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by V-John
Thu May 09, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pigeons cohabiting with game birds, same pen
Replies: 13
Views: 2152

Re: Pigeons cohabiting with game birds, same pen

As a pigeon fancier I'll tell you that you have it backwards. You're more likely to make your pigeons sick or kill them. No way I would put pigeons in with game birds especially quail. There's not much dirtier than a quail. I was thinking the same "bleep" thing. I don't want to introduce disease to...
by V-John
Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Thanks, Ezzy333
Replies: 41
Views: 11177

Re: Thanks, Ezzy333

Godspeed Al.

I spent a lot of time on the phone with Al talking pigeons and racing pigeons. I'm grateful for that time I spent with him chatting on the phone.

https://www.thejonesfh.com/obituaries/Allan-Esgar/
by V-John
Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Nick’s first field trial
Replies: 8
Views: 1497

Re: Nick’s first field trial

Agree with Shags - Talk to the judges - and if you approach it in a way that you ask "how can I improve or help my dog improve" as opposed to a "why didn't you use my dog" point of view, the judges will be more likely to help you. At least that's been my experience anyways.
by V-John
Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy vs adult dog food
Replies: 26
Views: 3222

Re: Puppy vs adult dog food

I’m not trying to start a debate by any means, i was just curious on the reason why he got so defensive about feeding puppy food compared to adult food. My bet would be he was going to try to sell me the science diet they had out front until I told him I would contact my breeder and ask his opinion...
by V-John
Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Whats going on in Oregon Trials and Tests?
Replies: 80
Views: 7987

Re: Whats going on in Oregon Trials and Tests?

My apologies for any confusion - I was kinda distracted and jumping around quite a bit and my mind was moving a bit faster then my fingers. To clarify - I really liked a lot of what CJ had to say. I am right in line with what he was saying. WIHA in Kansas - I understand the hunting opportunities in ...
by V-John
Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Whats going on in Oregon Trials and Tests?
Replies: 80
Views: 7987

Re: Whats going on in Oregon Trials and Tests?

As someone who lives in Kansas, and hunted quite a bit of WIHA this year, I saw a lot of WIHA being pulled from the program, or leased out. Yes it looks good on paper from the outside looking in, but a lot of the ground isn't worth a hoot, getting pulled from the program to be leased out. More and m...
by V-John
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Crate Training Issue
Replies: 8
Views: 1696

Re: Crate Training Issue

What has worked for me...when the dog starts up, I give the crate a good shake and tell the dog KNOCK IT OFF! Repeat as necessary ( usually once or twice). We use airline style crates, being enclosed seems more conducive to the dog settling rather than in a wire 'dog jail', so that might make a dif...
by V-John
Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I have ruined my dog
Replies: 46
Views: 14485

Re: I have ruined my dog

A good breeder would take the dog back.
by V-John
Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why are Bird Hunters Afraid of Field Trials
Replies: 62
Views: 18157

Re: Why are Bird Hunters Afraid of Field Trials

Gordonguys post was a good one. I'll add one more thing to his post. It takes ground. Lots and lots of training ground to be able to to develop a HB type of dog. Grounds where the land owner (if it isn't you) doesn't mind horses on their grounds. The ability to get the dogs, horses, equipment, etc e...
by V-John
Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cold night in the crate, what is the limit?
Replies: 22
Views: 9839

Re: Cold night in the crate, what is the limit?

I was actually worried about this too. I put comforters in the dog boxes for them and doubled them up in the dog boxes. I was still worried about them but they were fine. I completely understand wanting them to be comfortable though. As an aside, I don't know when your trip is, but this weekend is s...
by V-John
Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why are Bird Hunters Afraid of Field Trials
Replies: 62
Views: 18157

Re: Why are Bird Hunters Afraid of Field Trials

We have thread "Are Field Trialers Afraid of Wild Birds" and "Are Bird Hunters Afraid of Field Trial Dogs" so I thought I'd ask "Why are Bird Hunters Afraid of Field Trials"? I run NSTRA trials and in my home region, the Mid-North (Minnesota, South Dakota & North Dakota) we struggle to get new peop...
by V-John
Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Are bird hunters afraid of field trial dogs?
Replies: 147
Views: 58162

Re: Are bird hunters afraid of field trial dogs?

Oh...and those of you who think my dogs aren't trained well, you are showing your ignorance of hunting a half section(or more) of 2' + tall milo stubble in a good wind. It's so noisy you can't hear the voices in your head if you have any. :wink: And for those of you who haven't hunted in tall grass...
by V-John
Mon Jan 02, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Has anyone used this breeder before?? tiszabec vizslas
Replies: 14
Views: 4551

Re: Has anyone used this breeder before?? tiszabec vizslas

Just saw this. PM coming.
by V-John
Mon Nov 14, 2016 3:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Need help/advice
Replies: 11
Views: 3354

Re: Need help/advice

2 people shot, only hunt with 3. nobody shout at the single. and that is how I gun broke him while he was chasing birds. and yes a vizsla. Also, i'm trying to make sure its still fun for him and thats why i'm asking to make sure it stays fun. Ah. You didn't say that is how you gun broke him in the ...
by V-John
Mon Nov 14, 2016 2:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Need help/advice
Replies: 11
Views: 3354

Re: Need help/advice

How many is "we" when you say you shot at a covey that got up going back to the truck? This is another reason why I gun break dogs while chasing birds. So the relationship from gunfire to birds is there... And not just an arbitrary loud noise that is brought closer to the dog. I've never heard of a ...
by V-John
Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Are these bird hunting boards DEAD?
Replies: 14
Views: 4192

Re: Are these bird hunting boards DEAD?

Facebook has a lot to do with it, I'm sure.
by V-John
Thu Sep 15, 2016 2:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Vizsla or Pointing Lab?
Replies: 66
Views: 22571

Re: Vizsla or Pointing Lab?

If you get a V, look VERY carefully into the parents for aggression issues. Both to people and to other dogs. I LOVE mine, but I am seeing more aggression in the breed on a regular basis. I see between 40-50 a year at my trainer's place. I've been bit multiple times in the past couple of years by V...
by V-John
Tue Aug 25, 2015 2:08 pm
Forum: Birds & Bird Supplies
Topic: Pigeon Racing
Replies: 3
Views: 2903

Re: Pigeon Racing

I was having the conversation last night about pigeon racing with a couple of guys who have never heard of it. One thing that people really don't realize is how in depth it can be. Most of these pigeons have pedigrees like dogs. We can go back and look at the parents, grandparents, etc. Their perfor...
by V-John
Thu Jul 02, 2015 4:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New flock homing pigeon issues.
Replies: 4
Views: 994

Re: New flock homing pigeon issues.

When you let them loose did you open the door and let them out on their own or did you force them out?
by V-John
Wed Jun 24, 2015 9:48 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Pigeon Racing
Replies: 42
Views: 12842

Re: Pigeon Racing

Congrats! We had a bird win the combine a couple weeks back for the 450, I believe. For the 300 we had a few birds place in the top ten percent so we were happy with that. Finally seeing some consistency in the birds too which is nice. Is the Avian Flu going to affect your young bird season? Sounds ...
by V-John
Tue May 12, 2015 7:50 am
Forum: Birds & Bird Supplies
Topic: pigeon contraception
Replies: 11
Views: 5445

Re: pigeon contraception

ezzy333 wrote:
greg jacobs wrote:Separating them. Is that what most people do?

Greg
That's how most breeders do it but I don't know what most dog trainers do.
x2. I'm in the process of seperating them out now, actually. Once they finish this round, they are seperated out.
by V-John
Fri May 01, 2015 1:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Of possible interest...pigeon poop
Replies: 9
Views: 3146

Re: Of possible interest...pigeon poop

My dad has a graduate degree in horticulture from KSU... I once asked him about the usage of pigeon poop for fertilizer and he also stressed the importance of composting it first. Said it was "too hot" to put straight on the garden etc. "Too hot" meaning having too high of nitrogen levels.
by V-John
Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pigeon Coop Question
Replies: 9
Views: 3059

Re: Pigeon Coop Question

Mine is outside of the yard.
Buddy of mine has his in the backyard, and has had issues with the dogs killing pigeons, or pulling legs off. he has since fortified the aviarys, but accidents have occurred.

I would put it in a clear open spot, so the pigeons can get in faster, but that's just me.
by V-John
Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:18 pm
Forum: Birds & Bird Supplies
Topic: What am I doing wrong. Dam Pigeons
Replies: 47
Views: 23808

Re: What am I doing wrong. Dam Pigeons

I had permission to trap on top of a truck stop off of I-70. There were so many pigeons there, I was catching easily twenty a day, every day. I'm pretty sure I was catching the same ones more then once, as I didn't have the heart to simply euthanize them. I would use them, give them to buddies to us...
by V-John
Fri Jan 30, 2015 3:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GSP not as advertised
Replies: 66
Views: 18429

Re: GSP not as advertised

Does he like birds? Can you do something that he would really enjoy outdoors, like just putting him on a bird or two? Maybe the association with outdoors and fun would help?
by V-John
Mon Dec 08, 2014 10:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tipping guides
Replies: 62
Views: 16434

Re: Tipping guides

gonehuntin' wrote:John, I' talking about bird guides, preserves specifically. They are paid considerable more than a minimum wage waiter.
My bad. Other posts alluded to the service industry.

On an other unrelated topic, Jane's land went up for auction. You should buy it. :)
by V-John
Mon Dec 08, 2014 3:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tipping guides
Replies: 62
Views: 16434

Re: Tipping guides

I can live with 20%, it's easy to figure! :D I still feel you don't tip a person for doing the job they're paid to do, you tip them for exceeding your expectations. If they don't like it, let them go get a high paying job. I'm not going to add to their income just because they don't want to work a ...
by V-John
Mon Dec 08, 2014 1:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tipping guides
Replies: 62
Views: 16434

Re: Tipping guides

I know what its like to be a server, a bartender and a guy that carries someone's golf bag around and that is why I am a 20% tipper. In those day's I did my level best to give great service with a smile because my lively hood depended on it. We can complain about tipping until the cows come home bu...
by V-John
Mon Sep 29, 2014 2:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Difference in Homing and Feral Pigeons
Replies: 32
Views: 11384

Re: Difference in Homing and Feral Pigeons

CDN_Cocker wrote:You're wrong. Not all homers are bred for racing. They are completely different I have owned both.
X2.

It's a completely different ballgame when comparing the two.

Especially the very best racers.
by V-John
Mon Sep 22, 2014 4:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Difference in Homing and Feral Pigeons
Replies: 32
Views: 11384

Re: Difference in Homing and Feral Pigeons

CCBIRDDOGMAN, I hope you don't mind me piggy-backing your post with a follow up question... But will only feral pigeons born in your coop return to it, or once they're established there, or what? I've always bought pigeons and am looking to raise some myself now. You can settle ferals to your loft ...
by V-John
Mon Sep 22, 2014 4:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Difference in Homing and Feral Pigeons
Replies: 32
Views: 11384

Re: Difference in Homing and Feral Pigeons

SCT wrote:This might give you an idea of how they differ.

http://www.shewmaker.com/digest94.pdf
I read that on the other forum. Thanks for posting that, I'm currently at a point where Im trying to decide where we want to go with our breeding program. (Pigeons that is)
by V-John
Mon Sep 22, 2014 2:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Difference in Homing and Feral Pigeons
Replies: 32
Views: 11384

Re: Difference in Homing and Feral Pigeons

Yes, there is a difference structurally. You can tell a difference, in the way they feel, and the way that the head is shaped.
Generally, racing homers will home from further, faster then a feral will. Generally.
by V-John
Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Aviary or not...
Replies: 9
Views: 2597

Re: Aviary or not...

Allows the birds to sunbathe and increases airflow through the loft keeping the birds healthier and keeping the loft drier.

They love it. And likely you'll have healthier birds too.
by V-John
Sun May 25, 2014 10:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pigeon question?
Replies: 2
Views: 779

Re: Pigeon question?

Its at the corners of her mouth? Yeah that can be feeding young related. Id still look in her mouth to double check for canker.
by V-John
Mon May 12, 2014 9:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Loft Under Construction
Replies: 24
Views: 6856

Re: New Loft Under Construction

V-John, where do you get those cotton seed hulls? I scrape and scoop every day. I buy it at the local co-op. It's about fifteen bucks for a fifty pound bag. http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg110/V-John/th_Cotton-Seed-Hull_zpsb4d3d381.jpg This is what it looks like. Super absorbent, and like I sa...
by V-John
Sun May 11, 2014 7:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Loft Under Construction
Replies: 24
Views: 6856

Re: New Loft Under Construction

Agree with Duckdog and Don. Get some different type of flooring OSB will sponge up. I also painted the walls and everything too. Not for aesthetic reasons, but rather to add some more protection to the loft itself from the elements. Another thing is that we use cotton seed hulls as an absorbent litt...
by V-John
Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New pigeon coop
Replies: 19
Views: 4749

Re: New pigeon coop

I didnt see it, but I would build a door in front of your bobs, very similar to a drawbridge that castles had. That way the birds have something to land on, and you can build a settling cage and set it on there. Also you can lock it up so predators can't get in. I had left our door open, and a hawk ...
by V-John
Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:09 am
Forum: Events
Topic: NBHA Midwest Regional Running Order
Replies: 1
Views: 1228

Re: NBHA Midwest Regional Running Order

Thanks for posting that.
by V-John
Fri Apr 04, 2014 11:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Added on nesting boxes
Replies: 11
Views: 2690

Re: Added on nesting boxes

Mary, that is a nice loft and nice looking birds. You did A good job. Put some dishes in the boxes for them to lay in. I use to use dog dishes and they work well. It will help to keep the eggs from being rolled out and the chicks will also stay in place better. Ezzy Spot on. Another thing, is that ...
by V-John
Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pigeon troubles
Replies: 23
Views: 6163

Re: Pigeon troubles

What Ezzy said.

And don't name them, that dooms them as soon as you name them. :)
by V-John
Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Decline of Field Trials
Replies: 249
Views: 51240

Re: Decline of Field Trials

Without upland bird hunting opportunities, there is no avenue for a father to introduce his children to the thrills of upland hunting, encourage them to come afield with dogs and ultimately to light the fire of bird hunting over dogs in their souls... that it takes to carry on. I don't believe it. ...
by V-John
Thu Feb 13, 2014 8:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Decline of Field Trials
Replies: 249
Views: 51240

Re: Decline of Field Trials

I would agree with a lot of the comments that have been posted here, but the thing I see being the biggest issue is the loss of hunting ground. Not only does it make it further for people to drive to go hunting, it is that much further to get to areas to train your dogs. If you can find a place clo...
by V-John
Mon Jan 27, 2014 1:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: crazy pigeons
Replies: 11
Views: 3151

Re: crazy pigeons

We have quite a few that we have banded. It's pretty cool to see, the lengths that the parents will go to keep their chicks warm. As far as the other egg not hatching out, Sometimes the mom will lay the first egg, and not sit it, and thus, it will freeze. She/the parents will start sitting them once...
by V-John
Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:40 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Protective of crate
Replies: 12
Views: 4538

Re: Protective of crate

The above method can backfire. I've seen it happen. Just sayin'.
by V-John
Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Which garmin holster
Replies: 5
Views: 1096

Re: Which garmin holster

I like this one.

http://gizzmovest.com/
by V-John
Tue Nov 12, 2013 2:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Vizsla owner questions
Replies: 20
Views: 8595

Re: Vizsla owner questions

Really convincing, looking more into Vizslas before I make my final decision. How do they compare in size to a GSP? Are there lines that are bigger/smaller? Just depends. I've seen 90 pound vizslas, (way out of standard, and not a "well bred" vizsla) and I have one that might be right at 40. She's ...
by V-John
Thu Nov 07, 2013 8:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: to approved bitches.
Replies: 20
Views: 5047

Re: to approved bitches.

Chukar12 wrote:I just want a t shirt that says this
Winner. :)
by V-John
Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Vizsla owner questions
Replies: 20
Views: 8595

Re: Vizsla owner questions

Have five in the house. Have fostered around at least 20... What do you want to know?
by V-John
Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: feeding young pigeons
Replies: 6
Views: 1447

Re: feeding young pigeons

If you notice the young birds blinking their eyes more then usual they need s drink of water and its time to dunk their head in water.
by V-John
Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:12 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: NC/TN Trainer Search
Replies: 12
Views: 3145

Re: NC/TN Trainer Search

After that take him to South Carolina and Mo. You won't do better.