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
Click here for details
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!
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
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...
me to Instructions for Downloading Benzing Clocks to WinSpeed after
me to Instructions for Acquiring and Using the Benzing Download
me to Instructions for Atomic Timer Use on Benzing Electronic Systems...
me to a list of printers that are compatible with Benzing Electronic
In News & Views:
In his newest report, Stefan Mertens interviews Freddy & Jacques Vandenheede, 1st National Champion KBDB Great Middle Distance 2014. "Never Had A Better Season..."
For these reports, and many other archived features, click here...
Read on for all the news!
Ed Minvielle on the road...again!
Siegel Pigeons prospective travel schedule:
We look forward to a wonderful convention season and to seeing our friends and customers around the country on our travels in 2014...
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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. This is due to security purposes for the sport! 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.
LATEST SOFTWARE VERSION
CLUB SYSTEM (NEW)
To see how to tell the chips apart click this link!
Tips for the fancier:
in the Loft
fanciers turn to the subject of young bird health at this
time of year. Many fanciers have at least the first round or two
of babies weaned and on their young bird teams, and these teams
are in the air by now. We constantly receive calls concerning
young bird health, so I'd like to share some advice about preventive
measures that can be taken while the birds are young to ensure
the overall health and conditioning of a young bird team.
Our very best source of advice about young bird health is a veterinarian
who races pigeons, and I seek them out constantly, both in the
U.S. and in Europe. I take every opportunity to discuss the cutting-edge
health regimens from which every fancier can benefit.
there is a consensus among thes that a specific set of preventive
measures taken at the right time in a young bird's life makes
all the difference in the world regarding the overall health of
a racing team. Based upon my discussions with vets like these,
and reinforced by my own experience as a fancier, I recommend
that you read on, and urge you to take the following steps.
Check the babies for canker about two weeks after
weaning. Canker is most common in young, newly weaned babies,
and it can be a very serious problem. Ridzol is especially
effective for canker, but there are other options. Turbosole from the Australian Pigeon
Company and Berimax are quite effective.
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When canker actually affects young birds, it manifests itself
as a cheesy-looking substance in the throat (usually at the sides)
or in the mouth. Pigeon pox sores are sometimes confused with
canker, and here's how to tell the difference. A pigeon pox sore
is hard, and it will bleed if broken from the skin. Touching the
cheesy substance caused by canker, for example with a Q-Tip, will
cause the substance to break off and crumble.
can also be internal, because it can enter the bird's body
through its navel, where the yolk sac was attached. Most often,
canker is present in our birds with the only visible symptom being
a slight throat mucous. This causes problems for many fanciers,
because they often think it is a respiratory problem when they
see signs of throat mucous, when, in fact, what they are seeing
is the early stages of canker.
It's generally accepted that almost all of the current
products in use against canker are not as effective as they
once were. If we're going to keep canker under control, we
must increase dosages. In our lofts, we used to give each one
of our weaning youngsters one Pegosan tablet (when they were available) along with an Ideal Pill as we took them from their parents.
This was a very effective weapon against canker. Now, most often we rely on Berimax rather than Pegosan, and we pair the Berimax with an Ideal Pill..
the babies a canker product two weeks after weaning means that
they will be getting the proper protection from canker during
the greatest time of stress in their young lives. Ideal Pills are a great idea because they supply enough sustenance to get
the babies through the critical first 10 or 12 hours while they
are getting accustomed to their new loft. I've actually kept pigeons
alive on nothing but Ideal Pills for over ten days.
Some fanciers have reported that the Berimax was not effective, but we find that this has been in cooler weather when the birds were not drinking enough. The approach to take in cool weather is to double the Berimax dosage, and to go back to the normal dosage when the weather warms up.
When there is an especially resistant strain of canker, Berimax plus EcolTonic will keep it down.
Our preference is to wean the youngsters early, say
at 24-26 days. It's wise to give one or two days of vitamins
and amino acids after any medication. Digestal, Cometose,
or another pro-biotic such as Prodigest, on the feed is also a
great idea. Pro-Vital All Bird Economy Plus is a good and inexpensive
pro-biotic that is new to our inventory. We highly recommend Health
Gard as a pro-biotic also. These pro-biotics will stabilize the
birds' droppings almost overnight, and the
difference they can make in a bird's condition is remarkable.
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normal for a fancier to get nervous when the young birds first
take to the air. Hawks, power lines, and other obstacles make
a baby pigeon's life treacherous, and this causes high levels
of stress. To help prevent high levels of stress from turning
into more serious problems, use vitamins and amino acids and keep
the babies on a regular routine of feed and water. TVG from Pego, Pego Amin, and Recup Lyt from Colombine are all effective in helping
to prevent conditions that can hinder racing ability. Recup-Lyt
is especially good to give parents who are feeding young.
Depending on where you live, the old bird races are either in
full swing or just about to get started. This is the favorite
time during the year for many fanciers who prefer to work with
more experienced birds over young birds. Many fanciers claim that
they can truly determine the quality of their pigeons now, because
the "systems" are over, and the fancier who has had the time to
train his young birds every day is no longer at an advantage.
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With classic and double widowhood being the methods of choice
around most of the country, it would seem that the natural system
is obsolete, but I have found that to be completely false. It's
interesting to talk to some of the really successful fanciers
around the U.S. and Europe and find that many still use the
"natural" or "nesting" method to fly the longest distances.
The basic strategy here is that for the early part of the race
season the race team is flown on a widowhood or double widowhood
method. Many of the best fanciers focus on their cocks for the
early races, up to around 400 miles. Widowhood cocks can be very
hard to beat in "pigeon" weather, meaning clear to partly cloudy
skies and moderate temperatures.
But when the distances get longer
and the races get tougher, there appears to be a shift in the
balance of power from the quick and sassy widower to the calm
and steady hen coming home to ten- or twelve-day eggs. As my good
friend Willem DeZutter, the 1998 champion of all of Belgium, once told
me, "I like to have a hen coming to eggs about ten to twelve days
old, when the weather is hot and the races are hard, because at
this point it is more determination than speed that wins those
types of races."
Armand Zazueta, one of the most successful champions that the
American fancy has known, often excelled at the long-distance
events by re-pairing several of his best old hens. Armand would
either let them mate to one another or put them back with their
cock so that they would lay. Then he could send them to the 500-
and 600-mile races on ten- to twelve-day eggs. Like DeZutter,
Zazueta often found that his best distance birds were these
hens, and often he clocked both of the hens that were sitting
on a nest of four eggs! So if you've been just a little off in
your distance races, try the hens.
hope you're having a great breeding season!
Good luck and good racing!
Now that fanciers have young babies in the loft, it is time to give them and the breeders the supplements that will keep them robust and healthy throughout this season.
Optimum nutrition for youngsters now will maximize their racing potential!
Ed's suggestions follow
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)
SW 2.00 lbs
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.
SW 2.20 lbs
SW 3.45 lbs
SW 9.70 lbs
Pro-Vital All Bird Economy - Water-soluble vitamins, minerals
and electrolytes with a probiotic blend. For best results, use daily
with non-chlorinated water.
SW 1.5 lbs
Ideal Pills – Excellent as individual-dose treatment for birds with
vitamin deficiencies, birds recuperating from illness, or before and after
hard racing or showing events. (Fabry – Belgium)
SW 1.45 lbs
SW 1.95 lbs
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.
SW 1.00 lb
2 - 80 gram canisters
SW 1.50 lb
3 - 80 gram canisters
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.
SW 2.70 lbs
SW 3.40 lbs
SW 9.70 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).
SW 3.70 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.
SW 2.50 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)
SW 2.95 lbs
Cometose - Helps control liquid droppings by rebuilding gut flora after exertion
or medication. Contains vegetable fibers, electrolytes, and helpful gut
bacteria to keep intestines working at maximum efficiency. (Comed -- Belgium)
Digestal – This product contains helpful lactobacillus bacteria, which are essential
to maintaining good digestion. Digestal replenishes these bacteria which
are destroyed during medication. (Colombine - Belgium)
SW 1.95 lbs
Stalks – What many fanciers consider to be the ideal nest material,
enhancing the breeding results. Provides a soft natural bed for baby birds.
Parasites stay away. A natural product that is easy to use. Also ideally
suited as floor covering in baskets.
SW 6.00 lbs
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