News and Updates
Aug-04-2017
TRAILER ACCIDENT 2

Trailer Accident

Aug-04-2017
THE DAY AFTER

  Thank you for your phone calls and emails. We appreciate the encouragement and support so much. In ten seconds, life changes and you can go choose to go backwards or forward. We'll move on. 

   When I look at the photos of the trailer I find it amazing that 500 birds survived. Not only did they survive, they flew 48 KM to their home. Awesame that less then one pound of flesh and feather can stand that impact and then scoot on home. Linda swears the whole episode lasted no more than 10 seconds. When the truck and trailer entered the ditch, it stopped, period, but the top of the trailer came apart and in seconds, the sky was filled with pigeons. 

   Today I handled 250 birds. Very few have a mark on them. There is the odd scratch, broken feather or a bruise. Most are physically fine. Two more days around the loft are a must but on Monday they should be ready for a short toss.

  There are some who won't have time to replace feathers or mend the cuts they have in time to race.  When all the birds have been inspected. I will publish the lists of who was killed, who was too badly injured and who may still make it to race day. Mondays toss will show all who are able to continue.

   As I handle the birds, I take note of their condition and I will call each of you personally to inform you of the condtion of your birds. I will also compensate for the birds lost in the accident that are now not able to race the main event. I'll fill you in on everything in the next few days.

Again , thanks for the calls and support.

Linda and Rick

Aug-03-2017
BLACK THURSDAY

   At 10;30 this morning, on the way to our release point, Linda was involved in an accident. Four KM south of Havelock, the trailer fishtailed, the tongue snapped at the trailer, pushing her into traffic. Linda was able to swing the truck into her lane and was then pushed into the ditch. Upon impact, the trailer exploded and 586 pigeons were thrown into the air. An amazing number survived and flew home, some with injuries. There were also a number that were trapped in the wreck that did not survive or were euthanized by the OPP and the Fire Department. 

   I went to the scene and have brought those deceased home. I will inform each of you if your bird was one of the victims.

   The survivors are on the clock. Some are injured and I will now catch every bird and determine who is healthy and who is not. It amazes me how these tiny creatures can stand such an impact and then fly 48 KM to their home. I had not yet set the clock nor opened the trap when I received the call from the OPP. I raced to the accident site and realized there the birds were locked out. I raced back and found them at home, sunning on the deck and picking in the grass. The few I handled were fine, infact most went about eating and drinking and jostling for their spot in the sun. 

   I need a day or two to survey the birds and also to gather my thoughts. I will keep you in the loop. The birds will stay home for a few days.

    Linda was banged about , shaken up and is devistated, but she is not hurt.

Rick

Aug-03-2017
JACKSON'S FARM 90 KM

   Wednesday we had the clocking system on untill noon. Only 2 that were missing from yesterday"s toss showed up in the morning. We had to change a couple of bands and remove birds from the system that were not activated, so the clock was stopped for the afternoon. All the birds went out and flew in the afternoon and then relaxed in the sun, on the loft and in the grass. The loft clock was set and 586 birds went through the trap last night.

   This morning, I went through the loft and removed 8 who will stay home and loft fly untill the others return from their toss. The distance today will be 90 KM. There is a slight head wind but the temperature is not excessive and they will still be released in 16 groups. 

   We have the updated list for this years prize money and it will be posted on our web site this weekend. I will also post it on the message board. Also, our pool sheets for the main race will be posted for you to down load before race day. Those living out of the area who are participating in the loft pool and bird pooling will be required to send in your money the week before this race.

   Good luck to all.

Rick

Aug-02-2017
R AND R FOR THE DAY

   On Tuesday, the birds had a 62 KM toss. They were released in 16 groups, starting at 12:45 with all birds released by 1:20.  The sky was clear at the release point, dark clouds half way home and clear at home. The winds were gusty, pushing them to the west. Leaving the area was not as quick as before. Several groups came back and joined forces. At home, the late arrivals all came from the south west and by the end of the day, 12 birds were still missing. I'll set up the race today so that you can see the arrival time of the late comers.

   The birds out of sick bay had a short toss {1/2 KM} and while they felt good and looked great, four didn't come home and are part of the 12 that are missing.

   Today, play in the sun, have a shower, and a little loft flying. Tomorrow will be a toss of 90 KM.

Rick

Aug-01-2017
RESULTS OF SUNDAYS TRAINING TOSS

     Good Morning. As of nine oclock last night, 592 birds went through the trap. That brings them all back home. The last team released on Sunday returned from all directions. What ever they hit, sure split them up. All but two arrived before nine AM. Both of the late comers have hit wires on the way home. On Monday, the birds had open loft and a short forced excercize period. They look great with no health issues for the last 2 weeks, only injuries from wires.

     Today, they will go 62 KM and the clock will be on.

Rick

Jul-30-2017
62KM TRAINING TOSS

   The birds were released starting at 11;15 and the last group at 11:45. Today was somewhat tougher with a headwind and a higher temperature. The birds arrived in small groups with an awfull lot of single and doubles between the groups. While some groups came from the north or north east, a lot came from the west, pushed over by the wind. The injured and recovering birds were released near the farm and had their exercize around the loft a couple of hours before the main groups arrival. They all trapped during the arrival of the main flock.

Rick

 

Jul-29-2017
50 KM TOSS

   The birds were released approximately 50 KM from the loft with the first group leaving at 11:30 and the last group shortly after 12:00 noon. Most came home in the small groups they were released in. The first bird in the clock was a late return from yesterday's toss. Several of the last few birds are just released from sick bay and are training on their own from a very short distance.

Rick

Jul-28-2017
I MESSED UP.

  I messed up. I didn't have my instructions with me and I thought I could set it all up. I did except I started to second guess and then I shut the damn thing off. There were six hundred and five birds clocked. I will do it again Saturday afternoon and it will work for sure.Rick

Jul-24-2017
TRAINING OF THE TEAM

     I should explain, to those who care, the readout of the latest 20KM toss. The first bird managed to hide out untill all birds were loaded into the trailer and it was all locked up and ready to go. I decided to use him as a test for the clock. The next eleven birds are in sick bay. The have a number of bangs and bruises and some have had the dreaded duck pond flu. Eight are almost ready to go and will get pretty bright marker bands and they will be trained seperately untill they are fit enough to join the main flock.

    The birds are training very well. They will get another toss or two at the twenty KM spot and then they will move on up the line. Only thirty more days untill the first race so I don't have time to dilly dally. I release the birds in sixteen different groups so please do not concern yourself with the clocking order. The birds leave the release site very quickly and very seldom do they come home in larger groups. I am lucky because it reduces the time needed to release the birds and shortens the wait time dramaticly. Clocking is also going very well. The birds drop right at the trap and go in very quickly. Locking them out has taught them that when the board is up, it's time to get in.

    Every morning the birds go for a toss and every afternoon, all go out and loft fly. I set the traps to clock the late arrivals, got to know who's doing what. Everything that goes out flies for a minimum of an hour. Most fly much more. Small groups break off and fly out of sight and come back later, usually from a different direction.  

    It surprises me, the number of birds that mate and lay eggs. It doesn't happen in my loft at home. It must be the enviroment. It's a bit like a high school dance, soo many bodies dancing around and and too much electricity in the air. I think I am going to start an egg route. Old folks like a small breakfast and Brighton is filled with them. I should make a killing.

   I have collected all the money for the extra birds that I can and this week I will post the pay out for the 2017 races. 

   Enjoy watching the training of your birds and good luck with their progress.

   Rick and Linda

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