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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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(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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(28/01/2013) Tips for the winter breed

Many fanciers are convinced that they should keep their pigeons as close to their natural habitat as possible to allow them to breed strong and healthy pigeons.

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(27/01/2013) Training and handling

The training of a pigeon starts the moment it is weaned and has to fend for itself. Youngsters are weaned any time between 21 and 28 days of age.

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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?

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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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(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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(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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(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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(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.

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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).