Categories: Pigeons

Get set for the 2007 racing season

The end of may and first week of June marked the ­beginning of the 2007 racing pigeon season. Issue date…

In general, most organisations have 20 to 24 race events on their calendar, with the racing distances varying between 180km and 1 100km.

Slow down the training pace

The race team needs to learn to enter the loft through the trapping post before training starts. Just one pigeon that can’t enter the loft properly could teach the entire flock bad manners. The race team should be disciplined as a group, but remember to allow more time for younger pigeons to catch up with their older teammates.

If bonding was not sufficient during weaning, you could slow down the pace of the pre-training period to build a relationship with the birds on an individual basis. Take the time to make your pigeons feel content, happy and settled, so they can react well to the training system. Unhappy and unsettled birds do not win races – in fact, most flyaways fall within this category.

Only once the birds are airborne and have mastered flying around the house every afternoon, should you teach them to fly as a pack. Forming a kit comes naturally as racing pigeons are insecure when young and prefer company when in the air.

The muscles should be well trained to endure the strain of flying. When pigeons are trained on the road too quickly, it could harm their muscles. If a good youngster fails to orientate but returns a few days later, give it time to recover by gradually bringing it back into the training programme.

The training programme

Most training programmes consist of interchangeable home and road training. Home training starts six to eight weeks before the races. Only once the birds kit well and are able to fly for at least an hour around the loft, are they taken on the road to fly back home.

Some fanciers release the birds 100km from home for their first road training experience. While this system may work well for some fanciers whose birds orientate better from an early age, many losses are still reported. Other fanciers nurse their birds when it comes to training and may only release them a few kilometres away from home for their first road experience.

Some fanciers fly their birds for half an hour twice a day, while others push for an hour a day in one session, be it in the morning or the afternoon. Then there are those who allow for a lunch-time exercise of 20 to 30 minutes each day. Road training is undertaken one to three times a week with another release on a Saturday before a race starts. The birds that are not entered into a Saturday race might get some road training. The Saturday distance is normally further than the mid-week road training distances. – Thomas Smit

Contact Thomas Smit on (011) 680 4778 or e-mail

Published by
Caxton Magazines
Tags: birdschampioncontentexercisefanciersnurseprogrammeracing pigeonsteammatestraining pace

Recent Posts

Farmers welcome sharp decline in fuel prices

The large drop in the diesel price that can be expected for December, as announced by the Automobile Association (AA)…

10 hours ago

A healthy profit from pasture-raised eggs

As a technician specialising in the installation and repair of gates, Rico Vergotine had little reason to be interested in…

11 hours ago

Israeli-inspired chickpea burgers

Veganism is a growing global trend, and many of us will serve dinner or lunch to a vegan guest at…

11 hours ago

EkoNiva producing more than 1 300t of milk a day!

EkoNiva-APK is a leading milk producer in Russia and Europe. Sophisticated technology and facilities are largely behind its success.

1 day ago

Agri leaders respond to recommendation to amend Constitution

The Joint Constitutional Review Committee has adopted a resolution that Section 25 of the Constitution must be amended to allow…

1 day ago

Water rights: what to do when expanding an operation

Adding to a farming operation or agribusiness is not simply a matter of obtaining more land. James Brand, senior associate…

2 days ago

This website uses cookies.