Coyne Lord, Henry Zelasko, Jeremy Geiman, Butch, Chad & Jaclyn Guell.
·Freemont, OH 2009 Show Report.
·Show listings so far… check website for updates.
·Expense Report for 2009
·SHOW SEASON 2009 POINT TOTALS
·Year-to-date Master Breeder Points
·Updated Members’ List as of 6/2010.
List of Paid/Unpaid Dues as of 6/2010
Hope all is well. It’s been a couple of years since I have renewed my membership and traveled south for Show Roller events. Health was an issue for awhile, not to mention the maintenance of the ranch. Now that I’m running on all cylinders again and some what organized, I feel that I am ready to participate in the club events once more. So I have renewed my membership and hope to see everyone at the next show.
Presently I have 15 pair of baldheads and have been working with the recessive reds and yellows. I feel that the colors are there and now just need to fine-tune the body. Working with Dempsey and Faulkner birds helped a great deal.
Henry Zelasko – Campbellford, Ontario Canada
Our nation is going through a topsy-turvy time. Most all of us are hoping that the coming of spring weather and flowers will encourage us to feel and see a sense of goodness, joy and beauty.
My Baldhead Rollers are the “old type” not like the “new type”. If the progress continues, our Baldhead Roller Standard will approach what looks like a nice Pouter Pigeon--------- instead of a neat and beautiful Baldhead Roller.
SHOW LISTINGS TO DATE:
·October 16th – Black Hills, South Dakota
·October 30th – Louisville, Kentucky
·November 13th – Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
·November 27th – Jefferson, Wisconsin
·December 11th – Des Moines, Iowa
·December 18th – Sheboygan, Wisconsin
·January 18th – St. Louis, Missouri
Well here we are getting ready to start picking out our future champs for the upcoming show year. But I have a small problem. My pigeons are not cooperating. I started later this year because of my trip to China. Since then, it has been one frustration after another. I have lost more young birds this year in the first two days after hatching. You tend to find them dead on the floor when you begin to look around. Next I started loosing every good marked one that I thought had great potential. By the time I realized it was canker, I had lost a number of my best hatches. My method has always been to treat for canker in June when the weather gets warm. This year with the spring I should have moved this process ahead also. Now my dilemma is my birds have quit laying. We changed feed this year. Upgraded to a better mix. I think now that I should have stayed with the standard feed, as this feed I am using has too much fat and protein. So here I am changing the diet and hoping to raise birds I will show as yearlings. Going into this year I felt I had the best group of breeding pairs ever. I guess that is what makes a champion. Improvise, adapt and overcome. Clint Eastwood quotes.
Hopefully a few of you out there will have better years. We need to keep this club moving ahead. And the way to do it is to raise better birds each year. Also to help out those that are trying to improve. I also forgot to throw in the misfortune of having to eliminate two weasels in the late fall that took out three of my foundation hens. Are we still having fun?
I hope to see all of you in the fall, and I will still try to have a few good birds to sell, swap or whatever. If I can place at a few shows, get to see all my friends and watch my grandson in the showroom; my season will have still been a success. By that time my granddaughter will be toddling around also, so it does not get any better than that. Does it? Family, friends and dumb pigeons. Great Life!
Have a great remainder of the year. See you at the shows!
We are a little bit better than 1/2 way through our breeding seasons. I've talked to a few members and everyone seems to be off to a slow start. I myself am way behind last year. As of today I have 26 birds banded about 1/2 of them are baldheads. I think I introduced way too many new and young birds into my breeding program last year. My first 2 rounds were terrible. No good eggs, good eggs and the parents leave the nest and the eggs get cold, fertile eggs that don't hatch, birds that hatch and then disappear in day 1 or 2. Then 3 of the 1st 10 birds I banded the babies got scalped really bad. All of these things have made this the most frustrating breeding year in recent memory. The 3rd round was pretty good so there is hope for June and July. I would like to band around 100 birds, so I will be breeding through the end of July.
This is a nomination year, so if you have any ideas for candidates that are willing to take on a position in the club please get them to us before August 1st so they can get put into the next bulletin. We want to make sure that all of our members have a chance to vote.
If I am not mistaken, this Fall is also the issue of the Purebred Pigeon and that will be featuring the Baldhead Roller. Bob Kuzminski got this going now it's up to us as a club to do it right! We will need several articles and pictures for this. A nice article about what got you into birds, why you like Baldheads, if you have a specialty and why, pictures of you loft, your breeding patterns, conditioning, getting birds ready for shows, anything that you can think of we NEED! These don't have to be full page articles, maybe they are only a paragraph long, maybe there is no writing just pictures. Anything you can do to help will make this a GREAT magazine issue.
I am going to throw this out for discussion. A few years ago we had about 10 different members all trying to breed Almonds, so we voted to make it a class of it's own. Last year out of the 7 point shows that we got results from there were less than 10 birds shown total at all 7 shows combined. Is it time to remove Almond as its own color class and put it back into the Rare class? If we like the idea of that extra class, maybe we vote the year before or maybe even 2 years before and have a rotating class that we designate. Say for example we want to have a class for Khaki's next year, Barless the year after, and maybe back to Almonds the following year again. Maybe none of this makes any sense to anybody, I just thought I would throw it out there for discussion.
I have another idea I would like some discussion on. I was looking back through some of the early years of the clubs bulletins, and I noticed that there use to be a Breeder of the year award. It was based on which breeder had the most points that year. I kind of like this idea and would like to add to it a Bird of the year award for the bird that accumulates the most points in one year. If this sounds unfair to the members that only get to 1 or 2 shows a year, then maybe we change the breeder of the year to someone that gets nominated and voted on by the membership for something they have done to promote the club and our hobby. Any feed back on this?
Here is another idea I came up with. How about instituting a Junior Member master breeder award and or program? Since it is generally more difficult for Juniors to purchase high quality birds and be competitive, they would get so many points for each bird they show, a certain number of points for champion junior, best junior display, and the same number of points as normal if they place in the show. Maybe 1000 points would be Junior Master Breeder?
How does everyone like the way we are doing the plaques and awards? Instead of having the plagues remade we are personalizing them with the winning birds info and for the National shows even having the winning birds pictures on them. This is a lot more effort on our parts but thought it made the awards more meaningful. The downside to it is it might take a while to get your awards. Thoughts?
Well that's it for now! I hope everyone has a great summer and a great finish to the breeding season. As always if you would like to call me to talk about any of these issues instead of writing a reply, my number is 920-375-0823 or 920-921-2812.
Chad Guell President
***JEFFERSON THANKSGIVING SHOW***
This show report has not been typed up yet. It was labeled incorrectly so ever time we try to put it in the bulletin, it doesn’t make sense. J That would be because we haven’t typed it up yet. Sorry for the in convenience but we WILL have it published in the Summer bulletin.
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:
Hello everyone. Believe it or not, my brain is mush and I can’t think of anything to say to you all! I’ve got Show Entry Forms for Iowa and the South Dakota shows already. We’re planning on going to South Dakota and making it a little vacation for the family. It’s been years since I’ve been out that way. So I’m extremely excited and looking forward to that trip. If you have a show and your date is not listed, get me your show date and location so we can post it in the bulletins and on the website.
I’m planning on putting an ad into the Iowa Premium Book for advertisement. A full page ad is $75. Half is $65. A quarter page is $50. The inside front cover is $150 and the inside back cover is $100. I personally would like to have an ad on the Front inside cover or at least a full-page ad since there isn’t much difference from a half to full. I need your feedback right away. Give me a call, email or send a note in the mail to me so I will RECEIVE IT by FRIDAY, JUNE 18TH!!! (Current club balance as of 6/2010 is $1,290.13)
I so very much LOVE laser printers! It has made my life SO much easier! Now if I would have only purchased a colored laser printer, we’d be in business!
That’s all I know right now. Probably the shortest “note from the editor” ever so far! J
God Bless you all and enjoy the rest of the summer.
Conversation Topics to Write in About for Summer Bulletin:
How do you groom your birds BEFORE getting to a show to get them “Show Ready?”
How would someone new to birds find out how to breed them to get what they would want?
I know there are several new members that would like to get more birds to have to start out with. If you have any extra pair of birds you would like to sell cheaply or give away, please contact them and let them know. Gerald Kunschke was one of them that wanted to try and get some more birds together. His contact information is listed on the Member’s List. Thanks so much!