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

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(09/02/2017) Eleven primaries in domestic pigeons: the inheritance mechanism unravelled

Pigeons usually have ten primaries. However, exceptions with eleven primaries occur. The way in which this feature is inherited, has been unravelled after fifteen years of research and almost 500 test results. The expression of this characteristic is based on three genes, acting together.

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(18/12/2015) The genetic research goes on: New gene dopamine receptor type 4 influences racing performance

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.

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(25/11/2015) Pigeons identify breast cancer 'as well as humans'

Pigeons, with training, did just as well as humans in a study testing their ability to distinguish cancerous from healthy breast tissue samples.

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(09/02/2015) DNA testing: How many times is the pedigree correct?

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.

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(19/12/2014) End of year report of the Kingsmead School Pigeon Project

2014 will surly go down as one to remember here at Kingsmead School the project has had its most successful year ever both in and out of the classroom, there have been new arrivals to the project both of the feather variety and also with the addition to the team of students that look after the pigeons.

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(14/11/2014) Pigeon fanciers, jump into the future

As a fancier we are susceptible to new ideas and innovations in pigeon racing. It is by chance that we stumbled across a product that dozens of fanciers were already talking about. This product called Wonder Pigeon was invented in Italy and its formula is patented worldwide.

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(29/06/2014) Back to school with Kingsmead School

The season has well and truly started at Kingsmead School. The past few months alterations were made to the loft for the start of the 2014 racing season. Some of Kingsmead's students got pigeons of their own and new sponsors became part of the Kingsmead School Project.

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(16/06/2014) The MNFC’s ‘Flying Back to Nature’ & ‘Secret Messages’ websites are ready for take-off

The new website 'Flying back to nature' was created, to educate schoolchildren of the benefits of nature and to introduce them to the world of pigeons. A second website, 'Secret messages', tells of the impact of racing pigeons during the two World Wars.

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(06/02/2014) The LDHA gene is the next step to top performances in pigeon racing

LDHA is the gene that stands for a lactate dehydrogenase enzyme in racing pigeons. This is an enzyme that is responsible for the recycling of lactate (into pyruvate) in the muscles. Pyruvate can be burned again by muscle fibres.

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(16/08/2013) Ask The Vet: theme questions (ornithosis)

Occasionally, we will select some very interesting questions and answers concerning a certain topic (disease, medicines, etc.) and publish them on our homepage. Today's topic is ornithosis.

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(30/07/2013) Homing Pigeons Fly Home Using Mental Map

Homing pigeons fly off from an unknown place in unfamiliar territory and still manage to find their way home. Their ability to find their way home has always been fascinating to us humans. Despite intensive research, it is not yet definitively clear where this unusual gift comes from.

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(27/05/2013) The Queen’s Wings

The Queen of England celebrated her Diamond Jubilee to mark 60 years as the country’s monarch in June 2012. The Midlands National Flying Club organised a race from Fougeres in France to lay tribute to this great occasion. The decision was made by the Club’s committee to not only arrange the race but also to make a film of the event.

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(10/04/2013) Preparing for Barcelona

Before going into further detail about the system I use, I would first like to point out that my system is not necessarily a shining example. Keep in mind that Barcelona is the only important race on my calendar every season.

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(25/03/2013) What are the criteria for classifying ace pigeons in Germany?

The ace pigeons in Germany are one of a kind. They constitute a special category of versatile pigeons of supreme quality but what in fact are the requirements to become an ace pigeon in Germany?

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(24/03/2013) Bad lofts in adverse seasons

Some years, the weather is especially damp and perverse. These years, a good loft is required more than ever in order to achieve a series of successive results.

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(17/03/2013) How to attract young people

We think we should not only focus on the press, which reports extensively about plenty of sports, including pigeon racing. We should also provide information using modern media: television and of course the internet, which has loads of possibilities.

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(06/03/2013) Patience at the long distance

One of the basic principles of long distance racing is that you need a lot of patience. There are different long distance breeds that will only perform well as a yearling or at the age of two so it is essential that you allow your pigeons time to develop and to gain the necessary experience.

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(04/03/2013) The natural flying mated - part II

From the chosen candidates I will eliminate until I have only two or three left which are both in top physical condition and also in the right nesting condition to create the required mental condition.

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(04/03/2013) The natural flying mated - part I

Fanciers are always seeking methods by which the pigeons may be urged to race home faster. One cannot hope to find a better method to assist in this matter than the pigeon's own natural instinct.

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(01/03/2013) A notebook or a computer to keep track of your loft: it does not really matter

We would like to talk about something that is definitely not new. However, it can be very interesting to keep detailed records of all the pigeons that are housed in your loft.

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