Well we went to the 70 Mile station and birds left the area beautifully. Only to get home and we were missing a bunch. They kept coming in through the day and we had a few less than I expected the following day. Tomorrow we will be going to the 82 Mile station.
It will be the first time that they will be on top of the hill. This is where it starts getting tough because they have to come down the hill. I will be letting out one side of the trailer and then waiting 10 minutes and then releasing the other side. The following toss they will be all out together.
We will be going 60 miles again tomorrow morning. If all works out then Friday will be our first trainer from the top of the hill. That will be the first real test for these pigeons. Right now they are looking fantastic and I reguarly handle them and they feel great.
Throats are good!!
We had a great toss from 60 miles on Friday. Birds are leaving much better and are coming in the groups like I released them. I wanted to go 75 on Tuesday but we are expecting rain this week. I don't want them to sit too much so I took them 25 this morning. I did not want to go further because if some stayed out they would not have a chance getting back with the rain on Monday.
Also the 200 mile race will be on March 17 and the 300 mile race will be on March 24, 2018. I want to keep the birds in form.
We had a very good toss from the 55 mile station on Tuesday. We had a small group of about 8 birds get intercepted by a falcon. All 8 birds scattered and 1 unfortunately did not make it.
We will be going tomorrow to the same station. Also band no high 5860 was back on the day but probably surfed over the birds. When I kicked them out this morning he clocked.
We had our first 50 mile trainer yesterday and I was extremely disappointed when I got home. Birds left in small groups and went straight home bar 2 groups who went around in circles for about 10 minutes and then left. As usual we got a strays from other loffs come by and even land in the bushes. Our birds are really shining and the cocks come home and look for any hen that they can go after. As I type this message I am optimistic that we will get some more this morning. We will again go 50 tomorrow.
Reminder that we release small groups of birds until we are on top of the hill.
Yesterday was the first time that the birds left the training station well. Birds circled once or twice and headed South. They returned in pretty much the same way I released them. Unfortunately I think they got mixed in with birds from down South as I had 3 strays come back to my loft. Hopefully we will be getting some birds back today. I will be going 50 tomorrow morning.
As most of you know we are under a red flag warning. The wind is pretty bad at my house. I hope it will lay down this afternoon and we can loft fly.
I am going to keep checking the wind and hopefully get out and do a 42 miler tomorrow.
We were going to do a 42 this morning but we are under a high wind warning and the wind at my house has already started blowing.
We will hopefully get them out on Tuesday.
Birds are doing well.
Birds that came back today came very good. We are missing some but I am sure we will get some in the morning.
I will be going back to the same station on Friday morning.
We had a really nice toss yesterday from the 25 mile station. The birds for the first time headed straight south and did not do the normal circling for 30 minutes before leaving.
We will do another 25 miler tomorrow and then and I might go back to back and do a 30 on Wednesday if they come home well again. Health is great and their droppings are perfect. I have upped the corn as we have been having a few cold nights.