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Pigeon & Loft - Yearlings

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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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(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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(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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(19/02/2013) How to avoid dampness in the loft

Keeping your loft dry is one of the most important requirements for a successful career in pigeon racing.

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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.

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(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.

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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.

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(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.