Friday, August 19, 2011

Almost racing season

And we are only up to 10 miles. Taking it slow as gas is pricey and paying for college and textbooks is more important. Sunday we will take them 15 miles. Then 20. Then we'll probably start jumping them 10 miles. The birds look good and are starting to pair up.

Friday, December 10, 2010

2011 - Here we come! And recap of 2010

Sorry it has been so long since I've done anything constructive with my site. Just have had too much others things to do, and haven't thought about it.

This year was not a good one pigeon-wise. We didn't fly the 2010 OB series because of money and training issues. Figured it'd be more worth it to save the money for YB fees. Turns out that wasn't worth it. We only flew the first race before stopping. I sent 24 or 25 (whatever the limit was) to the races. That was basically all of my young birds. At home I had one auction bird, one bird with most of its tail gone from the moult, and one grizzle hen with a broken leg. On race day I did get one bird home in time to make 4th (last place, I believe) place in the club. He is a blue bar cock that I am quite proud of now. In the days, and weeks that followed, I got a grizzle hen, a blue bar zipper frill hen, and a blue check hen home. Never saw any of the other 21 or so birds. So with such a tiny team, I figured I'd just quit. All that money wasted! And my birds were in such good condition. Doesn't make any sense! I had a few unbanded birds that I'll fly in any club tosses we have.

Luckily, racing across the country went well. I participated in the first Pigeon-Talk Classic One Loft Race. It was a whole lot of fun! My two birds survived all the training and racing, and placed pretty well. I was so very, very proud. But my bad luck got a hold of me yet again. When the birds were done racing, they were shipped back to their breeders. Me and a guy in my club shared a shipping box. I also had one of the better birds from the race being sent to me to breed from. When the box arrived at Jeff's house, it had one bird in it, and almost no bedding left in the box. Somewhere along the way the birds were let out, as the box was secure before it left the loft manager's hands. I don't blame anyone, but it sure is depressing. They would have been the first birds I've ever stocked from my own breeding. The first proven racers I'd raised, that I'd be able to turn around and use in my breeding program. But maybe I'll do just as good, or better this coming year! I can't wait for the race :) You can read more about the race and its progress here:
And the upcoming 2011 PT Race info:

Now onto even more depressing news and proof of my crappy luck. A dog got into my breeder loft. It turned out to be my nextdoor neighbor's dog, which I found out much later. It was a pit bull-ish looking dog, still in the puppy stage, but basically full grown. It had to jump up against the door repeatedly in order to get the latch undone. It killed 7 birds and injured several more. Two of the birds that were killed were my two top cocks - "The 3k Cock" AU 05 TULSA 5202 and "Bent Keel" AU 05 CMPC 5525. Luckily I still have Old Lady, 626, and 5202, my best hens (that I know of thus far). This really messed up my breeding plans. But the show must go on. And by the way, the dog was punished when it was let loose, ran straight towards the loft, caught and pinned a chicken. Dad saw it all. The chicken lived, but justice was still served.
Whole story found here:

But to everything, there is a silver lining, right? Christmas came early for me this year. I've gotten so much support and kind words from the members of PT. Hill Family Loft held an auction for some of his birds, and the money from it was donated for the fight against Breast Cancer. It was to help his wife raise money for the walk she was participating in. Up for auction was 3 pairs, and a 6-pack young bird kit. When it was all said and done, he raised enough money to fill his wife's goal. I was very surprised to find people had donated the birds they won in the auctions, to me. So I ended up with two pairs of breeders and will have a kit coming in the spring (the guy who won that auction will also be getting a kit). You guys are so generous, and I am very, very grateful! After the dog attack everyone offered to help me out with breeders and young birds for next year. Just goes to show you that pigeon fanciers can be some of the nicest people in the world :) Haven't met too many that weren't. So a special thanks to Randy Hill, Tom Brasher, Don McGowen, Dave Petracek, Gene Overbey, Michael Perez, Tony Gordon, and Chris Tarbush. And many more :) You have turned a bad year pleasant!

Another happy event was that I adopted a pair of racers from Mickacoo. Mickacoo is a no-kill pigeon and dove rescue. They are almost always up to the brim with birds, so they need lots of adopters! Most of them are King pigeons that were released at weddings/funerals by ignorant people, or meat birds that were "saved" from the market by caring people, and released, thinking they had given the birds "freedom". What they don't know, is that the birds are domestic and don't know how to fend for themselves. They are also utility birds, and not as quick or street smart as homers or other breeds may be. So they almost always become sick, injured, and emaceated. That's where Mickacoo comes in. They've saved so many lives. The birds make wonderful pets! And these two racers are beautiful. The owners didn't want them anymore or didn't respond when contacted about their found birds. They are Penny and Slim. They'll make good foster parents and I may let them raise a round or two of their own. Mickacoo is in California, and does ship. If I was closer, I would adopt many more birds. I think those racers deserve a second chance. They are NOT necessarily bad birds.
I also adopted a flightless racer named Roadster, from a member on PT. He was lost on a 1,000 mile race, and hit by a car. He had some neuro problems and his wing is very limp (probably could have been amputated), BUT he is doing wonderful now. Still a bit "out there" sometimes, but tame and a gorgeous bird. He is mated to my flightless hen, 8113, who is now named Porsche. They are an adorable couple :) I have been leaving their eggs alone to see if he is actually "there" enough to fertilize them. So far, none have hatched. But I'm not sure if it is because he isn't officially mating with her, of if it's because he doesn't appear to sit on the nest. I moved them from their gazebo loft to an individual cage so I can watch them more closely. I'm also wondering if this will motivate him to sit on the nest like he is supposed to. Either way, he seems to love it here, and loves having a girlfriend. I sit him in their bath tub so he can bathe with the other birds. It takes him a few minutes to realize what is going on, but he soon joins in the splashing. He's quite entertaining :) I love him!
(Birds for adoption at Mickacoo and one of their fosters - and )

One last thing before I wrap up 2010's news. This year we have lost a very special person. Shi Sommers passed away on November 11th, 2010. She was known on Pigeon-Talk as "Mr. Squeaks" and famous for signing her posts with "Hugs & Scritches". She has always supported me with my artwork, and always, ALWAYS had something nice and cheerful to say. She handled conflicts calmy and didn't jump to conclusions. She helped and cared for a lot of very loved pidgies, some of which I had the opportunity to make portraits of for her. Shi is (and will continue to be) greatly missed :(

Most of my birds were paired up Thanksgiving weekend. They are now on lights and most of my pairs have eggs. I can't wait for babies!
I've decided not to fly young birds anymore. I will only participate in One loft/Futurities and OB season. I'll be entering the 2nd annual Pigeon-Talk Classic One Loft Race. I'm thinking very hard about entering a bird in the 2011 White Dove Release Classic. It's open only for white birds. If I happen to raise any whites, I just might enter.
I received quite a few proven racers from Steve Norman and Larry Marshall a few weeks ago. I'll be breeding them as well. I've already named one of the birds I got from Larry - Texas Pete :) More info on the birds will be on my Breeders page soon. I'll also have all my new pairings up ASAP.
Good luck to everyone and I hope your breeding season brings lots of healthy, happy squeaks!

- Becky

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Stomach virus

Yesterday I was up at 3am sick. Luckily as the day went on I was able to keep some water and sprite down. Today I'm fine, and have been living off of soda crackers and sprite. Since the majority of my day yesterday was laying down, sleeping, and throwing up, today I feel completely drained and sore from head to toe. Hopefully tomorrow I'll be mostly recovered!

But enough about me, and lets talk about some birds! I have 16 babies weaned off into the young bird loft! About half of them have already picked out perches, but the others still prefer laying on the straw in the floor.

I have 8 birds hatched out in the OB loft as well. All but one of those hatched on the same day! Talk about some great syncing. I have a few other pairs still on eggs.

All of the old birds have gotten the hang of trapping and no longer try to go back to the other loft. The traps in the OB loft have thicker bobs, which makes them a little wary at first. They're old, and we still have a few lighter bobs left, so hopefully we'll get some new ones made. Even if we only have enough for one set, it's better than nothing.

Last sunday we had our combine awards banquet at the Pier 601 seafood restaurant. There were only 3 other fliers outside our club that showed up. That is pathetic. Truly pathetic. We still had a nice time, even though the weather was icky.

Our club's banquet is this weekend. Really looking foward to it. It may end up snowing some of us out, but hopefully we'll all be able to attend.

That's about it for now. I have a bunch of pictures on my camera, which I will upload later.

Monday, January 4, 2010

4 more babies, another cold day

Another day just a couple degrees above freezing. Yesterday I had 3 mason jars bust on me. The 4th one blew out today, and found one of my plastic bottoms to a drinker had cracked as well. And so begins the horrible days of coldness! I try to only fill them up half or less, but somehow, some still manage to bust while the others don't. But luckily I got a present of 4 new plastic drinker sets from TSC today, so all is well for a while. Still doesn't make hauling jugs of hot water back and forth any more easy :P

I discovered 2 babies under Popeye today. Yesterday I was a bit worried because it seemed like forever since they first laid (I'm slack on recording egg laying dates), but when I went to candle one, I saw a baby peeking out of the egg. Luckily both hatched out just fine. Last year Popeye had a hard time getting any babies out of the nest, but now that he's a second year parent, he should do (and has done so far) much better :D

Also found two babies under 8113 and Mr. Wyoming. 8113 is one proud mother. As long as you're in sight, she'll fuss at you, but if you get to close, you'll get the bark AND the bite. I guess since she's a little hurt bird, she decided to make up for it in a big personality. She was hurt as a squeaker, probably got smashed in the nest from a fight or something, so one wing drags the floor. I keep the flights on that wing clipped so it's not such a hassel for her. Despite the wing problem, she gets around pretty good. Since she wouldn't be able to race, or even get around outside safely, I decided to adopt her from Renee.

I let the old birds out yesterday and saturday. Both times resulting in birds attached to the pine tree, and 3 birds spending the night outside on or neat the young bird loft. I can't wait until we finally get some help down here to cut down that tree. It's been causing problems for me basically every year. But since the new young bird loft is right there facing it, it's caused MUCH more problem. I don't think I've ever wanted to scream at a tree so bad, haha.
One bird in particular that just will not go in the OB loft, can't seem to detach himself from his old nest box in the YB loft. There's only 4 little ones above the door in there, already occupied by droppers and fantails. The ones in the OB loft are so much better, don't see why he's so attached to the crappy ones. He hasn't gotten a mate and his own new nest box yet, so that's the majority of the problem. I know I have quite a few hens without mates, so hopefully they'll give in soon so this can stop. There's plenty of nest boxes in the loft right now, but of course everyone wants the top ones. Why can't they all get along! :P

The gazebo loft is almost done. We had a very late start on it, compared to when I thought we'd originally start. It's looking really good so far. Should be just perfect for my fantails and a few doves. Soon I'll have 3 pairs of Mindians as well. I'm really excited about that :D

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Lots of babies

I now have 10 babies banded. TRC 1-10. I have 8 more babies to band within the next few days. We're off to a great start! :) Everyone appears to be healty and growing nicely.

This year I have 13 pairs of breeders. I have two pair of Stichelbauts and another single one chilling in the young bird loft, along with Vrai, who is now also single. I plan on keeping Vrai for sure, but the others I don't know yet. I haven't gotten a chance to test them yet. I'll be breeding them later as they aren't my biggest concern right now.

I'm still on my Christmas break, and already bored to tears. I need to update my website and the club's website - I'll get on that...later. I don't feel like doing anything, haha. Thankfully I go back to school Tuesday, but about two weeks afterwards will be exams (BLAH).

Back to pigeons, my pairing this year are:
1. "Bent Keel" AU 05 CMPC 5525. BB Cockbird. Clydesdale.
1st @ 200, 200, 400
2nd @ 200, 100, 200, 500
3rd @ 150
4th @ 150, 300, 200
5th @ 100, 400, 150

"Old Lady" AU 01 CMPC 1110. BB Hen. Clydesdale.
1st @ 150, 500, 300, 400, 500
2nd @ 200, 100, 400, 100
3rd @ 150, 100, 150
4th @ 400, 150, 500

2. "Johnny Cash" IF 07 HPC 70030. BC Cockbird. Tom Cashatt.
Dam 1st @ 200, 400, 500 and 2nd @ 150, 200 - all combine results.

"Sue" IF 05 HPC 5486. BC Hen. Ghesquire.
1st @ 200, 150
2nd @ 150, 200, 150, 500, 200, 200, 250
3rd @ 200
4th @ 200
6th @ 400, 500

3. IF 07 DRP 7158. BC Cockbird. Bekaert.
Brother to 4th @ 470. Half-brother to IF 08 TRC 31 - 3rd @ 150 in our club.

"Lucky 13" IF 06 TRC 13. BB Hen. Bud Sprinkle.

4. "Achilles" AU 09 SKY 0635. RC Cockbird. Paul Sion.
From Sky Lake Sions Loft. Sire - "Wenatchee Wonder". Dam - "Miss Rosie". Both parents 1st @ 550 - both only day birds.

"Scion" AU 08 OSHABEN 1017. RC Hen. Fenoyer Sion.

5. "Mr. Zeidler" AU 06 CMPC 7020. Blue Grizzle cockbird. Frank Zeidler.

"Mrs. Zeidler" IF 01 HPC 069. Blue Grizzle cockbird. Frank Zeidler.

6. AU 03 TULSA 223. BB Cockbird. Staf Van Reet.
Half brother to 3K. Sire - Havenith/Gordon cross. Dam - GD of "The End" and "Liv"

IF 06 TRC 626. Blue Grizzle Hen. Warren Werbeck.
Dam of NPA 08 BW 387 - 1st @ 150 in our club.

7. "3K" AU 05 TULSA 5202. BB Cockbird. Staf Van Reet.
Half brother to TULA 223. Sire - GS of Matthew Peck's "500 Hen", McLaughlin's "604", "Good News" and "Leyton Express". Dam - GD of "The End" and "Liv". Bred my first win - IF 08 TRC 40 - at 100 miles.

"Miss 5042" IF 05 MRPC 5042. BB Hen. Jan Aarden/Van Wonroy.
Sister to IF Champion "Skydancer" IF 2002 MRPC 2413. Bred my first win - IF 08 TRC 40 - at 100 miles.

8. "Popeye" AU 08 PASO 259. BB Cockbird. Van Elsacker/Santens.

IF 05 TENN 137. BB Piebald Hen. Havenith.

9. "Melonhead" IF 07 FOYS 7684. Blue Grizzle Cockbird. Patrick Motley.

IF 08 TRC 676. RC Hen. Stichelbaut.

10. IF 07 DRP 7128. DC Splash Cockbird. Bekaert.

"Mystique" No band. Indigo Check Hen. The last of my original homers. Approx. 6 years old.

11. "Mr. Wyoming" AU 07 SCHE 5858. BC Cockbird. Montauban/Janssen.

IF 08 DRP 8113. BCWF Hen. Jan Aarden.

12. "Big Red" No band. RC Cockbird.

"Anastasia" AU 05 GPC 756. BC Hen.

13. IF 07 ACC 1415. RC Cockbird.

"Katlen" AU 06 DRO 810. BB Hen. Janssen/Wonder Miller.
Dam - Full sister to 15th 2005 Vegas Crap Shoot.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Welcome to my new blog!

I've decided to just do my updates here, instead of bother with the site. Besides, this way we can look at individual posts rather than one long page.

Previous updates are here