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I couldn't wait any longer....I took my yb's out for their first training toss this past sunday. I went out in the morning to let them out to get their morning exercise but something about them that morning had me thinking they were ready to start their road training. So instead of going with the normal routine I gathered them up and put them in the training basket. They seemed extremely calm and I had now problems getting them in the basket. I took them five miles out which at first i thought was too much on the first toss but I had this sure feeling that they would be alright so i went for it! Got them to toss site and they flew out without hesitation. In a matter of seconds they were in a tight group 30- 40 feet high. They made one pass around me and headed straight for the direction to home. I was amazed and I knew that they would beat me home. When I got back to the house a few of them were already inside the loft and the rest on the roof of the loft waiting for me to call them in.They trapped as soon as I entered the loft. I also checked on my breeders and found 2 more babies and banded 2 older babies. This was an exciting and eventful day for me! :D

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Well Henry,

It sounds like a great day to me! Any time you take young birds out five miles for their first toss and they beat you home it's a great day. It sounds like you have done things right and have them off to a great start, but don't get to cocky and try to move them along to fast just because they are doing good. Make sure they have it all figured out first.

How many young are you training? If you have more than just a few birds it can be a real good idea to release them in two or three groups, 15 to 20 minutes apart. This way if something happens (and it does) you will not loose your whole team.

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Well Henry,

It sounds like a great day to me! Any time you take young birds out five miles for their first toss and they beat you home it's a great day. It sounds like you have done things right and have them off to a great start, but don't get to cocky and try to move them along to fast just because they are doing good. Make sure they have it all figured out first.

How many young are you training? If you have more than just a few birds it can be a real good idea to release them in two or three groups, 15 to 20 minutes apart. This way if something happens (and it does) you will not loose your whole team.

Ace
Ace I have 10 total. I will keep them at the 5 mile distance for a while. I've already been told to push them more but I'm gonna be safe about it. These are the best stock of birds I've ever had and I want them to reach their full potential. I will continue to toss them together for now but will eventually train them by tossing them 2 at a time.
 

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Henry,

Congrats! You definitely got good ones as fresnobirdman said. You definitely has the "feel" for the birds. Sometimes here at my loft I tell my friends that I can "communicate" with my birds psychically! I can "feel" them and I "know" what they are thinking! LOL! My friend says it is the beer consumed the night before that causes all of these. Obviously, we partied the night before so.....

Did I tell you before that you have the talent of choosing champion birds? I find your birds have the look of champion birds.

della,

Pigeon tossing is scary. You don't know what is going to happen. But if they start heading to the right direction home, they you can be almost sure all is well. When that happen I start "racing" with them to go back home. LOL! But I have those mishaps where the birds went to the opposite direction. Those are lost! It is nerve wracking and fun at the same time.
 

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Great news! I can imagine how excited you must be...I have yet to road train mine, so your success is heartening stuff! Good luck with them!
I'm glad you're encouraged Della! There's nothing like the excitement of road training. It's as close to a race as your gonna get. If you have good birds it is very rewarding at the end of the day to know that you took them for a toss from whatever distance and they came back home and are sitting happily on their little perches waiting for the next toss.
 

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Henry,

Congrats! You definitely got good ones as fresnobirdman said. You definitely has the "feel" for the birds. Sometimes here at my loft I tell my friends that I can "communicate" with my birds psychically! I can "feel" them and I "know" what they are thinking! LOL! My friend says it is the beer consumed the night before that causes all of these. Obviously, we partied the night before so.....

Did I tell you before that you have the talent of choosing champion birds? I find your birds have the look of champion birds.
Too Funny!...

Thanks for the encouraging words Rod! I don't know if I'm even close to knowing how to choose champions but It's great that someone thinks I do! But to be honest I did take the time to select the best birds in the way I knew how and the guys that gave me the birds said the same thing you said. Now I have youngsters from those birds and they're looking like champions in my eyes....lol.
 

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Henry.Your enthusiasm is contagious! Keep having fun with with the bird's.Good luck with your program.
Thank you! I will do my best!
 
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