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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 National Winners... Mertens himself is the 2006 1st National Champion KBDB Middle Distance Youngbirds.

For these reports, and many other archived features,
Read on for all the news!


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:

American Racing Pigeon Union Convention -
Ontario, CA...Dec. 7-10

This was a wonderful convention season! We sincerely thank you for your business and your friendship during this past year, and we look forward to seeing many more friends and customers around the country on our travels in 2016...

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Item #7063
SW 1.90 lbs.

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Tips for the fancier:
in the Loft

This month, I am going to address how to fight problems in our lofts with canker, candida, Cercle virus (young bird disease), and the benefits of complex acids..

As many of you now know Siegel's has been selling a new product for canker, called Berimax, since early this year.  We began selling this product on the advice of our good friend Dr. Steve Weir in Oklahoma who had tested the product on a number of birds that were showing signs of having very resistant strains of canker.

In Dr. Weir's tests, Berimax was the only product that worked 100% effectively, and he had tested all the other top canker products available at the time.  When Dr. Weir sent those results to us, we contacted the inventor of Berimax, Dr. Nils Reither, and made arrangements with him to sell the product here in the States.  We ran a few ads and promoted the product enough to get it jump-started in the States but we have hesitated to promote the product too heavily until we got enough feedback from our customers to know for certain that the product is a winner.

I can state that the product is a big winner, as a huge majority of our customers who are using the product are reporting that it is working extremely well.  We have also been testing it on our own birds with excellent results, but there are a few reports that have stated that Berimax did not cure their canker problem initially and with this in mind I would like to address that issue.  A small percentage of Berimax customers did report that their birds still showed canker even though they used the product according to instructions.  In each case I asked the customer to use Berimax again.  There were only 4 reports that I was made aware of who claimed that Berimax was not working.  In three of the cases there was evidence that the pigeons may not have been taking in enough of the product because the lofts were located in cool-climate areas and the water intake was surely not what it would be in a warmer climate.  When I asked the customers to use Berimax again, but at a 50% higher dosage (thus 1-1/2 teaspoons per gallon,) their canker issues were resolved.  In the final case, one of our customers was in the middle of racing and he wanted immediate results. Together we came to the conclusion that he should use Berimax with another canker product, so he used Berimax and Turbosole (from Dr. Walker, Australia.)  He used Berimax at the specified dosage and added Turbosole at its specified dosage, and within three days had his canker problem completely under control.

All products have a recommended dosage based on laboratory tests, but knowing how the product works in the field can be very helpful.  My personal thoughts on Berimax are that it is the most effective product for canker that I have seen in the 21 years I've been owner of the Charles Siegel Company.  It has proven that it will work on all strains of canker.

What has to be adjusted in some cases is the dosage based on the amount of water the birds are taking in.  My suggestion is that you pay particular attention when the weather is cool and the birds are not drinking as much.  This also happened to me with my birds in my initial test of Berimax, as it was mid-winter and the birds were not drinking nearly as much water as they do during other times of the year.  I used the product at the specified dose and after three days did not see a significant result, so I doubled the dose from one teaspoon per gallon to two teaspoons per gallon, and after another 3 days all signs of canker in my birds were gone.  

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I can also report that I have tested Berimax in conjunction with Ecol Tonic with extraordinary results, especially on birds showing signs of candida.  It appears that in over 90% of the cases the combination of Berimax and Ecol Tonic will eliminate candida in 24 hours.  I personally use Berimax with Ecol Tonic every time I dose my birds for canker, as I am also finding a benefit on the canker treatment as well as the candida.

One final note concerning Ecol Tonic.  It is truly amazing how much this product has taken off over the past couple of years.  This phenomenal growth in sales could not be possible if the product was not working as advertised.  I was privy to a very interesting meeting of the world veterinary pigeon council when I attended the racing pigeon Olympiade in Poland this past February.  The veterinarians there spent a good deal of time discussing the benefits of "complex" acids used in conjunction with anti-bacterial agents.

It appears as though there is great benefit to using a "complex" acid (which is exactly what Ecol Tonic is) in conjunction with existing anti-bacterial products, such as Baytril, Sulfa AVS, Trimethoprim Sulfa, even Amoxil.  Test results showed as much as a 4x increase in effectiveness of the anti-bacterial agents when a complex acid was present.  Ecol Tonic is exactly that, and is the strongest such acid available.

 We have had literally hundreds of calls and e-mails thanking us for saving countless thousands of pigeons' lives because we recommended that Ecol Tonic be used in conjunction with a bacteria-stat. One customer reported at the beginning of young bird season this year that his birds were showing signs of Cercle virus (young bird disease) just after he started putting his birds on the training truck.  Since his season was about to start (in 2 weeks) he thought his race season was doomed.  Remarkably, after only 4 days on Ecol Tonic and Baytril, his flock was flying around his loft for over 1-1/2 hours.  He did not miss a race and has indeed been having one of his best young bird seasons in recent memory.

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Now, on to the topic of purchasing new stock.
Most fanciers in December are either pairing their birds, or they're purchasing new stock by attending auctions and sales around the country. So I'd like to talk a bit about purchasing pigeons. There are a number of ways to buy birds, but I think that two particular approaches can bring you the most success.

The least expensive way is to buy in volume, buying a large number of late-hatch babies. Some people even arrange to purchase eggs from a breeder. Late-hatch babies can also be a good way to go. When I'm interested in buying birds from a breeder, I examine the race records and futurity records of their birds to determine the answer to these questions:

How successful is the loft in its own competition?

How successful are this breeder's birds for other fanciers?

We go to Europe once or twice a year to purchase birds. Sometimes I go into a loft that I have been studying for some time, watching the results, to see the kind of pigeons that I'm looking for. We like to purchase middle-distance birds that have the ability to fly 300- and 400-mile races as young birds. These are the areas where the biggest money is to be won in the sport, and it's certainly nice to have birds that can do that.

In selecting these young, we ask the fancier what his most successful pairs of breeders are, and at this point we are still gathering information. It's most important for us to know what the successful breeding pairs are in any particular loft. For example, in a loft of 40 to 50 pairs, surely there are 8 or 10 pairs that are outstanding among them in producing a higher percentage of good birds than the other pairs will produce.

We also will not restrict ourselves just to birds from established breeders. We also like to find a particularly hot young pair, especially if it's a pair of birds that have produced two or three really good racers. We like to take babies from these. They often produce a higher quality bird.

Once we identify the top pairs in the loft, we make arrangements to purchase their young. Of course, we're always trying to deal with reputable people, so we can be sure that we are getting what we select. Many fanciers in Europe will ask you to come and choose the young in the nest, letting you into the loft to copy their band numbers for later verification.

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One problem with buying young birds is that you don't always know how they're going to turn out. We all know that, percentage-wise, fewer than 20% of all racing pigeons produced turn out to be good birds. So we know going in that in purchasing unproven young, you'll be getting only 2 out of 10 "keepers." You should keep this in mind when you purchase.

If you're dealing with reputable people, you can generally buy 10 youngsters for the same amount that one adult bird would cost you. Most top lofts in Europe will not want to sell their best racers or their best breeders for an affordable amount of money. In most cases, purchasing young will be the best shot you have. And if you do this, buy them from the pairs that have the highest success percentages, so that your chances of your getting good birds will go up.

Another way to purchase birds is to go after proven racing stock. We often buy birds right out of the racing loft. A bird that is not a great racer, but is a very good racer, can be a very, very good or even a great breeder. Depending upon how they're bred, some birds that are only average racers become great breeders. If you can afford it, buying a great breeder gives you a much better chance of getting super racers. A super champion that costs many thousands of dollars can be a disappointment in the breeding loft.

We know of European lofts that like to retire their racing birds at four or five years of age, and we often buy birds from this group. Often, you can buy a pigeon that's been on the widowhood team for two or more years. A bird like this may be expensive, but will be worth the purchase price. It's obviously a high-quality bird if it's managed to stay in a high-quality loft for this long and has earned its keep.

For buying hens, we often go into a loft that races only cocks and has a number of excellent widowhood hens that are being used only to stimulate the cock birds. In many cases, you can buy a good quality stock hen from a fancier's widowhood hen loft. We try to select young hens that have had excellent racing records and have been put into the breeding loft or into the widowhood loft.

Another way to buy breeding stock is to go for the really big money and to buy birds out of the breeding loft, or ace pigeons from certain competitions. Champion birds are put up for sale every year at the end of the season in Europe. But few champion racers ever produce pigeons that race as well as they have raced themselves. Very often, it has more to do with a pedigree.

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We like to follow a pedigree, meaning a family of birds that produces a high percentage of first ace pigeons. If you can obtain a high quality racing cock from the loft and a high quality hen from the widowhood loft, such a pairing from a good family will very often produce much better than average pigeons, especially if the birds are related.

While ace pigeons are nice to have and can certainly be good advertising, the average fancier doesn't need ace pigeons at all to compete at the highest level.

Buying birds from a breeding loft can be risky business. A pair of birds in the breeding loft that are for sale has probably not been as successful as the owner had hoped they would be.

In some cases, older breeding pigeons can be purchased at reasonable prices, because sometimes fanciers want to breed only from very young birds. You have to be patient and willing to work with these birds. I recommend putting their eggs under younger foster parents. Normally, the reduction in performance that you see in the youngsters of older breeders doesn't have to do with the parents' genetic quality as a breeder, but in the reduced level of care that older pigeons can give the young once they are hatched.

The solution to this potential problem is to set up foster pairs that are young, and "float" the eggs from the older breeding pairs to them to be raised. This brings high quality genes into your loft without spending an exorbitant amount of money.

We have also managed to purchase birds from lofts that are being completely sold out. Such sales, in which every bird is accounted for, often yield gold-mine pairs for fanciers lucky enough to purchase them. All the records are available for the best pairs in the loft, and the best results in the loft. If you manage to get those pigeons, it's up to you, the fancier, to get the same kind of results.

I wish you all the best in your pigeon endeavors and hope that each of you will have Happy Holidays.

Good luck and good racing!


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Products for

Ed recommends these products based on the needs of the pigeons that are developing during the breeding season...

His suggestions follow...

Great holiday gift for your favorite pigeon fancier!

THE PIGEON – by Dr. Colin Walker. Dr. Walker is a very successful pigeon racing veterinarian in Australia, and he shares information gained during 30 years of racing his own birds that includes race fitness, race preparation and recovery, disease control during racing and breeding, behavior, droppings, loft design, feeding, and much more.

Item #3039
SW 7 lbs

Great holiday gift for your favorite pigeon fancier!
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.

Item #5644
SW 4 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. 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
Item #0181
SW 1.00 lb

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

3 - 80 gram canisters
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.

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SW 2.70 lbs

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Item #5668
SW 9.70 lbs

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Turbosole - A 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. (APC - Australia)
200 grams
Item #3023
SW 2.00 lbs

Provit Forte – A liquid product that supports the pigeons during the fertilization process. Also assists in the growth of the youngsters. Young birds that receive this vitamin preparation while they are growing will have much softer feathers than other birds, because of the incorporation of the ingredient dexpanthenol. Also contains these vitamins—A, D3, E, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, and K3. Use after pairing for seven days. Use two days per week until the youngsters leave the nest. From the time the youngsters leave the nest, use one day a week until the first training toss. (Herbots – Belgium)

1/2 liter
Item #0365
SW 2.45 lbs

1 liter
Item #0364
SW 3.45 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 pt.   
Item #0098
SW 2.80 lbs

1 quart  
Item #0097
SW 3.80 lbs

1 gallon.   
Item #0096
SW 9.30 lbs

Multi-Vitamin Liquid – Supplies all necessary vitamins in liquid form for easy use. Good all-around vitamin for all times of year, young birds and old. Add to water or give directly to the birds as drops. (Pego - Germany)

500 ml.
Item #5509
SW 3.10 lbs.

Comed Breeding Oil - Derived from Fine Oil for a good breeding period. The oil is adapted to the specific needs of the breeders during this period. Dosage is one soup spoon per kg. of feed three times a week.
(Comed - Belgium)
250 ml.
Item #7043
SW 1.70 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.
500 ml.
Item #7012
SW 2.50 lbs

Moxidectin Plus - This wormer has all of the benefits of Moxidectin along with the added ingredient of praziquantel for tapeworm control, making this the best all-round wormer for pigeons. Developed by Dr. Colin Walker, "The Flying Vet." (Australian Pigeon Company)
125 ml.
Item #3026
SW 1.70 lbs


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