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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

(16/09/2012) Pod fruit

Pod fruit is the type of vegetable with the most proteins. It is also easier to digest compared to cereals. Pod fruit is also low in fat, except for soyabeans.

Pigeon & Loft

(15/09/2012) Selection methods: the selection of young birds - part II

We were scrolling through some of our files and documents and we found an old copy of the newspaper Le Soir, in which René Dax talks about the experiences he gained from conversations with the late Louis Vermeijen, discussing the strict selection procedure that Louis used for selecting young birds.

Pigeon & Loft

(14/09/2012) Pigeon feed

In this article we will briefly discuss the major types of pigeon feed and their most important characteristics. To start off we will discuss the cereals. Cereals are rich in carbohydrates and they contain (very) little raw cellulose.

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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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(06/09/2012) 3de editie jongerenvlucht Eerlijk Duurt Langst Zeveren opnieuw succes

De derde editie van de jongeren-peterschapsvlucht kende terug een enorm succes. Niet minder dan 48 jongeren namen deel op zondag 2 september aan de duivenvlucht uit Moeskroen.

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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.

Pigeon & Loft

(26/08/2012) Old pigeons

Some fanciers are of the opinion that one should not breed from old pigeons as their progeny will lack vitality.

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(25/08/2012) Degeneration of the eyes, etc ... How to make a clear distinction? - Part II

This is a difficult subject. My son, who is a veterinary, thinks that degeneration is even worse for animals than it is for humans. Degenerated crossed birds can sometimes give the impression that they are very strong and that is just what some fanciers are looking for: strong birds.

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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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(23/08/2012) Benefietactie voor kinderhulp Srebrenica: schenk een bon voor de kinderen van Srebrenica

De Project Falcon Foundation werd op 19 juni 2012 opgericht. Ze wil een aanmerkelijke bijdrage leveren om de levensomstandigheden van inwoners in de regio Srebrenica te verbeteren. Ze hoopt dit onder andere te verwezenlijken door middel van een project waarbij duivenliefhebbers bons en geld kunnen schenken.

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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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(20/08/2012) 16. Freier Wettflug für Jungtauben der RV Heilbronn zugunsten der Deutschen Knochenmarkspender-Datei

Am 8. September 2012 findet der 16. Freie Wettflug für Jungtauben der RV Heilbronn zugunsten der Deutschen Knochenmarkspender-Datei statt. Die Tauben werden in Arcis-sur-Aube aufgelasen.

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(19/08/2012) Racing pigeons and genetics: about DNA, parental testing and speed genes

In this article we would like to discuss DNA, DNA profiling, parental testing, homing ability (the speed gene) with a theoretical and a practical approach.

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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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(14/08/2012) Decide for yourself how much you spend on your hobby!

There is hardly any hobby or leisure activity, whatever you want to call it, that does not cost any money. Could you even call it a hobby if it does not cost you anything?

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(12/08/2012) Strict selection and being patient: how to find a balance?

A strict selection combined with a patient approach: it seems rather contradictory if at all possible, but as a fancier it is in fact quite useful to try and combine the two.

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(11/08/2012) Darkening and its influence on youngsters

How does a longer night influence the moulting process of young birds? We did the test.