Duiweboere en hul dinge…

(Hannes Grove – http://www.grovelofts.co.za)

Kom ons vlieg Noord dan wys ek jou hoe vêr wen ek! Nee wag, kom ons vlieg Wes dan is ek koning! Wat van Oos? Of Suid? Of miskien reguit boontoe?!

Duiweboere en hul dinge. Eintlik wil die meeste van ons maar net duiwe vlieg en dit geniet. Al hierdie ander dinge en politiek is nie vir ons lekker nie!

Ons was bevoorreg om in 3 organisasies te kon deelneem gedurende ons duiwe loopbaan tot dusvêr. En dit gaan oral dieselfde. Dwarstrekkers en moeilikheidmakers is oral. En dan is daar natuurlik die paar gewillige esels wat altyd maar die sport aan die gang hou – sonder betaling of veel erkenning maar vir die liefde van die sport.

Vir my bestaan daar volgende kategorieë duiweboere:

  1. Die “big-shots” – Hulle weet alles – of so dink hulle! As daar planne gemaak word, dan het hulle altyd ‘n beter plan. As iemand ‘n lekker wen vlieg of ‘n veelvoudige wenner oplewer, dan het hulle dit ook al reggekry – jare terug al! Hulle duiwe is die beste. Die ander ouens kan maar vergeet om beter duiwe of metodes te hê…
  2. Die “moaners” – hierdie ouens vind fout met alles. Dan is die duiwe tussen drade gelos. Of die duiwe is wit mielies gevoer pleks van geel mielies. Of hulle duiwe kom so swak want hul ry onder op die trok en die rook “vergas” hulle duiwe. Tydens al hierdie slim aantuigings vergeet hul gerieflikheidshalwe van die mede klub en unie lede wat se duiwe onder presies dieselfde omstandighede daarin geslaag het om wen tye aan te teken. Nee dis mos makliker om fout by iemand of iets anders te soek…
  3. Die “dwarstrekkers” – Hierdie manne wil moeilikheid hê. Hulle floreer as daar spanning is en gemoedere hoog loop. Groepies vorm en die ouens hits mekaar aan. Naderhand is almal so naby breekpunt dat selfs die klienste dingetjie die bom laat bars en die ouens begin vuisslaan… My persoonlike opinie is dat ‘n groot deel van hierdie woede aangevuur word deur jaloesie. Die een gun die ander niks. Wat het geword van goeie sportmanskap? Dis duiwe wat teen mekaar kompeteer! Dis veronderstel om lekker te wees! Wie wil nou met ‘n blou oog by die werk aankom en skaam-skaam verduidelik dat ‘n ander duiweboer jou gepot het omdat jou duif syne gewen het?
  4. Die “smeek-my-op-jou-knieë-om-iets-te-doen” – Sommige mense blyk ‘n vreemde plesier daaruit te put dat ander mense hul smeek om iets te doen. Hierdie mense is gewoonlik uiters bekwaam maar hou daarvan om ander mense van hul onmisbaarheid bewus te maak. Duiwe vlieg is ‘n stokperdjie. Niemand voel lus om ander te smeek vir gunsies en gawes nie. As jy nie in ‘n pos wil dien nie – moet dan nie. Maar as jy wel ‘n pos aanvaar – doen dit dan voluit sonder om die lewe vir ander onnodig moeilik te probeer maak!
  5. Die “gewillige esels” – Klubs en organisasies se bestaan hang gewoonlik van hierdie lede af. Hul is altyd gewillig om die sport te dien en te help waar hul kan. Nie noodwending op die bestuur nie – almal beskik nie oor dieselfde talente nie. As daar ‘n funksie is, is hul daar. As daar ‘n vergadering is, is hul daar. As daar iets moet gebeur en hul kan help, dan help hul.
  6. Die “spook duiweboere” – Hierdie ouens handhaaf ‘n baie lae profiel. Hul doen so min as moontlik. Hul veroorsaak gewoonlik ook min probleme. Eintlik wil hulle net duiwe vlieg en vergeet van die res. Ongelukkig is daar dinge wat moet gebeur voor ons kan duiwe vlieg manne!

As jy vandag hierdie artikel gelees het en die skoen skoen pas… En hy druk dalk so bietjie… Dan is ek bly! Dink bietjie voor jy doen. Neem ander in ag. Neem die sport in ag. Dink aan jou span duiwe wat sonder enige voorwaardes honderde kilometers aflê en dit vir JOU plesier!

Some pigeon racing pitfalls…

Opinion piece

Quality of pigeons

Start right. Get the best pigeons you can afford. The shortest route to success is to buy babies from top fanciers in your area. Test them. Take the best ones to stock. Get more of the same. Build your own family with proven birds.

If you start with mediocre birds being handed down from people that have no use for them, you will lose years and probably stop racing before you have tasted success. Pigeons that are not good enough for someone else should also not perch in your stock loft. Hereby I am not saying that “free” pigeons are worthless. Our best pigeons were gifts – from honest fanciers that really tried to help us. Know your fellow fanciers.

Loft

Build a loft that will make the pigeons feel at home and happy. A palace is not needed – pigeons are quite happy with a simple loft. If you want to spend money on a palace – go for it. Just ensure that your loft has decent ventilation and that it’s dry at all times. I know of champions that race brilliantly out of a simple loft. I also know of champions that race brilliantly out of smart lofts. Your choice.

Do not get too clever

I’ve often seen novices that start lecturing senior fanciers after a good race. Remember – you are only as good as your last race. Do not ever think you know it all. Nobody will know it all – EVER. Yes you will gain experience – but respect the ones who have walked the path before you. Soon enough you will see that the trick is not to win a race. The trick is to consistently win races and stay on top. The sport moves forward quickly and you do not want to be left behind.

Supply your stock loft from the race loft

Ensure that you constantly take your winners and best birds to the stock loft. Do not race them until they are gone… Your race loft must ensure that the breeding loft has enough superior genetics to keep you racing for years to come. Replace old stock with younger stock – your click pairs will not live forever. Try bring in some new PROVEN blood every now and again. Test them. If they do not improve your own loft – remove and try something else. Otherwise you will be left behind…

365 days a year

Pigeon racing is not a May to October thing. It takes 365 days a year of care and love. You cannot neglect them and then expect to suddenly “fix” them up with a “klein botteltjie”. Look after them the full year and you will be rewarded.

Lending out your ears

DO NOT TAKE ADVICE FROM MORE THAN ONE MENTOR. If you listen to all the recipes and doepas and methods that fanciers so easily share, you will not clock in front consistently. Stick to what works for you. Tweak here and there. Do not make drastic changes. Always consider the source of information – think about it – if it makes sense then test it. BUT on the other hand – listen carefully to what the champions share – what are the trending diseases, feeding etc. You can figure out a lot by just listening… Then TEST and either keep or discard.

 

 

 

 

Quick start guide- Racing pigeons

Quick start guide- Racing pigeons

This is an attempt to highlight the most important factors that should be taken into consideration when starting with racing pigeons. It’s only our opinion and you are more than welcome to adapt it to suit your unique circumstances. We are in no way claiming to be experts on the subject.

Dates and time lines mentioned are applicable to South Africa and our conditions.

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  1. What is the fuss about?

Racing pigeons have been around for many years. Belgium is seen as one of the countries where the sport originated. Carrier pigeons were even used during wars – an interesting documentary on this can be seen on youtube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZfjbfe5SXM

The sport progressed from a simple hobby to a professional sport today. Millions of rands are spent yearly on pigeons and pigeon related products.

For us it’s still just a hobby. And a very satisfying hobby! It doesn’t matter why you’re interested in racing pigeons – it stays a very rewarding sport and pastime.

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