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PostSubject: 7 flying first time.   Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:54 pm

7 survivors have been going out in an aviary for months. Took the aviary down yesterday. Rain and fog. They came out and went back in. Guess they did not realize the aviary was gone. Light rain and misty today. Fed everything then decided to let them out again. They came out then on to the loft roof. After maybe 15 minutes some feral pigeons flew over. They all got up to fly. Strong on the wing. After 10 minutes or so some came down on to the shed roof. Trap is open. Some missing yet. 3 pm here. Some went in and came out again. Will check again in an hour or so. Not too concerned. They have to learn were home is. If some have a night they will have food in their crop.
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PostSubject: Re: 7 flying first time.   Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:37 pm

Good luck Hal
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PostSubject: Re: 7 flying first time.   Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:25 pm

no use concerning yerself its out of yer hands anyway but hope they all come back to roost tomorrow
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PostSubject: Re: 7 flying first time.   Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:30 pm

I hope they come back for you hal, im sure they will..........
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PostSubject: Re: 7 flying first time.   Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:28 pm

halcanada wrote:
7 survivors have been going out in an aviary for months. Took the aviary down yesterday. Rain and fog. They came out and went back in. Guess they did not realize the aviary was gone. Light rain and misty today. Fed everything then decided to let them out again. They came out then on to the loft roof. After maybe 15 minutes some feral pigeons flew over. They all got up to fly. Strong on the wing. After 10 minutes or so some came down on to the shed roof. Trap is open. Some missing yet. 3 pm here. Some went in and came out again. Will check again in an hour or so. Not too concerned. They have to learn were home is. If some have a night they will have food in their crop.
Similar type thing here Hal Smile Smile 10 late breds from the 2016 season etc just went out for the first time here recently after 10 months locked up. Now down to 9 Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes but my problem/issue is, what the ****  Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes do I do with them if we don't race here this year, with the virus issue we have at the moment. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: 7 flying first time.   Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:55 pm

Knackered. Train them anyway. I knew one fancier in the UK years ago did not race them until 2 years old. Not sure if he is still around but his long distance wins were won by relatively old birds. Up to 8 years some of them.
Just closed the loft up. 5 are in. No sign of the other two. Quite happy with that. Have 5 smarter ones. Were not hungry or anything. They came in on their own instincts. Safety for them. Other two come back tomorrow then fine, but as stated, not concerned.
Took the dogs out for their walks around the barn, quarter mile away. Big guy spotted a large white cat with black patches. Chased it but it escaped into the deserted barn. Traps are set as usual. Baited with few day old youngsters I killed. All eggs out today. Few in the nest yet for another guy but breeding is over. Old loft will be refurbished for now. Have a 24 x 8 and a 12 x 6. 2 foot gap between them. ( reason for so many birds!) Trying to figure out how to fly both widowhood and nest birds. Space for w hens. The 12 x 6 was 6 x 8 but added 4 feet. Simple!!. Use the 4 foot x 6 section for W hens. Aviary (which I have ) portable, is 2 x 6. Just put it between the two lofts. Problem solved!!
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PostSubject: Re: 7 flying first time.   Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:25 am

halcanada wrote:
Knackered. Train them anyway. I knew one fancier in the UK years ago did not race them until 2 years old. Not sure if he is still around but his long distance wins were won by relatively old birds. Up to 8 years some of them.
Just closed the loft up. 5 are in. No sign of the other two. Quite happy with that. Have 5 smarter ones. Were not hungry or anything. They came in on their own instincts. Safety for them. Other two come back tomorrow then fine, but as stated, not concerned.
Took the dogs out for their walks around the barn, quarter mile away. Big guy spotted a large white cat with black patches. Chased it but it escaped into the deserted barn. Traps are set as usual. Baited with few day old youngsters I killed. All eggs out today. Few in the nest yet for another guy but breeding is over. Old loft will be refurbished for now. Have a 24 x 8 and a 12 x 6. 2 foot gap between them. ( reason for so many birds!) Trying to figure out how to fly both widowhood and nest birds. Space for w hens. The 12 x 6 was 6 x 8 but added 4 feet. Simple!!. Use the 4 foot x 6 section for W hens. Aviary (which I have ) portable, is 2 x 6. Just put it between the two lofts. Problem solved!!  
Ok Smile Smile Will be no pussy footing around with those 10/20mile tosses as normal here when I start them all off Hal Wink Wink in fact, my spot is already picked out & I'm heading into bush country to sort the wheat from the chaff as such Wink Wink.  cheers
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