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' THE SEASON '

by Brian Wall of 'Gem Supplements'

The Season

Virtually all the film action is shot in and around the lofts
with no long boring conversations



 

T O P I C S   C O V E R E D

 

THE LOFTS WIDOWHOOD COCKS PAIRING UP
WEANING YOUNG BIRDS SUPPLEMENTS RACING
BREEDING DARKNESS LOFT THE HIGHS & LOWS
FEEDING MANAGEMENT YB TRAINING & RACING


SOME OF THE FILM EXTRACTIONS



'BASKETING' young birds for the first time, I always take them only two to three miles on the first outing, the reason I do this is to build up a their confidence, putting the birds in the car for the first time, slamming the doors, shaking them about and then letting them out of the basket miles from home is of course very stressful. Many fanciers say that letting them out from 2 to 3 miles away from the loft is a waste of time, and of course they are absolutely right from a fanciers point of view, however, I like to look at things from a birds point of view, being scared witless by all the strange noises, tossed about and then let out into a strange area, I do believe that finding themselves more or less at the lofts just gives them that bit of self belief and confidence they require for the rest of the training they are about to undertake.



'BATH TIME'. The birds are enjoying a winters bath, and unlike many fanciers these days I am a firm believer in letting the birds out during the winter months, especially for a bath. Birds are not meant to be kept locked up during the close season, you only have to see them exercise on a cold winters day to realise how much they enjoy a fly and a bath, it helps break up the long winter days and nights and I really believe they are the better for it by keeping the muscles working and helping to keep them reasonably fit.



'CLOCKING' from a sprint race. I had five to six birds drop together on this race and put four in the clock (I usually only clock three Pigeons). It was a very good race for me and I won the club and was 11th, 13th, 17th and 23rd Federation with 4,879 Birds competing. My first bird was a De-Klak, followed by three Jannsen van den Bosche, all on widowhood which is the only system I fly. I may try some widowhood hens in the next couple of years, but when the cocks race as well as this it is very difficult to change.



'FEEDING' my team of young birds. I feed them a half ounce of 'Depurative' on a morning after their excercise and then during their couple of hours freedom in the afternoon I give them one ounce each of 'Young Bird No Maize'. I do not ration my young birds as I like them to have plenty of good corn whilst developing and growing. I am a big believer in the saying "They are only young birds for six months and old birds for four to five racing years".



UK inclusive of P&P £20.00   -   Other countries inclusive of P&P £25.00