Shipping Instructions for the year 2000

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.
Every trip to the airport takes ca. 3 hours of driving. To make this system more efficient, all birds should arrive on Friday evening or Saturday evening, whenever possible. Thank you for your consideration.

Ship all birds fully prepaid to:

Sportsman's Open R.P.O.

c/o Dr. Karl Frank

12523-129 Ave.Edmonton, AB

T5L 4L5

Phone on arrival: (780) 452-5525 or (780) 973-3411


An example of what not to do:

too small
Some poor birds had to travel in this much too low container, unable to stretch their neck or legs. We may complain about some overzealous airline personnel insisting on outrageous requirements but this example here is even worse as it is cruel to the birds.

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