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The Pigeon & Loft section contains articles on game types (e.g. nest game), building up a loft, etc. It is ultimate source of information if you start racing pigeons but also useful for dyed-in-the-wool fanciers.

Pigeon & Loft

Pigeon & Loft

(23/01/2013) Duivencentrum Nishoek: bonnenverkoop

Op woensdag 28 juli 2010 werd de fusie van vier naar één vereniging een feit. De weg naar de uitbouw van “Duivencentrum Nishoek”, voor vrienden door vrienden, kon worden aangesneden!

Pigeon & Loft

(19/01/2013) Looking for a good breeding pair – part II

We honestly think chances are likely that the majority of fanciers have a few cocks and hens in their lofts that could make for a good quality breeding pair.

Pigeon & Loft

(18/01/2013) De kwaliteit van de pluim

De mens heeft in de geschiedenis steeds geprobeerd dieren en planten te veredelen door een bestudeerde fok of teelt. Onze voorouders en wijzelf doen dit ten bate van onze eigen behoeven.

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(17/01/2013) The superiority of Flemish fanciers, as recorded in 1951: how much has changed?

In 1951 the fanciers from West Flanders were simply unbeatable. Never before have the fanciers from around the coast been so dominant as today. Is this still the case today? And if so, why? For one thing, the release sites were almost the same as today.

Pigeon & Loft

(12/01/2013) Looking for a good breeding pair – part I

What exactly is a good breeding pair? It seems that a lot of fanciers use that word very often and we think some use that word lightly.

Pigeon & Loft

(11/01/2013) Balegemse duivenmarkt 2013: affiche

Op zondag 3 maart 2013 vindt de Balegemse duivenmarkt opnieuw plaats. Hier vindt u alvast de affiche.

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(05/01/2013) Some thoughts about winter breeding: the use of bonemeal and cod liver oil

When I was reading through some old articles I found a few notes about winter breeding. On the back of the paper I had written: from an interview with long distance fancier Raymond Van Steenberghe on 12 October 1980.

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(29/12/2012) Did you know that...: pigeon trivia

The pigeon is still an unsolved mystery and scientists have not yet been able to explain the amazing sense of orientation of the pigeon. Did you know that...

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(26/12/2012) Youngsters bred in winter: can they become successful old birds?

We have been discussing this topic in previous articles and we return to the subject because we hear the following question a lot: is it true that youngsters bred in winter will lose their value later on; no matter how successful they were in their year of birth?

Pigeon & Loft

(24/12/2012) In the depths of winter: breeding good youngsters is not an easy thing

Christmas day is here, which means that the new year is about to begin. While we were having Christmas dinner I was thinking about all the fanciers around. I wish them good luck, good health and a successful season in pigeon racing. At the same time I was wondering what will come out of the young birds that are about to hatch.

Pigeon & Loft

(14/12/2012) Things were a lot different around 1900 but was it better?

Our ideas about pigeon fancying have changed a lot compared to the year 1900. At the same time some things are still exactly the same as back then. It seems that people had already discovered some important truths about pigeons in the early 1900s.

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(11/12/2012) A good pigeon: the importance of the eye and wing theory

One of our regular visitors, a great champion himself, sent us a letter and asked us to publish it on our website. The writer of this letter is surprised to see that so many fanciers hold to theories that should help them to recognise the best pigeons in their loft, especially in winter.

Pigeon & Loft

(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.

Pigeon & Loft

(28/11/2012) What is a late youngster and are they useful?

A late youngster is basically a youngster that was born after the racing season. We could say that any pigeon born after 15 July is considered a late or after season young bird.

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(24/11/2012) About winter breeding – part IV

Evolution or revolution in pigeon breeding? There is not a lot of difference between the two as both evolution and revolution indicate a change. There is only a small difference between the two but there is one.

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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.

Pigeon & Loft

(21/11/2012) What a pharmacist told us

There used to be a pharmacist in Germany who was known for having pigeons that won one top prize after another. One of our colleagues interviewed him a while back and now I would like to discuss some of the most interesting topics.

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(17/11/2012) Family breeding to consolidate a breed’s characteristics

Family breeding consolidates characteristics: a fancier uses well developed pigeons for this method, the pigeons he is most happy with. It allows him to maintain his breed or, to be more precise, to have pure bloodlines in their descendents.

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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.