"Totally natural" - flight system, feeding and the course of the year on the battle
Central to the system - and hence the name - the pairs are always together, and thus do not separate during the winter period. The pigeons thus live a completely natural life, and their shedding cycle is controlled by some later described, simple methods.
Let's review Anders' account of the system. Anders says that the new season starts after the race weekend in week 32, where the national flight from Munich takes place. Immediately after this flight, all chicks are placed on the fly, where the old pigeons remain and are allowed to continue hatching. The pigeons are kept inside for five days, after which all the pigeons on the flight battle are given free flight from morning to evening in order to put the chicks on the flight battle. This process lasts about a week, after which the pups are accustomed. After this week, the pigeons are shut out in the morning, where they are forced out and the approach is closed for a quarter of an hour, and after an hour, the pigeons are called in for feeding. At the same time as the chicks are put into the air battle, the 14 drinking troughs that the pigeons drink from during the season are replaced with just two 7-liter water containers. These are replenished every day and out of season this is the way to water the pigeons. The drinking troughs are cleaned twice a day during the season, but out of season the drinking water tanks are not cleaned in order to strengthen the pigeons' immune system.
From the end of the flying season until 1 November, the pigeons are fed a mixture of Brøbech Mellem and MVLs standard Sports flying / Breeding, barley, rapeseed and the now famous are added Brøbech Evening Coffee 20 kg consisting of many fatty seed varieties.
From the first of December, the feed is replaced with a 50/50 mixture of "Brøbech Sprint" and pure barley. This base mixture is continued to be added "Evening coffee", Croquettes and unshelled Sunflowers.
In this context, it should be mentioned that the pigeons after the season have to make do with a 14-day subsidy of Dosto Ropa oregano concentrate immediately after the end of the season in week 32. From this time until 1 December, the pigeons do not receive by-products of any kind, and Anders says very consistently that during the trapping period he prefers to spend the money on Evening coffee rather than vitamins.
Around 10 January, the pigeons have been slaughtered, and now tough discipline is being brought into the daily training trips around the battle, which so far - despite closed approach - have been voluntary for the pigeons. At the same time as the pigeons begin these forced flights, the feed ration is reduced to help the pigeons pull during the daily training. This system causes the pigeons to achieve a condition after a short time that enables them to pull for 45 minutes every day at a very high altitude around the battle. Anders has observed that the pigeons in August and September pull high in the same way as in February, March and April, but that in October, November and December they pull lower in the sky.
The reader will probably think about how the mated pigeons are kept under control during this period in terms of laying. This is done by removing all nesting bowls on 1 October and opening the nests completely up, so that there are no darkened cozy nooks for the pigeons to incubate in. This method is completely sufficient to avoid untimely laying and premature start of the pigeons' breeding and felling cycle. It is also very dark in the winter, where the battle is, and there are no street lights that can affect the lighting at the battle.
The daily training on the battle continues until the basket training begins around April 10, and the pigeons are in the air one hour daily. In very bad weather, however, the pigeons are locked in as soon as they land on the approach and are not forced on this occasion to an hour's flight.
The daily training around the battle and the discipline with it has also accustomed the pigeons to the birds of prey - and especially the falcon. In the case of falconry, the pigeons now land immediately and enter the battle. In the past, the pigeons "fell" almost vertically to the ground in a paralyzed state during these attacks, which is of course unfortunate for their chance, but the more regular training has accustomed them to a more sensible behavior as described. It is of great importance for Anders that the daily training hour, which is described above, is carried out for six consecutive weeks prior to the basket training, as the condition of the pigeons is thus optimal to begin the training with the basket. The training weather in 2017 was very bad at the start of the season, and it only turned into ten training trips before the first race flight, and the first training with the basket had to wait until 19 April.
The daily training around the battle takes place in such a way that all pigeons are shut out from the morning. All pigeons are chased out of the slaughter - even those lying on the nest - and the approach is closed, after which the pigeons train for an hour. After this, the flight is open for another hour, where the pigeons can fly voluntarily. In the evening, however, this routine is repeated with the exception that the pigeons can fly voluntarily and with open approach, just as the pigeons on the nest are allowed to stay lying. Anders intends to change the latter practice for the coming season, where the idea is also in the evening to introduce forced flight. This initiative is related to another planned change compared to 2017, where the training during the racing season is intended to only include a weekly trip on Tuesday or Wednesday of 66 kilometers from Middelfart. At the same time, it is also being considered whether the training should be reduced to just 7-8 trips. Anders mentions in this connection that all the kids at the battle in their year of birth have participated in racing flights up to and including Hanover, 420 kilometers, so these are well-trained and experienced as 1-year-olds. If the young pigeons do not have this experience, further training is required in the spring in preparation for the first race flight.
In 2017, the pigeons in weeks 21 and 22 were, as previously described, trained from Soltau and Hanover, respectively, on Mondays, while for the rest of the season, training was done once a week from Middelfart at 66 kilometers.
In terms of racing season, we need to get back to feeding. The pigeons' previously described "winter mix", which is given from 1 December, is used until the first training. As mentioned, this mixture consists of equal parts Brøbech Sprint and clean French barley. A few days before the start of training in April, this mixture is replaced with 100% "Brøbech Sprint" supplemented with "Aftenkaffe" every night at 20. This mixture is used until the first racing flight, after which you switch to the flight mixture Brøbech between. It is fed in the morning with an amount corresponding to 90% of the pigeons' daily ration, and at 17.00:10 the feed troughs are filled with the remaining 10% of the ration. The morning feeding never takes place before kl. 17, where the pigeons are called in from the morning training. Incidentally, the trainings are planned so that the pigeons return home from here at this time. The pigeons thus have free access to feed throughout the day. The evening feeding takes place at 19, and the pigeons are closed out for the evening training at. 20.15. Kl. XNUMX is fed with "Evening coffee", and this is repeated again at. 21.00 Kl. 22 ends the day with the pigeons being served peanuts and peeled sunflower seeds. The leftover feed the pigeons eat early the next morning.
This build up of the pigeons is very important to fill their depots of fat up to the demanding flights. Anders tells how he influences the pigeons to absorb as much nutrition as possible. During the winter period, the pigeons are therefore fed very easily and very scarcely - simply to teach them to "appreciate" the good grain. That this succeeds to perfection is seen by the fact that the amount of grain that Anders uses in early May is the same as that given on the first of August - and at this time only half the number of pigeons goes back on the fly.
When the DdB flights start, the basic feed is changed Brøbech between to Brøbech Lang 20, and this feed is used the rest of the season. The only change that also takes place in relation to the feeding plan is that the feed in the week up to the individual national flights is supplemented by 30% Brøbech Evening Coffee.
Anders states a very important point: The described feeding plan must be built up and prepared throughout the year, as described in the above. Thus, one can not choose to introduce this plan in the middle of the season. It is a cardinal point for Anders and the whole idea in the feeding plan that the pigeons absorb as much energy as possible from the feed, which they get used to by a slow build-up from "zero percent" per. January 1 and up to the maximum intake in week 32, when flying from Munich. Anders adds that he likes to see the pigeons eat corn because this creates energy to eat more of the fatty feed. Proper and abundant replenishment of the fat depots also helps to minimize the loss of pigeons on hard flights. Anders also comments on the use of croquettes and peas in the feed mixtures. Croquettes are not used in fly feed because they have a very low energy content, but are nevertheless considered to be a super good winter feed, nor are peas used in large quantities - only in mixtures for long-haulers and no more than 3%. The peas are very demanding for the pigeon organism to metabolize and this costs too much carbohydrate. However, protein is essential for the pigeons, and this supply is ensured via soybeans, beans and lentils as well as protein powder.
From 15 April, the pigeons will receive a subsidy in the form of a specialized mixture of different products given on the grain. The mixture consists of: Active Claims (iron) and Tollyamine from Tollisan which is a supplement product of amino acids and vitamins. These components are mixed on the grain in the evening - possibly supplemented with liquid B-Complex og Sedochol later in the season. Then these products dry into the grain overnight. The next morning, add this grain of liquid flaxseed oil mixed with coconut oil Coconut oil. The greasy grain is now mixed with various powders: Brøbech-Powder A chlorophyll-containing product made from wheatgrass, freshwater algae and freeze-dried beets, etc .; Probac Energy for proper bacterial balance as well Brøbech protein. Anders warns against using only vegetable and never animal proteins, which contain milk sugar, as the pigeons cannot tolerate lactose.
This mixture is added to the grain every single day except for the days when the pigeons are given some form of medicine. the fixed principle that all medicine is given on the grain and always in combination with the aforesaid Tollyamine. Another point about the use of medication is that only medication with indication of dose per pigeon to ensure proper dosing and above all to avoid overdose.
In terms of medication, NOTHING is given to pups and breeding pigeons. Nor a treatment for yellow bud, which the majority of all carrier pigeons use. That this is unnecessary is seen by the fact that in the last 10 years no outbreaks or problems with this have been seen on the battlefield.
On the other hand, young and breeding pigeons receive subsidies from the natural product Dosto Ropa, which is a powerful extract of orgeano, and this has had a great positive effect on the state of health. The pigeons get 5 consecutive days every 5 weeks.
And then to a point where most of us have to sharpen our ears considering the very big challenges of recent seasons with juvenile disease: Brøbech has never had juvenile disease on the battlefield, and now read how he does.
Two weeks before the start of the first training, a pH regulator consisting of various agents is introduced into the drinking water of the pups. For every liter of drinking water add: 10 ml Tollyamine, 5 ml pH Control, 10 ml Quick (iodine / iron), 0,3 ml Dosto Ropa and 10 ml Dosto Rop-adeno ionized water. This mixture is used every day until the DdB juvenile flights run off the stack. In addition to this regulation of drinking water, Anders also mentions that young pups have a positive influence on the bacterial flora and possibly contribute to keeping the pups free of the dreaded pup in one way or another. Another influence on the youngsters' strong resilience is perhaps also the fact that there is no hysteria about their movements around the battle in their first lifetime. During this period - the young are allowed - together with the young - to go into the field and possibly this also helps to strengthen their immune system. About the kids, Anders also mentions that in order to minimize the loss of kids, he has good experiences with starting their basket training already at the age of 8 weeks on quite short trips from 2-10 kilometers.
The cycle of the natural pigeons
When Anders talks about his way of flying with the pigeons, many of us become curious about how he manages to control the pigeon's shedding when the pairs go together all year and live a completely natural family life. First of all, Anders is trying to push the time for laying the first litter of eggs in the spring to the latest possible time. In 2017, this happened on March 15, and the pigeons will not be given nesting bowls until this time. In 2018, the first egg was laid on March 25, possibly due to the very cold weather. To slow down the felling process, lights are turned on at the battle of midsummer (St. Hans) from kl. 04:45 and until kl. 23:00. This maintains the length of the day, and the precipitation process does not start as quickly.
It is a priority that the 1-year-old pigeons have young first, as experience shows that raising young increases their connection to the nest and general motivation for the natural system, and it is often experienced that the 1-year-olds are subsequently sent in 10 days. old eggs after feeding the first litter are very sharp on the race flights. In practice, not many chicks come in the first litter because the eggs have become cold at the many pre-litters. The old pigeons are not allowed to have young until after 1 June. Of course, work is being done to organize the nest constitutions for the pigeons that are to take part in national flights, by counting back from the date of dispatch and the pigeon's ideal nest condition to the day when the nest is to be cleared. However, this work is not done for all other pigeons, which are sent according to what the daily form looks like. Anders uses many small tricks to motivate the pigeons, and he is constantly working on inventing new methods. Assigning a young on Tuesday night or removing the eggs from a couple on Monday has proven to be great ways to motivate the pigeons. Pigeons that can be kept on the eggs for a long time - up to 30 days - can also be highly motivated. There is always only one young in the nest, and Anders mentions in connection with young that he has bad experiences with pigeons that have just hatched.
As the best nesting conditions, Anders unconditionally mentions 10-day-old eggs or 10-day-old chicks. Thus, he has twice been a country winner with females on 10-day-old eggs, while he has once been that with a male on a 14-day-old cub. Once it has also managed to bring home the title of national winner with a female, where the eggs had been cleared from the nest on the Monday before dispatch.
Here you can see a weekly schedule for medium distance flights.
Here you can see a weekly schedule for long-haul flights.
I also have a plan that covers the whole year, I can send it by e-mail if you are interested. firstname.lastname@example.org
Racing with kids
Cubs are allowed to fly freely from the age of 30 days. It is a great help if a couple of old pigeons go in the cubs as they teach the cubs to eat and drink. The older pigeons also teach the cubs to fly in and out.
The kids can, for example, be shut out at 8.00 before they are fed and after an hour they are called in again and fed. You need to find the time of day that suits you best. It can also be out at. 17 and in at. 18. That way, the kids who will not listen (those who stay outside) come in when it gets dark. It is important that the young have been fed om in the morning, if they are shut out for the evening. The young are fed with breeding feed (high protein content) and they should have 30-35 grams per. dove.
It is very important to teach the kids a certain signal, eg whistle and rattle with grain, the signal must later be able to be used when returning from training and racing, so that the pigeons enter quickly. The easiest way to teach the chicks the signal is to start by giving the signal to the old pigeons when they are being fed and the chicks are still in the nest. When the pups have moved alone into the brood, you should spend more time feeding them. Give signal for approx. 10 minutes and stand, for example, over the feeding trough so the kids have to run over your feet. Feel free to catch a couple of young while eating, and remember to whistle and rattle until there is no more grain in the trough. That way, they get to know the signal.
Once the kids have been out several times and quickly re-enter at the sound of the signal, you can start chasing them all out of the battle. For example, use a stick / stick for it, maybe knock a little on the floor. It is again a signal that the kids need to learn. That way, they learn to fly out fast. It only takes about 5 days to teach them this signal, then they know what it's all about.
From 20 May, the kids will be fed with the Brøbech sprint. It is a protein-poor mixture that will increase the pups' flight time significantly after just 3 days on this mixture. After 1 week on the Brøbech sprint, they will fly for a minimum of 45 minutes around the battle. At the same time, the kids will start searching further away from the battle and higher up in the air. This is a good sign that indicates that the pups are getting in shape.
Around 1 June, a cure is given for 6 days with Trico-Groen against yellow bud. Winter Kids should have the cure around April 1st. It would also be a good idea to give a deworming treatment for two days. If the cubs have been allowed to walk on the ground or in the garden, then it is almost certain that they have worms.
I start by giving the kids Nature-kids mix from 3 weeks before I want to start training them. It helps that they do not get young-sick and they can better find home from the first training trips. Dosto Rop-adeno used with Quick, Dosto Ropa, Tollyamine og pH Control I use osis dose of what is written on the individual products.
By June 10, you start shutting the kids out twice a day. The young should preferably fly for half an hour every time they are out and they should be called in as soon as they land. If the pigeons fly, for example, only fly for 15 minutes, they must also be called in immediately, as it is not good for the pigeons to walk around the earth when we are going to have them in shape. That way you avoid the pigeons collecting a lot of bacteria.
If the kids have not learned the above by June 10, then you are pushing the whole plan for a week or two. If they have not learned it, they will not be ready for the first young racing flight, but will instead be ready for the third youth flight.
From 15 May, the cubs will be fed according to the Weekly Plan for cubs, see it here Weekly schedule kids
When are the kids ready to start training?
They must fly at least half an hour around the battle every day (twice a day) and they must come in quickly when a signal is given, otherwise they are not ready to train.
When the training starts, the pigeons are trained every 2 days and when the weather allows it. Start by driving 5 km away two to four times. Release the pups in two teams at 10 minute intervals. It is important that the kids have been out flying around the battle the same day before they are driven to training. This means that they first fly around the battle and are called in with a little feed, then they are driven to training.
Then increase the distance to 10-15 km. The young are released 3-5 at a time at 5 minute intervals. This is done twice. The distance is then further increased to 30 km. Release the pups 3-5 at a time. The next day again 30 km and release the kids in two teams. The day after 30 km again but now in a group. The kids must have so many trips of 30 km that they come home in a total of a maximum of 25 minutes. The kids will probably have 5-7 trips in a group of 30 km to get down in 25 minutes. It is important to be aware that the kids must come home together. When the kids have reached that speed, they are ready to drive 50-60 km, they are also released in a group. The next day they train at 30 km and the next day again at 50-60 km. The kids have to spend 50 minutes on 60 km. After 5 trips of 60 km they are ready to fly racing. A trip of 100 km will be good if it can be done in time before the first flight. This can be done until the Thursday before the first race flight.
Important! if the kids spend more than two hours and come home scattered on one of the training trips, then there is a very high chance that they will get sick (young sick). Therefore, be very careful if the accident is out. Kids who all of a sudden do not want to listen when a signal is given are definitely sick. Then they need to be kept inside for a few days and maybe have medication. They need extra vitamins Tollyamine Quick og Sedochol for 3 days give double dose.
The week before the first race flight, the young may need a cure for bacteria and respiratory problems for 5 days. If the kids pull nicely around the blow and come home well from training, there is no reason to give medicine.
After the second race flight, the cubs must have a cure for yellow bud with the Trico green. This is given on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
After the fourth race flight, the cubs may need a cure for bacteria and respiratory problems on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Combi-mix is good.
When the races are underway, the kids can be trained, Monday 30 km, Tuesday 60 km, Thursday 30 km and Friday 30 km. The cubs can be locked out for flight around the battle several times a day. Once they are trained and in good training, they can, for example, be shut out at 6.00 and in again. Then on training in car, home, in and eat a little. Out again at 11 o'clock, in again after half an hour. Out again at 20.30 and in before it gets dark. If the kids are in top shape, they will fly for 20-25 minutes per. time and they fly far away from the battle.
Racing with old pigeons (This was written in 2013)
For winter breeding, this plan is followed. We believe that it is too hard for flying pigeons to feed young in the spring, therefore we only do winter breeding on flying pigeons. Some years we only put the flying pigeons together it. December 1 and let them incubate for 14 days, after which they are separated again.
On November 20, candles are lit from kl. 6.00 to 22.00 for all pigeons to be mated. It is a good idea to switch to a light source that provides daylight and many lux.
On November 25, a two-day cure for worms is given.
On 1 December, all flying and breeding pigeons or only breeding pigeons are mated. The advantage of mating both flies and breeding pigeons is that you can move the first team of eggs from the breeding pigeons to the flying pigeons, thereby you get 4 pups after your best breeding pigeons. The light should be turned off at the flying pigeons as soon as the eggs are laid, as otherwise they will begin to hatch. In the breeding pigeons, continue with light to approx. March 1st. Both flying and breeding pigeons are fed with ½ Brøbech break and ½ Brøbech super breeding. From 15 December, pure Brøbech super breeding will be fed to all pigeons.
Around January 15, the females in the air battle are taken back to their own department. The young stay with the males for another 5-10 days before being moved to the young.
When the pigeons are divorced and the cubs taken from the parents, the flying pigeons are fed with the feed mixture Brøbech pause. This mixture is used until approx. April 1st. Young and breeding pigeons are fed with Brøbech super breeding.
From 10 February, females and males will be released alternately every day. They have to fly all the time when they are out, and as soon as they land they have to be called in again. Initially, they will only fly 10-15 minutes, but they will quickly increase the time to fly 45 in minutes by themselves.
On March 15, a tea cure with Natural due-tea is given for 10-15 days.
On April 1, the "weekly plan" begins to be followed and then the rest of the season.
Weekly schedule between can be used from April 1st. See the link below.
Weekly plan long can be used the weeks where there are long-haul flights. See the link below.
On April 10, the pigeons will start training if the weather is good enough for it. It starts at 25 km until the pigeons come home in a group and use max. 25 min. If the pigeons still spend more than 3 minutes after 5-25 times and come home scattered, then train several times from 25 km.
Then train from 50 km. The pigeons get 4-5 trips of 50 km until they come home in a group and use max. 45 min. It is very important that the pigeons come home in a group before the distance increases from the 50 km, as the pigeons' condition will otherwise not be optimal enough to fly a longer distance. Now that the pigeons come home well from 50 km, they are ready for a trip of 90-120 km. Then they are ready for racing.
Furthermore, the pigeons are health checked, as pigeons in good shape will be able to fly 25 km in approx. 18-22 min. on the third trip and also fly 50 km in 40 min equivalent on the third trip. If they can not cope with the distance in the allotted time and do not come home quickly and together, it would be a good idea to give a cure for yellow bud for 5 days with Chevi-col.
The last day of racing - approx. on 15 August - the pups to be used as one-year-olds are transferred to the old females and males. The pigeons can mate as they please and they are allowed to feed a litter of pups. At the same time, from this day on, they have free flight until 15 September. The pigeons are fed in the period from 15 August - 1 November with Brøbech trap. From 1 November to 15 December, a ½ Brøbech trap and a ½ Brøbech break will be fed.
A few days after the last day of racing, a cleansing treatment with Natural duete is given for 14 days. If the health condition is not in order after the tea treatment, it will be a good idea to give the pigeons a 7-day treatment with Gambakokzid to make sure that the pigeon's health condition is good enough to complete the felling period optimally.
If the state of health is not top notch, the new feathers will not develop properly at the same time as the feathers will be thinner, weaker and drier in quality, which may have an impact on next year's race flights. During the trapping period, it is also important that the pigeons are bathed every 2 days, as this makes the feathers softer and better in quality.