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(01/12/2012) Things to consider in winter

This is about sparing your pigeons. In recent years fewer and fewer fanciers would spare their pigeons outside the season. However, more and more fanciers agree that you should not put too much strain on your young team of racers, but why is that?

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(30/11/2012) From the end of the moult to the pairing; the straight path - Part III

Here are some facts we would like to discuss: for anybody who knows a pigeon thoroughly – which is the case for any good fancier – it is not difficult to notice the physical qualities or any infirmities of one of his pigeons.

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(23/11/2012) From the end of the moult to the pairing; always be sensible - Part II

In the 40 years that we have been involved in pigeon racing we have regularly experienced some new theories, each of which were said to be infallible. Nevertheless, each of these theories found their way to the paper basket, because they did not work out in practice.

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(17/11/2012) About winter breeding – part III

That is when we saw the introduction of widowhood. Our way of racing has not changed a lot since this new method came into use. However there is clearly some room for improvement for the system of widowhood itself.

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(15/11/2012) From the end of the moult untill pairing up time. - Part I

The energy ability on which a pigeon can draw in a season are limited, so that when you prepare a pigeon for racing, you must not work it too hard so that it is able to draw on these reserves to the full when racing starts. For the reader who has read what we have written about the future

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(21/10/2012) Pigeons and oxygen consumption

We have a set of basic rules in pigeon racing that cannot be stressed enough. Every time you bring up the subject people will say: “That’s old news, I already knew that!”

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(11/10/2012) The best pigeons now and in the past

About a hundred years ago (not two hundred years) we already had some pigeons that performed very well. They would in fact cover the distance between Bordeaux and Anwerp as fast as a pigeon could do today.

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(30/09/2012) Selection methods: performance-based selection - part IV

Some time ago I was reading an interesting article about the selection of race horses based on their performance. Most fanciers select their pigeons on the basis of their performance as well. Since pigeons are often called the race horses of the sky I would like to further discuss the possibilities of a performance-based selection method for your pigeons.

Pigeon & Loft

(29/09/2012) The more you select the more you win!

Making a selection in your loft comes down to selecting the birds that would form the strongest team for the racing season. A strict selection is important to have a good breed in the future. It helps you to find the good breeders in your loft who breed the best young birds, of which the value increases year after year.

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(22/09/2012) Selection methods: learn from the masters - part III

In the first part of the book 'A history of pigeon racing in Belgium' (Geschiedenis van de Belgische duivensport) by Jules Gallez there is a chapter that discusses the pigeons of the then world famous Huyskens-Van Riel family (p. 78).

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(09/09/2012) Selection methods - part I

By the end of September most of the competitions in pigeon racing will be completed. By the end of October the 2012 racing season is over. We would think that the fanciers and their pigeons get a deserved rest now and that they can relax for a few months after a long and demanding season.

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(08/09/2012) Every pigeon moults in a different way - Bathing

The moult is a hot topic in pigeon racing: a lot has been said about it and we still get a lot of questions. It is a fact that one pigeon moults quicker than another. Some fanciers believe that long distance racers tend to moult later in the season compared to sprint racers. Others think fast moulters are weak birds.

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(26/08/2012) How to give your summer youngsters all the chances as a yearling next season? - part II

The least we can say about a yearling is that it is a peculiar bird. A new fancier who was successful with his youngsters in the previous season will think that these birds will be successful as yearlings as well.

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(24/08/2012) Poisoned pigeons

Sometimes a pigeon would manage to win a top prize early in the season but after a while the bird cannot even manage to enter its box anymore. This is a clear example of a poisoned pigeon.

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(20/08/2012) How to give your summer youngsters all the chances as a yearling next season? - part I

It was only shortly before the Second World War that race organisers started to take an interest in the yearlings. It took us many years before a distinction was made between yearlings and old birds in Brussels.

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(17/08/2012) The moult and its side issues - Part II

Back in the days it was often believed that moulting chicken hens should be kept in a good physical condition; that is why they were given as much grain as possible (barley, wheat, corn) and only a small portion of flour (which is rich in proteins).

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(17/08/2012) The moult and side issues - Part I

Last week I had a visit from my veterinarian. He did not come to see my pigeons; they were all fine., but soon we were talking about the pigeons and that is when he decided to go to the loft to have a look at the moulting process of my pigeons.

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(16/08/2012) The functional effective wing

Many pigeons have been imported into South Africa and this trend has been accelerated in recent years. Most of these pigeons have not performed as well as had been expected even though they have come from some of Belgium's champion lofts.

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(05/08/2012) The moult

For vitality and fertility, a good moult is of vital importance for a racing pigeon if you want it to perform well over the entire season.

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(08/07/2012) Widowhood in all it aspects - part IV

Influence of the moult on the widowers during the racing season. The dropping of the first pen. Irregular moulting and the consequenties.