News and Updates
Jul-06-2017
JULY 6TH UPDATE

The birds will be kept in for the next two days.  After two days of aggressive hawk attacks the birds are very nervous and need a couple of days to regain their confidence.  We know two birds that were killed by the hawk attacks as well as birds scattered.  We have seen birds coming back all evening.  This is not normal to see these hawks in July.  We will keep them in a few days and hope the hawks go somewhere else.

Thanks,

Jim

Jul-06-2017
JULY 5TH UPDATE

We hope everyone had a chance to enjoy the holiday.  After our morning chores we were able to relax with some family and friends.

What a difference a week makes!  The birds have really caught up to where they need to be by this time.  We loft fly every morning pushing the birds out by 6 am.  Today we seen flying resume to a 20 minute fly and several groups were routing off.  I am very pleased where the birds health is right now.  Wattles are snow white and feet are bright red!

With training only weeks away we are doing a precautionary treatment against canker.  Before we train we will take a group of birds to the vets office to be checked for respiratory and canker.

We uploaded a few videos on our YouTube channel, they can be viewed by clicking on the link below. 

Next week all birds will be dipped for parasites and a hand inventory will be done as well.  We will continue to post some loft fly inventories but please remember these are not always accurate.  With 1600 plus birds there are always some that the antennas miss.

Update again on Sunday evening..

Enjoy the rest of the week,

Jim

Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3dJMlT1_9g&feature=youtu.be

Jun-25-2017
JUNE 25TH UPDATE

I attempted to post today's loft fly and accidentally knocked out the power cord to the docking station.  We will post tomorrows loft fly and hopefully do it right this time.  Needless to say only 195 birds posted before I knocked out the power.

The birds have been out everyday this week except for Thursday.  We are seeing a little more flying each day.  I noticed a couple of wet eyes so we are treating with Doxy-Tylan.  We will resume with Vita Pro Combo after this treatment.  We have had some cooler temperatures and the birds really enjoy the early morning loft fly.  Looks as if the temperatures will be staying that way this up coming week as well.  We still have about 20 birds to settle from the last week of replacements that came in and I can't wait to have all sections merged into one. 

My wife and I had a rare day today with none of the kids being home, and what did we do??  Spent the day in the loft cleaning and vacuuming followed up with delivering our team to John Nelson for the Victoria Falls race.  I don't think we know what dinner and a movie are anymore.

Have a great week and remember we will post tomorrows inventory.

Thanks,

Jim

Jun-19-2017
JUNE 18TH UPDATE

First of all I hope all the Fathers out there had a Great Fathers Day! I was blessed with one of the greatest dads a boy could ask for.  Growing up my dad hated the pigeons, however he would always help me build new lofts and drive me to the pigeon club on Saturday evenings.  Looking back he knew the birds would kept me out of trouble and he would do anything to keep me safe.

As for the birds, flights continue to come in and the moult is in full swing.  I pulled 2 birds out showing signs of Pox.  These will be isolated for a few weeks.  We did vaccinate for pox and this only proves nothing is 100% effective.  We had Mr. Cooper pay us another visit and he was swiftly chased out of here.  We have had a few birds stay out over night.  We have moved the feed time back an hour and I hope to solve this issue quickly.   The test results came back from Dr. Zollars for this months testing and were negative.  We have posted a copy of last month and this months test results. 

Things are fairly quiet here for now.  We will begin to start flagging the birds here in 3-4 weeks to fore them to fly. 

PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY MORE REPLEACMENTS.  JUNE 15TH WAS THE DEADLINE.  We will now work on getting this final group of birds settled. 

Take Care,

Jim

Jun-19-2017
JUNE 11TH UPDATE

Quick update on this past week.  Overall the birds are looking good!  We have had very hot temperatures move in over the weekend and looks to be here for a few days.  Extreme temperature swings are usually not to good for the birds.  The silver lining in this is that it has been very dry here.  A reminder Thursday the 15th is the last day for accepting replacements. 
We are only 30 days away from really needing these birds to start flying better then we have seen.  Tails are coming in nicely and the start of the 9th & 10th flights are starting to pop through.  A video was uploaded of the birds eating their dinner tonight.  You can watch this by clicking on the Video tab which is on our photo page.  Or by clicking this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbLjGey0090

We
will be sending droppings off tomorrow to Dr. Zollars.  We will post the results once we get them in.

Hope everyone has a great week,

Jim

Jun-02-2017
JUNE 2ND UPDATE

Well we finally finished our 2 day inventory.  However as I'm sure you can tell by looking at the results it took us 3 days to vaccinate for Pox and pull flights.  The "Hand Inventory"  was posted on wincompanion dated 5-31-17.  There were 2 chip rings that were not working that we will be changing tonight.  The birds belonged to LSU Loft  - LSU 39 was the band number and the other was a JFL bird and they have been notified.  We have about 25 replacement birds not in todays inventory because they came in this week. 

Over all I really like where the birds are at in their moult and its amazing how much better the birds are doing with this great change in the weather we have had this week.  No rain and warm temperatures were long overdue.

My sons never read these updates, but a big thank you to all three for all their hard work over the last 3 days.  Our new helper Devon has been learning a lot as well.  Many times I have said that my youngest son Colin (who is 11) is a Mr. Know It All.....if he corrects Devon one more time on how to do something in the loft Devon may be locking Colin out of the loft!! 

Have a Great Weekend Everyone...Hug Your Kids!!

Jim

May-29-2017
MAY 29TH UPDATE

Well the wet spring has caught up with us as we have seen signs of Adeno Virus (young bird sickness), however appetites are great and only a handful of birds have had to be removed.  Some recover rather quickly once in quarantine.  Majority of the birds are built up like fighting cocks and we can almost fill a 5 gallon bucket with feathers on a daily basis.  The flights were cut off last week and it didn't take long for them to start a heavy moult. 

We will be posting a hands on inventory Wednesday and Thursday.  This will again be a 2 day process as we will be pulling flights and vaccinating for Pox.  Please remember that you can replace any missing birds up until June 15th.  We have had several breeders replace missing birds the past 2 weeks.  Once the inventory is posted please check to see if you are missing anything since the last inventory. 

Have a Great Week,

Jim

May-19-2017
MAY 19TH UPDATE

Well our inventory was completed yesterday.  This is a complete inventory.  This was a long process due to us cutting flights, tails, vaccinating certain groups and dipping all birds for external parasites.  After handling all of these birds I am very happy with the overall health!  We have them all on Vita-Pro Combo for the next couple of days and then they will all be treated for canker for 5 days.   Any bird received after 5/1/2017 and did not drop a flight we did not cut their 9th or 10th.  We did get our test results back from Dr. Zollars pertaining to the droppings which were negative for cocci & worms.  We will post a picture once we get the letter in the mail from Dr. Zollars. 

With will show another hands on inventory on 6/1/17, and will show several trap inventories between now and then.  Remember if you are missing a bird we are accepting replacements until 6/15/17.

Our weather was excellent this week but unfortunately we are back to rain for this weekend.  Hopefully we get the nice weather back by next week.

Remember if your birds are in the 2017 Series for the Hoosier Classic you are competing against the best in the country for a 1st place guaranteed prize of $125,000!!

Have a Great Weekend,

Jim & Family

May-17-2017
MAY 17TH HAND INVENTORY UPDATE

The inventory that was started today will have to be completed tomorrow.  We are currently at 878 birds clocked with 3 of the 878 having bad chip rings.  Those ring numbers are listed below.  We will begin to clock birds again in the morning.  The inventory will continue to clock under the same trainer as today.  
As we stated this is a very long process with all we were trying to accomplish today.  This it already being early evening here and past feeding time we have decided to stop for the day and let the birds eat and relax.  
Check tomorrow evening to see a complete inventory and check to see if you are missing anything.  

The following 3 birds have chip rings that are not working and will be fixed tomorrow:
ARPU - 10852
JOJO - 215
LCC - 602

Thank you,

Jim

May-17-2017

Today we will be conducting a Hand Inventory.  This inventory will be slow going as we are completing multiple tasks today.  Some of the groups will be receiving a 2nd vaccine for PMV, flights will be cut for birds that arrived prior to May 1st, tails will be pulled, they will be dipped, and any chip rings not working will hopefully be fixed.  This process we assume will take most of the day.  We have 4 people working in the loft today to ensure this is all done properly and with the least about of stress.  

Feel free to check the inventory throughout the day and again this evening once we are finished to see if you are missing any birds.  

Thank you,

Jim 

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