The unpredictability of pigeon racing.
Unfortunately, there is no text book guide line with the exact procedures to tell you what to do. You can prepare them and treat them as well as you can, but come race day, or more particularly, liberation point, the race is up to the individual birds.
What happens to the bird between liberation point and home, is the big mystery. I have had a slightly injured bird, birds with a bit of flight problems or bird with loss of tail feathers come home and then birds which you put your total trust and believe in, not come home. How do you explain this? This topic remains quite hilarious in a group discussion, listening to everyone’s conclusions and assumptions and the reasons.
It is the same with any other team sport most probably, listening to chaps watching a supersport rugby match in the pub. The moans and groans, from blaming the ref to the coach to individual players.
My conclusion is that on the day, anything can happen, especially in the pigeon sport. There are so many variants and factors and even obstacles that they encounter on route that can determine their performance.
It is things we all most probably are aware of, but it is human nature to be in denial in our reasoning. This unpredictability and the adrenaline rush prior to the first bird walking over the trap and being registered, is a feeling not easily described in words. The feeling of satisfaction is great because, obviously, there is a human factor to some of the achievements or actions.
Back to the Action :
We have had a few tosses and once again, have experienced a few of the above mentioned factors and concerns.
That aside, birds have been looking and training well. The tosses have been fair and according to plan. We have more tosses on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday this week, as well as next week. We are using these practice races to iron out all problems like rings and the rest of technology as well as the liberation with trailer, etc.
We as management, have been pretty happy and pleased with the proceedings so far. A few statistics : We have 614 birds registered, but that includes all birds that have been injured or taken out or replaced during orientation, etc, etc. We have had 54 birds lost, injured or replaced from September 2017 to 1st April 2018. From 1st April to date, we have lost 28 birds in the tosses and by hawks, etc, etc and even a mid-air collision between two birds, both dead on the spot. Percentage wise, an improvement on last year. Weather wise, we have also been pretty blessed so far, which has helped.
The season has all the credentials to be a great season. Everything is on track so far for our 10 year celebrations.
Another concern that we are monitoring and putting all stops in place, is the young birds disease that has been plaguing the area both in EP and border regions. We are being pretty strict on stray birds in the loft.
Enjoy the season. Fanciers should start working on their knockout and team birds, which will have to be nominated in two weeks time. Our previous Diaz One Loft winners must also nominate their 3 birds to compete in the Winners competition prior to the first race on the 10th June 2018.
Diaz One Loft Management