It is time for pigeon training. Your pigeons are finally ready to take down the road when your birds have molted their 3rd flight feather. It’s better to take them in the same direction your local club is flying. In case you are not in a club, you can pick a direction of your own. But be sure to stick with it. Catch your birds gently and keep them in a basket. They should be tamed to you if you have been feeding them recently. If you happen to disturb their feathers while catching it, gently put the feathers back into place. Don’t ever handle them roughly, as this will make them afraid of you and they will not come to you easily any more. Pigeon training is an art.
Pigeon Training for a Race
Pigeon training for racing is of utmost important if you are looking to win a pigeon race. The absence of proper training will harness its full potential and it will make it impossible to win the race. Let’s see how to train a racing pigeon and be the winner of the race.
Food and shelter are the basic things you need to take care of. Food should be fresh, clean, and of high quality. Grit and grains are usually primary foods of a pigeon. But, these will not enhance their winning capability in a race. For this purpose, you should include vitamins and minerals in their diet. These can be either mixed with the water or with the food in the form of oil. Always take extra care to keep the food without moisture. This is because moisture will make food vulnerable to fungi and bacteria making it toxic to the bird.
Pigeon Training: The Lofts
“Pigeon loft” or a pigeon house, which forms the shelter for the bird comes in a wide variety of styles depending their functions. Usually pigeon lovers build multiple lofts and separate the females from the males to have control in breeding. Also, young unmated pigeons are from the mature mated ones which are not yet identified whether male or female. Lofts have different forms. There’s a “nestbox”, a “trap and landing board”, a “flypen” and “perches”
Pigeons are initially kept in a nest and then transferred to a bigger loft when they are around 4 weeks old. The pigeon will then be trained to get accustomed with the location of water, food and the entire look of the loft. Only after the pigeon 6 or 7 week old practice can be given to it to fly farther and higher. Now, pigeon can recall the signs and can find its loft by its own.
Pigeon Training: The Speed
It is also crucial to find out the speed of your pigeons. The reasons of slow performance can be identified only after determining whether your pigeon is indeed in need of faster speed. Traditional and electronic timing methods can be used to find out the speed of your pigeon racing. Even though both methods are equally valuable, the traditional method may fail in some cases such as when the winning bird is reluctant to get into its loft, and hence the time recording may not be accurate.
Finally, make sure that you form a good bond with your racing pigeons. Both of you will enjoy tossing and flying them occasionally throughout their racing careers. So, more than owning a great breed pigeon, Pigeon training is essential to win pigeon races.
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