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I'm so glad to FINALLY tell our long kept secret to you guys here at PT. As a lot of you probably already know, me and Darby (aka - Fastpitch_dad) are in the same club. This year we'll have the honor of flying some young birds from two other members here on PT; Mr. Randy Hill and Mr. Ken Munson :)
The majority of the birds are from Randy, but we asked Ken if he'd donate a couple to our club's auction. So now I have one of each in two auctions, and Darby has a few more in each auction.
We wanted to keep them updated, and by doing that in this thread, everyone else will be able to discuss some things as well.

Randy's birds are already here and getting settled into my new YB loft. Ken's are still in the nest and I can't wait to get them here :D
I'm really excited to see how this coming season goes! I expect these little guys to kick butt!


Oh and by the way, yes, there will be pictures :p
 

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I hope they fly well for you down south. Ace was unable to fly birds for me this year so I sent the birds earmarked for him along with what I had bred for Darby. I could not send birds that direction without sending a few to Becky. We will see how they do. This will be a good test. This year I will have two teams of over 20 birds flying, one with Darby and the other with Steve Guzman in Albuquerque. This will be a first for me. I will be eligible in Albuquerque for all the accolades. Steve will also be flying about 10 birds that I bred for ACE out of his birds.

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Sounds like a pretty good test to me! That's a lot of birds sent out. It should also help that me and Darby tried to split them up so that one of each clutch would be in one or the other loft. Even though they almost all appear to be related in some way, at least that way we'll see how babies from one pair differ from one loft to another. We may only be a few miles apart, but there's still lots of differences! ;)

By the way, these little (and big :p) guys seem to be liking it down here. They seemed to know just what they were doing from the minute I took them out of the crate. Like they were right at home. Smart birds make it a lot easier on me :p
 

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Sounds like a pretty good test to me! That's a lot of birds sent out. It should also help that me and Darby tried to split them up so that one of each clutch would be in one or the other loft. Even though they almost all appear to be related in some way, at least that way we'll see how babies from one pair differ from one loft to another. We may only be a few miles apart, but there's still lots of differences! ;)

By the way, these little (and big :p) guys seem to be liking it down here. They seemed to know just what they were doing from the minute I took them out of the crate. Like they were right at home. Smart birds make it a lot easier on me :p
I only sent three big birds down there and one with three toes. The biggest being "Peanut" TRC 13. How he got his name is a long story. As for "Three Toes" AKA "The Mutant" he has two of his toes webbed together. Other than that he was normal. Darby is going to fly him hard and see what happens.

The three birds get there size from a pair of siblings, Charlie and Diamond. There mama was third in the Alaska Gold rush. They are mainly Vic Miller birds by Jan Arden. Diamond bred a 1st at 250 miles and a 9th at 500 miles old bird. Charlie was the biggest bird that I ever had. He went AWOL on a loft fly.

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Here is a picture of "Peanut" along side one of Darby's birds. When I shipped the birds down with 7 birds in each box one cost $58 and the other $62. "Peanut" was in the $62 box. I shipped the second round with 8 in one box and it was also $62. "Peanut" cost an extra $4. My original plan was to use the pair that bred "P" as pumpers but the sire bred three very good birds last year and the dam is off "Buzz" my best breeder and is a sibling to a 300 mile winner. She is the largest hen in my loft.

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First thing I would like to say is THANKS to Randy and Ken. I hope I can keep up my end as a flier/trainer, But with Becky's help I think I'll be OK.

Now about the birds. Yes that's Peanut and he looks like a F-16 in the air. The first bunch of birds from Randy have been out some and I can tell you they fly , really fly. There is such a difference in the way the birds from Randy fly compared to what I bred.

This should be a good test of the birds having two 2nd year fliers fly them .
We are in the middle of the combine and here is the "predicted" mileage for the both of us.

Becky Me
182 178 McKenny
210 198 Gum Spring
231 213 Madison *auction race*
294 276 Leesburg
204 187 Charlottesville
231 213 Madison *Powder Puff race*
294 276 Leesburg *auction race*
316 298 Fredrick

From Randy I have TRC 14,15,19 and LCC 1119 from Ken in the first Madison race. TRC 14 and LCC 1119 are in the 2nd Madison also.
And the Leesburg race I have TRC 20 and LCC 1120


As this thread goes on you will hear more about TRC 15, AKA "three toes"/ "the Mutant" and LL 670, AKA "White streak" and TRC 13 AKA "Peanut". I'm sure Jess will name the rest.
 

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You go PEANUT!! I love the big birds..........he's quite a hunk.........are you SURE it's a HE and not a SHE?
This should be interesting to follow these guys/birds/races...........we're ALL in for a big change come young bird season. Most of us have never experienced what we're about to experience..............;)
 

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Peanut looks huge in that picture, but when I saw him, he didn't look any bigger than mine. He's a pretty guy though :)

For the record, I have TRC 17 and LCC 1118 in the first Madison, and TRC 16 and LCC 1117 in the second auction race. TRC 17 and LCC 1118 are also qualified for the Powderpuff race :)
 

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You go PEANUT!! I love the big birds..........he's quite a hunk.........are you SURE it's a HE and not a SHE?
This should be interesting to follow these guys/birds/races...........we're ALL in for a big change come young bird season. Most of us have never experienced what we're about to experience..............;)
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I think you are flying some of that "Peanut" blood via Ace as young birds this year. Hope they do well for you.
 

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Becky and Darby, Sounds like you got a few nice birds down there already. Hope to get these outa the nest and in your hands ASAP. I am a bit superstitious though so try not to mention a name on mine if you name them. They are guaranteed to get lost if you do. (Just my silly reason for some I lost). Good luck this year and thank you for the thought of keeping us updated.
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Ken, I'll try my hardest :p I'm also careful not to name many of them if I can help it. It hurts worse when you lose them and they're named it seems. I stick with the band numbers...until....after Old birds preferably :p
I used to name every one of my homers that I could, but that was back before I raced and used bands. So I kind of had to call them something!
 
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