Firstly, birds are doing well and hopefully tomorrow or Friday we will be going 105 miles depending on the winds. Also we are going to do the 200 mile race on Friday March 10, 2017 due to most of the guys wanting to go to shipping at Fast eddies Late Hatch on Saturday for his race that will be on March 12.
Entry fee for the 200 mile race still needs to be in on March 08,2017 at the latest. If I dont have the entry fee in my possession at 5.00 pm that day your bird will still go to the station but will NOT be eligible for any prizes.
Lets get the money in for the 200!! Your bird deserves to be paid for!!
The weather has not been great again these past 2 days. Loft flew for 45 minutes yesterday in the light rain and again this morning for 60 minutes. The birds are in fabulous condition. I am going to either go tomorrow or on Tuesday to the 100 mile station weather permitting. Then again at the end of the week.
Hopefully the following week, weather permitting we will get in the 135 mile toss and then I will do short 40 milers until the 200 mile race.
We had a very successful toss from the top of the hill yesterday. It was the first time over the hill and a very stressful one at that. It is notorious for been a tough first toss and I am very happy that the birds came great. They broke off in 2 groups which scared me a little. The second group got back about 4 minutes after the first one so no problems there.
We are missing 4 birds as of this message so hopefully they will staggle in. We have a big storm coming in tonight so the next toss will hopefully be on Sunday. It will be a short one again before the next one which will be 100 miler. Please start sending in the entry fees. Some have started to roll in.
Just a reminder that the 200 mile race will be on March 11 2017 and that cost is $100.00 per bird. Fanciers do do not have to enter this race but all the birds are going to the station even if they are not paid for. Last year we had 2 birds come back on the first drop that were not paid for so those fanciers did not get paid. Lets get them all paid for!!
300 Mile race will be on March 18 2017 and the cost per bird is $300.00 mandatory.
Please send in the entry fee for the 200 mile by March 9 2017. If we do not have the money IN HAND ( NO EXCEPTIONS) the bird will still go to the 200 mile station and you will not be eligible to win any money for the 200. If we do not receive the entry fee for the 300 mile race by March 16, 2017 the birds belong to Wine Country International and they will be sold to whoever wants to buy them. They will then revert to the fancier who buys the bird and that bird then belongs to the paying fancier. If you want to pool your bird please go on the website and print out the entry form. Fanciers can only pool their own birds.
Please print out the entry form and send with the payment.
If your bird gets lost on the remaining tosses we will refund that entry fee for the bird for either the 200 or 300 mile race.
Training is going great and we will be on top of the hill this week.
Went 50 MIles today and birds came great. Had a hawk here when they got home so they stayed up about another 10 minutes. Wind permitting we will go 50 or 60 again tomorrow and then on top of the hill on wednesday. Last 3 birds were here but trapped too fast when they came home. Kicked them out again and they then scanned.
Had a nice 50 miler today and when the birds came home 60% of them did not trap immediately. It was a little warmer here today and their mouths were wide open. We gave them a nice bath today and they enjoyed that. We will try and do a short one tomorrow morning to get the lactic acid out, weather permitting. We have a quick storm coming in so no training on Saturday. Will do another 50 on Sunday and then go on top of the hill after that.
We were planning on doing a 40 miler this morning but the weather did not cooperate. We finally did a 32 miler this afternoon and I am very happy that it turned out great. We will be doing a lot of training from now on in, weather permitting. Birds are very fit as they have been flying around the loft for 60-90 minutes for the past month. We were flagging them and it is paying dividends now.
We were going to go out this morning but bad weather has rolled in again and is here until Tuesday. After that it looks good. We will start pushing the birds now. They are in superb condition at the moment and are flying around the loft for 90 minutes when we are not on the road with a saturday as their rest day.
Our feed programme seems to be doing wonders with their condition and again I must thank my uncle in SA for the unbelievable help this season.
Birds are doing great. Did a 32 yesterday. One bird came back without a chip. Band no 28606. He has been rechipped.
We did an inventory today and found a bird with out a chip. Gene 272. She has a chip now. The birds are clocking so fast that sometimes they ride on the back of another to get in so in some cases they dont scan. So if you dont see your bird and the next day he is there, that is the reason.
Birds are doing great. We have started training again after a ton of rain here in So Cal. I am glad that we started way ahead of Schedule. We have a few birds that run over the antenna so fast that that they don't clock properly. After 30 minutes I open the trap and they then fly in and that's when they clock.
I will I'll let everyone know 2weeks before the 200 to start sending their entry fees in.