The stock loft measures 8ft x 6ft with a open mesh front, we currently use standard widowhood boxs which are located on the back wall about 20 inches off the ground, the stock loft floor is wooden with grills which are approx. 5 inch off the ground this ensures that the birds do not have access to any waste product which we believe dramatically reduces the risk of spreading disease.
The health and condition of our pigeons is very important to us and has a direct impact upon the quality of the birds we produce. We have recently registered with the Belgic De Weerd Avian Veterinary Clinic which enables us to ensure our birds are on top form and if we do have any problems the world leading pigeon vet Dr Henk De Weerd and his team are on hand to provide the best possible advice to keep our pigeons in top condition. We follow a very strict preventative treatment plan at set points throughout the year avoiding over treating unnecessarily. Our birds will never be treated for anything with out this been prescribed by the vets at the Belgic De Weerd Avian Veterinary Clinic.
Dropping samples and swabs from our stock pigeons are sent off to the Belgica De Weerd Avian Veterinary Clinic every four months to ensure our birds are in top breeding condition and we are not missing anything. These results are stored on our file at the clinic so that we have a full medical health inventory of our stock birds.
As mentioned above we only treat our birds upon receiving professional advice from the vet. Our stock pigeons are vaccinated at the beginning of each season against Paramyxovirus to ensure our birds have a good immunity against this deadly virus. As part of the preparation before the breeding season the stock are also treated with Onespot on the back of the neck once a year this will delouse and deworm them for a twelve month period. We use paratyphoid treatment in the water once a year before the breeding season and the stock birds are also cankered at the beginning, halfway through and at the end of the breeding season.
The stock birds are fed on Bamfords Super Breeding.
Before considering returning to racing we completed a lot of research in to current racing results, bloodlines & ancestry for many of the current modern day top racers. The strain selected are without doubt the finest racing pigeons in the world today, this is the Jan Aarden pigeons. To make available the superb team of pigeons we have today a huge amount of effort & money has been put in to acquiring some of the finest stock pigeons available, for the purpose of establishing a world class stock team which we can work with and continually breed from to ensure the correct type and body build is maintained throughout the family.
We currently have about 16 pairs of racers, the old birds are raced on the roundabout system for the first part of the year and are then paired up before the longer distance races.
We breed about 40 Young birds each year for the race team and these are flown on the Darkness system. We try to get each young bird to at least one channel race so that they experience the water before they begin racing the year after.
The young birds are kept on deep litter and are only cleaned out once after a few weeks of being weaned and are then not cleaned out until the end of the racing season we believe this helps build a natural immunity and keeps the loft dry. We do not train our young birds hard as we use the club races to train our birds which start at 80 miles.
THE HITCHCOCK'S RECORD THE ONLY BIRD IN THE UK ON THE DAY"
Mr & Mrs Hitchcock & Sons won this race with a pigeon called “LADY HELEN”, 1st Open BICC Pau and the only bird home on the day in Great Britain. The brilliant performance was put up by a 2 year old blue hen bred from a cock from Terry Hudson’s De Klaks and a hen from Geoff Gilbert which is a pure Geoff Cooper. This hen bred Geoff the “NARROW COCK” which was 1st open L&SECC Pau, 10th Open NFC Pau, 2nd BICC Dax. Geoff kindly loaned us this hen and has bred some really good pigeons. One of our ambitions was to time a good pigeon on the day from pau and it has now come true.