The Racing Pigeon - 5th April 2024

THE RACING PIGEON 5 APRIL 2024

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and evening. The overnight pairs have open hole from 8 to 12 when my parents come home and close them in. They are raced with eggs or babies in the nest. The young birds are Darkened until the second week of June. Their training begins in mid-May if the weather is good, starting from 5km and gradually moving up to 50km. After that there is club training up to 156km. At the end of June the official young bird racing begins from a distance of 85km. From then on the youngsters are trained twice a week from 20km, during summer holidays three times a week. They are exercised once a day for an hour. The youngsters are raced to the nest, as this makes it easier to pick birds for nomination. Most of them form pairs when they are old enough, and they are raced to eggs or babies, while others race unpaired. You mentioned the importance of a feeding schedule... Yes, we have a feeding schedule suited to the distance the pigeons have to fly. Preparatory to the season the racers are fed a mixture of two thirds diet and one third racing mix. Morning and evening half eggcup – more or less depending on the weather, up to a full eggcup in cold spells, one eggcup = 25 grammes. Widowers are fed in a cup in the nestbox. Each evening after exercise they get a pinch of small seeds (rape). They must eat up, for it is important that they’ll want to eat later in the week. If a pigeon doesn’t eat up it gets less the day after. The fancier must bear in mind that some birds need more corn than others. In addition to the supplements mentioned they are treated Sunday and Monday every third week with BS, a preparation against canker, cocci and gut infections. Short and Middle Distance (Friday basketing) Saturday on return: one eggcup racing

eggcup racing mix. Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning: Electrolytes or tea (alternative weeks). Wednesday: Vitamin/energy supplement on the corn. Long Distance (Thursday basketing) Pigeons fly every other week, so a 2- week schedule Saturday on return: one eggcup racing mix – more if they want. Sunday morning until the following Sunday evening: half eggcup diet mix morning and evening. Monday and Tuesday: half eggcup 50/50 diet/racing mix morning and evening. Wednesday and Thursday (basketing): one eggcup racing mix morning and evening. Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning: electrolytes or tea (alternative weeks). Wednesday (2nd week): Vitamin/energy supplement on the corn & a few peanuts each, also Thursday morning. Overnight Races These birds are raced Natural. They are fed in cups in the nestbox with racing mix three times a day. There is always corn in the cups, and they eat what they need. Each evening they get small seeds (rape), and the last four days before basketing they get a few peanuts in the evening. Saturday on return & Sunday and Monday they get electrolytes in the water, and the weekend before basketing they get vitamin/energy supplement on the corn. Young Bird Races All week a mixture of two thirds diet and one third racing mix. Saturday they can eat as much as they like. During the week the ration is increased from 12-15 grammes per pigeon to 25 grammes morning and evening. Supplements the same as for old pigeons on short distance. How do you keep your birds healthy? In mid-November we take samples of

mix – more if they want. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning: half eggcup diet mix morning and evening. Wednesday evening: half eggcup 50/50 diet/racing mix. Thursday morning and evening and Friday morning: one eggcup racing mix. Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning: Electrolytes or tea (alternative weeks). Thursday: vitamin/energy supplement on the corn.

droppings and throat swabs to the vet (Belgica de Weerd) for examination. If anything abnormal is observed the vet will recommend treatment. At the end of November they are given a treatment with Parastop from Belgica de Weerd against paratyphoid (salmonellosis), E-coli and a specific intestinal infections. We also consult the vet some weeks before the first race to ensure the pigeons are in top condition

Middle Distance (Thursday basketing) Saturday on return: one eggcup racing mix – more if they want. Sunday and Monday: half eggcup diet mix morning and evening. Tuesday: half eggcup 50/50 diet/racing mix morning and evening. Wednesday: half eggcup racing mix morning and evening. Thursday morning and afternoon: half

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