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Second vaccination shot

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Most of the race team received their second PMV1 vaccine shot today.

Because no pigeon designed vaccine is available in Australia, we use the Pfizer Poulvac chicken vaccine. Tests carried out by Avian Veterinarian Colin Walker have shown the product to give protection to the pigeon.

We always give the youngsters their first .05 ml injection as soon as they go from the breeding loft to the race loft. Our last round of youngsters will be marked and given their shots in due course.

Rod Simmons

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Christmas at Winners1

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas

 at Winners1

 

The daily routine at this time of the year doesn’t change, not even for Christmas day.

As were in the middle of breeding and breaking in youngsters in the race loft, time is needed to be spent with the birds. The wind in Melbourne this time of the year can get a little too strong when the youngsters are not flying the roof, if the wind gets any stronger than 25 Km/h I don’t let them out. So today they stay inside.

We did however have all the family over for a BBQ, few drinks and lots of discussion. Then back in the loft to 9pm attending to the stock birds.

Merry Christmas to all.

Rod Simmons

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Youngster taught to trap

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Our first 30 youngster are now being taught how to go through the traps into the loft. Due to not racing from our home address for the last two years, there are no older birds to show the way.

We use the old and trusted method of placing the pigeons in a large wire basket on the landing board. Then after one hour open the traps to let them come into the loft. In the next day or two if the weather is fine and not a lot of wind, they will be able to be let out.

Rod Simmons

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IMPORTS PRODUCE THE BEST LOOKING YOUNGSTERS

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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

The breeding from the new Imports is going well with some of the best looking youngster Winners1 has ever bred. The quality shines through to their young.

Although many of the birds will be sold, we will still retain enough to add into the race team.

Winners1 existing successful breeders now have youngsters in the nest; these young will go straight into the race loft.

Rod Simmons

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CAMPBELLTOWN TRADE DAY

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Campbelltown City Pigeon Club Trade Day was an excellent time and fantastic opportunity to meet different flyers.

The sale of products went very well plus some of Winners1’s best youngster were sold to a number of leading interstate flyers, giving greater depth to their already quality stock birds.

Congratulations and top effort to the hard working members for organising the event resulting in a large turnout.

Rod Simmons
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JUST BACK FROM INDIA

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

My wife Maggie, son Ivan and I just arrived home after spending time in India videoing and interview some of its prominent pigeon flyers.  

Winners1 will give an insight to what racing is like, the struggles and what looks like a bright future.

Rod Simmons

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BREEDING PAIRS

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

All the imported breeding pairs have settled well with very nice young already separated. Primarily they have been paired keeping each family together, as this is what many buyers are looking for.

Once the young have been separated, they are blood DNA tested for sex type and vaccinated for PMV1. They are feed the breeding mix twice a day with vitamins in the food every second day .

As the breeding season progresses we will change the pairing to produce our race team, as well as 30 young birds that will be entered into the South Africa Million Dollar Pigeon Race. The new pairing will mostly consist of a cross of one family to another.

Pair 1. Inbreed Koopman

Pair 3. Alwin Petrie family kept together for selling, many will be crossed to race.

Rod Simmons

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Winners1 New Loft Under Construction

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Monday, October 08, 2012

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New Loft Under Construction.

 

Visitor to our home this year have seen the Winners1 loft continually change as we construct our new breeding and race loft. The building when complete will measure just over 20m x 5m plus aviaries. Will include 20 single pens and additional breeding section; feed room, area for microscope for health testing as well as race loft.

 

We have gone away from the traditional loft design often used in Australia with open fronted lofts. Once complete, all of the loft will be closed with birds in each section including the single pens, having access to an aviary.

 

Some of the single pens.

 

Rod Simmons

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BREEDING MIX

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

I would like to cover what breeding mix we use.

We have our mix made especially for us; this is used as the base to which I will add dun pea at different times of the week.

The mix comprises:

40% dun pea

15% hard wheat

15% safflower

10% milo

10% vetch

5% maize

5% grey sunflower

The stock birds are fed twice a day and in most cases never run out of food.

Why do I feed twice a day?

I find when you give them a feed, even if they have some food left, they will go to the food, than pump the young up again.

Four out of seven days, I will add one third of dun pea to the breeding mix for that day. In this mix I add liquid vitamins, brewer’s yeast and mineral powder. On the alternate day they have vitamins in the water.

A special note:

Without most flyers knowledge, most mixes have oil added to the mix to make it shine as well as take away the dust. I make certain no oil is placed in the mix made for us.

 

 

Rod Simmons

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Winners1 Way

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Over the coming months and into the racing season, we will cover all of our methods, from the way we have paired the breeders, the training, feeding and racing.

It will be great to here from others from Australia and around the world, their view as each topic is discussed.

Rod Simmons

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