will receive a pair of babies or one breeding-age bird from our
Remember, every purchase you make in any month qualifies you to
be part of the Siegel Pigeon Giveaway
drawing for that month.
The Siegel Pigeon Giveaway is Siegel’s way of giving something back
to the sport in appreciation for our customers’ business. All orders
become a part of the drawing, whether you order online, by telephone,
by mail, or make purchases at conventions. We’ll even put your name
in the drawing if you simply send your name and address in on an
index card marked "Siegel Pigeon Giveaway." (See
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... 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.
Ed Minvielle on the road...again!
Siegel Pigeons prospective travel schedule:
Texas Center Racing Pigeon Convention - July 12-16, Houston, TX
California State Racing Pigeon Organization - November 2-4
American Racing Pigeon Union Convention - November 16-18, Phoenix, AZ
National Show - November 18th, Greenwich, CT
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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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON PMV VACCINES
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!
Tips for the fancier:
in the Loft
Now, let's turn our attention to the birds...
that old bird racing is winding down and breeding is nearly complete,
fanciers around the country are starting to think about young
bird racing. Folks are shipping their futurity hopefuls their
selected races, and fanciers are separating their breeders. Now's
the best time to vaccinate young birds.
The first weekend in June is my favorite time to vaccinate young
birds, but there is no hard and fast rule about the timing for
this key aspect of pigeon health. Generally, all of my youngsters
are weaned by the first weekend in June, and most have been
flying around the loft for a while. For the most part, they have
wing strength, or, at the very least, are loft broken. Because
they also have a little age on them, their immune system has had
a chance to develop, which is very important.
The Lohmann Animal Health pox
vaccine is what I use to vaccinate for pox, and, while I've tried
the needle method, I prefer the brush on the upper leg. I do the
PMV vaccination at the same time as pox, only with a ½ cc injection
under the skin in the neck or groin. We use the PMV-1 killed virus
vaccine also from Lohmann Animal Health. This is a time-proven vaccine,
and the results bear out the fact that it does the pigeons no
future harm in racing. When we fly the light system, we usually
cut the 9th and 10th flights on the same day that we do the vaccinations.
Each young bird also gets a worm tablet and a canker tablet. We
generally use Moxidectin or Moxidectin Plus from APC for worms, and choose Ronidazole
tablets for canker.
days after we have cut them, we pull the 9th and 10th flights.
Why 13 days? In the past, we used to wait 10, then 12, and then
14 days, and almost always had one or two birds whose flights
didn't grow back normally, if at all. Years ago, after hearing
my good friend Freddie Rivera tell a seminar crowd that 13 days
was the magic number for pulling flights, I tried it that year
and have done so ever since without one bird molting a bad flight!
I don't know the scientific reason for it (and perhaps Freddie
doesn't either!), but there is no substitute for experience. Even
if it's only coincidence, I like to stick with what works, and
13 days works really well for me.
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the time we pull the 9th and 10th flights, we also dip the
young birds in a 57 percent Malathion solution and give them their
follow-up worm pill. The solution of Malathion we use is ¼
cup of 57 percent Malathion to one gallon of water. We individually
dip each bird, being extremely careful not to dip the pigeon's
head in the solution. We fan each wing through this solution until
it is thoroughly soaked.
Take care to dip the pigeon before pulling the flight, for two
reasons. First, we don't want Malathion entering the pigeon's
bloodstream through the newly pulled flight. And second, soaking
the pigeon makes the flight just a little easier to pull. This
procedure takes time, but I have not found anything to compare
with it in keeping the pigeons free of lice and pigeon
flies. I also like what it does for the feather condition,
since after about four days, when they become completely dry,
they develop a nice powdery sheen and become very soft and pliable.
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My uncle, who was an avid pigeon fancier, taught me this procedure
when I was just ten or twelve years old, and I've used it ever
since. Of course, the solutions of Malathion in those days were
much stronger, as I can remember only having to use a tablespoon
per two gallons in those days. Over the years, many people have
commented on the quality of feathers that our pigeons always seem
to have, and the Malathion is the secret. The 57 percent Malathion
is the formulation that Siegel's carries.
We try to allow the birds to dry off in direct sunlight, and I
think that this has something to do with the great feather texture
as well. This usually takes no more than 30 to 45 minutes on a
warm day. Once the birds are dry, I know that they will be parasite
free at least until I start training. I always rest well after
this work is accomplished, because I know that this is the
most important step to getting the babies ready for a successful
young bird season.
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A note on the flight pulling procedure: I know that some fanciers
claim that they like to pull the ninth first and then the tenth
after the ninth has grown out. The main reason for this is to keep the pigeons flying. I agree in principle with this
thinking and believe that this procedure is probably excellent.
I would do it, too, if not for the fact that the system I've been
using for so many years has worked extremely well, and most of
the teams of birds put on that system have been winners-not only
for me, but for quite a few lofts around the country.
Another step that we take at this time is to semi-darken our loft,
although in our case, the loft was designed specifically for this
purpose. Now we leave the birds alone. Except for feeding and
watering, we do not disturb the pigeons. The sexes remain
mixed, and no pigeons are released for the next three weeks. Special
"teepees" are set up against the walls in every nook and cranny
of the loft, and our special young bird nest boxes are opened
to entice pairs to form and take the nests as their own.
We feed them a mixture of 1/3 wheat, 1/3 barley, and 1/3 Nutra-Blend
pellets from Purina (mixing the green label and gold label pellets
at 50 percent of each type). This is to keep their body weight
under control, yet still give the proper nutrients. This mixture
also helps get the body molt started, which is one of our goals
in following this procedure. We like to give, among other things,
Biochol from Oropharma at least three to four days a week at this
time for the next four weeks, as we find it greatly benefits the
Since this is usually the time that we are traveling in Belgium,
we let the young birds sit in the semi-dark loft for the entire
time we are away, usually three weeks. We give no medication-only
supplements-for the first 17 days that they are locked up, because we want the molt to start and certain medications can slow
it. At the middle of the third week, the birds are given a
canker treatment for three days, followed by one day of Digestal
and Pigeon Power or Ferro-Prodol on the feed.
When we return, I am always amazed at how the young birds have
developed. They really molt well under these conditions, as
they are under absolutely no stress, having sat in a semi-dark
loft for a number of weeks. They've been vaccinated, wormed, and
dipped, so neither internal nor external parasites should be bothering
Just after I return from Europe at the end of June or early July,
I start letting the young birds out. Their ninth and tenth flights
are now three-quarters of the way grown out, and I feel safe in
letting the birds start "getting their wings back under them."
They fly only if they want to. Doxyvet and Doxy-T, from the
Australian Pigeon Company, are very effective respiratory
treatments for the birds at this time.. Always
remember to remove the grit and mineral supplements whenever
you are treating the birds with respiratory antibiotics.
end of May to the latter part of November is a critical six-month
period during which many fanciers tend to neglect their breeders,
but those who take extra care during this time are the ones who
generally have the best breeding seasons. It's important to remember
that the condition of our breeders starting from the moment they
are separated at the end of the spring, throughout the summer,
and into the fall, is of ultimate importance in producing
a premium-quality group of young birds the next year.
Good luck and good racing!
Now that fanciers have young babies in the loft, it's time to give them and your breeders the supplements that will keep
them robust and healthy throughout this season.
Remember that optimum nutrition for youngsters now will maximize
their racing potential!
Ed's suggestions follow...
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
SW 1.70 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)
SW 1.95 lbs
- 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.
SW 1.70 lbs
Doxy-T - Same as Doxy-Vet with added
Tylan. Use before and during racing season to prevent respiratory problems.
SW 1.70 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
Ferro-Prodol - An organic iron and oxygen supplement which supplies iron, calcium,
sodium and fructose in an oxygenated form. Aids in maintaining optimum
health during times of extreme stress by acting as a catalyst for healthy
blood and cell renewal. Use during times of increased performance demands
such as racing, breeding, and moulting. (Pego - Germany)
SW 4.00 lbs
SW 2.00 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
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