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 National Winners, Ronald Lodewijckx, Bert Vanden Berghe, Meulemans-Damen, Jespers-Vanderwegen, and Schreel Family... Mertens filed another recent
report on National Winners, Rudy DeSear, Erik Vermander, Schoors-De Waele, and Monard... 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 Aureomycin. 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.
Ed Minvielle on the road...again!
Siegel Pigeons prospective travel schedule:
Texas Center Racing Pigeon Convention - San Antonio, TX...July 14-16
Midwest Convention-Greenbay, WI...October 2-4
California State Racing Pigeon Organization -
National Show - Greenwich, CT...Nov 19th
American Racing Pigeon Union Convention -
Ontario, CA...Dec. 7-10
We look forward to seeing our friends and customers around the country on our travels in 2016...
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NOTICE TO ALL BENZING LIVE USERS
If you have not already exchanged your current LIVE to a 2G/3G modem now is the time to exchange them free of charge! The 2G unit will not work after the end of this year and will need to be replaced. If you wait until after 12/31/2016 you will have to pay for it to be replaced. Contact Camille (Ext. 2) to do the exchange and she will let you know the steps to make this happen!
Tips for the fancier:
in the Loft
the time October comes, fanciers all over the United States are
enjoying the young bird racing season. Of course, geography dictates
what is going on in our lofts now. In the south, there are still
a few weeks of races left. In the northern part of the United
States, we have seen the end of the racing season. What your friends
are doing in other parts of the country will be different from
what you need to do with your birds now.
To you fanciers in the north who are at the end, or nearing the
end, of the racing season, now's the time to evaluate your
race team as well as to evaluate your breeders. You need to
plan for plenty of time to acclimate any new birds that you want
to bring into the loft before the breeding season begins.
What birds should be held over from the race team for either the
old bird races or for the breeding loft? This is the key question
in evaluating your racing team. And then, how do you decide
which pigeons make the grade? I have always believed that
consistency in the races is far more important than one good performance.
I have long believed that a bird that comes early week after week,
race after race, has far more breeding potential than a pigeon
that delivers only one spectacular win.
If you think of two birds as being equal, but for whatever reason
you are not able to keep both, study their pedigrees. Which
bird is linked to more winners? Which bird has better background
and genetics? Which bird or birds do you like more than others?
If you're looking for a breeder, keep the inbred or linebred over
the outcross. If you are looking for a racer, then keep the linebred
or outcross over the inbred.
Remember that there could be some "sleepers" in the loft. These
are birds that always come home but haven't managed to find their
true form or their ideal distance in the young bird races. These
birds may be better at the long distances, and you might want
to consider keeping them another season.
A super young racer, cock or hen, that is out of an old breeder
should always be considered for the breeding loft. You don't
want this blood to die out. Throughout the best lofts of Europe,
many champions cherish the first set of eggs out of a super racing
young hen. This should surely be reason enough to check this out
There are specific health measures that you should take at the
end of the racing season. In our lofts, we start by purging the
birds for one or two days before starting our medication routine.
This means that we give only water, no food. I think this is the
ideal length of time for purging, although fanciers in Europe
purge their pigeons for up to a week. Now is also the time
to vaccinate breeders for PMV and salmonella.
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Get your general health program under way for breeders by treating
for coccidiosis, canker, and worms. I strongly recommend Turbosole for canker. Aureomycin Sulmet powder is also a good tool for fighting coccidiosis, as well as
a number of other diseases. Göpolex Worm Tablets work well for individual worming,
and for many years Eqvalan has been a fine wormer for flock
treatment. Since Dr. Colin Walker developed Moxidectin and Moxidectin Plus (which also targets tapeworms),
I have been keen on these two Australian products for their effectiveness
on the worms and their gentleness on the birds.
after we dip our birds in a 57 percent (1/4 cup to 2 gallons of
water) Malathion solution, we vaccinate them for salmonella
with Sal-Bac, and for PMV with Lohmann Animal Health International's
PMV-1. The skin on the neck shows well for easy vaccination
when the birds are wet.
up heaters now for your drinkers if you live where freezing
weather can affect your ability to keep your birds watered on
a regular basis.
you fanciers who live in the southern part of the country, you
will want to follow this end of the racing season regimen as soon
as your races have finished. But if you are still racing, you
need to consider how to train your team for the last few important
races. I believe that much success results from focusing on those
few birds that have already given you the best performances. What
you want to provide for these few birds now is rest, medication,
retraining, and motivation.
Why is rest
so high on my list? Superior-quality birds generally fly to
their pedigree if they have the opportunity. For example,
pigeons that would compete best in a 300-mile, 1,200 yards-per-minute
race won't fly "to their pedigree" if they only participate in
100- to 200-mile, 1,600 yards-per-minute races. It's a fact that racing pigeons stay in top form for only about three weeks.
My method is to set aside the young birds with the most potential
and keep them out of the races during the middle of the young
bird season simply to rest. Then, I put them back into the races
for the last three weekends. After resting, these high-potential
flyers will come back into top condition for the next one, two,
or three weekends.
No matter where you live, these suggestions about rest, medication,
re-training and motivation can be carried out in the middle of
the racing season.
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would be smart to look through your entire race team for this
kind of potential. You'll start to see "levels" form on the
team--those with consistent ability and those that race "hot
and cold." Keep those with consistent ability for the last or
most important races of the season, and focus the most attention
on them during that time.
that the inconsistent birds are in excellent health, try to continue
to race them during the middle of the season to assess their quality.
It is only by racing them that you can determine if they are flying
to their pedigree. It really helps to know the background of the
parent birds to make this evaluation.
is also important to decide what your high-priority races are. Are you racing for average speed, money, or for other reasons? You'll want to target your best birds for these races. Make sure
you are putting a large percentage of your birds in the races
where their pedigrees indicate they should be capable of
in the last weeks of young bird racing season is another subject.
You want to look for young hens, which mature faster than cocks
and are thus often better young-bird flyers. You can also motivate
young hens more quickly. Set aside the young hens and widowhood
cocks, or spare cocks during this late part of the young bird
season. You might want to think about saving the young cocks for
the old bird season if you are a widowhood cock specialist.
It is a fact
of genetics that breeding two extremes together gives the largest
degree of uncertainty in the results. The savvy fancier considers
this when he's pairing his pigeons. As an example, pairing a long-distance
bloodline bird whose parents and grandparents excelled at two-day
races to a bird with hereditary factors that point to ability
at short-distance speed events will produce a large percentage
of young with a huge variation in ability. So as percentages go,
it is best to pair sprinters to sprinters, middle-distance to
middle-distance, and long-distance to long-distance birds.
and training come next. After these six to eight hens have selected
a mate, let them stay with the cock for a week. This is long enough
to mate, but it's not long enough to be ready to lay. Then put
the young hens back on the young bird race team. Give them
an hour or two with their mates before shipping when you're
ready to send these young hens to a race.
Begin training only after a week of complete rest. In those seven
days, you are medicating and motivating the birds. When you sense
that they're ready to come back onto the race team, take them
for just a few short tosses. Then increase the distance to a few
70- to 80-mile tosses. By then these young hens will be in
top form to compete during the season's last few races.
Good luck and good racing!
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recommends these products based on the needs of the pigeons that are
developing at this time of year...
His suggestions follow...
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.
SW 7 lbs
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.
SW 2.00 lbs
Göpolex Worm Tablets - Effective
for worms. Use regularly, particularly before the racing season. One tablet
daily per pigeon, 3 to 6 days in a row. Best given before feeding. (Pego
SW 1.20 lbs
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.
SW 3.80 lbs
SW 2.80 lbs
SW 9.30 lbs
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
Tablets - 60 mg tablets for the individual treatment of canker. Same
as Flagyl tablets. One tablet per day per bird for four days.
SW 1.20 lbs
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