Last night I banded a dozen babies, and I had to use some vaseline in order to get them on. I thought I was going to have twelve very, very young- old birds.
Best to be up front, the wife comes some where down the list after pigeon. If you are not cmfortable with that, then be OK with being loser.Just got my birds banded today. Drove over an hour, had a club meeting/lunch with the guys. Got my bands and drove back home and went straight into the loft and banded 6 birds. All had half of their wing feathers already. All Blue Bars apparently.
My wife said something to the effect of "hummph, you come home and go straight to the pigeons and don't even say hey to me. I see where I fit in this picture."
I told her I was in a hurry to band the birds and she said "yea, yea, yea, Excuses, excuses".
As should be obvious to y'all by now, I can't win for losing.
Your club is tacking a little, lets say "sur" charge on their bands. You have to order 1000 bands to get them for the $.45 amount but the 600 is not that much more. We do the same thing here but we just charge $.05My "PLAN" is to breed 40 young ones. Thirty for myself. Four for a race in Cleveland (OCR) and 2 for the PT Bragging Rights race. Also 4 for friends.
That is my "PLAN". (reminds me of that old joke, "Man makes plans and God laughs). My goal is to have a young bird team of just thirty. But I could go with 36 if things work out that way. I started with 45 last year and want to cut it down some. But last years young bird team were all donations from other club members and this year I am breeding my own. I'm guessing some fellow members will offer me birds, so I suspect my goal of 30 will be surpassed. I hate to say no to a fellow member because I feel like I am in some way stating that their birds are not good enough for me, if I do. I really do appreciate that they offer them also. For sure some of them have great birds. It's a "catch 22" situation. I want their birds but I don't want too many birds on my young bird team. But what would I do if they did not offer me any birds. If I didn't breed my 30 or so, I would be short. Yep. "catch 22"
I actually have a total of 70 bands. 50 from the club and 20 from Foys (arrived today). Last year, several guys were asking if I had any extra bands, throughout the year, so a few extras might come in handy.
One thing I noticed is that the club bands cost .75 cents each and the bands from Foys cost .45 cents each plus 3 dollars shipping. I think that .75 cents each is way too high. But what ya goin ta do?
I assume it depends on how many bands you order, that affects the price. Our club ordered 600, but Foys probably orders thousands from the AU, so they get a better deal.
Oh. Plus I am going to order several money race bands later. Haven't decided on how many just yet. Probably ten or so.