|Posted by Webmaster on December 9, 2011 at 10:35 PM||comments (1)|
"The Donts In The Pigeon Sport"
By Florante Lim Bunag
There were so many things that we learned and still learning in our beloved pigeon sport. But the things we shouldn't do was something that we always forgot to implement. Hopefully the following don'ts could change your point of view in your own loft and the sport in general.
A. Don't feed to much, overfeeding would always be the downfall of a good fancier .Feed sparingly and according to the workload of your athletes. There was an old saying "feeding is poison". Don't feed to much and don't feed too less, both would have a devastating effect on your race birds.
B. Don't burn your candle in both ends. Racing and breeding at the same time was a good example of this phrase.
C. Don't overcrowd your loft with pigeons. Overcrowding will always lead to unhealthy loft conditions.
D. Don't loft fly or train your birds with a full crop.
E. Don't send your birds to a training toss if the weather conditions is not good for the safe return of your pigeons.
F. Don't give grit when your giving antibiotics specially the mycin drugs and remove the grit at least 3 days before shipping the bird to the race.
G. Don't send a bird to the race if their health is doubtful.
H. Don't keep birds that doesn't belong to you. It is very unethical to keep stray birds that belong to other fanciers. Try your very best to return the stray bird to its rightful owner.
I. Don't cheat. Cheaters were losers in the pigeon world. And don't ever put up double personality specially when joining an e-group. "You will just be fooling your own self".
J. Don't hesitate to help deserving new members starting in our beloved sport.
K. Don't condemn your mentor if his gift bird did not win or bred a race winner for you. It may be because of your short comings.
L. Don't hesitate to ask questions about the sport to your friends who were knowledgeable and experienced regarding topics that were not clear to your understanding.
M. Don't held back when you wanted to experiment something in the loft. You might discover a new system that would devastate your competition during the breeding and racing season.
N. Don't be a sore loser. Congratulate the winner in your club, a firm hand shake would do the trick.
O. Don't accuse someone of cheating if you don't have a solid proof in your hands. The reputation of a fancier is at stake.
P. Don't be a cry baby in your club. Try to be an asset to your club. "It is what you can do to your club and not what the club can do to you".
Q. Don't expect great performances in your pigeons if your not treating them right. Give the best care you can give and you will be amazed on what your pigeons will give back in return specially on race days.
R. Don't keep a bird in the loft if your not happy with the bird. Only keep birds that you really like so you would be happy being with your birds. "A happy fancier means happy contented birds contentment was the key word of being a champion fancier".
S. Don't settle birds if it is only lend to you for breeding .Do your best to keep the bird happy and secured. Properly update the lender when you were to return back the said bird. Make sure to return the bird in excellent health condition to the good hearted lender. Incase the bird escaped from your loft or the bird died under your care, It is just proper to repay the lender the full value of the said bird.
T. Don't be a lazy fancier. Clean and disinfect your loft in a scheduled manner.
U. Don't hesitate to find a pigeon to cull every time you enter your loft. If you can't find a bird to cull then all is well in the loft.
V. Don't feed your birds second class grains. Give them the very best grains available.
W. Don't let the waterer be contaminated with molds and harmful bacteria. Clean the waterer everyday and replenish them with fresh clean water. "Water is a source of life".
X. Don't ever think that you can keep your birds healthy without giving preventive medications specially for coccidia, canker and upper respiratory. Always follow the dosage set up by the manufacturer.
Y. Don't presume that your birds would be safe. Vaccinate yearly for PMV and Parathyphoid.
Z. Don't forget to give your birds vitaminerals, brewers yeast, and grits specially when they were feeding youngsters in the nest. Giving wheatgerm oil/cod liver oil and adding more safflower in their feed ration can keep their oil glands functioning properly.
In due time you can add some more Don'ts in the list and you will be amazed that there are more don'ts that you can put up in the near future. It just meant that you are becoming aware of your hobby and in the right path to "SUCCESS".
|Posted by Webmaster on December 9, 2011 at 10:20 PM||comments (3)|
BASKETING, RACE DAY AND RACE RECOVERY PROTOCOL
By Dr. Colin Walker
'The Flying Vet'
As the day of basketing approaches, it becomes increasingly important that everything is done correctly. An error now means that there is little time to correct it or for the pigeons to forget. The fancier should walk into his basketing centre with healthy, fit, motivated pigeons that are calm in them and ready for the task at hand. The fancier's efforts during the week culminate on the day of basketing. The result on race day is a direct quantitative assessment of these efforts.
What to drink
Of prime importance is that the birds drink well during the day. Often, clean, plain water is the best. Some medications are bitter and these are best avoided. Anything added to the water should be familiar to the birds and very palatable. Benefit can be obtained in some birds by giving probiotics or multivitamins. Do be careful, however, as sugar-based or electrolyte preparations put in the water too concentrated can actually dehydrate the birds.
What to feed
Carbohydrates and fats are the energy sources during flight. This does not, however, mean that the birds should be gorged with these types of seed. This only leads to the accumulation of body fat, which is a hindrance. The diet should be based on these grains but should be fed at a level matching the birds' exercise to allow them to become full and buoyant but not heavy in the hand. A grain mix based on corn, safflower, milo, wheat and rice is good. It makes no sense to feed more than approximately 25% legumes (peas and beans) now. Any grits, pick stones or other supplements that contain excessive (more than 2%) salt should be removed 1 - 2 days before basketing but returned to the loft before the birds return.
When to exercise
Some fliers prefer to keep the birds in the loft on basketing day. This prevents the risk of the birds over flying due to their race readiness or a loft scare. The last thing anyone wants is for the birds to fly their race around the loft on basketing day. Keeping them in also allows for controlled feeding. With the birds in the loft, there is no chance of the first birds through the trap eating substantially more than the last ones in or getting more of an opportunity to selectively eat more of the tastier grains, e.g. safflower. If kept in the loft, the birds also cannot get wet if it does happen to rain. It is nice to send birds covered in bloom and definitely bad to send birds that are damp.
The decision to keep the birds in or not is more important for sprint racing. The advantage of letting them out is that the birds stay in their loft routine. All pigeons, particularly youngsters, get a feeling of security from a daily routine that is predictable for them. A day that is relatively normal puts them more at ease. If accustomed to a fly and not let out, the birds can often be extremely restless in the loft. If flown normally, they are more likely to drink normally and rest properly in the loft as basketing approaches. A moderate fly also allows them to stretch and tone their muscles.
The act of basketing itself should proceed routinely and calmly. Remember to be kind and quiet with the birds and to conceal any excitement you may be feeling. Any motivation techniques used can be negated by a rough basketing, which in turn can result in a bad trap on race day.
what happens as the birds arrive from a race very much affects subsequent race results. It is easy to be distracted by the excitement of the moment, with people phoning to compare clocking times, etc., but it is important to remember what is happening from the pigeon's point of view. When a bird returns from a race, it must be given the opportunity to recover physically and also be rewarded for its effort.
When a bird returns, it is hungry and thirsty, its body energy and electrolyte reserves have been depleted, and it is tired. Poorly managed, this means prolonged recovery, decreased opportunity to race the bird and decreased motivation on subsequent races. Correct management means the race can be a positive experience, adding to the bird's fitness capability and also its keenness in subsequent races. For physical recovery to occur, the bird must be provided with several basics: food, water and electrolytes and rest.
Obviously food must be available to the returning birds, and all the better if it is the right type. The aim here is to quickly restore blood sugar levels and start to replace organ glycogen reserves. Basically, the birds initially need a mix that is high in energy and calories and low in protein, a mix that is often described as a 'light' mix. The mix needs to contain carbohydrate- and oil-based grains that are readily digestible such as milo, safflower, wheat, rice and corn. In addition, there is advantage if small seeds with similar composition, such as white millet, canary, canola, hulled oats and linseed, are used. These have a larger surface area compared to their volume on which digestive enzymes can act and so their nutrients are released more quickly to the birds. There is also advantage in adding to the seed a small amount of blended conditioning oils, such as Polyseed Oil (e.g. � - 1 ml/kg). However, several hours after return or the next day after the birds have rested, depending on the type of race, a more substantial mix with peas and beans should be offered. These are protein-based grains. Proteins are the building blocks for healing and tissue repair.
For distance racing, the practice of feeding a high-carbohydrate mix, often called a 'depurative' mix, for several days after the race should be discouraged. A man working hard all day does not want to sit down to a piece of cake but is looking for a steak and pigeons are no different. Essentially, we need a quick replacement of lost calories and energy, followed by access to foods that will rebuild the body's energy reserves.
Water and electrolytes
during exertion, both water and electrolytes are lost from the bird's system. These need to be correctly replaced to restore the bird's sense of well-being and to speed recovery. With short or easy races, plain water and access to grit and a pink mineral (e.g. PVM Powder) will be sufficient. However, with extreme exertion, significant levels of electrolytes will be lost. If the birds are allowed to drink plain water upon return, this further dilutes those remaining electrolytes, leading to a condition called 'water intoxication' and results in a prolonged recovery. Recovery is therefore speeded by the use of electrolytes in the water. At my clinic, I recommend an electrolyte preparation (Electrolyte P180) be placed in the water on long races and in particular on hot days when the birds arrive at the loft distressed. Alternatively, products such as Probactrin can be used. Probactrin contains electrolytes, multivitamins, avian probiotics and simple sugars. These simple sugars do not need to be digested and in pigeons are passively absorbed through the bowel wall. This means a quick replacement of lost energy. Probiotics (beneficial bacteria from the bowel) are necessary for digestion and absorption of nutrients. These organisms are essential for health but yet are the first to be lost with any stress. Quick replacement enables bowel function to return more quickly, meaning the droppings in the postrace bird return to normal more quickly and that feather down drop resumes. Probactrin replenishes body fluids, provides energy and nutrition, helping to re-establish blood sugar levels and replace depleted glycogen reserves, and floods the bowel with beneficial bacteria, replacing those lost during the race. On the Continent, where widowers are often sent to a 200-mile race each weekend, the use of such medications has particular advantages. Quick recovery means a quick return to race form.
All fanciers are keen to check on their birds as they return and in particular to check that all of their fancied birds are back. But it is important that the birds are given a chance to rest and sleep. Try and avoid unnecessary disruption.
It is important to remember the three cardinal requirements of a pigeon to win: it must be fit and healthy, have genetic quality, and be motivated. If the bird is fit, healthy and of quality, then it is relatively straightforward to get it to home what makes it a winner is its keenness to return. This is why, on the Continent, where fanciers provide each other with the world's toughest competition, that so much effort is put into motivation systems such as widowhood.
Too often, this aspect is overlooked by fanciers. In Australia, because the vast majority of birds only compete in their first year of life, the season can be viewed as simply an extended European Young Bird program, with many fliers relying on food and love of the perch to draw their birds home quickly. The Australian practice of separating the sexes as puberty approaches before or during a season would appear alien and bizarre to most Continental fliers.
Behaviorists tell us that when an animal is doing something for a reward, the benefit of the reward is halved if it occurs more than 5 seconds after the event. It is therefore important that the returning bird has access to its own perch, box, section, hen, eggs, etc. One can imagine the negative effect on a bird when it arrives late to a closed trap or return and have to wait in a trapping section to be counted, etc. Obviously, other factors like loft security from cats, etc. must be considered here but the fancier must keep in his mind what is going through his bird's mind as it returns from a race. The pigeon must feel welcomed back into the loft, anticipating during the journey a reward, be it simply food and a secure perch for a young bird, eggs for a naturally raced bird, or the hen of a widower.
Interpreting the results of race day
obviously, a good indicator of how the team and loft are fairing is the position in the race. This can, however, be deceptive in places where organizations have a clocking limit. One competitive bird can make a bad team look good. What one should be looking for, in addition to the time of arrival of the first bird is a good percentage of the team arriving in competitive time. Essentially, what we want is for large numbers of birds to come at the loft quickly and for them to look neither mentally or physically distressed. Look for the following four indications of health and fitness.
1. How quickly droppings return to normal - As fliers would be aware, pigeon droppings are made up of three basic components: digested food from the bowel (browny green), solid urine (white) and liquid urine (clear liquid). Bile in pigeons is green and is produced by the liver. Bile digests grain, releasing its nutrients. When birds are away, their food intake is reduced or absent. However, urine production in a well-hydrated bird is constant. The droppings of a healthy bird on arrival are therefore made up of just urine and appear as a creamy patch of liquid. In races that birds find particularly taxing, either because of their difficulty or the non-preparedness of the birds, bile is produced because of the bird's hunger and exertion. And so, in these birds, the droppings on return contain urine and bile, appearing as a creamy liquid tinged to a variable extent with fluorescent green. Once the birds are back and eating normally, digested food will appear in the droppings and the droppings will start to look the way they did when the birds were sent. In healthy fit birds, this occurs within a couple of hours. Supplementing with normal digestive bacteria (probiotics) and electrolytes hastens this process. It is important that any supplements used are sweet tasting and readily taken by the birds. Returning race birds must drink readily so that any dehydration is quickly reversed. Birds that drink well upon return will produce a good amount of urine, making the first couple of droppings passed very watery. Fanciers should look for these to ensure that the birds have drunk enough.
2. How quickly birds recover after returning, with food and rest - Within 1 hour on a short race.
3. Crop emptying - Birds that recover well will have an empty crop the next morning. Electrolyte imbalance and slow recovery interfere with crop muscle function, leading to delayed crop emptying.
4. Comparing results and returns with other fliers.
Some fliers look to whether the birds go to the food or the water first, as an indicator of how taxing the birds have found the race. With exertion and heat, moisture is lost from the surface of the air sacs. With air sac inflammation, this loss can be excessive, leading to birds being more inclined to drink first upon arrival. Healthy birds, however, will drink initially on a hot day, if suffering from transporter dehydration, or simply if the race has been long. Eating first does, however, indicate that the race has not been overly draining and that the bird has been exercising well within its fitness capability.
The day after the race is essentially a day of rest and recovery. Just how quickly the birds recover depends on the length and difficulty of the race and the condition that the birds were in when sent. Birds from low velocity, 'long hours on the wing'-type races are obviously going to take longer to recover than birds from sprints, i.e. races of less than 3 hours duration, and the basic post race management has to vary accordingly. Similarly, birds that are sent healthy and fit recover quicker than those that are healthy but unfit. Fit, healthy birds arrive at the loft and look as if they could keep going. They do not eat or drink excessively. They go to their perch where they may look tired for a short time before appearing normal and relaxed. Healthy but unfit birds are more tired, more distressed and are sometimes disoriented upon arrival, which sometimes results in abnormal behaviors, such as sitting on the loft roof or sitting on the landing board for an extended time. These birds often simply want to drink and sleep on arrival; however, 1/2 - 2 hours later they will eat food and often grit. Crop emptying time and the droppings take longer to return to normal. Birds that are sent with a health problem and are therefore unfit, not only need a prolonged recovery but also veterinary intervention. These birds arrive distressed, will often just sit on the loft floor and are not interested in food or water initially. Sick birds still look tired and have green watery droppings 24 hours after the race.
What to drink
Probiotics, electrolytes and multivitamins can be continued for 24 hours depending on the speed of the bird's recovery. If the birds still look tired from the race the following day, there are significant race stragglers or the birds that did not go to the race are tossed, preventative, health medication is best left until Monday. It is best to initially focus on the race birds recovery as prolonged race recovery can, in itself, create a vulnerability to disease.
What to feed
Continue with the light mix for 24 hours after arrival unless birds look completely normal. After this, reintroduce legumes at normal levels for a team in training (i.e. 30 - 40%). Ensure that grit and pink minerals, e.g. PVM Powder, are available.
When to exercise
It is best if birds are given the opportunity to fly the day after the race. They should be let out but not forced to fly. This gives them an opportunity to stretch their wings and to relieve any muscle stiffness. A bath is also a good idea and some fliers like to warm this.
|Posted by Webmaster on December 9, 2011 at 10:15 PM||comments (0)|
Always a pleasure to share something helpful to the group. My system of management is plain and simple...
This is the sequence of importance to me:
1. Breeding System
This is where the success of a fancier is dependent upon. I would like to start off with the use healthy breeders. Healthy breeders are more likely to produce healthy and vigorous squabs.
In terms of medications for breeders, I am very careful in using preventive medications. We cannot blindly treat our breeders for this will affect their resistance. I only vaccinate my breeders for Paramyxo every November. Deworm and Delouse (endo & ecto) a month before pairing. I noticed that my squabs are healthier with this kind of preparation.
Feeding the breeders is also very important! You want to give them the proper nutrients for their squabs. I try to give them a mixture of not less than 22% converted digestible protein. I also give them supplements of Eggfood by CEDE which I import directly from Belgium. This Eggfood is specifically formulated for racing pigeons which includes vitamins, minerals, amino acids and Florastimul (good for the intestinal flora). I noticed that with this feed mixture and feed supplement, my squabs are tremendously healthy! Every Monday, I give my breeders Tonic for cleansing their system and to keep them away from sickness. Tuesdays and Fridays I give them vitamins and minerals supplement. Wednesdays and Saturdays I give them a mixture of electrolytes, B-complex and calcium.
2. Managing youngsters before training/racing
I vaccinate my young birds for Paramyxo all at once as soon as the team is complete (North & South). Normally March for the North team and May for the South team. I also vaccinate them for Pox. Vaccinating them from Pox takes away their down time and eliminates the deadly wet pox.
Loft flying is a must for our birds. Just like athletes, they need to exercise everyday. I make sure that I give them loft fly 2x a day. Again, nutrition is also important for our athletes. I give them a mixture with the proper nutrients combined with some supplements for their optimum growth during the first 3 months of their lives. Every Monday I give them Tonic to keep their system clean and keep them away from sickness. Once a week I give them vitamins and minerals supplement on water.
3. Training and during racing
First, I make sure that my birds are comfortably happy in their respective compartments. Being comfortably happy means the loft MUST NOT be overcrowded. Remember that the function of ventilation is relevant to the number of birds in a given loft/compartment. With this in mind, you will tremendously bring down the very common sickness that hit our young birds - RESPIRATORY! I also see to it that every bird has their own perch/box. This is the most basic of all motivation system.
During this time, I adjust the feed mixture to higher carbohydrates and fat composition. This is because I want to bring down the incremental heat in their body. More heat in the body means more burden for the birds therefore decreasing their performance level.
On the day of arrival, I give my birds a combination mixture of electrolytes, b-complex and calcium. I only give them Eggfood upon arrival. The logic behind the Eggfood is for easier digestion while absorbing the necessary nutrients they need. I noticed that my birds' droppings are back to form quickly. Every Mondays, I give them a light mixture of small grains and Tonic on their drink for cleansing and keep them away from sickness. Tuesdays back to their racing feed mixture and just plain water. Wednesdays I give them Omega 3-6-9 as dessert and vitamins and minerals supplement in their drink. Thursdays I normally give them a short mid-toss in the morning and again Omega 3-6-9 as dessert and a mixture of electrolytes, b-complex and calcium on their drink. Fridays is essentially just a stretching day in the morning. Birds are let out as they wish. I only give them Omega 3-6-9 for dessert and plain water. Notice that I give my Omega 3-6-9 from Wednesday to Friday. This Omega 3-6-9 is in pellet form. My intention is to build up reserves for the bird. Omega 3-6-9 is composed of essential fatty acids which becomes an unlimited source of energy for the traveling pigeon.
Remember that there is no hard and fast rule in the game of pigeon racing. We must all adjust our systems to our respective lifestyles. The ultimate measure of success is if we are happy with what we are doing...
Good luck to our brothers in the sport!
|Posted by Webmaster on December 9, 2011 at 10:10 PM||comments (0)|
(JUST FROM MY OWN EXPERIMENTATION)
Remember first that it will not guarantee a win for the bird but a less stressing flight home!! Win or lose, my priority is to see my "valued" racers back home.
1. Get the same number/side of flight..Kung 6th flight sa right wing ganoon din ang ipalit..never sa left side kung right side papalitan. Kumuha ng flight na pamalit sa K na buhay pa, para matibay hindi brittle. Mas mahaba muna ang kunin kaysa sa papalitang flight.
2. Maghanda ng "stem implant" material at least 2 inches in length. Ito yung "flexible solid plastic" na ibabaon mo sa loob ng flight para matibay.Iwasan yung may butas sa gitna dahil madaling mabale.
3. Maghanda ng "quick drying glue" (Mighty bond ok na)
STEP I. Gupitin o bawasan ng dahan dahan ang broken flight hanggang umabot sa part na may "hollow" o butas sa gitna. Approx. 1 ½ inches mula sa base ng pakpak. Isukat ang "stem implant" at ihasa o bawasan ito hanggang ito ay maipasok, at least 1 inch sa loob ng broken flight.
STEP II. Kunin ang "replacement flight" at tignan ang "hollow" part nito sa base at isukat ito sa broken flight kung tama ang haba ng nakuha. Cut it to the desired length needed but priority should be given to the lenght of hollow part kasi doon isusuksok and kabilang side ng "stem implant" natin. At least 1 inch din ang pwedeng pasukin ng plastic natin. Mas mahaba mas matibay… tama ba yun…lol
STEP 3. Isubok isuksok ang "stem implant sa" replacement feather at ang kabila sa broken flight. Dapat magtagpo ang joints o dulo ng dalawa habang nasa loob ang "stem implant". Make final adjustments until desired flight is attained.
STEP 4. Apply glue to the "stem implant" and insert it to the replacement flight. Wipe out excess glue and let it dry.
SREP 5. Insert the other end of the "stem implant" of the replacement flight to the broken flight..first do not apply glue. When all is well with you, apply the glue on the "stem implant" and insert it to the broken flight. wipe out excess glue immediately and
apply baby powder around the joined flights to avoid accidental sticking on flights.
NOTE: I prefer doing this at night so that the bird and flight will settle well.
Do not follow the books that advises using pins or toothpick glued alongside the stem of flights or just applying glue on slantly cut flights..it doeasn't work as well as the one I prepared. The success of the splicing lies very much on the "stem implant" and glue that you use. I was successful in using a cut up part of a coffee stirrer but you may have some better materials. Just bear in mind that it should be light, flexible and strong. Test it to destruction first.
|Posted by Webmaster on December 9, 2011 at 4:00 AM||comments (0)|
Basic Nutritional Requirements of Racing Pigeons
The basic nutritional requirements of racing pigeons are protein, energy (the best sources are fats and carbohydrates) minerals and vitamins. All of these nutrients are found in all of the grains used for pigeon feed but the difference is in the amounts used. The general rules are that pigeons have a higher protein requirement during breeding season; they have a higher energy requirement during work periods such as training or racing. You will find that commercial pigeon feed have a feed tag on the bag. This tag lists the percentages of protein, fat and fiber in that feed, the tag also should list in rank order the major ingredients of that particular mixture. The protein content has become a quick reference for choosing a feed mix, for example a 16% feed refers to one that has a crude protein content of 16% You will sometimes see references to “heavy” feeds or to “light” feed mixtures. “Heavy generally means that the feed mix is higher in energy, the “light” generally means lower in energy and higher in fiber.
Some of the best energy sources are corn, milo, safflower and when used sparingly raw peanuts. For protein various varieties of peas have been found to be outstanding for use in pigeon feed mixes. Barley is a grain that is moderate in most nutrient levels but is high in fiber making it a great versatile feed ingredient as well as one of the most important grains for conditioning and performance in pigeons.
Fortunately North America has a wide variety of seeds and grains that are suitable for use in pigeon feeds, this is extremely important when it comes to giving your pigeons a balanced diet, a balanced diet is achieved by variety. Even though a mature pigeon could survive on a diet of nothing but wheat for example, it will thrive on a diet of assorted grains. This is extremely important for the high physical demands of training and racing as well as the rearing of young pigeons.
|Posted by Webmaster on December 9, 2011 at 3:55 AM||comments (0)|
Tommy de Vera
Tommy de Vera came back to pigeonsport in 1986 after he met his childhood friend Ben Tan Lee who was then acting as a director for RPAP (Racing Pigeon Association of the Philippines). Tommy's friend took time off from pigeonsport. He released 4 of his best pairs to Tommy on condition that he will discard all of his existing birds disregarding of his attachment to them. Tommy honored their agreement, which he did not regret when on the same year, he won the Novice overall pool of RPAP for young birds. Jaime Lim (past PHA president and present board member) offered Tommy a position as a director for FPA (Fancy Pigeon Association). His stint as FPA's director was cut short when he lost interest to fancy pigeons. He then founded a new club in 1987 called PSP (Pigeon Sportsmen of the Philippines). This club is recently revived as PSA (Pigeon Sports Association). He served as RPAP director for 10 years and now on his 6th year as PHA director and club secretary.
Tommy flew the lines of Emiel Deweerdt, Joseph van den Broucke and Andre Dereere from 1986 to 1993. Percy Brown line based on Noel/Serge Decroix and Vicente Ngo offered good crosses to his existing family of racers. Tommy learned early that one couldn’t totally succeed by racing other fanciers' birds but to develop his own line of racers by selective inbreeding of the performers and winners within its family.
On his racing Achievements, Tommy's most memorable winning was the bird who clocked from "Surigao"(RPAP-931588) in 1994, RPAP @ 720kms. Other winnings were those he won 4 times at PHA in San Francisco, Leyte races @ 670-kms (1996 to 1999 consecutively). There were only about 20 birds clocked from San Francisco YB and OB together and Tommy is fortunate to have 4 birds from them, one bird even did it twice "Double Frisco" PHA-96-61504. Fellow fanciers joked that to have clocked from San Francisco must be one great fulfillment. But when a fancier clocked twice with the same bird, there is a just cause to liquidate him. This humor offered many laughs in his local club. Tommy is always humble on his winnings. Clubmates can only get him to say: "I was just lucky, thats all". But the truth known to most novice and experienced fanciers alike is that Tommy de Vera is one of the top pigeonmen to beat in Philippine pigeonsport.
|Posted by Webmaster on December 9, 2011 at 3:50 AM||comments (0)|
Rey Gonzales Profile
Philippine's Michael Jordan
1988 saw the arrival of one of the Top Filipino Fancier on record: Mr. Rey Gonzales. With the likes of Mr. Jaime Lim as his mentor, Rey caught the limelight easily with his astonishing local club victories.
Rey started it all by joining then young racing institution Pigeon Sportsmen of the Philippines (PSP). And thereafter affiliated himself to full grown clubs like PHA & PRPF.
He lives with the principle of quality over quantity and right there he immediately formed his family through the intensive crossings of lines: van den Brouke, Taiwan, Janssen, deWeerdt, Melucci, Fabry, Derere and the latest introduction, the Simons.
There in his loft at Caloocan City, Philippines the systems runs counter against the typical feedings and medications. From the time he commenced racing late 1988 he never used medication! 2000 was the year he decided over the regular vaccination especially against PMV-1 when damages were already been suffered. In addition with this a routinary shower is being given to birds 2x a week. Very odd in his system was the non-usage of highly favored imported and priced vitamins. He only uses a local Vetracin Powder, which is soluble in water and often comes in cheap prices.
His claim for perfection is so constant that his lines were the same family the other fanciers were using in claiming the top sheet. Bizarre it may seem again Rey never uses fancy supplements EVEN during the races. Upon the bird's arrival, simple plain water is what awaits the lone racers. He concentrates best during the breeding stages and there only he uses Brewer's Yeast mix with his own feeds. And as he repeatedly pointed out, minerals & calcium should always be present inside the loft through grits, pickstones and pink mineral unless one administers Vaccination. Only PMV-1 and nothing else demands unto him prevention via early medication. He says continuously "its all up to the birds to recover naturally... for starting in the basketting, there in the air, and upon homing to the loft they fly alone by themselves".
He let the birds out 3x a day and not more than 30 minutes each. Although he never uses the widowhood system he still separates the sexes on their 4th month. As I & my friend Allan discovered during our visit, 2-3 months old birds were being put under the heat of the sun for more than 3 hours without water. This is to "force" the birds' configuration into adapting the environment under extreme measures come longer races.
Rey is not fond of the theories available in the market. Like the eye, muscle or wing theory he never take heed of any of these "commercial products". Bloodline is name of the game although he still considers luck as a factor. "Always breed a medium size bird ... more advantageous in our tropical country like ours" he cited.
He never culls birds in cases of fractures or any body disfiguration due to accidents unless such were due to "strong" illness. This is to secure his efforts of crossing towards his aim to perfection.
His racing record made him well internationally. 7pm June of 1995, a Japanese accompanied by 2 interpreters and a driver suddenly visited Rey. Exclusively for a 2-day loft visit, the Japanese took 9 of Rey's best birds. This man "imported them out" to improve his birds he left in Japan. Previous importation by this Japanese was made from Europe yet he laid his hat in salute to Rey hoping to win big out here. After a straight 7 hours discussion he flew back to Japan.
Some of his victories as Champion:
FPA 89 North Race Aparri Champion & 2nd (only day Birds! ),
Rey almost claimed the 1-20 prizes!
PSP Naga Champion
PSP Sta Fe Champion
Tuguegarao Champion (4/7)
1991 PSP Santiago Champion
1992 PRPF Legaspi Champion (YB & OB!)
1st Overall Champion
1995 PRPF Tuguegarao Champion
1st Overall Champion YB
Tacloban Champion YB (Solo Winner)
Overall Champion South NRPC
1st Overall Champion
1997 PHA San Francisco Car Winner.
Above cited are some of his achievements as Champion yet it never justifies Rey's complete performance on record because we just finished scanning 1/10th of the list of his results!
To conclude with, there are close similarities with this man and my idol Superstar Michael Jordan although their sports are remotely different. While the latter is an epitome of sports in the court, the former claims princely position in the skies . . .yet both are born to fly.
|Posted by Webmaster on December 9, 2011 at 3:40 AM||comments (1)|
I talked about tossing your birds at around 90 kms lately as many as you can before the races and during the races (Mid-week) by three's. What I would like to emphasize is toss them at your identified approximate "breakpoint" area. How to do it?
1) Buy a map of the Philippines, the big one.
2) Mark with red dots all the race points your club will be racing.
3) Mark your loft also in the map with a red dot.
4) Put a line from each race point (red dots) you marked to your loft.
Note: you will observe that the lines you have drawn converge as they near your loft.
5) From your loft, measure approximately 90 kms to the center of the converging lines from your race points marked.
6) Look for a place there, nearest the highway or accessible road where you could easily go for your "breakpoint" training tosses. It may not be the exact identified place but that's not important. In my loft at QC, my "breakpoint" is towards the left of Gapan for North races. In the south, I have 2 breakpoints, one for over the lake and another under the lake routes because the lake made the difference.
Note: From my experience it was applicable to different race distances but very effective in short to middle when it is not a smash race.
Why toss at @90 kms? It is a distance where most birds fly home without having to stop and rest, and that's the behaviour we want to train our birds. During the races most of the time they are in groups but a bird trained on a "breakpoint" usually are more motivated to fly faster and do not overfly their lofts upon recognizing areas near their "breakpoint”. Usually humihiwalay na sila sa group at sila na magdadala. Hindi na sila ang sasama sa loft ng iba at magsasayang ng oras.
This system is only applicable to fanciers who have the time to do it and can afford to do it. It is more fun to do it with some fanciers to economize and enjoy the trips.
Happy racing guys!
|Posted by Webmaster on June 6, 2011 at 2:02 AM||comments (4)|
Jaime Lim (ADVANCED HOBBYIST LOFT)
By: Jimmy Ibanez
One of the most awaited faces in the pigeon sport is Mr.Jaime Lim. Having countless wins, would surely tell us that he already has more knowledge in keeping racing pigeons. We decided to have him as our cover story not just to know him and his pigeons but if we can convince him to reveal his secrets of success. Will he?
March 23,2003, I would says,was not a very good day for fanciers who’ve been waiting for their birds to arrive from Maasin,Leyte. For me it was a wonderful day. It was the schedule for me to visit Mr.Jaime Lim. Together with Gary Murtz and some other friends we headed to the ADVANCED HOBBYIST LOFT personally owned by Mr.Jaime Lim. He greeted us with smile and accompanied us to his office. There we met Mr. Tommy So and Ramon Ong. After some introduction we went through his loft. Like Netherland and Belgian racers, his loft lies inside the house. We were amazed of what we have seen. For me it was very nice. He has 5 sets of cages for breeders which are adjacent so that the breeders would go out anytime they wanted. They also have shower rooms, where the birds can take a bath. It’s just like shower room for everybody.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN:
Mr. Jaime Lim’s story begins in 1960.It was during his college days that he became passionately interested in pigeons. He started keeping some fancy pigeons in his loft, but he was not active in racing at that time.
In 9182, he and his cousin Jeffrey Yang was about to get some Jacobins fancy pigeons from his uncle Mr.Victor Lim, but he had no fancy birds because he was into pigeon racing already. His uncle convinced him to get into racing sport. According to him (Mr.Victor Lim) it was more thrilling exciting and more challenging. Victor Lim gave him 20 birds to start with. He also recommend him to PHA wherein Mr. Victor Lim was the treasurer of the club.
It was his first year in racing, when he luckily won Naga Race in 1983. At first he thought that pigeon racing was so easy, but on the succeeding years he never won any champion again.
“Number one is my uncle Mr.Victor Lim, other idols includes Rey So, Peter See, Victor Ocampo Tan. Mr. Vicente Ngo, Cham Tian Seng and Cham Teng Hui.
HOW ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE STRAINS or LINE? OR DO YOU REALLY STICK INTO THE BREEDS OF YOUR MENTOR. ( VICTOR LIM)
“ Yes, his line is crossed between Ko Nipus, Stichelbault and Van den Broucke. The first time I joined PHA, Mr. Victor Lim gave me 20 birds, and reminded me that 2 out 20 birds which ring number ended 51 and 52 should closely monitored because these birds would bring me success. When I entered 51 in Basco, unfortunately the bird was lost. So I kept 52, that’s why my foundation line now is 52. I named it “CRACK 52” my top foundation cock.
It has the same line of “CRACK 52” which won champion in the Tacloban Race, way back I think year 1984.
WHO BREED FLYING MACHINE?
“I was the one who bred that, and the bloodline is from 52 lines of course, crossed to Bricoux line.”
RACING AND BREEDING PROGRAM
How do you select and pair up your birds?
What qualities are you very particular with?
“I’m very much particular in bloodline, to be frank I don’t know how to examine a bird by just its body, muscle or looking at the eye sign. Before I breed , it took 2 months every night studying the pedigree before the actual pairing. I LINE BREED a lot, as you can see on my pedigrees, my purpose is to fix the genetic characteristics of each bird, because when I cross it should be of the same characteristic and size.
Medication program you give to your breeders and racers?
“Actually, I use vitamins but not much”.
How about your feeding system for the cocks and hens in the north and south races does it have any difference?
“For cocks and hens it’s the same .I give more corn in the south race because it has longer distance compared to the north. The whole week before basketing they are given racing mixture by adding some more corn into it as the race goes on.
How do you train your flyer?
“Normally they flew 1 ½ hours in the morning and 1 ½ hours in the afternoon without forcing them. Then I kept them out the whole day. I train my pigeon a lot because I believe the bird exercising in the loft and training are different.
Do you use any racing system like widowhood, darkening or natural systems?
“No just fly to the perch”
“ Yes, I separate the cocks from the hens”
Do you let your widowers get to see their hens before basketing, which some others do?
”I don’t do that, because I feel that the cock would get stressed the same thing with the hen.”
TIPS for the BEGINNERS
What are your secrets in success?
“I would give this recipe: 1/3 bloodline, 1/3 loft management, and lastly 1/3 for luck.”
Purchasing of birds:
Mr.Jaime Lim says to be successful in pigeon racing you must start with a very good bloodline. With regards to purchasing of birds he advises us to purchase local strains than acquiring imported ones, because he believes that local birds are more adaptable in the type of racing pigeon here in the Philippines. Through his experience of importing he noticed that is very hard to find the type of bird that would suit the weather condition here. We have to consider some factors such as mountain ranges , seas to cross eagles that would test our bird’s homing capabilities. Unlike in Europe all you have to consider is the winter season. We have some good racer here whose line came from an imported strain but according to Mr.Jaime Lim they already established their winning strain therefore they just line breed it.
Disciplined is also very important. You have to care for your birds everyday and if you have no more time for them see to it that you have a caretaker or loft manager to look after them. He tells us not to rely on just luck because according to him even if you have a winning strain but if the birds are not well managed then its useless.
|Posted by Webmaster on August 2, 2010 at 9:49 PM||comments (29)|
I think it is very difficult to rate who is
the best fancier in the Philippines. Just like any sports,
we have seen great athletes surfacing in different time.
What is important is the fruits of your hard works and the
achievements you made. I can say that I am a very
challenging person in whatever things I do.
Adding to your chest of informations and with
modesty aside, I would like to add a few informations about
my racing pigeons career. We all would agree that to
consistently win in the racing pigeons, you must have good
birds, good management and a lot of luck.
I started racing with PPA in 1981. Back then,
the names we admired were Conrado Ferrer, Peter Yap, Victor
Lim, Jose Sy, etc. My challenges is how to aquire, breed and
race good birds to compete fairly with some of our Idols.
My waitings did not take very long, as I was
able to bagged the BASCO champion on 12-16-81 with my
82053-81 BC-C. The bird was breed by Mr. Reynaldo Co. That
was the start of my great achievements.
In 1987, I was awarded with a prestigeous more
than three feet tall trophy by our club (RPAP) as the first
member to win the young bird category overall champions in 3
consecutive years. to wit:
1985 North YB overall champion 808-85 BC-C
1986 North YB overall champion 0306-86 BC-H
1987 North YB overall champion 870289-87 BLK-C
This feat was never repeated again in the history of RPAP.
1990 series was probably one of the
most shining year of my racing career. I won a total of
27 trophies with 11 CHAMPIONS in YB & OB categories.
On March 23, 1991, I was able to clocked 9
birds in less than 10 minutes from Tacloban race with
speed of around 1,100 m/min. I had 6 birds in
the top seven YB Overall Winners with the 5th going to Luis Chiu.
In 1992, my 921430-92 BB-C won 7th place in
the (OLR) Asia Pacific Racing Pigeon Conference in Thailand.
In 1993, my Legendary 902492-90 DUN-H bagged 5
CHAMPIONS in a row. To win:
02-21-93 Sorsogon Champion
02-28-93 Matnog Champion
03-07-93 Calbayog Champion
03-20-93 Tacloban Champion
SOUTH '93 Overall Champion
This is another record which I believed has not been broken.
In 1994, A Mitsubishi Lancer was at stake for
the Surigao Race. On March 30, 1994, my Champion bird
931535-93 BCWFH-C was clocked at around 8:30am of the
2nd day. It was followed by my 2nd bird 931541-93 BB-H about
an hour later. There were only 5 birds clocked from the
race. 3rd bird was past 12 noon, 4th past 2pm and the last
at past 5pm. No other birds were able to make it even after
the next few days.
Moving forward, In 2007 of PHA, I was able to
clocked in the following races as follows:
02-11-07 Naga Race - YB 1,2,3,6,10 OB 1,3
02-18-07 Legaspi Race - YB 2
02-25-07 Sorsogon Race - YB 1,2 OB 1,3,6
03-04-07 Matnog Race - YB 1,2,4 OB 1,8
Todate, I have won a total of 383 Trophies
with 201 Champions and more than a thousand
Now, I have to accept that there is no way up
but DOWN. I no longer have the time to take care of my
feather athletes and is planning to retire soon. Though I
seldom sell my pigeons, I was surprised to hear from
different corners that fanciers from all over are using my
line with great success.
Please accept my apology if there is any error
in the above informations.