Thanksgiving weekend always marks the start of breeding season. As we recover from a day of eating way too much and the wives head out Christmas shopping, us guys head to the loft. We hang there for hours and go through our breeders wondering which are the best mating to breed next season's "First Drop Winner" or "Champion Bird".
We've cleaned the breeding loft, put the cocks in to let them pick their nest boxes, and looked at how many good pairs we have. Now we're deciding which One Loft Races to enter in the spring - of course the Longhorn Classic is at the top of the list ;) It's always an exciting weekend, full of anticipation.
Whatever method you may have to pair your birds, here is a little something extra to help get the mood right. Good luck to everyone!
How many of you have paid hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars in perch fees for birds that didn’t make it to the first race? Or even worse - after paying the entry fee, your birds were lost before the final race? Not only are you losing money, but you also don’t have the assurance that your current breeding schedule will be successful. Without results from completing a race series, you lack measurable breeding data.
I asked Mike Ganus and Mathieu de Clippel how they prepare young birds for shipping to one loft races. Mike Ganus because he sent me 45 birds over a 3-year period and not one got sick. Mathieu De Clippel because he’s the Product Manager with Versele-Laga of Belgium and is involved in the Belgium Master One Loft Race.
From these conversations, I put together pointers every breeder should consider:
I would like to thank Mike Ganus and Mathieu De Clippel for their time and helpful information.
We would love your feedback and any breeding tips you have!