races.
Looking forward again to handling the birds.