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A great gift idea for that special fancier is a Siegel's Gift Certificate, available in any amount, for a holiday gift, a birthday, Father's Day, or any other occasion. Just phone us at 800-437-4436 and we'll make up a nice certificate and mail it to your recipient. He or she will be able to apply it to a new book, a great new training basket, medications or supplements, or any other purchase from Siegel's.




Dozens of birds from the Zazueta loft have been auctioned. Due to popular request, we've retained information about the lineage and history of the Zazueta loft here on the web site.
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The timer revolution

When split seconds count, make sure you're counting split seconds accurately! Benzing electronic timers have quickly become the new standard in our sport and are more popular than ever! The best has gotten better! Benzing's new M-1 clock and "Lazer" antennas are now in the States, and full distribution is now available. They are the most accurate, sensitive antenna in the world today--with the most antenna coils per square inch of any pigeon scanning antenna available!

It was a kick to sit at our computer monitor and "watch" the birds clock in the World Ace Challenge races!

The biggest races rely on the Benzing tradition of accuracy and speed, and the Benzing M-1 system is revealing itself to be heads above the competition.

A Benzing M-1 "Lazer" system recently clocked the Lou McElroy Race. Among the other major one-loft races using Benzing Lazers are the Colorado Goldrush Race, a 300-mile race flown from Elm Creek, NE, released on October 14, 2006.
the East Coast Classic, the Gulf Coast Classic, the San Diego Classic, the San Jacinto Classic, America's King Cup, the Snowbird Classic, and the Caribbean Classic.

Other members of the Benzing "family" of futurity races and racing combines include the Texas Shoot-Out, American Showdown, Desert Classic, East Coast Challenge, Flamingo Race, Caribbean Classic, Queen City Memorial, Boundbrook Futurity, and Paterson Air Derby, among many others....
Tell me more...




Take me to Instructions for Downloading Benzing Clocks to WinSpeed after a race...




Take me to Instructions for Acquiring and Using the Benzing Download Program...




Take me to Instructions for Atomic Timer Use on Benzing Electronic Systems...




Take me to a list of printers that are compatible with Benzing Electronic Systems...




In News & Views:

In his newest report, Stefan Mertens interviews
...Henri Menten, 1st National Ace-Pigeon SD Youngsters KBDB 2014, Mertens filed another recent report on Patrick Lismont, 1st National Champion SD Youngsters KBDB 2014, ...Mertens himself is the 2006 1st National Champion KBDB Middle Distance Youngbirds.
For these reports, and many other archived features, click here...
Read on for all the news!




SUANOVIL BULLETIN


Suanovil is not in stock now. When it is unavailable, there are effective substitutes.

Suanovil is one of the most effective products for respiratory infections in our birds, so feel free to call us about its availability whenever you might need it.

When you cannot find Suanovil, there are very effective substitutes for it: Doxy-T and Doxyvet, Tylan Concentrate, Linco-Spectin, or Ery-Mycin. Any of these can be substituted for Suanovil with very satisfactory results.

For severe cases, we recommend using two of these products in combination with each other.



Where's Ed?


Siegel's Ed Minvielle on the road...again!
Siegel Pigeons prospective travel schedule:




Texas Center Racing Pigeon Convention - July 15-18 Lafayette, LA


California State Racing
Pigeon Organization - November 5-8

AU Convention - Oct 21-25
Salt Lake City, UT

National Show - Nov. 21 NY

Dixie - December 9-12 FL



We look forward to a wonderful convention season and to seeing our friends and customers around the country on our travels in 2015...




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2015 Texas Center Convention Information



IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BENZING CHIP CODE RINGS

With the racing season coming up we want you to be aware...

As you should know...on January 1, 2015 Benzing clocks and club units no longer support the BR chip ring, only the PRO and ICOM chips will continue to be supported by Benzing equipment. You will have to replace all BR rings with the PRO or ICOM chips. The PRO and ICOM chips will work on all Benzing clocks and club units that have had the latest software updates installed.  To check whether your clock or club unit is running a software that will accept the PRO and ICOM chips, you can refer to the chart below. 

BENZING MODEL

SOFTWARE RANGE

LATEST SOFTWARE VERSION

EXPRESS

3.00-3.02

3.02

ATIS TOP

5.60-5.90

5.90

M1

3.08-4.01

4.01

EXPRESS G2

2.06-2.07

2.07

CLUB SYSTEM (NEW)

2.9-4.00

4.0

To see how to tell the chips apart click this link!



Tips for the fancier:

March
in the Loft


Breeders that have been carefully paired in lofts all across the U.S. are reaping one of the most exciting rewards of the time and money and effort that they devote to our sport, and that is babies hatching. American fanciers everywhere acknowledge the legendary status of Belgian pigeon racers, and the enormous contributions that Belgian avian veterinarians have made to the health regimens that keep our birds breeding and racing.


We all want to give these babies as great a start as possible, and I'd like to share with our readers some valuable recommendations from Professor P. De Backer, a pigeon veterinarian at the University of Ghent in Belgium, along with my own commentary and suggestions. The following seven recommendations focus on what the savvy fancier can do to make a baby pigeon's start as strong as possible and give it a great advantage in future competition.


#1: From age 5 to 6 days until they are 25 to 26 days old, each baby should get an Ideal pill every other day. This gives them an excellent mix of mineral and vitamin supplements that improves their health tremendously. Wean your youngsters at the age of 25 to 26 days, because feeding youngsters is a big job for the parent birds. If they are going to be as vigorous in raising their third and fourth rounds as they are with their first, they need to have each round taken away from them as soon as possible.


Separation from the parents is very stressful for the young birds, so make sure that everything possible is done to make the new babies feel completely safe and at home. Since at this age they cannot fly, they will spend all of their time on the floor of the weaning loft. Place some straw or bedding material (tobacco stems are excellent) on the floor so that the babies can pile on and snuggle up. This close contact with other babies will help to ease the stress of being removed from their parents. The straw will help to keep them warm and the tobacco stems can help to keep parasites away.


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In our loft, we dip our youngsters in a mild solution of 57% Malathion and warm water just as we take them from their parents. This warm water solution is not stressful to the babies. In fact, it seems to have a calming effect on them. Since they are wet, it is necessary to keep them in a warm environment, but the Malathion keeps them free of all external parasites for months. In less than an hour, they are dry, clean, happy and all snuggled up with their loft mates.


#2: About 14 days after separation from their parents, all baby pigeons should be treated for canker. 1-1/2 teaspoons per liter of water of Ridzol-S, or Turbosole from the Australian Pigeon Company (1 1/2 teaspoons per gallon of water for 3 to 5 days). Either of these should go far in taking care of any possible outbreak of this most insidious disease. Make sure that several drinkers are placed on the floor of the loft, where the babies can easily access them. We place three one-liter drinkers on the floor of our young bird section, which is 5'x 9'.

Be very mindful of the youngsters that stay in the corners of the loft or those whose eyes are constantly squinting. These youngsters have not found the drinkers yet and need to be assisted with their first drink. (When we find a "squinting" youngster, we take its head gently between our thumb and forefinger and place the tip of its beak in the drinker. As soon as the baby's tongue gets wet, it will drink like mad, and will never forget where the water is.)


#3: For the first fourteen days after a baby has been weaned from its parents, it should be given the same feed as its parents, for example, a breeding mix, or breeding mix with added corn. After fourteen days, the mix can be switched to a standard young bird mix of about 14-16% protein. Keep in mind that pigeons should "go to bed with a light meal," not the other way around.


It is also important to remember that young pigeons should be fed lightly and sparingly. To overfeed a youngster leads to disaster. This concerns their health as well as their discipline in the loft, as young pigeons should be taught to listen as soon as they are weaned. Always use some method of calling to the birds when you are feeding them. In this way, they associate the call with the feed and learn to listen to the fancier. Some fanciers use whistles, some shake a tin full of feed, some whistle with their mouth and others just talk to the birds.


Whatever method you decide to use, do it at every feeding. This can only serve to help create the bond of understanding that is so necessary as the babies grow up and take to the air.


#4: Slow down the moult without using drugs by darkening the loft. For maximum effect, the darkening should be started immediately as they are weaned, this from 6 in the evening to 8 in the morning. You certainly can adjust this to fit your work schedule, but no more than 10 hours of "light" time should be allowed. Fit your windows with drapes or covers, so that extraneous light cannot enter the loft. Some extra method of ventilation may be necessary, such as ventilators, but the race results can surely be most inspiring later in the year, as the young will moult all of their body feathers but retain most of their wing flights.


Generally speaking, the darker the loft, the better. It has been proven that youngsters treated in this way also mature faster and are much more inclined to respond to the mating urge than those that are left on natural light. But be careful when letting young birds out of the loft after they have been in the dark. Many fanciers have experienced horrendous "fly-aways" because they didn't give their babies enough time in the aviary to "orient" after they've been in the dark.


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The most successful fanciers we know who use the darkening method always let their babies have a couple of hours in the aviary before letting them out to fly. Some will even let them fly for a while, then call them in before taking them out on a training toss. The theory here is that once the babies have oriented around the loft for a few minutes, they basically know where they are.


#5: What is the safest, cheapest and most efficient medication? Oxygen! Pigeons can never have too much of it! Oxygen has nothing to do with drafts. The simplest solution to having a well-oxygenated loft is to put windows where the air is stagnant. Many fanciers today are using small room ventilators set on a thermostat or timer to ensure that the "contaminated" air is continually removed.


In our lofts, we have our front windows underneath our landing boards. The usual wind direction will cause air to enter the loft from low, drift through the loft taking the contaminated air with it, and leave through the roof ventilators. During particularly windy weather, we close the windows partly or entirely depending upon the severity of the weather. A little can go a long way in providing good oxygen for your birds. Be mindful that the "best bird sitting on a bad perch can't beat a bad bird sitting on a good perch."


#6: Young pigeons are just that, young pigeons. Their bodies need to mature and develop, and to do this they need sufficient grit, calcium, minerals and trace elements in their diet. It is a proven fact that baby pigeons given the proper amount of supplementation develop stronger and more robust bodies and brains than pigeons that are deprived of these supplements. Since these are potential racing birds, they need not only have a healthy and robust body, but they must be able to think quickly to orient.


Mineral and trace elements play a larger than expected role in proper brain functions. We always give our birds, especially the babies, an abundance of supplements like grit, picking stones, seaweed grit (which has iodine), and herbal supplements. We especially like the herbal supplement Naturaline from the Natural Company. Another one that we use which is very good and very popular is Orovital from Oropharma.


Another must for the young bird loft is a pro-biotic, which supplements the good gut bacteria and can actually contribute to an increase in resistance to disease. We highly recommend Health Gard, and Digestal from Versele-Laga, Prodigest from Herbots or Cometose from Comed are also all good choices for pro-biotics. It is a well-proven fact that pigeons whose diets include these types of supplements are far less likely to become ill due to bacterial infections.


#7: As soon as the young birds begin to "route" or "trip" away from the loft, it is a good idea to take them on their first training tosses. We like to let our babies become totally comfortable in the training baskets, so we leave the baskets in the loft and let them enter the basket to eat and drink. Often when we go into the loft, we find an entire group of youngsters piled together in one of our training baskets, just relaxing. It is much easier to teach a bird how to eat or drink in the basket, if that bird has been doing it since it was a baby.


Once they become comfortable in the basket, it will be far less stressful on them to be taken on training tosses. Training is just that, training. A baby pigeon need not be taken on a marathon to teach it how to come home. Homing instinct is hereditary. They either have it, or they don't, but taking baby pigeons on long tosses can often lead to disastrous results that could have been avoided. Let the babies mature into the game by taking them on more short tosses.


We
prefer many short tosses. This gets them "coming home fast," racing home, which is what we want. Our observation has been that pigeons single tossed in their earliest tosses usually dawdle around and don't learn to break from the release site as well. We usually employ the single or small group tosses later in the training, after the babies have got a "craw" full of confidence. Since we figure pigeons can't count, once they have their confidence, they don't care how many birds are flying with them. If they are hungry and fit, they will come home fast. And that will become a habit
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Yours in the Sport,


Ed



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Featured
Products for
March:


With breeding season not ending until May, supplements are today's keys to the good health of your breeders and youngsters.

Now is the time to give your birds the supplements that will keep them healthy during a successful breeding season as well as provide optimum nutrition for vigorous youngsters!

Ed's suggestions follow:




A.U. BandsNow available for 2015. Letter "A" designated. These are A.U. certified bands. Using them will allow you to compete in any A.U. certified race. Siegel’s keeps records of the bands so that if a stray bird is found with the letter designation "A" it is a Siegel’s issued band for which we can trace the owner. Available in plastic only.
10 Plastic bands
$4.70
Item #1259
SW 1.20 lbs




100 Plastic bands
$45.00
Item #1258A
SW 1.40 lbs





Fertibol - Tremendous aid for fertility and hatchability. This world renown product contains a special formulation including calcium, phosphorus, and vitamins A, D3, and E, proven necessary for good laying and hatching of eggs. Fertibol promotes healthy skeletal growth as well, so it can be given during the weaning period to produce strong-boned young and during breeding. Excellent for older birds.
500 ml.
Item #7012
$1
6.95
SW 2.50 lbs





Turbosole - Currently the world-wide product of choice for canker in pigeons. This product has a wide safety margin, and is safe to use during racing, breeding, or molting. Complete directions included. (Australian Pigeon Company)

200 grams
$34.95
Item #3023
SW 2.00 lbs




Best new book on the pigeon sport!
Kingmaker - DeRauw-Sablon: A Racing Pigeon Dynasty
- A must for any pigeon fancier's library! The DeRauw-Sablon strain is one of the most sought after and valuable racing pigeon strains in the world. This is the definitive work with over 100 photos and illustrations. Hard cover, color photos, 156 pp.

Book
$55.00
Item #5644
SW 4 lbs




Doxyvet - This is the world-wide product of choice for upper respiratory problems. It is is also less affected by concurrent use of calcium and other mineral supplements. Very popular. (Australian Pigeon Company)
200 grams   
$29.95
Item #3024
SW 1.70 lbs


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Berimax - Advanced canker treatment for racing and show birds. Laboratory tests in Europe and the U.S. have proven that this unique "all natural" formula provides the most advanced recipe against all 26 strains of canker. Five days of use has proven to eradicate even the most resistant strains of canker, and it is so safe that it can safely be given to four-day-old babies. To completely eradicate very resistant strains of canker can require a full 5 to 7 day treatment and sometimes increasing dosages  We have also found it very helpful to use Berimax in conjunction with Ecol Tonic to get rid of resistant candida and canker, as Ecol Tonic seems to increase the strength of Berimax.  Use one level teaspoon of Berimax per gallon of water. Contents will treat 16 gallons of water.

80 grams
$34.95
Item #0181
SW 1.00 lb

2 - 80 gram canisters
$62.50
Item #0181A
SW 1.50 lb

3 - 80 gram canisters
$90.00
Item #0181B
SW 2.00 lb







Ecol-Tonic An all-natural product fortified with ten special organic acids and proven in the loft to be effective in boosting immunity and promoting health and vigor, and bringing the droppings back to normal in racing and show pigeons. 16 oz. will dose 32 gallons of water. Always remember to follow the use of Ecol-Tonic with a good pro-biotic.

16 oz.   
$19.95
Item #5673
SW 2.70 lbs

1 qt.   
$39.95
Item #5655
SW 3.40 lbs

1 gallon  
$139.95
Item #5668
SW 9.70 lbs




Pigeon Power – This chelated liquid mineral mixture is readily absorbed through the intestines into the bird’s system. Use it extensively during racing and breeding, often spraying it onto the feed. Works extremely well as a bonding agent for brewer’s yeast and vitamins. A Siegel’s exclusive, considered by many as the best mineral supplement available.
16 oz.
$8.95
Item #1137
SW 2.20 lbs


32 oz.
$16.95
Item #1138
SW 3.45 lbs


Gallon
$41.95
Item #10110
SW 9.70 lbs



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Pro-Vital Pigeon Breeder Plus- Created specifically for the breeding racing pigeon with all the ingredients needed for a healthy breeding season. Contains malto-dextrin, 13 vitamins, chelated minerals, pro-biotics, digestive enzymes, L-Carnitine, electrolytes, amino acids, and a plant extract that helps to control fecal odors. Use in either water or feed.
8 oz.
$17.95
Item #0054
SW 1.5 lbs.
OUT OF STOCK


28 oz.
$56.95
Item #0061
SW 3.0 lbs




Biochol – Contains methionine, choline, sorbitol, biotin, and vitamin B-12. Highly recommended as a liver and moult tonic with depurative action. Promotes excellent plumage. (Oropharma – Belgium)
500 ml.
$27.95
Item #5006
SW 2.95 lbs





Health Gard -- A pro-biotic water-additive formula made from specially cultured, naturally occurring microbes and a unique catalyst, which increases blood-stream absorption by ten times. Use one teaspoon per gallon of water. One quart covers 60 to 80 birds for six months.
1 quart  
$29.95
Item #0097
SW 3.80 lbs


1 pt.   
$19.95
Item #0098
SW 2.80 lbs



1 gallon.   
$99.95
Item #0096
SW 9.30 lbs




Calcamineral – This is the genuine product! Accept no substitutes! All essential minerals plus vitamins with added oyster shell, making this product an excellent source for calcium needed by laying hens and by older cocks feeding young. (Pego - Germany).
1,000 grams
$6.95
Item #5515
SW 3.70 lbs.




Orovital – Contains the pure extracts of Echinacea and Ginseng. Recommended to support the natural defense mechanism, especially against viral infections, and to stimulate a higher level of general health. Extremely popular. (Oropharma – Belgium)
250 ml.
$
20.95
Item #0351
SW 1.80 lbs

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