Preparations for an AU convention begin long before the event takes place. Not only do committees plan in advance for activities and accommodations, but they also begin receiving shippable birds (approximately 28-30 days of age) in order that the young birds can establish their new loft as their home.
For the protection of all birds involved in the race, the newly received birds are vaccinated before settling into their new home.
Here we see Sioux City’s Lynnette Howell and Dan Howell picking up convention birds from Carter Mayotte and Dennie Schnitker of Omaha.
In the second photograph, Dennie Schnitker is vaccinating a convention bird.