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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.

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(26/02/2013) La Colombofilia en Argentina: 127 años de historia

Argentina, país sudamericano. Viene bien conocer algunos datos de importancia: Este país se independizó de la Corona Española en 1810, fecha similar a la de otros estados del cono sur como Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, Bolivia.

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(25/02/2013) Short distance racing

We can assume that a sprint race that takes place in hard weather is physically demanding for the pigeons. That is why it is advisable to use strong and well muscled pigeons if you want to gain good results in these sprint races.

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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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(14/02/2013) Effective Drug Policies for Racing Pigeons

Back in May of 2012, Peta released a “Sting” video about the racing pigeon sport, and from the very beginning, this video was full of misrepresentations and out right lies. However, in one part of the video, a club officer of one of the IF clubs in the NYC area (see legend below), actually stated on the video that the racing pigeon sport has a doping problem.

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(09/02/2013) Fanciers can make money instantly ... and avoid numerous problems in the future - Part III

If you still have doubts about the usefulness of throat examination you should go and take a look at the pigeons in the loft of a very successful fancier and check their throats. After that you should also check the throats of less successful pigeons.

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(08/02/2013) Pierre Dordin (Harnes, FR) studied the influence of location, wind and mass on the results - Part III

In the third and final part of this article, Pierre Dordin draws some conclusions from his study.

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(07/02/2013) Pierre Dordin (Harnes, FR) studied the influence of location, wind and mass on the results – part II

A good friend of Dordin was so kind to show me two of Dordin’s notebooks, which include reports, interpretations, commentaries etc. of the studies conducted in the races from Morcenx (8 July ’50), Angouleme (26 June ’51) and Libourne (5 July ’52).

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(06/02/2013) Ask The Vet: theme questions (pigeon herpes virus)

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

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(05/02/2013) Pierre Dordin (Harnes, FR) studied the influence of location, wind and deviation from flight route on the results – Part I

In the middle of the previous century the pharmacist Pierre Dordin conducted a study into the influence of location, crosswind, deviation from the flight line, the disadvantage of short distance flights etc.

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(04/02/2013) Fanciers can make money instantly... and avoid numerous problems in the future – Part II

During and shortly after the Second World War people in general and fanciers in particular were not really interested in pre-war theories, methods and systems used in pigeon racing; they had other priorities at that time.

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(03/02/2013) Pigeon project at Kingsmead Technology College (Hednesford, UK)

Back to school at Kingsmead Technology College. We have had a very tough season with only a few weeks races getting to a mile a minute and with wet and cold days all year it was always going to be hard racing for our pigeons which are all yearlings.

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(01/02/2013) Different methods of racing pigeons

Fanciers have, over the years, developed different methods of racing pigeons, each having as its main objective the improved performance of their pigeons.

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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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(26/01/2013) Fanciers can make money in an instant... and avoid numerous problems in the future – Part I

The famous movie Gone with the wind and Salmon Rushdie’s Satanic Verses were considered milestones in the world of cinema and literature. One of the milestones in pigeon racing was the publishing of the book, The full secret about the knowledge of carrier and home pigeons (Het volmaakte geheim in zake kennis van Reis- en Kweekduiven in Dutch) by F. Linden in 1925, which had quite an impact.

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(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.

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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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(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.

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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...