Racing Pigeon Medication Program
In this article, Silvio Mattacchione discusses a preventative racing pigeon medication program that Racing Pigeon fanciers can easily learn and follow.
Health, or its absence, is the key to all results, good or bad! Regardless of the quality of your pigeons, if you are unable to keep them healthy, they are doomed to perennially poor results. I believe it is safe to say that the person who has pigeons of lesser quality but has learned to keep them close to the top of their health cycle will outperform a group of superior pigeons whose critical health is little understood and has, unfortunately, been allowed to lapse.
Though this is true, most fanciers haven’t a clue as to what does or does not constitute good health. Good health in a racing pigeon is a 365-day activity. The adage is true: “You only get out what you put in!”
Most fanciers get excited before racing old and young birds. Once this is over, the birds take a back seat until next spring. Ah, yes, there is always next year! Hope springs eternal. or does it?
Well, it doesn’t! Unless these fanciers have a massive overhaul of their attitudes, they do not have any chance at all of ever-improving. Pigeon keeping (all bird keeping, no, the keeping of all living animals) is a hands-on activity. You learn by doing, first and foremost. You also learn by listening, reading, and observing, but I guarantee that you never learn by talking, and harping, and pontificating. You know the guys, I mean! They let you know that they have forgotten more than you will ever know. Well, a sieve has never been my idea of the perfect repository of the world’s knowledge of racing pigeons! My partner, Jim McLean, always states that, unfortunately, “You become what you are around.” How can such a simple statement be so profound? Here is a very simple rule to live by: If you cannot say something good, bite your tongue and refrain from saying anything at all!
Our topsy-turvy world has always gotten things confused, and it’s no different in our pigeon sport. We always assume that those who do the best also know the most and can teach the rest. This is rarely the case. In the real world, the great coach or teacher is usually the man or woman who could not physically achieve perfection but who, in turn, strove to learn all they could so that they could pass it on to all those who did have the ability and could benefit from their efforts.
In the past, I have assisted many fanciers to achieve better results than had, for them, hitherto been the case. Very few ever acknowledge where the info originated, and like the sieve, they have a tendency to lose what it is that they are supposed to hold.