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Are pigeons any good after recovery?...
Author: Bob RowlandTitle: Are pigeons any good after recovery?
Date: 2003-12-13 00:31:49Uploaded by: webmaster
Message from Thumper:

If they in fact do have paratyphoid, what are the chances of them being any good in the racing loft. Obviously they have been fed by hand and are now healthy and looking after themselves.


Let me ask you why you are concerned about how they will be in the racing loft?

Any pigeon needs to be of the absolute best quality and health possible to give you a long term benefit. If we begin with pigeons that have problems, then soon the loft is full of pigeons that have a weak genetic makeup and are susceptible to these same problems.

I try to win in every race I ship and I don't know of anyone that is good enough to win every race UNLESS THEY HAVE LIMITED COMPETITION! So understanding that we have a difficult time being a winner, why would we attempt to win with a pigeon that could not hold up to a level of health that some of our other birds can handle?

I do not like to have to remove pigeons from my team but where I fly, a pigeon that breaks a leg and even though it has healed, has a difficult time beating the good pigeons that have never had a setback. My absolute best pigeons were never sick one day in their life and never had even a broken flight let alone a broken leg so they had an advantage over a pigeon that had some type of handicap.

We all will hear stories about the great pigeon that overcame some major setback but it is my opinion that the pigeon is definitely the exception to the rule and not the rule. Once we allow our guard to be lowered and our acceptance of problems begins, we will have more problems all the time.

I once had a cock that was an excellent breeder and each year he would breed me a winner out of 6 to 8 young ones I would breed from him BUT....... many of his young ones were hitting wires and breaking legs, etc., etc.,..... Long and short was I traded him to a friend for a pigeon he owned that I admired and he took this guy. After 3 years of breeding he told me that he also had a large percentage of this cock's young ones hitting wires. Was it coincidence or a genetic problem??? I believe it was a genetic fault and regardless, I soon eliminated that entire line from my loft. Winners and all!

If you have a paratyphoid problem in your loft, why is it that some can cope with this and others not?? If the entire loft has a problem, then it is a management problem but in most cases, it is both. The management for a period of time may have made some type of a mistake that allowed the paratyphoid to get a grasp but the genetics of the pigeons and the condition of the loft allowed the problem to flourish. When I was a kid, the old timers didn't treat continually but would kill off the sick young ones and separate the pair to allow them to heal naturally. That was how i was taught and I believe they kept the application of how we handle our stock at a very simple level.

You can take a piece of paper and rip it into 2 pieces and even though you repair it and put it back together, it is never the same as the piece was before it was damaged.

Hope this helps and when in doubt, remember that 95% will never make a significant impact anyway so why confuse your self trying to repair what breaks too easily.

Bob Rowland
SpringHill, FLorida

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