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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

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(07/10/2012) The origin of the Belgian racing pigeon: from rock dove to carrier pigeon - part I

In two articles we take you back to the origins of the racing pigeon as we know it today. We begin our journey in Ancient China, many years before the start of the Christian Calendar.

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(06/10/2012) Vitality and fertility - the true value of a racing pigeon

To get a good idea of the value of a racing pigeon you should thoroughly examine the bird’s build. You should also determine the strong and weak points of the pigeon from its birth.

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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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(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.

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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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(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?