Before one rushes to throw a few "squeakers " into a box and ship it off to whatever young bird derby one fancies, it is perhaps best to think about how one could have an advantage on the competition.The older the birds, the greater the likelihood of them starting to molt the flight feathers before the darkening system takes effect. Once they started molting the flight feathers, the molt will continue which may result in them being some flight feathers short during the races. I used to think that the eventual results may depend on the age of the young birds on their arrival. I no longer think this way. The youngsters should be healthy but above all should have the genetic endowment to perform well as young birds. "One cannot make a silk purse out of sow's ears ".To save on shipping expenses, ship with your neighbors as one shipment. It does not matter whether the birds are in different boxes or not, they just need to come as one shipment. No neighbors to ship with? Recruit some! There is no other derby in the world without perch fees and 100% of all entry fees paid back to the participants. Think about it.
Ship all birds fully prepaid to:
Sportsman's Open R.P.O.
c/o Dr. Karl Frank
12523-129 Ave.Edmonton, AB
Phone on arrival: (780) 452-5525 or (780) 973-3411