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Parkinson L J 02-02-18

Parkinson L.J.

We are at the time of year when fanciers are trying to make sure their birds are free from any illness in the lofts. This is all part of the preparation for the racing season because if they are not right when you start then you are going to struggle. Yes, we know that they should be right before they are paired up, which is correct, but they should have been right after the racing season finished so there should have been no real problem in the lofts and they should have been ready to pair. When pigeons are rearing young they are pecking about everywhere and therefore liable to pick something up that may affect them in the coming weeks and months. When they are rearing, some pigeons get a set back and can soon pick up a health problem. In theory they should be sound to rear a nest of youngsters but in reality we all know that s not always the case, even the best of pigeons can go a little off colour. It is also a fact that pigeons can pick up a very mild problem that is not always detected unless their droppings are tested under a microscope. If I was going to treat for anything after they had been tested it would be after the young birds have all been moved from the nest and the loft cleaned and sprayed with a reliable disinfectant. I have used Dettol in the past, but you can get through a few of the sprays they don’t go very far, whether it is any good in the pigeon loft is another matter. Elizabeth is one for keeping all kinds of disinfectants in the cupboard and the first time I used it I didn’t tell her. It was a couple of weeks later that we were shopping and she said, “Get me 3 Dettol sprays off the shelf” without thinking I said, “That’s a lot” to which she said, “I thought I had some in but I must have used them” I just turned to look at the shelf and asked if there was anything else she wanted. A couple of days later I had to admit that I had used them in the pigeon loft, she looked and said “I thought there should have been some in the cupboard” From then on I had to get my own and I still don’t know if it was the right thing to use, never had any problems so I guess it was as good as anything. After doing all that I put them on the trusted Vior for a few weeks and then into training. I must add that when I put a bath out I also put Vior in that water because the wild birds are likely to go for water in warmer weather. What I have noticed through conversations is that more and more fanciers are stopping the use of antibiotics with the pigeons which is not a bad idea. There are some good natural products about now that are supposed to be antibiotic free which must be a good thing when breeding. Having said all that there are a lot of fanciers who have not paired as I type these notes. On the face of it we appear to be seeing many fanciers going back to the traditional time of year to pair up. I wonder if this is the reason why so many fanciers miss the early club races of the season.

We are well pleased with the way the North West Classic is keeping on an upward trend when many other clubs are suffering. The prize money has been increased again this being due to good sponsors and generous donors of young birds that are sold on line. With the help of these people we paid £10,500 over 5 races last year and that will be surpassed easily this year. We have had several requests to open the radius, but you can do that on request year after year and it does club’s no good at all, so I don’t think that is an option now. A subject that I have mentioned recently is about saving money and since then I have been asked to explain myself. I have this thing about money in clubs and what it is used for, why does any such club or federation want to have no excess of money in the bank. I can understand it if they have a transporter or are saving for one, otherwise why save money. This originally came about when I was telling a member of the NWCC about what we were paying out this year, £1,000 to each race before we start then we have the excess from the entry fees’ to be added. He was saying that we should save this money because you never know what is going to happen. So, I started to explain why I am paying the money out starting with where the excess money came from. We have been fortunate in the fact that we have good sponsors donating money and good members who have donated good young birds that have raised good money which has allowed this prize money to be given to each of the five races. Can you tell me how many clubs will be doing that this season, or let’s say the percentage of clubs being able to do this? So, I went on to say that the money is being paid out in prizes for the current members of the club to compete for and not left in the bank until some are no longer with us. When all said and done the average age of fanciers is much higher than it used to be, and we are never going to get away with that, I am just approaching 69yrs and I wish I could get away with it. Some may think the subject is a bit morbid, but as we are all aware it is a fact of life. Anyway, the result being that in the end he agreed with what I was doing and is now looking forward to competing in the club. I will finish by saying that more than a couple of grand in the club/fed is more than enough, the rest is better off being competed for. Money lying around in bank accounts is only good for one thing and that is the banks who use your money to make money and give the organisations little in return. Look after the current members and by doing that you will be looking after the future of the sport.

When the BHW drops through the door Elizabeth reads it more than I do and is amused at times at some of the stories. The recent one was by Bill Britton about racing years ago. She was saying about how they used the old tea chests in the loft which is something that a lot used to do in those days. I used them myself and then moved up a step with double sided orange boxes, these were a similar size to the standard widowhood boxes of today but slightly smaller. I adopted these and cut a piece out of the middle section and it ended up more like the standard widowhood boxes of today. I would then put wire netting over one side where the nest was made. In those days there were not the nest box makers about that there are today and so we used to adopt to what we had. Keep it up Bill, very interesting. It’s a pity I didn’t have a camera taking photos of what I used to do when I was at school. My problem was I was the only one in the family interested in pigeons..

Les J Parkinson.

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