18/12/2015 - As an increasing number of top lofts are trying to predict the level of performance and the value of their breed through genetic testing, the influence of this LDHA gene only becomes more and more apparent.
09/02/2015 - After having tested a lot of parentages by DNA, we thought it would be nice to publish some statistics of how many parentages were tested as correct parents or not. We have included 1241 recent parentage tests and 3617 samples for this evaluation, meaning we can make some very nice conclusions in general for racing pigeon breeding.
25/11/2010 - I will give a concise description of the main pigeon foods and their most striking properties. Firstly we have the cereals which are rich in carbohydrates and only contain little to very little crude fibre.
18/11/2010 - In «De Belgische Duivensport», I wrote an article about the moult in which I said «the moult is a natural function which, in normal circumstances, is completed without any special remedies from the manager.
12/11/2010 - Paratyphoid is caused by a Salmonella bacteria. This Salmonella var. Copenhagen is specific for pigeons. Although this disease is widely acknowledged by pigeon fanciers it is still an underestimated illness.
28/10/2010 - The sickness streptococcosis is a frequent disorder by pigeons. It is caused by a bacteria Streptococcus gallolyticus and in addition to paratyfus and chlamydiosis it is one of the most common bacterial pigeon diseases.
23/10/2010 - Panders are always seeking methods by which the pigeons may be urged to race home faster. One cannot hope to find a better jockey to assist in this matter than the pigeon's own natural instinct.
12/10/2010 - Around mid September, our birds' last round of youngsters is weaned. By then, our birds have all been on eggs for a few days, and the moult has set in. Once all the youngsters are weaned, the old birds coats seem to fall apart.
30/06/2010 - In my past articles on performance and selection I covered My 6 Common Denominator Grading System plus our family of birds that have worked very well for us, clients and friends. Every once in a while we should ask ourselves, are we as a breeder really going in the right direction?
10/05/2010 - A fast way to the top using both selection and performance. In this article I will cover key breeders from 4 out of our 5 pigeon families that were all selected from top performance lofts using our 6 Common Denominators Grading System.
10/05/2010 - It is a known fact that most pigeon fanciers are always grumbling and displeased with what faces them. This observation is a timely one, and to convince oneself, one only has to go to the clubhouse at the time the clocks are being brought in to be checked.
19/04/2010 - Pigeons wearing miniature backpacks containing tracking devices have revealed that the birds rapidly shift direction during flight in response to cues from the leading members of their group.
13/04/2010 - Over the last 13 years we have developed a family that has received 21 Ace pigeon awards in total and 7 of them are No.1 Ace Pigeons of all America. We know there are many roads to Rome. The destination in all cases is the same but not all prefer the same route.
30/03/2010 - 17 JULY 1937 National racec from Rome 713 birds. Organized by the "Club de la Porte de Chene," which was then located on Borgvalstraat in Brussels at the place where the "Colombe Joyeuse" was later established, the race was a real success.
25/02/2010 - The sickness streptococcosis is a frequently occurring disorder in pigeons. It is caused by the bacteria Streptococcus gallolyticus and is next to paratyphoid and chlamydia one of the most frequently occurring bacterial pigeon illnesses.
20/02/2010 - A while ago, a pigeon fancier paid me a visit for a routine check-up. The pigeons had received a cure of 8 days with ronidazole 10% (high doses). Upon examination, it appeared that the pigeons were truly full of trichomoniase!