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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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(28/10/2010) Streptococcosis: symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

The sickness streptococcosis is a frequent disorder by pigeons. It is caused by a bacteria Streptococcus gallolyticus and in addition to paratyfus and chlamydiosis it is one of the most common bacterial pigeon diseases.

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(24/10/2010) The natural system flying mated

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

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(13/10/2010) When is separation necessary?

Around mid September, our birds' last round of youngsters is weaned. By then, our birds have all been on eggs for a few days, and the moult has set in. Once all the youngsters are weaned, the old birds coats seem to fall apart.

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(30/06/2010) Breeding better Pigeons (part 5)

In my past articles on performance and selection I covered My 6 Common Denominator Grading System plus our family of birds that have worked very well for us, clients and friends. Every once in a while we should ask ourselves, are we as a breeder really going in the right direction?

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(03/06/2010) Mitochondrial DNA and the significance of the maternal line

Mitochondria are found within each of our cells. Their main job is to produce energy so that when we run up a flight of stairs, just enough energy is produced for our cells.

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(11/05/2010) Breeding Better Pigeons (part 4)

A fast way to the top using both selection and performance. In this article I will cover key breeders from 4 out of our 5 pigeon families that were all selected from top performance lofts using our 6 Common Denominators Grading System.

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(19/04/2010) Airborne pigeons obey the pecking order During flight, pigeons in a flock follow the leader.

Pigeons wearing miniature backpacks containing tracking devices have revealed that the birds rapidly shift direction during flight in response to cues from the leading members of their group.

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(19/04/2010) Breeding Better Pigeons (part 3)

Selection of breeders. Some things that matter and some that don’t

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(16/04/2010) Breeding Better Pigeons (part 2)

In my first article I covered the importance of only selecting future breeders from a performance based family. In addition a good selection process will save you years of time and money.

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(16/04/2010) Feeding regime for the 4 seasons

Feeding, winter period, pairing up ans breeding, racing period and moulting

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(10/04/2010) Breeding better pigeons using performance pigeons and selection (part 1)

Over the last 13 years we have developed a family that has received 21 Ace pigeon awards in total and 7 of them are No.1 Ace Pigeons of all America. We know there are many roads to Rome. The destination in all cases is the same but not all prefer the same route.

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(01/04/2010) The History of the Belgium Racing Pigeon : National races from Rome

17 JULY 1937 National racec from Rome 713 birds. Organized by the "Club de la Porte de Chene," which was then located on Borgvalstraat in Brussels at the place where the "Colombe Joyeuse" was later established, the race was a real success.

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(25/02/2010) Streptococcosis: what it is and how it can be treated

The sickness streptococcosis is a frequently occurring disorder in pigeons. It is caused by the bacteria Streptococcus gallolyticus and is next to paratyphoid and chlamydia one of the most frequently occurring bacterial pigeon illnesses.

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(22/02/2010) My impressions on orientation

It is a known fact that most pigeon fanciers are always grumbling and displeased with what faces them. This observation is a timely one, and to convince oneself, one only has to go to the clubhouse at the time the clocks are being brought in to be checked.

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(20/02/2010) Resistance to medication, a growing problem

A while ago, a pigeon fancier paid me a visit for a routine check-up. The pigeons had received a cure of 8 days with ronidazole 10% (high doses). Upon examination, it appeared that the pigeons were truly full of trichomoniase!

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(19/02/2010) Les différentes sortes de Colombiers

On peut construire un colombier sous toit ou au jardin. Les colombiers bâtis sur une annexe, ou un garage peuvent être comparés aux pigeonniers de jardin, avec cette différence que tout dépend de ce qui se trouve en-dessous.

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(18/02/2010) Circovirus and the influence on vaccinations

Vaccinate your youngsters in time!!! For a few years circovirosis has been a new threat to our young pigeon population. Young pigeons, younger than 1 year are very vulnerable for infection, especially up to 4 months old.

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(17/02/2010) When are young pigeons weaned ?

This rule applies to the youngsters bred during the winter months as well as to those youngsters bred during the spring and early summer.

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(15/02/2010) Catharina Labouré - Patronne des colombophiles : Fête, le 28 Novembre

Catharina Labouré naquit le 2 mai 1806 à Fain-les Moutiers (Dijon) en France. La famille Labouré se composa de dix-neuf enfants.

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(15/02/2010) How to breed good pigeons ?

With the publisher of this paper I was discussing the contents of a pigeon magazine. I write in many of them and I can assure you that that is far from easy as far as foreign countries are concerned.