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
News & Views:
In his newest report, Stefan Mertens interviews Samson-Boye for 1st National Champion KBDB Middle Distance Old Birds.
For these reports, and many other archived features, click
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 -
California State Racing Pigeon Organization -
American Racing Pigeon Union Convention -
National Show -
This was a wonderful convention season! We sincerely thank you for your business and your friendship during this past year, and we look forward to seeing many more friends and customers around the country on our travels in 2014...
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Tips for the fancier:
in the Loft
This month, I am going to address how to fight problems in our lofts with canker, candida, Cercle virus (young bird disease), and the benefits of complex acids..
As many of you now know Siegel's has been selling a new product for canker, called Berimax, since early this year. We began selling this product on the advice of our good friend Dr. Steve Weir in Oklahoma who had tested the product on a number of birds that were showing signs of having very resistant strains of canker.
In Dr. Weir's tests, Berimax was the only product that worked 100% effectively, and he had tested all the other top canker products available at the time. When Dr. Weir sent those results to us, we contacted the inventor of Berimax, Dr. Nils Reither, and made arrangements with him to sell the product here in the States. We ran a few ads and promoted the product enough to get it jump-started in the States but we have hesitated to promote the product too heavily until we got enough feedback from our customers to know for certain that the product is a winner.
I can state that the product is a big winner, as a huge majority of our customers who are using the product are reporting that it is working extremely well. We have also been testing it on our own birds with excellent results, but there are a few reports that have stated that Berimax did not cure their canker problem initially and with this in mind I would like to address that issue. A small percentage of Berimax customers did report that their birds still showed canker even though they used the product according to instructions. In each case I asked the customer to use Berimax again. There were only 4 reports that I was made aware of who claimed that Berimax was not working. In three of the cases there was evidence that the pigeons may not have been taking in enough of the product because the lofts were located in cool-climate areas and the water intake was surely not what it would be in a warmer climate. When I asked the customers to use Berimax again, but at a 50% higher dosage (thus 1-1/2 teaspoons per gallon,) their canker issues were resolved. In the final case, one of our customers was in the middle of racing and he wanted immediate results. Together we came to the conclusion that he should use Berimax with another canker product, so he used Berimax and Turbosole (from Dr. Walker, Australia.) He used Berimax at the specified dosage and added Turbosole at its specified dosage, and within three days had his canker problem completely under control.
All products have a recommended dosage based on laboratory tests, but knowing how the product works in the field can be very helpful. My personal thoughts on Berimax are that it is the most effective product for canker that I have seen in the 21 years I've been owner of the Charles Siegel Company. It has proven that it will work on all strains of canker.
What has to be adjusted in some cases is the dosage based on the amount of water the birds are taking in. My suggestion is that you pay particular attention when the weather is cool and the birds are not drinking as much. This also happened to me with my birds in my initial test of Berimax, as it was mid-winter and the birds were not drinking nearly as much water as they do during other times of the year. I used the product at the specified dose and after three days did not see a significant result, so I doubled the dose from one teaspoon per gallon to two teaspoons per gallon, and after another 3 days all signs of canker in my birds were gone.
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I can also report that I have tested Berimax in conjunction with Ecol Tonic with extraordinary results, especially on birds showing signs of candida. It appears that in over 90% of the cases the combination of Berimax and Ecol Tonic will eliminate candida in 24 hours. I personally use Berimax with Ecol Tonic every time I dose my birds for canker, as I am also finding a benefit on the canker treatment as well as the candida.
One final note concerning Ecol Tonic. It is truly amazing how much this product has taken off over the past couple of years. This phenomenal growth in sales could not be possible if the product was not working as advertised. I was privy to a very interesting meeting of the world veterinary pigeon council when I attended the racing pigeon Olympiade in Poland this past February. The veterinarians there spent a good deal of time discussing the benefits of "complex" acids used in conjunction with anti-bacterial agents.
It appears as though there is great benefit to using a "complex" acid (which is exactly what Ecol Tonic is) in conjunction with existing anti-bacterial products, such as Baytril, Sulfa AVS, Trimethoprim Sulfa, even Amoxil. Test results showed as much as a 4x increase in effectiveness of the anti-bacterial agents when a complex acid was present. Ecol Tonic is exactly that, and is the strongest such acid available.
We have had literally hundreds of calls and e-mails thanking us for saving countless thousands of pigeons' lives because we recommended that Ecol Tonic be used in conjunction with a bacteria-stat. One customer reported at the beginning of young bird season this year that his birds were showing signs of Cercle virus (young bird disease) just after he started putting his birds on the training truck. Since his season was about to start (in 2 weeks) he thought his race season was doomed. Remarkably, after only 4 days on Ecol Tonic and Baytril, his flock was flying around his loft for over 1-1/2 hours. He did not miss a race and has indeed been having one of his best young bird seasons in recent memory.
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Now, on to the topic of purchasing new stock.
fanciers in December are either pairing their birds, or they're
purchasing new stock by attending auctions and sales around
the country. So I'd like to talk a bit about purchasing pigeons.
There are a number of ways to buy birds, but I think that
two particular approaches can bring you the most success.
The least expensive way is to buy in volume, buying a large
number of late-hatch babies. Some people even arrange to purchase
eggs from a breeder. Late-hatch babies can also be a good way
to go. When I'm interested in buying birds from a breeder, I examine
the race records and futurity records of their birds to determine
the answer to these questions:
How successful is the loft in its
How successful are this breeder's birds for other
We go to Europe
once or twice a year to purchase birds. Sometimes I go into a
loft that I have been studying for some time, watching the results, to see the kind of pigeons that I'm looking
for. We like to purchase middle-distance birds that have the ability
to fly 300- and 400-mile races as young birds. These are the areas
where the biggest money is to be won in the sport, and it's certainly
nice to have birds that can do that.
In selecting these young, we ask the fancier what his most successful
pairs of breeders are, and at this point we are still gathering information.
It's most important for us to know what the successful breeding
pairs are in any particular loft. For example, in a loft of
40 to 50 pairs, surely there are 8 or 10 pairs that are outstanding
among them in producing a higher percentage of good birds than
the other pairs will produce.
also will not restrict ourselves just to birds from established
breeders. We also like to find a particularly hot young pair,
especially if it's a pair of birds that have produced two or three
really good racers. We like to take babies from these. They often produce a higher quality bird.
Once we identify the top pairs in the loft, we make arrangements
to purchase their young. Of course, we're always trying to deal
with reputable people, so we can be sure that we are getting what
we select. Many fanciers in Europe will ask you to come and choose
the young in the nest, letting you into the loft to
copy their band numbers for later verification.
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problem with buying young birds is that you don't always know
how they're going to turn out. We all know that, percentage-wise,
fewer than 20% of all racing pigeons produced turn out to be good
birds. So we know going in that in purchasing unproven young,
you'll be getting only 2 out of 10 "keepers." You should keep
this in mind when you purchase.
If you're dealing with reputable people, you can generally
buy 10 youngsters for the same amount that one adult bird would
cost you. Most top lofts in Europe will not want to sell their
best racers or their best breeders for an affordable amount of
money. In most cases, purchasing young will be the best shot you
have. And if you do this, buy them from the pairs that have the
highest success percentages, so that your chances of your getting
good birds will go up.
Another way to purchase birds is to go after proven racing stock.
We often buy birds right out of the racing loft. A bird that is
not a great racer, but is a very good racer, can be a very, very
good or even a great breeder. Depending upon how they're bred, some birds that are only average racers become great breeders. If you can afford it, buying a great breeder gives you a much
better chance of getting super racers. A super champion that costs
many thousands of dollars can be a disappointment in the breeding
We know of European lofts that like to retire their racing birds
at four or five years of age, and we often buy birds from this
group. Often, you can buy a pigeon that's been on the widowhood
team for two or more years. A bird like this may be expensive,
but will be worth the purchase price. It's obviously a high-quality
bird if it's managed to stay in a high-quality loft for this long
and has earned its keep.
buying hens, we often go into a loft that races only cocks and
has a number of excellent widowhood hens that are being used only
to stimulate the cock birds. In many cases, you can buy a good
quality stock hen from a fancier's widowhood hen loft. We try
to select young hens that have had excellent racing records and
have been put into the breeding loft or into the widowhood loft.
Another way to buy breeding stock is to go for the really big money and to buy birds out of the breeding loft, or ace pigeons from certain competitions. Champion birds are put up for sale every year at the end of the season in Europe. But few champion racers ever produce pigeons that race as well as they have raced themselves. Very often, it has more to do with a pedigree.
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We like to follow a pedigree, meaning a family of birds that produces a high percentage of first ace pigeons. If you can obtain a high quality racing cock from the loft and a high quality hen from the widowhood loft, such a pairing from a good family will very often produce much better than average pigeons, especially if the birds are related.
While ace pigeons are nice to have and can certainly be good advertising, the average fancier doesn't need ace pigeons at all to compete at the highest level.
Buying birds from a breeding loft can be risky business.
A pair of birds in the breeding loft that are for sale has probably
not been as successful as the owner had hoped they would be.
In some cases, older breeding pigeons can be purchased at reasonable
prices, because sometimes fanciers want to breed only from
very young birds. You have to be patient and willing to work with
these birds. I recommend putting their eggs under younger foster
parents. Normally, the reduction in performance that you see in
the youngsters of older breeders doesn't have to do with the parents'
genetic quality as a breeder, but in the reduced level of care
that older pigeons can give the young once they are hatched.
The solution to this potential problem is to set
up foster pairs that are young, and "float" the eggs
from the older breeding pairs to them to be raised. This brings
high quality genes into your loft without spending an exorbitant
amount of money.
We have also managed to purchase birds from lofts that are being
completely sold out. Such sales, in which every bird is accounted
for, often yield gold-mine pairs for fanciers lucky enough to
purchase them. All the records are available for the best pairs
in the loft, and the best results in the loft. If you manage to
get those pigeons, it's up to you, the fancier, to get the same
kind of results.
I wish you all the best in your pigeon endeavors and hope that each of you will have Happy Holidays.
Good luck and good racing!
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recommends these products based on the needs of the pigeons that are
developing during the breeding season...
His suggestions follow...
Great holiday gift for your favorite pigeon fancier!
Kingmaker - DeRauw-Sablon: A Racing Pigeon Dynasty - A must for any pigeon fancier's library! The DeRauw-Sablon strain is one of the most sought after and valuable racing pigeon strains in the world. This is the definitive work with over 100 photos and illustrations. Hard cover, color photos, 156 pp.
SW 4 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. Five days of use has proven to eradicate even the most resistant strains of canker, and it is so safe that it can safely be given to four-day-old babies. To completely eradicate very resistant strains of canker can require a full 5 to 7 day treatment and sometimes increasing dosages We have also found it very helpful to use Berimax in conjunction with Ecol Tonic to get rid of resistant candida and canker, as Ecol Tonic seems to increase the strength of Berimax. Use one level teaspoon of Berimax per gallon of water. Contents will treat 16 gallons of water.
SW 1.00 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
- A 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. (APC - Australia)
SW 2.00 lbs
– 1 Vaccine – Pigeon vaccine (from Lohmann Animal Health International) Refrigerate,
but do not freeze!
Note: Be sure when ordering vaccines to specify overnight or two-day
SW 1.45 lbs
Please anticipate your vaccine needs to avoid unnecessary
shipping expenses. When you specify two-day shipping (which is
the most cost-effective choice for vaccines), we ship them only
on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Vaccines shipped
on Thursdays must be shipped overnight. We do not ship vaccines
on Fridays unless the customer requests a Saturday delivery.
If you have questions about making an online vaccine order, please
call us on the Siegel's order line: 800-437-4436
Forte – A liquid product that supports the pigeons during the fertilization
process. Also assists in the growth of the youngsters. Young birds that
receive this vitamin preparation while they are growing will have much
softer feathers than other birds, because of the incorporation of the
ingredient dexpanthenol. Also contains these vitamins—A, D3, E, B1, B2,
B6, B12, C, and K3. Use after pairing for seven days. Use two days per
week until the youngsters leave the nest. From the time the youngsters
leave the nest, use one day a week until the first training toss. (Herbots
SW 3.45 lbs
SW 2.45 lbs
Gard -- A pro-biotic
water-additive formula made from specially cultured, naturally occurring
microbes and a unique catalyst, which increases blood-stream absorption
by ten times. Use one teaspoon per gallon of water. One quart covers 60
to 80 birds for six months.
SW 3.80 lbs
SW 2.80 lbs
SW 9.30 lbs
Liquid – Supplies all necessary vitamins in liquid form for easy use.
Good all-around vitamin for all times of year, young birds and old. Add
to water or give directly to the birds as drops. (Pego - Germany)
SW 3.10 lbs.
SW 2.20 lbs.
Oil - Derived
from Fine Oil for a good breeding period. The oil is adapted to the specific
needs of the breeders during this period. Dosage is one soup spoon per
kg. of feed three times a week.
(Comed - Belgium)
SW 1.70 lbs
Fertibol - Tremendous aid for fertility and hatchability. This world renown product
contains a special formulation including calcium, phosphorus, and vitamins
A, D3, and E, proven necessary for good laying and hatching of eggs. Fertibol
promotes healthy skeletal growth as well, so it can be given during the
weaning period to produce strong-boned young and during breeding. Excellent
for older birds.
SW 2.50 lbs
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
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