Saturday, February 21, 2015

Pigeons in War

At the outbreak of World War 2 thousands of Britain’s pigeon fanciers gave their pigeons to the war effort to act as message carriers. During the period of the war nearly a quarter of a million birds were used by the army, the RAF and the Civil Defence Services including the police, the fire service, Home Guard and even Bletchley Park. Pigeon racing was stopped and birds of prey along the coasts of Britain were culled so that British pigeons could arrive home unhindered by these predators. There were tight controls on the keeping of pigeons and even rationing for pigeon community.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015


Dr Colin Walker established the Australian Pigeon Company in 1994, to develop, manufacture and distribute a range of veterinary medicines and health supplements for pigeons. Dr Walker's veterinary expertise, together with his knowledge of the requirements of pigeon racers, gathered through experience of his own race team, place him in the unique situation to develop such products. The result is a range of quality products made for the pigeon racer and based on sound veterinary knowledge. 

A summary list of the most popular and widely used products follows, together with information on the common diseases and the best way to use these medications in their control. The most common health problems encountered in pigeons are canker, respiratory infection, Coccidia, worms and external parasites. 

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Link to Racing Pigeon Forum

Ideal Pigeon Loft

The best breeding loft is very open, because breeding takes place during the warmer months. At night the birds usually rest comfortably in their nest boxes and during the day a large open flight provides the adults and babies in the nest with the health benefits of direct sunlight. The open breeding loft improves the circulation of fresh air and promotes a drier loft, which in turn improves the breeding performance. Breeding is far less stressful to the pigeon than racing and maintaining their health is so much easier, because the birds are not exposed to the outside diseases and hardships of the race basket.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunday, December 7, 2014

7 countries impose restrictions on Canadian poultry due to avian influenza. How does this affect our Racing & Show pigeons?

TCC Loft asks "Has anything changed?" This may have already been answered in 2005. Today's news, combined with a 2005 article written by Dr Paul G. Miller PhD, DVM, Pennsylvania , USA
By Jeremy Haiinsworth, The Associated Press
December 6, 2014
VANCOUVER - Seven countries have imposed trade restrictions on Canadian poultry as a fifth farm in British Columbia's Fraser Valley was put under quarantine for avian influenza, officials said Saturday.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said that more than 140,000 turkeys and chickens from the affected farms will be euthanized.
The agency said the fifth farm near Abbotsford was quarantined after higher than normal turkey deaths were reported by a farmer Friday.
B.C. chief veterinary officer Dr. Jane Pritchard says 60,000 turkeys are in the fifth farm.

Avian influenza was first detected a week ago on a broiler-breeder chicken farm in Chilliwack which housed 7,000 chickens. About 1,000 of the chickens died from avian influenza.
Officials say no people have fallen ill.
The B.C. outbreak has led at least seven countries —the United States, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, South Africa and Mexico — to ban poultry products from B.C. or all of Canada.
Canada's chief veterinary officer, Dr. Harpreet Kochhar said birds from the first farms where avian influenza was detected have already been euthanized.
Kochhar said the source of the infection is not yet known, although he added that it's possible that wild or migratory birds could have infected the farms. He said the focus is on containing the infection's spread.
Pritchard said there had been movement of birds between some of the infected farms.
In 2004, health officials ordered 17 million chickens, turkeys and other domestic birds slaughtered to contain an outbreak of avian influenza at 42 poultry farms in B.C.'s Fraser Valley, costing the poultry industry hundreds of millions of dollars.
Avian influenza poses little risk to people who are consuming poultry meat if it is handled and cooked properly.
In rare cases, the virus can be transmitted to people who have had close contact with the birds, health officials said.

How does this affect our pigeons?
Avian Influenza - Update Winter 2005
Dr Paul G. Miller PhD, DVM
Pennsylvania , USA
In the United States and Canada, the situation is as it was before: the American H5N1 has low pathogenicity, and pigeons (and humans) don't get it. That doesn't mean that we can become complacent and forget about Avian Influenza; we still need to be very vigilant and make sure that all Avian Influenza is well controlled so that we don't get into the situation we have in Asia. In particular, let me reiterate a few precautionary principles.
  • Do NOT let your birds mix with migratory birds, especially waterfowl or shorebirds. All wild birds should be kept out of your loft and off your premises. Do NOT feed wild birds around your pigeon loft.
  • Do NOT let your birds mix with any other domestic poultry; galliforms and waterfowl can and do get Avian Influenza, and could set up a situation similar to the Asian situation, expanding the host range into pigeons. Don't let this happen.
  • Do NOT allow your birds to mix with feral pigeons, and do not allow feral pigeons into your loft.
  • Avoid any and all contact with hogs, even indirect. Hogs are the 'mixing vessel' to combine the Avian Influenza strains with human adapted strains. Many of the Avian Influenza cases I have seen in domestic poultry have been associated with hogs.
  • When training, keep birds under control, and do NOT allow them to just sit around outside on the loft roof; they should be either in the air or in the loft. Young birds traveling to scout the territory is fine, as long as they are flying. Except for settling, birds should not just sit on the roof.
  • Races and training flights should be arranged so that the birds can make it home in a reasonable amount of time. Do NOT release into bad weather, weather 'fronts', low atmospheric pressure, high winds, other races crossing their flight path, etc.
  • Do NOT import pigeons from Europe, except through approved USDA quarantine stations. Since the Asian H5N1 HPAI can infect pigeons, we must be VERY CAUTIOUS with anything from Europe. There are plenty of good birds available domestically; it is no longer necessary to import from Europe.
  • In the case of an Avian Influenza break in any species, keep yourself and your birds totally clear of any contact, even indirect or incidental.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Jim Jenner proves Richard Louv on track

How powerful are pigeons in the lives of children? And why should parents and educators care?

Jim Jenner has a new film that answers these questions in spades. Called "Young Wings" it's a heartwarming story designed to convince non-pigeon ...people to look at our birds with new understanding. It premiered at the official opening of the new American Pigeon Museum in Oklahoma City in June.

Less than a half hour in length the film reveals the undying power of pigeons to improve children's emotional well-being as well as stimulate award-winning academic performance through hands on study of the birds.

The five-year production was sponsored in part by contributions from pigeon groups around the world, but you can also contribute to Jim's work on films like this. Remember to leave a "tip" after the film if you like it!

To see the film, FOR FREE, please visit
Paccom Films
Our children are missing out -Pick up a copy of “Last Child in the Woods” by Richard Louv

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Moving Hens from the Widowhood Loft

If we can, a hen that has produced well in the widowhood loft is moved to the stock loft. Also, hens that are inclined to mate to other hens when separated from their mates, go either to the stock loft, or are eliminated.

Taken from Widowhood Flying
by Mark Gordon

Friday, July 12, 2013

Six Hours

Any youngsters which has flown more than six hours whether it was first home or an also ran should not go the following week.

Taken from Widowhood Flying
by Mark Gordon

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Escheria Coli

The most common ailment developed by racing pigeons in a state of 'stress' is known as 'Escheria Coli'. This occurs when the bacteria in the intestines is brought into a state of imbalance, such as when 'stress' has robbed the bird of its appetite. Thus, an increase in Escheria Coli creates watery, green droppings, sometimes associated with a jelly-like substance. The next stage is 'Going Light' and if something is not done quickly the pigeon dies.

Taken from Ailments & Diseases of The Racing Pigeon
by Old Hand

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Stress and The Racing Pigeon

'Stress' can bring on illness and death. Racing pigeons are not flying machines but thinking animals who are subject to mental upsets and reactions. They can fret over many things such as the loss of a mate, incarceration in the basket, irregular meals, the 'night out' when sitting eggs or squeakers, and so on. To fret is to worry and to worry unduly invariably leads to loss of appetite. You will have noticed that loss of appetite precedes most pigeon ailments and diseases.

Taken from The Ailments & Diseases of The Racing Pigeon
by Old Hand