Unleash Your Racing Pigeons' True Potential: The Ultimate Guide to One Loft Races!
Jan de Wijs1 comment
Sending your precious pigeons to a thrilling one loft race is an art form, my fellow racing pigeon aficionados! As a seasoned enthusiast who has soaked in the wisdom of countless races and engaged in spirited discussions with my well-experienced compatriots, I've got a treasure trove of insights to supercharge your pigeon racing journey.
Let's dive right in!
First and foremost, remember that winning any race hinges on the caliber of your pigeons. The key, my friends, is diversity – quality pigeons can come from various families, and you don't need to cling to a single bloodline for success. Nevertheless, certain bloodlines may shine brighter on specific courses, so keep an eye out for those nuances.
Here's the golden rule:
Ensure your feathered companions are 100% healthy, naturally robust, and not reliant on antibiotics as a crutch before sending them off. Pigeons treated with antibiotics at a tender age might struggle to thrive in the exhilarating one loft race arena – though, of course, there are always exceptions to every rule.
I must emphasize, pigeon enthusiasts, the paramount importance of vaccinating for PMV (Paramyxovirus). It's not just a safeguard for your birds; it's a turbocharger for their overall immune system. So, my advice – drumroll, please – VACCINATE! And then, vaccinate some more! The more, the merrier
Timing is everything:
Veterinarians in Europe have shared invaluable wisdom: peak protection comes around 3 weeks post-initial vaccination. Yet, immunity wanes rapidly thereafter, making that booster between the 3rd and 4th weeks after the first jab a game-changer. Aim to vaccinate between days 21-24 (weaning) and dispatch your pigeons to the one loft race 3 weeks post-vaccination. It's your choice – either administer the booster yourself before shipping or let them receive it at the race. One loft race managers are pretty chill about the specifics, but you must inform them about the vaccination status and dates if possible.
Now, here's the quintessence of wisdom for sending your feathered friends off to a one loft race: ship them when they're aged between 30 to 45 days. Some races even welcome older pigeons, offering them a cozy nest under nets for a few weeks before they spread their wings. The sheer number of fellow racers will make their transition smoother.
But here's a cardinal rule:
Abstain from overzealous antibiotic treatments to "clean" your pigeons before departure. These antibiotics, while they may rid your birds of some unwanted bacteria, also vanquish the friendly (good) gut bacteria, rendering your "clean" birds more vulnerable to harmful bacteria and a bevy of health issues. Let's steer clear of that pitfall! ?
In a nutshell, my fellow racing pigeon devotees, adhere to these golden principles: ship your pigeons between the ages of 30 to 45 days, prioritize PMV vaccination, and shun pre-race antibiotic treatments. Ensure your avian athletes are robust, healthy, and possess the mettle to conquer the one loft race lofts, enduring the exhilarating 6 to 8-10 hours of thrilling racing.
Thinking about participating one or more races? Consider one of the races below:
- Tar Heel Classic Race, United States
- Dubai One Loft Pigeon Race, United Arab Emirates
- AviRings Derby, Slovenia
- Your Race Listed Here? Contact Me...
Stay tuned for more thrilling pigeon adventures in our next installment!
With boundless enthusiasm,
Jan de Wijs
Blogger and Racing Pigeon Expert