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...
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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 Belgian short- and middle-distance champions Henri Van Hertem and Lisette Buvens of Neerpett... Mertens filed another recent
report on Roger Buvens of the Roger Buvens- 1st National Champion KBDB Great Middle Distance 2013, and 2nd National Ace Great Middle Distance 2013... Mertens himself is the 2006 1st National Champion KBDB
Middle Distance Youngbirds.
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 -
We look forward to a wonderful convention season and to seeing our friends and customers around the country on our travels in 2014...
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Tips for the fancier:
in the Loft
that have been carefully paired in lofts all across the U.S. are
reaping one of the most exciting rewards of the time and money
and effort that they devote to our sport, and that is babies hatching.
American fanciers everywhere acknowledge the legendary status
of Belgian pigeon racers, and the enormous contributions that
Belgian avian veterinarians have made to the health regimens that
keep our birds breeding and racing.
We all want to give these babies as great a start as possible,
and I'd like to share with our readers some valuable recommendations
from Professor P. De Backer, a pigeon veterinarian at the University
of Ghent in Belgium, along with my own commentary and suggestions.
The following seven recommendations focus on what the savvy fancier
can do to make a baby pigeon's start as strong as possible and
give it a great advantage in future competition.
#1: From age 5 to 6 days until they are 25 to 26 days
old, each baby should get an Ideal pill every other day.
This gives them an excellent mix of mineral and vitamin supplements
that improves their health tremendously. Wean your youngsters
at the age of 25 to 26 days, because feeding youngsters is a big
job for the parent birds. If they are going to be as vigorous
in raising their third and fourth rounds as they are with their
first, they need to have each round taken away from them as soon
Separation from the parents is very stressful for the young birds,
so make sure that everything possible is done to make the new
babies feel completely safe and at home. Since at this age they
cannot fly, they will spend all of their time on the floor of
the weaning loft. Place some straw or bedding material (tobacco
stems are excellent) on the floor so that the babies can pile
on and snuggle up. This close contact with other babies will help
to ease the stress of being removed from their parents. The straw
will help to keep them warm and the tobacco stems can help to
keep parasites away.
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our loft, we dip our youngsters in a mild solution of 57% Malathion
and warm water just as we take them from their parents. This warm
water solution is not stressful to the babies. In fact, it seems
to have a calming effect on them. Since they are wet, it is necessary
to keep them in a warm environment, but the Malathion keeps
them free of all external parasites for months. In less than
an hour, they are dry, clean, happy and all snuggled up with their
#2: About 14 days after separation from their parents, all baby pigeons should be treated for canker. 1-1/2 teaspoons per liter of water of Ridzol-S, or Turbosole
from the Australian Pigeon Company (1 1/2 teaspoons per gallon
of water for 3 to 5 days). Either of these should go far in taking
care of any possible outbreak of this most insidious disease.
Make sure that several drinkers are placed on the floor of the
loft, where the babies can easily access them. We place three
one-liter drinkers on the floor of our young bird section, which
is 5'x 9'.
Be very mindful of the youngsters that stay in the corners of
the loft or those whose eyes are constantly squinting. These youngsters
have not found the drinkers yet and need to be assisted with their
first drink. (When we find a "squinting" youngster, we take its
head gently between our thumb and forefinger and place the tip
of its beak in the drinker. As soon as the baby's tongue gets
wet, it will drink like mad, and will never forget where the water
#3: For the first fourteen days after a baby has been weaned
from its parents, it should be given the same feed as its parents,
for example, a breeding mix, or breeding mix with added corn.
After fourteen days, the mix can be switched to a standard young
bird mix of about 14-16% protein. Keep in mind that pigeons should
"go to bed with a light meal," not the other way around.
It is also important to remember that young pigeons should
be fed lightly and sparingly. To overfeed a youngster leads
to disaster. This concerns their health as well as their discipline
in the loft, as young pigeons should be taught to listen as soon
as they are weaned. Always use some method of calling to the birds
when you are feeding them. In this way, they associate the call
with the feed and learn to listen to the fancier. Some fanciers
use whistles, some shake a tin full of feed, some whistle with
their mouth and others just talk to the birds.
Whatever method you decide to use, do it at every feeding. This can only serve to help create the bond of understanding that
is so necessary as the babies grow up and take to the air.
#4: Slow down the moult without using drugs by darkening the loft. For maximum effect, the darkening should
be started immediately as they are weaned, this from 6 in the
evening to 8 in the morning. You certainly can adjust this to
fit your work schedule, but no more than 10 hours of "light" time
should be allowed. Fit your windows with drapes or covers, so
that extraneous light cannot enter the loft. Some extra method
of ventilation may be necessary, such as ventilators, but the
race results can surely be most inspiring later in the year, as
the young will moult all of their body feathers but retain most
of their wing flights.
Generally speaking, the darker the loft, the better. It has been
proven that youngsters treated in this way also mature faster
and are much more inclined to respond to the mating urge than
those that are left on natural light. But be careful when letting
young birds out of the loft after they have been in the dark.
Many fanciers have experienced horrendous "fly-aways" because
they didn't give their babies enough time in the aviary to "orient"
after they've been in the dark.
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The most successful fanciers we know who use the darkening method
always let their babies have a couple of hours in the aviary before
letting them out to fly. Some will even let them fly for a while,
then call them in before taking them out on a training toss. The
theory here is that once the babies have oriented around the loft
for a few minutes, they basically know where they are.
#5: What is the safest, cheapest and most efficient
medication? Oxygen! Pigeons can never have too much of it!
Oxygen has nothing to do with drafts. The simplest solution to
having a well-oxygenated loft is to put windows where the air
is stagnant. Many fanciers today are using small room ventilators
set on a thermostat or timer to ensure that the "contaminated"
air is continually removed.
In our lofts, we have our front windows underneath our landing
boards. The usual wind direction will cause air to enter the loft
from low, drift through the loft taking the contaminated air with
it, and leave through the roof ventilators. During particularly
windy weather, we close the windows partly or entirely depending
upon the severity of the weather. A little can go a long way in
providing good oxygen for your birds. Be mindful that the "best
bird sitting on a bad perch can't beat a bad bird sitting on a
#6: Young pigeons are just that, young pigeons. Their bodies need
to mature and develop, and to do this they need sufficient grit,
calcium, minerals and trace elements in their diet. It is a proven
fact that baby pigeons given the proper amount of supplementation
develop stronger and more robust bodies and brains than
pigeons that are deprived of these supplements. Since these are
potential racing birds, they need not only have a healthy and
robust body, but they must be able to think quickly to orient.
Mineral and trace elements play a larger than expected role
in proper brain functions. We always give our birds, especially
the babies, an abundance of supplements like grit, picking stones,
seaweed grit (which has iodine), and herbal supplements. We especially
like the herbal supplement Naturaline from the Natural Company.
Another one that we use which is very good and very popular is
Orovital from Oropharma.
must for the young bird loft is a pro-biotic, which supplements
the good gut bacteria and can actually contribute to an increase
in resistance to disease. We highly recommend Health Gard, and
Digestal from Versele-Laga, Prodigest from Herbots or Cometose
from Comed are also all good choices for pro-biotics. It is a
well-proven fact that pigeons whose diets include these types
of supplements are far less likely to become ill due to bacterial
#7: As soon as the young birds begin to "route" or "trip"
away from the loft, it is a good idea to take them on their first
training tosses. We like to let our babies become totally comfortable
in the training baskets, so we leave the baskets in the loft and
let them enter the basket to eat and drink. Often when we go into
the loft, we find an entire group of youngsters piled together
in one of our training baskets, just relaxing. It is much easier
to teach a bird how to eat or drink in the basket, if that bird
has been doing it since it was a baby.
Once they become comfortable in the basket, it will be far less
stressful on them to be taken on training tosses. Training is
just that, training. A baby pigeon need not be taken on a marathon
to teach it how to come home. Homing instinct is hereditary. They
either have it, or they don't, but taking baby pigeons on long
tosses can often lead to disastrous results that could have been
avoided. Let the babies mature into the game by taking them on
more short tosses.
We prefer many short tosses. This gets them "coming
home fast," racing home, which is what we want. Our observation
has been that pigeons single tossed in their earliest tosses usually
dawdle around and don't learn to break from the release site as
well. We usually employ the single or small group tosses later
in the training, after the babies have got a "craw" full of confidence.
Since we figure pigeons can't count, once they have their confidence,
they don't care how many birds are flying with them. If they
are hungry and fit, they will come home fast. And that will
become a habit.
Yours in the Sport,
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With breeding season not ending until May, supplements are today's
keys to the good health of your breeders and youngsters.
Now is the time to give your birds
the supplements that will keep them healthy during a successful
breeding season as well as provide optimum nutrition for vigorous
Ed's suggestions follow:
Bands – Now available for 2014. Letter "A" designated. These are A.U. certified bands. Using
them will allow you to compete in any A.U. certified race. Siegel’s keeps
records of the bands so that if a stray bird is found with the letter
designation "A" it is a Siegel’s issued band for which we can trace the
owner. Available in plastic only.
SW 1.20 lbs
SW 1.40 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
the 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. (Australian Pigeon Company)
SW 2.00 lbs
Best new book on the pigeon sport!
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
- 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. (Australian Pigeon Company)
SW 1.70 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
SW 3.40 lbs
SW 9.70 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
Pigeon Breeder Plus- Created
specifically for the breeding racing pigeon with all the ingredients
needed for a healthy breeding season. Contains malto-dextrin, 13 vitamins,
chelated minerals, pro-biotics, digestive enzymes, L-Carnitine, electrolytes,
amino acids, and a plant extract that helps to control fecal odors.
Use in either water or feed.
SW 1.5 lbs.
SW 3.0 lbs
Biochol – Contains methionine, choline, sorbitol, biotin, and vitamin B-12. Highly
recommended as a liver and moult tonic with depurative action. Promotes
excellent plumage. (Oropharma – Belgium)
SW 2.95 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
Calcamineral – This is the genuine product! Accept no substitutes! All essential minerals
plus vitamins with added oyster shell, making this product an excellent
source for calcium needed by laying hens and by older cocks feeding young.
(Pego - Germany).
SW 3.70 lbs.
Orovital – Contains the pure extracts of Echinacea and Ginseng. Recommended to
support the natural defense mechanism, especially against viral infections,
and to stimulate a higher level of general health. Extremely popular.
(Oropharma – Belgium)
SW 1.80 lbs
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