Tuesday, April 19, 2011

First Round Moved to YB Loft

Moved 17 babies over to the young bird loft this weekend. We bred 27 babies our first round and selected the top 10 birds for the WinnersCup USA and Mercedes races - you can see those 10 in the previous posts.

A few pics of my 1st round team:

Sunday, April 17, 2011

2011 WinnersCup USA Entries

4 of 9 that we will send to WinnersCup this year:

11-PROPIGEON.COM-809, 810, 812, 818

Sunday, April 10, 2011

2011 Mercedes Classic One Loft Race Team #1

We are shipping our first team down to CBS on Monday morning. The two blue bars and blue checks are down from our Louis Van Hove/ Flor Vervoort/ Jan Aarden ("De Dolle") family. The blue bar splashes are full siblings ("King Louie" x "Royal Class") to our 707 and 708, that raced well for us in the 2010 Mercedes Classic.

11-PROPIGEON.COM-800, 801, 803, 804, 805, 806 (Bands #'s in pics should be 2011, not 2010)

I got a few emails asking about how we prepare birds for shipping, so I'll mention a few things here. We wait until the birds come out of the nest boxes on their own, we don't force them down to the loft floor. As they mature in the nest boxes, each box has a feeder cup and the babies learn to eat by watching their parents. We only feed fatty seeds, peanut mash, & peas in these cups. Little by little they eat more and more until they jump ship looking for water. At that point, we will dunk their heads in the water can and they learn to drink and find the drinker on their own. We vaccinate with SalBac and keep them on the floor for a full week and always try to ship the Monday following. The day before shipping, we spray the birds for bugs, and give them a flagyl pill. The day of shipping we force water the birds, give each one 10 peanuts, a Fabry ideal pill, and off they go. I hope that gives you some ideas.