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An interview with Honored Master of pigeon sport, Mr. VASILIU MIHAI - part 2

10:48, Miercuri, 26.08.2009



with Honored Master of pigeon sport, Mr. VASILIU MIHAI,

from Catamarasti Vale, Botosani county





3. Further on, could you please tell us a few details about your mating system (with respect to your breeding pigeons)?


            First of all, I used as breeding couples the imported pigeons and their strain that did very well in competitions. I would prefer those birds coming from a close related family and with a strong genetic structure. I’d rather stuck to 2-3 bloodlines which I line bred and I combined their offspring in order to perpetuate their basic features. 



Surrounded by few good friends: Dr. Ghica Paul, Mr. Gelu Gatejescu and his son



            I paid (and I still pay) a special interest to the quality of my breeding strain. For instance, I breed 3 offspring couples from each and every breeding couple. I keep for myself almost 20 youngsters (5 or 6 years ago, I used not to compete with my youngsters, but now I do. Actually, I don’t race them, I only clock them at the end of long-distance races in order to find out if they have the sense of direction, the love for their nest and loft, flying endurance, how long does it take to get back in shape etc.). 

            As I’ve just told you, I wasn’t interested at all in racing my youngsters back when I was a serious competitor. My approach was the following: the yearlings were basketed for all middle-distance races, that is 8-9 races. If (at least) one single yearling out of 2-3 brothers didn’t do well while racing, I would give up to their parents breeding couple. My 2-years pigeons were basketed for all long and extreme long-distance competitions. I used to keep only those birds who clocked in prizes, and I get rid of average and lazy pigeons, no matter their pedigree.  



A picture took inside the loft



            For 45 years, as long as I had been a top-class racer (and I won everything that could have been won), I owned a few genuine breeding couples that can be counted on one’s fingers. For instance:   


1.      982 – 64 M x 2121 – 63 F, mottled, `Fabry` bloodline from Hanak in BrnoCzechoslovakia.

2.     Belg. 3048895 – 69 H. Desmet x 5099 – 70 F, mottled red, `Fabry` bloodline (a lot of fanciers across the country achieved top results with strain from these 2 breeding couples).

3.     Three `J. Rijckaert` bloodline couples:

a.       B-4661136–82 `Fakir` x B-3361683–82 `Bariolata

b.      B-4612676–82 `Argenta` x B-4661126–82 `Gier

c.       B-4661130–82 `Craione` x 304788–83 daughter of `Argenta` and `Gier`.

4.      B-3290744–90 x B-3290948–90, Marcel Demeyere bloodline.






4. When do you separate your pigeons?


            I take this step at the end of January.


5. When do you pair them up?


            I pair them up again according to the following schedule: the breeders are paired up on the 15th of March, while the racing team is appointed for the last Saturday in March.


      6. How do you prepare your pigeons for the racing season?


I’m not a hard trainer and that’s because there are a lot of rapacious birds in the area and because I don’t want to bring them in peak condition too quickly, taking into consideration that I’ve always preferred long and extreme-long distance competitions.  

Here is the system I used to apply: one single flight a day, 1 hour around the loft, 2-3 training tosses from 30, 80 and 100 km, then all my pigeons (yearlings and old birds) are basketed for a 374 km race. Afterwards, my yearlings are raced for all the middle-distance competitions, while my old birds (2, 6, 7 years) are basketed for each and every long-distance race until the end of season.  





7. What type of systems do you use throughout the racing season?


            I used to play the “natural” system. My racing team for both categories didn’t exceed the limits of 20 birds. I play both partners so I don’t split the couple, I basket (I used to basket) no matter their nest position and when they would come back I pay a special care so they could find in their nest what they had left (eggs, youngsters). I don’t basket the hens that are going to lay eggs or during their first 5 days of brooding.


8. What medication programme do you apply?


            I stick to the bear essentials because less is more. Otherwise, their natural immunity is subject to depreciation.

In spring, I vaccinate against paramyxovirus (one single inoculation per year). Following the vaccine, I give them a 3-day vitamin cure.

In summer, each set of youngsters gets a 3-day cure for tricho. During the racing season, once every three weeks I treat them against tricho with a 3-day cure. I also treat against Mycoplasma and Salmonella, but only if necessary.   

I vaccinate my youngsters in July and that would be all.



Out front the loft



 9. What about your feeding methods?


            I prepare the mixture for breeders, youngsters, moulting and winter season all by myself. For my racing team I buy 2-3 range of mixtures which I combine afterwards. 

            I further introduce you my feeding programme:           

-         2 meals a day;

-         On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – sport mixture;

-         Vitamins twice a week;

-         Brewery yeast and water with electrolytes before basketing;  

-         After coming back from a race, I provide them a depurative mixture on Saturday & Sunday and water with electrolytes;

-         The next day I use „Recuplyt”;

-         As soon as they get back, fresh mineral supplements are provided (2-3 types).


10. Do you provide your pigeons with vitamins?


Yes I do, twice a week.



At home, while Mr. Claudiu Pavaleanu is paying him a visit

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