Mallee Classic Update 1 - 2006
Things have been very hectic down here in sunny Ballarat! We also have not seen so much sun for years.
99.9% of youngsters are in the loft and all birds are being released for loft exercises most days weather permitting.
We are trialling a few new things which again seem to enhance the health of the birds, especially now that the birds
are fully into the moult and feathers are everywhere to say the least. The birds are given free loft for approx. 5 hours
when allowed out and seem to relish the chance to bath and explore the surrounds of the loft. We have had only a minimal
respitory in the loft with the moult now in full swing. The birds are individually treated and the other 99.9% of the loft are
We have a varying amount of birds flying the loft and some already ranging out of view. The predators have been paying us
a visit with the most around the loft at any particular time being 12 peregrines!† This I think can be attributed to the recent bush fires destroying much of their habitat, I would rather the birds see them at the lofts and get an idea of what they do rather than
seeing them for the first time on a training toss etc.
We have countries such as
great plus for Australian pigeon racing showcasing our birds to the rest of the world.
I must put a big thank you in
increased enormously. Nigel has been assisting with the birds on a daily basis, and Barry has been able to assist every few days.
Most people would be aware that the event sold out again this year, so we thank all those who entered birds into
Good Luck to all competitors.
Yours in the Sport,