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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!

Where's Ed?

Siegel's Ed Minvielle on the road...again!
Siegel Pigeons prospective travel schedule for 2016:

Texas Center Racing Pigeon Convention -

California State Racing Pigeon Organization -

American Racing Pigeon Union Convention -

National Show

We look forward to a wonderful convention season and to seeing our friends and customers around the country on our travels in 2016...


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Lohmann Animanl Health International is no longer in production of the PMV vaccine & there is no American made vaccine available at this time! We are not licensed to sell European vaccines. We are hopeful that USDA will approve an American made PMV vaccine very shortly so that we can start supplying that!

Pigeon Paramyxo Virus by the Pigeon Vaccine Lab

Pigeon Paramyxo Virus causes a devastating disease in pigeons. It is endemic in the feral pigeon population and is highly contagious, especially among young pigeons. Until recently, this disease has been relatively unknown in domestic pigeons, due to routine vaccination; since domestic production of vaccine specific to pigeon Paramyxo virus has been halted by the USDA for the past year, this is about to change. Pigeon Paramyxo virus attacks two major tissue types: nervous tissue (both central and peripheral) and kidney tissue; hence the clinical signs of this disease stem from these systems. Neurological signs would include head and neck twisting and/or twitching; balance, movement, coordination and perception problems; as well as others. Kidney (renal) problems are most often expressed as a profuse, clear, watery diarrhea, with dehydration and compensating excessive consumption of drinking water (chronic renal failure). In addition to the above signs, this virus also immune suppresses the birds. Since the young birds' immune system is rudimentary (at best), this disease is especially severe in young birds, often to the point of being fatal. Older birds given good supportive care, with a well established immune system, usually recover uneventfully. During January, '15, the USDA arbitrarily (and unilaterally) decided to ban domestic production of pigeon Paramyxo vaccine, despite the fact that the virus is ubiquitous and the then current vaccine worked very well. To protect our pigeons in the face of this hardship, the best solution is to use a water soluble, modified-live Newcastle vaccine (zB. LaSota, et al.) every six weeks. This should start before and run throughout breeding season. For young birds, this should start before and run throughout training, racing and show season. Although this is far from ideal, it has been used before with success in large pigeon operations where catching and vaccinating each pigeon by hand was not feasible. Since the immunity acquired from Newcastle vaccines in pigeons is unpredictable in both degree and duration, the every six week repetition is necessary. Since pigeons do not host Newcastle well, a higher dose than the usual poultry dose would be appropriate. In birds already sick with the disease, there is no direct treatment because pigeon Paramyxo is a viral disease. The key here is supportive treatment: provide for the bird's needs; keep the bird's physiology as close to normal as possible; treat any secondary conditions (infections). For neurological signs, this would include force/assist feeding and hydrating the bird until it can eat/drink on its own; providing postural support for birds that cannot stand/ balance. For kidney signs, obviously be sure that the birds is adequately hydrated; since diarrhea depletes water soluble vitamins and electrolytes, these will need to be supplemented in the water. In any disease outbreak, it is always advisable to segregate/ isolate any sick birds. Since the incubation period for this disease is four to seven days, be sure to observe the healthy birds, regularly and often, for any that might become sick, and isolate them as well. To begin controlling this disease in healthy birds, vaccinate all apparently healthy birds; since sick birds already have the disease, vaccination would be inappropriate. As with any disease, appropriate clean up and disinfection should follow after the disease is cleared up. Standard cleaning equipment and supplies should be used: pressure washer (if necessary; or car wash for portable equipment), chlorox in soapy water, rinse solution with disinfectant (e.g. TSP, et al.), and thorough drying time (half a week or more).

Letter Provided by Dr. Paul Miller


LaSota (Item #0440) $8.95 & New Castle (Item #0441) $19.95 are now available at Siegel's. Just call 1-800-437-4436 for details!

Ed Minvielle



Tips for the fancier:
in the Loft


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. 






3.02 (last version ever)



5.90 (last version ever)










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

At this time of year in the sport, my attention turns to old birds, especially to their health care and to their motivation for racing.

Coccidiosis and canker germs are significant health threats that our birds are very likely to pick up from race baskets or from drinking contaminated water out on the race course. Thoughtful fanciers take care of this exposure before it can turn into a problem. It's a good idea to give each bird a canker treatment approximately three to four hours after returning from the race, and then follow up the next day.

We are happy to announce that due to extraordinary demand for our new canker product "Berimax" we have been able to purchase in large enough quantities to get discounted prices and we are passing these savings on to you.  New prices: one canister of Berimax is now $34.95, new price for 2 canisters is $62.50, and new price for 3 canisters is $90.00. These prices will remain in effect as long as quantities last.

Race birds need a time-release dose of vitamin B, amino acids and carnitine into their systems so that these supplements are present in the muscles during the race. This is one of the best ways to prevent stress in race birds. My best suggestion is to give them Carmine liquid (Versele-Laga) (carnitine) for at least five to seven days prior to shipping a long race. On basketting night, give one Carni-Tab tablet (Colombine) and a Supra Pill (Colombine) to each pigeon.

I recommend using Turbosole to control canker in your loft and urge you not to overlook your old bird race team regarding the threat of canker. This is a very important step for serious fanciers to take. Turbosole is an outstanding product, and I consider it the best choice for canker in pigeons. I trust that it can be safely used during racing, breeding, or moulting.

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I am glad to share with you a product that I get spectacular results from for my breeding pairs and babies: Calcium/Vitamin D3 Syrup from the Australian Pigeon Company. It works particularly well when administered along with Pigeon Power. It's a great boost to the overall strength of both the parents and the young. I mix this calcium supplement and Pigeon Power into water at the same time according to directions and give it to my breeders and to the babies they are raising. This is a great thing to do for your birds!

Here are some old bird racing strategies that I think you might find thought provoking.

If you are racing the natural system, and a hen and cock show signs of pairing up, separate the two for a few days and then put them back together for about 30 to 40 minutes just prior to basketting. The hen will stop her cycle because of the separation, and this will delay the laying process. The separation will also increase both birds' desire for one another. Letting them see one another for just a few minutes before basketing will reinforce the bond and also reinforce their desire for home.

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Here is another natural system tip. When a pair has laid and has been sitting for several days, try adding an egg to the nest every other day until they are sitting on five or six eggs. Then take the cock and place him in a box or spare cage so that he cannot see his loft, his mate, or his nest.

This should be done the night before basketting. For example, if you basket on Friday night, take the cock away on Thursday night. The hen won't realize that the cock is gone until it is his time to sit the nest the next day. She will be very hesitant to leave the nest, or even to eat, because of the added eggs and the fact that her mate is not available to take his turn, so she will become even more attached to the nest than normal. You may have to physically take her from the nest and feed her in a separate box so that she will eat and drink.

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When I take the hen away, if time permits, I like to let the cock into the loft. He will discover his nest unprotected and will hurry to take his turn on the eggs. I let him settle on the nest for a few minutes and then take him away PRIOR TO allowing his mate back into the loft. Both birds will race extra hard to come home to protect those eggs when a question has been put into their minds regarding their responsibility for the nest!

If you're racing the widowhood system and the cocks appear to start losing interest, and the hens act as if they want to start mating with one another, switch the sexes. Let the cocks sit on perches and let the hens have the nest boxes. You will have to lock the hens in their box and probably feed them in the box, but this can certainly energize a widowhood team and produce excellent results. Sometimes I even lock a strange cock into the box with a particular cock's mate and then just let him see the stranger in his box with his hen before I ship. I make sure that the race will be less than 300 miles and not longer than six or so hours on the wing for such a motivational tactic because sometimes this tactic can backfire on you. Some cocks get so hyped by any additional motivation that they wear themselves out in the race basket the night before and don't have anything left when it's time to fly home.

On the widowhood system, remove the bowls completely from the nest box and always show the bowl to the cock before the cock is allowed to see the hen at the beginning of the season. Then as the longer races come up, put the bowl in the nest box with the cock and let him get in it and start to call. Then ship him. Once all the cocks are removed, allow the hens into the boxes with the nest bowls and let them have their way. You can even put a few old unmated cocks into the loft to steam up the hens before you ship them. Remember this advice: "Ship the cocks cool and the hens hot." This holds true for most races.

On the natural system, when a pair starts to nest, remove one of the mates. This can be either the cock or the hen, but I prefer to remove the hen. Let the cock take another mate, and then remove that mate. When shipping day arrives, let both hens in with the cock for twenty to thirty minutes, but don't allow the hens to begin a heavy battle because they could lose form. Ship them all to the race. This trick can be used all season long to motivate either or all of the birds at different times.

On the widowhood system, on a particularly bad race, if one of the birds comes home very late, lock that bird in its nest box (but not with its mate) for at least several hours. Overnight would be even better. The race bird is worn out, and having to deal with an over-anxious mate will not do either of them any good. After a few hours of rest, put the pair together for just a few minutes, and then separate them again. This will tell your returned racer that, "Yes, your reward is here and waiting, when you are ready." That pigeon's sole motivation to race home may have been to see its mate. And after that performance, the reward is granted. But what that race bird needs most is rest. It's a wise fancier who knows that this rest must be given.

Good luck and good racing!









Products for

Most fanciers are now well into the breeding season and enjoying the racing as well.

Ed's suggestions follow for
the supplements that will keep breeders, babies and racers robust and healthy throughout this busy time in the loft.

Remember that optimum nutrition for youngsters now will maximize their racing potential!

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
Item #3023
SW 2.00 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.
Item #1137
SW 2.20 lbs

32 oz.
Item #1138
SW 3.45 lbs

Item #10110
SW 9.70 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.

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

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.
200 grams   
Item #3024
SW 1.70 lbs

Doxy-T - Same as Doxy-Vet with added Tylan. Use before and during racing season to prevent respiratory problems.
200 grams
Item #3027
SW 1.70 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.
16 oz.   
Item #5673
SW 2.70 lbs

1 qt.   
Item #5655
SW 3.40 lbs

1 gallon  
Item #5668
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).

1,000 grams
Item #5515
SW 3.70 lbs.

Eye Sign Loupes – Bausch & Lomb makes the best eyeglasses and magnifiers in the world. These are actual watchmakers’ loupes, of the highest quality.
The 10X loupe can be used with the soft rubber/velcro headband (sold separately).
1 10X loupe
Item #0767
SW 1.20 lbs

1 headband
Item #0768
SW 1.20 lbs

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)
300 grams
Item #0372
SW 1.95 lbs

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