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A thrilling interview on pigeon sport topics with Mr. Dan Rusu - part 3

14:29, Miercuri, 16.09.2009


A thrilling interview on pigeon sport topics

with Mr. Dan RUSU – ASC `AS` Bucharest Club - FCPR

- part 3 -





RRP: Tell us a few things about your treatment schema.

D. Rusu: I treat my pigeons only twice a year. I’m talking about general treatments which I undertake at the beginning of the season. I start with deworming, followed by a Coccidiosis and Tricomoniasis cure. I vaccinate against Salmonellosis and Paramyxovirus, and then everything is done according to a routine schedule. I start this treatment programme in December so there could be a longer period of time between cures (at least 3 weeks). The second general cure in autumn is almost similar with the above mentioned one. Throughout the racing season I offer them a cure against respiratory tract diseases and Tricomonosiasis. I use only products from abroad and I’ve been quite satisfied with Vanhee products.  





RRP: Do you make use of `special` stimulants while preparing your pigeons?

D. Rusu: I’ve never used such products because I own a small number of pigeons and I can’t afford to put an end to my loft population after 2-3 years. I’m saying that because we all know those `special` products intoxicate them pretty badly on the long run.


The exhibition fact sheet of a champion


RRP: What’s the importance you pay to loft training?

D. Rusu: I think pigeon sport is similar to mathematics. I mean you have to be up at 6 a.m. in order to loft train your widowers. At 7 a.m. the widowhood hens are left outside. Starting with 8 a.m. is the youngsters’ turn to follow the programme, while 9 a.m. is appointed for my long-distance pigeons that are played by the natural system. In the evening, in order to provide my birds with appetite and a proper physical condition (I’m sure you’ve noticed that any widower starts loosing their appetite after a certain number of races), both widowhood cocks and hens should go outside and fly for half an hour.      


RO-204336-2003, `Lady Brno`, 1st National from Brno, 888 km, against 1166 pigeons


RRP: Apart from the loft training, do you take your pigeons to private road training?

D. Rusu: Yes I do, as long as necessary, until they learn the rules of the game. I take my pigeons to 2-3 training sessions a week at most, at maximum 10 km apart (I basket both the cocks and the hens). It’s not about the long distance you take your birds to; I think what does matter for them is to regain trust in their own strength.    


Some of the trophy gallery


RRP: Throughout your pigeon sport career, was it the cocks or the hens that achieved the finest results so far?

D. Rusu: It was the hens that achieved better results and I enjoy the most racing with my hens. I personally consider that females are stronger and highly motivated when racing. Unlike the cocks, they are `meaner` and perform differently. I had fine cocks too, but the hens gave me the greatest satisfaction: in 1996, during Basel Olympiad, I competed with a hen for the Short & Middle-Distance Record Championship and Best Loft Record categories. In 2009, during Dortmund Olympiad, for the Standard Record Category I took part with a hen that was also competing for the Overall category.





RRP: But who were the best breeders you’ve ever own: the cocks or the hens?

D. Rusu: I believe you don’t have pigeons at all without top quality hens. It is the hens that lay at the basis of your loft and their genetic features are more intensively transmitted. Cocks are just like bumble bees.  





RRP: Is the pedigree important to you?

D. Rusu: Not quite. It can be a guiding line indeed. But I wouldn’t stock a pigeon I know nothing about his family tree. I’ve only once stocked a pigeon that I trusted in and he proved to be the winning pot. 





RRP: Do you consider being a rule for two good pigeons to produce fine youngsters too?

D. Rusu: It’s not a rule. I would pair up two good pigeons providing they would have a strain with fine results. These two pigeons might even come from different lofts. But if these pigeons do have top results and I know nothing about their strain, no good can come except by chance. If this rule would be observed, I mean breeding fine youngsters out of winning parents, then every pigeon fancier would be a champ. Everyone would buy nothing but champions and they would breed afterwards nothing but champion youngsters. But we all know this can’t be possible.    



`Nefertiti`, RO-05053, won 2nd National Standard Record Hens category –

Pigeon Olympiad, Dortmund, Germany, 2009


RRP: Can you give us a little history on your loft champions over the last years. Was it the cocks or the hens that won the most trophies?

D. Rusu: Both of them because I advocate for racing with the hens no matter what. If hens don’t compete, you’ll never know what you rely on. As I’ve told you before: the hen population lays at the foundation of a loft. If I were to go back in 2008, I think I achieved pretty nice results in terms of club, provincial and national competitions. I even represented Romania in 2009 during the Pigeon Olympiad in Dortmund, Germany. I won the 2nd place competing for Standard Record Hens category. This hen has nothing in common with the Standard category, is just that I was interested in her conformation. Her name is `Nefertiti`, ring number RO-5053-2006. She’s from the sort of two Van Riel pigeons coming from the `Natural` breeding station in Belgium. I bought her parents paying a frugal price (30 EUR each because they were youngsters back then). These two cheep birds gave me an Olympic hen, but following the standards I’ve mentioned: first and foremost, hand selection – a solid bone structure, nice muscles, silky feathers, and then his racing quality. It’s as simple as that. And there you have other top results: 1st National Brno, 888 km, with a record average velocity of 1223 m/min, liberated at 6 a.m. and clocked at 6.06 p.m. This hen, ring number RO-204336-2003, has wide experience and lays at the foundation of my loft, coming from my stock pigeons. She returned home ahead other birds owned by my colleagues from Prahova. The same day, on 28th of June 2008, I won 1st place from Ruzomberok, 724 km, with a grandson (ring number RO-5068-2006) from the same couple. He was clocked at 3.53 p.m. Another bird with outstanding results is `Ares`, ring number RO-444499-2005. He won 1st place Provincial (Bucharest) after the last two races: Zalau and San Paul.           




`Berok`, RO-05068-2006, cock, 1st place from Ruzomberok, 724 km, 860 pigeons,

 in terms of ASC Bucharest club standings


RRP: Do you think a good racer must be a good breeder too?

D. Rusu: A good racer is not always a good breeder. I had a few special pigeons because I used to strive for one of my principles: a champion pigeon must be in his turn from the sort of a champion family so it could pass his qualities to future youngsters.




`Ares`, cock, RO-444499-2005, 1st place from Zalau, against 510 pigeons



RRP: Can we talk about chance and luck in pigeon sport?

D. Rusu: You know how it goes down: at the end of day, luck is what you make of it, but considering a pigeon is all by himself while returning home… This is the only chance you’re supposed to have: nothing bad must happen to your pigeon while performing. And I’ve realized that no champion pigeon comes to a stiff end while racing. They simply know how to stay away from danger. However, luck has nothing to do with the breeding process. The only thing that matters in pigeon sport is wide knowledge. You have to know what pigeons should be kept, you have to take the pigeon for what it’s worth and you must have that sense of how to pair up.





RRP: How long do you spend daily taking care of your birds?

D. Rusu: About 6 hours.  

RRP: If you were to be born again, would you get involved with pigeons once again?

D. Rusu: Yes, I would do the same thing, without making the same mistakes of youth.  



The first Olympic trophy, achieved in 1997, at Bale  



RRP: But you still make mistakes concerning your pigeons?

D. Rusu: Despite owing pigeons for 28 years, I still make small mistakes. Maybe deliberate mistakes because you can’t avoid them considering there are some other problems except pigeons.


RRP: But when do you consider you’re making mistakes?

D. Rusu: Especially when I’m preparing them.


The second Olympic prize, which few Romanian fanciers could be proud of



The Olympic medal won at Dortmund

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