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New Pigeon Tips.

At this time of year instead of just giving your birds a newly disinfected nest bowl go to your local Indian or Chinnese take-away,and ask them where they get their brown take away bags from,( they cost between 2 & 3p) spray the nest bowl with Jays disinfectent and bleach diluted in a small hand,spray and spray the nest bowl,let it dry and place in individual bags, place a nest felt on top. Besides making the nest bowl a lot warmer for the eggs / young birds it will save you hours of time when you come to clean the nest bowl thouroughly after use, as well as keeping any unwanted redmits and lice away.Also less eggs will get broke during laying.

You can also use old news papers to wrap the nest bowl in and cellotape it but I find it easier just to slip a bowl in the bag.


I have been asked recently about the use of Baytril

My answer: Do not ever use it.

To quote a certain vet.

"I would not recommend the use of Baytril in young bird sickness" young bird sickness is a virus and antibiotics

do not kill a virus.

He goes on further to say

"already there is a resistance problem that we did not meet when we first used it in the UK some ten years ago.

( The book was written back in 1997 )

More tips later.


No 1. Make sure your loft is 100% vermin proof. There is nothing that will knock your birds off form quicker than a small mouse urinating or leaving droppings or drinking from the birds water fountain.
No 2. Make sure that your corn bins are completely sealed for the above reasons. A mouse will get through the smallest of gaps in doors or vents.
No 3. Don’t fall into the trap of treating all your birds with antibiotics on a regular basis simply because one bird doesn’t look quite right. Always isolate it and treat it on its own.
No 4. Don’t be afraid of asking for advice from any good, consistent fancier. Most will be only too willing to offer the right advice no matter how long you have been flying pigeons.
No 5. Be a good listener and ask more than one fancier for advice.
No 6. Don’t be conned into buying everything that is advertised and sold as the best additive on the market. There are simply not enough days in the year to give your birds what is advertised.
No 7. Training: Your birds should be flying freely around home before you start training. If your birds are not fit before the training season, no amount of driving them up and down the motorway is going to get them fit. Save your time, effort and petrol.
No 8. Your time and efforts will be far more rewarding if you spend time cleaning your loft with a scraper and washing your drinkers (not just rinsing them in cold water).
No 9. Pay attention to detail. If you have the time, sit and watch your pigeons – they will tell you when they are on form.
No 10. Keep an up-to-date written record of the bird’s performances so you will know what to breed off in the future. It’s no good trying to keep it in your head – unless you have only two pigeons!

As I have said before, don’t be afraid or embarrassed to ask questions. We all learn by asking questions. I’m still asking and listening.

My name is simply Joe Dorning but if you think a pedigree sounds better with a ‘Van’ in it, then I will put you one in

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