So… the “GPU hen” can breed winners…

It recently came to our attention that the famous “GPU hen”, that was bred by us, has also bred winners (club and organisation).

Some of her grandchildren were recently auctioned online for R11 500 and R7 500 respectively.

This family of pigeons has made a huge impact on our loft. The past weekend we raced 1,2 club (5,6 union) with very closely related pigeons.

The “GPU hen” sire and dam below.

2019 season

This weekend marks the start of the 2019 racing season for many organisations.

May you have a blessed and very enjoyable season. Enjoy racing your pigeons, and always put their interest before your own.

A very fitting piece from Proverbs 27: 1 – 2 to keep in mind:

“1. Do not boast about tomorrow,for you do not know what a day may bring.

2. Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;a stranger, and not your own lips.”

Let’s race!

Roadwork is going well

Our team is doing really well with their road training thus far. Losses are minimal, and their condition is good. A lot of work lies ahead though…

Pox, PMV/ND, PPMV…

There seems to be a lot of confusion (and non-adherence) to the rules regarding vaccinations. These are not optional BUT required.

A few thoughts

  1. Putting a pigeon with pox in your flock to let them get pox naturally is NON compliance. You still need to vaccinate against pox.
  2. PMV/ND vaccination is NOT the same as PPMV vaccination. PPMV is the pigeon strain of the paramyxo virus. You must vaccinate against that strain separately. Otherwise you are not complying but even worse – YOUR FLOCK IS AT RISK!
  3. Giving La-Sota (live PMV/ND virus) is not a valid vaccination.

Below the extract from SANPO’s 2018 rule:

SANPO Rule: (May 2018)
“D3.10 All pigeons must be vaccinated annually against Newcastle Disease (ND), Pigeon Paramyxovirus (PPMV) and Pigeon Pox (PP) with the last vaccination having been done at least 30 days before the racing season starts.


The following vaccines must be used:
Newcastle Disease (ND): An inactivated vaccine intended for the active immunisation of day-old broiler chicks against Newcastle Disease, registered with Act36/1947. (Example NOBILIS® ND BROILER REG. NO. G2469 / Act 36/1947)

Pigeon Paramyxovirus (PPMV): An inactivated vaccine intended for the active immunisation of Pigeons against Pigeon Paramyxovirus, registered with Act36/1947. (Example NOBILIS Paramyxo P201 REG NO, G2494 Act36/1947)


Pigeon Pox: A Modified live vaccine intended for the active immunisation of Pigeons against Pigeon Pox. (Example Medipox REG NO. G3045 Act 36/1947)

A certificate confirming that this has been done, signed by the relevant members, as well as two fellow club members, containing the batch number and expiry date of the vaccines used, should be made available. Each club member/ club/ organisation must have such a certificate or copy thereof available at all times.”