Pigeon & Loft - Breeding

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(01/03/2013) A notebook or a computer to keep track of your loft: it does not really matter

We would like to talk about something that is definitely not new. However, it can be very interesting to keep detailed records of all the pigeons that are housed in your loft.

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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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(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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(28/01/2013) 寻找优秀种鸽-第二部分

我们相信多数鸽友都会有几羽雄鸽和雌鸽可以称为优秀种鸽配对。

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(15/01/2013) 寻找优秀种鸽配对-第一部分

究竟什么是优秀种鸽配对是很多鸽友经常提到的话题,我们知道有些鸽友正确地理解了这个词语。

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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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(26/12/2012) Youngsters bred in winter: can they become successful old birds?

We have been discussing this topic in previous articles and we return to the subject because we hear the following question a lot: is it true that youngsters bred in winter will lose their value later on; no matter how successful they were in their year of birth?

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(24/12/2012) In the depths of winter: breeding good youngsters is not an easy thing

Christmas day is here, which means that the new year is about to begin. While we were having Christmas dinner I was thinking about all the fanciers around. I wish them good luck, good health and a successful season in pigeon racing. At the same time I was wondering what will come out of the young birds that are about to hatch.

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(28/11/2012) What is a late youngster and are they useful?

A late youngster is basically a youngster that was born after the racing season. We could say that any pigeon born after 15 July is considered a late or after season young bird.

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(24/11/2012) About winter breeding – part IV

Evolution or revolution in pigeon breeding? There is not a lot of difference between the two as both evolution and revolution indicate a change. There is only a small difference between the two but there is one.

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(23/11/2012) From the end of the moult to the pairing; always be sensible - Part II

In the 40 years that we have been involved in pigeon racing we have regularly experienced some new theories, each of which were said to be infallible. Nevertheless, each of these theories found their way to the paper basket, because they did not work out in practice.

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(17/11/2012) Family breeding to consolidate a breed’s characteristics

Family breeding consolidates characteristics: a fancier uses well developed pigeons for this method, the pigeons he is most happy with. It allows him to maintain his breed or, to be more precise, to have pure bloodlines in their descendents.

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(17/11/2012) About winter breeding – part III

That is when we saw the introduction of widowhood. Our way of racing has not changed a lot since this new method came into use. However there is clearly some room for improvement for the system of widowhood itself.

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(11/11/2012) About winter breeding - part II

Fanciers who are not familiar with the normal development of a pigeon will find it more difficult to recognise abnormalities and deviations from the normal development compared to a fancier with a thorough knowledge.

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(06/11/2012) About winter breeding - part I

Do not neglect the natural environment. Many fanciers are convinced that their breeding birds should live as close to the natural environment as possible in order to have strong and healthy young birds in the nest bowls.

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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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(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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(12/08/2012) Strict selection and being patient: how to find a balance?

A strict selection combined with a patient approach: it seems rather contradictory if at all possible, but as a fancier it is in fact quite useful to try and combine the two.