Pigeon & Loft - Old pigeons

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(10/04/2013) Preparing for Barcelona

Before going into further detail about the system I use, I would first like to point out that my system is not necessarily a shining example. Keep in mind that Barcelona is the only important race on my calendar every season.

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(24/03/2013) Bad lofts in adverse seasons

Some years, the weather is especially damp and perverse. These years, a good loft is required more than ever in order to achieve a series of successive results.

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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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(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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(25/02/2013) Short distance racing

We can assume that a sprint race that takes place in hard weather is physically demanding for the pigeons. That is why it is advisable to use strong and well muscled pigeons if you want to gain good results in these sprint races.

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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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(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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(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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(14/12/2012) Things were a lot different around 1900 but was it better?

Our ideas about pigeon fancying have changed a lot compared to the year 1900. At the same time some things are still exactly the same as back then. It seems that people had already discovered some important truths about pigeons in the early 1900s.

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(11/12/2012) A good pigeon: the importance of the eye and wing theory

One of our regular visitors, a great champion himself, sent us a letter and asked us to publish it on our website. The writer of this letter is surprised to see that so many fanciers hold to theories that should help them to recognise the best pigeons in their loft, especially in winter.

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(01/12/2012) Things to consider in winter

This is about sparing your pigeons. In recent years fewer and fewer fanciers would spare their pigeons outside the season. However, more and more fanciers agree that you should not put too much strain on your young team of racers, but why is that?

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(30/11/2012) From the end of the moult to the pairing; the straight path - Part III

Here are some facts we would like to discuss: for anybody who knows a pigeon thoroughly – which is the case for any good fancier – it is not difficult to notice the physical qualities or any infirmities of one of his pigeons.

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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) 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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(15/11/2012) 换羽末期到配对期间

The energy ability on which a pigeon can draw in a season are limited, so that when you prepare a pigeon for racing, you must not work it too hard so that it is able to draw on these reserves to the full when racing starts. For the reader who has read what we have written about the future

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(21/10/2012) Pigeons and oxygen consumption

We have a set of basic rules in pigeon racing that cannot be stressed enough. Every time you bring up the subject people will say: “That’s old news, I already knew that!”

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(11/10/2012) The best pigeons now and in the past

About a hundred years ago (not two hundred years) we already had some pigeons that performed very well. They would in fact cover the distance between Bordeaux and Anwerp as fast as a pigeon could do today.

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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).