We have unconsciously an intense relationship with our pigeons. Besides their physical condition, they also have a personality, whether or not dominant.
Dominant pigeons are not necessarily better kites than submissive ones. They do have their nature, their curiosity and especially their strong urge for territorial behavior.
Their territory -even if it’s only a small plank- means everything to them and they will fight hard for it.
Hence the term “pecking order”, or the contested agreement between the pigeons within a loft, in which finally each accepts his place.
There, they will finally enjoy togetherness, with the certainty of food, a safe place to sleep, but mainly with the life partner and love, leading to offspring…
When the fancier enters the loft, he must realize that his pigeons consider it as THEIR loft. Through their gaze and their whole attitude with which they seek contact, they show him that he has entered their territory.
A positive bond is built up by providing them with food and beverage as regularly as possible and potentially giving them a partner.
But the craving for and the self-assurance about his territory, that makes every pigeon show to the fancier, gives him an important indication about the condition.
In the daily encounters, his pigeon speaks to him with his eyes and takes him well into the picture.
When this very subtle communication is played delicate, an intense bond can emerge between the fancier and his pigeon. For this reason, the fancier can sense the level of his well-being. The first signs of weakening of a particular pigeon are often reflected in less confident and alert behavior when the fancier enters the loft. He may not miss these early signals in any way.
Observation is everything!
Let’s be honest: to win prizes, the pigeons must, of course, have a good pedigree, the loft must be good, also the feed etc… and of course they must receive care with some special products like the ones of COMED. The use of these products is an art itself and requires some experience.
The daily administration of the standard combination of the COMED METHOD Curol Winmix Roni makes it a lot easier. With these three basic products, we usually see the whole potential of our pigeons after one week. Also, Stopmite and Clean Oral were added to this daily schedule. Willem De Bruyn told me that he is particularly satisfied with Stopmite because of the excellent effect on the feces and the airways, especially with youngsters. He told me that he is administering these during two days before the basketing. I told him that it is allowed to give it on a daily basis.
On the other hand, our pigeons cannot get used to the wholesome effect of COMED– products because the chosen vegetal ingredients are very complex in composition and are composed by nature over a period of millions of years.
Very different from chemicals, which usually only consist of one or a few molecules where after a while habituation, let’s say wear, can appear.
The dose is not an exact science: sometimes I eat two and sometimes three slices of bread in the morning…
In other words, it is up to the fancier to see how he can play the trump cards provided by COMED.
Therefore, he has to observe and judge permanently.
The basic products must be given every day, possibly at a lower dose.
So the enthusiast is always part of the solution. In the event that he doesn’t have this insight, he is part of the problem.