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(06/03/2013) Patience at the long distance

One of the basic principles of long distance racing is that you need a lot of patience. There are different long distance breeds that will only perform well as a yearling or at the age of two so it is essential that you allow your pigeons time to develop and to gain the necessary experience.

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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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(25/06/2012) The Barcelona excitement is rising

The international race from Barcelona is planned this season for Friday the 6th of July 2012. This event gives fanciers a lot to talk about, just as it does each year and it also keeps the none fanciers interested. The admiration for the pigeons which do well in this marathon of the skies is understood by everyone.

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(25/06/2012) About liars and ... overdosing!

It is sometimes amazing what a fancier tries to make us believe when we are visiting his lofts to make a report or when we make a casual visit. How many times have we heard fanciers claim that their pigeons live on a diet of water and seeds?

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(04/06/2012) Summer youngsters: a blessing for the patient fancier

Most fanciers are not fond of breeding pigeons in summer: they breed two or maybe three rounds from their loft without paying much attention to it and that is it.

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(11/05/2012) Pigeon Racing in the UK

In the United Kingdom there are a number of different unions governing the sport of pigeon racing, the main one being the Royal Pigeon Racing Association. HM the Queen is the patron of the RPRA and maintains a loft of pigeons on her Sandringham Estate, hence the Royal title.

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(31/03/2012) Flying with hens is not simple

Hens can compete against widowers in the most demanding long distance races. Victor Eerdekens from Limburg proved that in a tough Pau. He won 2nd National from a distance of 971 km. (600 miles).