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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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(13/02/2010) Egg retention

I have come across an interesting case recently. A mondain breeder called me because one of his hens was unable to lay the egg that was palpable just before the cloaca. He tried to lubricate the cloaca by administering some paraffin oil in it but it did not help.

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(11/02/2010) Cock or hen, how to determine it

If you don't know how to determine the sex of your pigeon, we give you a handy trick !

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(10/02/2010) Special Loft Youngsters

When the youngsters are weaned, around the 20th to 25th of January, the cocks are placed in a separate widowers loft, in as far as this is possible and in as far as the cocks can already be determined.

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(09/02/2007) Vacciner: Nécessaire ou pas ?

La nouvelle génération grandit vite et les colombophiles doivent déjà penser aux préparations de la nouvelle saison. Une phase importante est la vaccination des pigeons.

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(02/02/2006) Ring prefixes and the corresponding country

You have the countrycode, but don't know from which country the ring is ... or visa versa ? This is your starting point !

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(14/10/2005) The wonders of apple cider vinegar

Real apple cider vinegar is a natural substance, but only if from a bio farm. It strengthens the immune system, as it is an excellent source of trace and micro elements. However, this is only true of vinegar derived from apples grown in a natural (e.g. grassy) environment free of fertilisers and insecticides. An apple that is artificially cultivated does not undergo real ripening, and so does not contain the biologically complete stock of micro elements of which it is genetically capable.

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(14/10/2005) About bacteria in general

Bacteria are single-cell creatures that are invisible to the naked eye. Their size varies from 0.1 to 10 microns (1 millimetre = 1,000 microns). Their structure varies from the simple to the complicated – for example, some do not even have a cell wall. For our purposes, we distinguish beneficial and pathogenic bacteria, though this classification is arbitrary and not necessarily precise. For example, some types of bacteria are largely beneficial or neutral for pigeons, but in certain conditions can still become pathogens.

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(08/05/2005) Wings in Flight

Over the last 28 years I have written many articles under various names about different aspects of racing pigeons and the sport in general, I think that now is the time to re-evaluate those idea's on what I have seen over the years during many loft visits.

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(07/12/2004) Practical microscope use - looking for solutions

Examples of situations in which the information gained with a microscope can aid an individual flier to improve his results are given below.

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(07/12/2004) Pigeons (ab)used during wars

One can always observe pigeons on pictures with Kamadeva, one of the oldest Hindu love gods. Christian religion tells the story of Noah who sent a pigeon 3 times to look for a dry piece of land. Little pigeon statues were found, made 5000 years before our era. The statues have a striking resemblance to modern race pigeons.

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(07/12/2004) Musée Colombophile - "La Hamaide"

Le pigeon voyageur possède désormais un musée qui lui est consacré. C'est à La Hamaide, en Province de Hainaut, pas très loin de Lessines !

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(30/11/2004) Widowhood and its methods - Questions and answers (part 1)

It seems to us the best way, to inform you of widowhood methods, in the form of questions and answers which will give a comlete and detailed study about this subject. It will consequently become a dialogue between a novice and an expert who is prepared to instruct and pass on knowledge obtained by long experience.

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(30/11/2004) Widowhood and its methods - Questions and answers (part 2)

It seems to us the best way, to inform you of widowhood methods, in the form of questions and answers which will give a comlete and detailed study about this subject. It will consequently become a dialogue between a novice and an expert who is prepared to instruct and pass on knowledge obtained by long experience.

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(30/11/2004) Widowhood and its methods - Questions and answers (part 3)

It seems to us the best way, to inform you of widowhood methods, in the form of questions and answers which will give a comlete and detailed study about this subject. It will consequently become a dialogue between a novice and an expert who is prepared to instruct and pass on knowledge obtained by long experience.

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(30/11/2004) Widowhood and its methods - Questions and answers (part 4)

It seems to us the best way, to inform you of widowhood methods, in the form of questions and answers which will give a comlete and detailed study about this subject. It will consequently become a dialogue between a novice and an expert who is prepared to instruct and pass on knowledge obtained by long experience.

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(30/11/2004) Widowhood and its methods - Questions and answers (part 5)

It seems to us the best way, to inform you of widowhood methods, in the form of questions and answers which will give a comlete and detailed study about this subject. It will consequently become a dialogue between a novice and an expert who is prepared to instruct and pass on knowledge obtained by long experience.

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(30/11/2004) Widowhood and its methods - Questions and answers (part 6)

It seems to us the best way, to inform you of widowhood methods, in the form of questions and answers which will give a comlete and detailed study about this subject. It will consequently become a dialogue between a novice and an expert who is prepared to instruct and pass on knowledge obtained by long experience.

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(24/11/2004) L'importance des soins au retour d'un Concours

Vous avez certainement déjà lu ou entendu prononcer la phrase suivante : "c'est au retour d'un concours qu'on prépare le mieux ses succès futurs". Tous les champions sont unanimes sur ce point et ils attachent une importance capitale aux soins donnés immédiatement après l'arrivée des pigeons.

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(30/04/2004) Varied opinions of the wingtheory after 20 years of pigeon racing (part 1)

We have not departed from our costum to investigate every conclusion beforehand, and have never made a rash decision and also have never been strongly influenced with the different theories put forward with much publicity, hoping to find a ready market and financial gain. Up to the present time, as we are writing this, we have never, after being in the pigeonsport for over 20 years, rued the day of our innate caution on this point.

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(30/04/2004) Varied opinions of the wingtheory after 20 years of pigeon racing (part 2)

We have not departed from our costum to investigate every conclusion beforehand, and have never made a rash decision and also have never been strongly influenced with the different theories put forward with much publicity, hoping to find a ready market and financial gain. Up to the present time, as we are writing this, we have never, after being in the pigeonsport for over 20 years, rued the day of our innate caution on this point.