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Training tips for the racers & Birds of War.
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THE TRUE CARRIER PIGEON..:-)

 Many pigeon flyers differ on how they train! Some just loft fly or flag fly! While others beat there birds down the road every day! I personally
do not open loft when the races start! I want my pigeons to only think of one thing,and that is getting home and getting into the loft. 

I ROAD TRAIN MY BIRDS TO 60 MILES ON THE LINE OF FLIGHT. THEN DURING THE RACES I TRAIN 4 TIMES A WEEK, MON,TUES, WED, AND THURSDAY AT AROUND 30 MILES IN THE EARLY AM.THEN ON  THE DAY OF SHIPPING WHICH IS FRIDAY, I  DON'T LET THEM OUT OF THE LOFT.. BUT DO GIVE THEM A BATH IN THE EARLY AFTERNOON.. THEN I HYDRATE EACH PIGEON BEFORE I TAKE THEM TO THE CLUB HOUSE.. I USE A SMALL PLASTIC EYE DROPPER WHICH IS ABOUT 1/2 IN DIAMETER..THESE CAN BE BOUGHT AT A LOCAL DRUGSTORE.. 

 
      When training your birds when the temperature gets hot, remember always train in the early morning hours. If you train when the temperature gets hot,all you will do is stress your birds, and they will defiinitely lose their form.Also a stressed bird will become more susceptible to illnesses, such as colds.........

 
    For more information on training tips, please go to my main hawkbait web page.Go to the link page or just click on the hawkbait logo on the front home page....~Dennis~.....:)

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                               "BIRDS OF WAR"
 
         Our  military maintained and used the homing pigeons up to and including the Vietnam War. The O.S.S.,later to become the C.I.A., made extensive use of the homing pigeons during the Korean Conflict. Agents were dropped 75 to 200 miles behind enemy lines with pigeons. The pigeons used performed with 100% completion of all messages sent, even our modern electronic nets cannot measure up to this performance. Certainly modern communications is faster and very reliable but jamming and interception are still rendering them unuseable at times.The United States entered the war with out an organized pigeon force. Oct.1917 a first L.T.Wendell M. Levi, would be sent to Camp Vail,New Jersey. to study the the subject of homing pigeons and there use in the military.This same person years later would author the the most complete and informative works on the pigeon ever written.this work was called "THE PIGEON", by Wendel M. Levi.

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        The homing pigeons of World War 1 were both English and American in breeding,and many were cited with military honors.Probably the most publicized was "Cher Ami" an english bred pigeon. Attached to the New York battalion of the 77th division. the battalion advanced to far ahead of it's own lines and was hoplessly cut off  and surrounded, and certain annihilation or capture faced them. Several pigeons were released only to fall mortaly wounded., Cheri Ami was released, circled and headed for home, only to be hit by a burst of sharpnel. In spite of her wound which left the message capsule
leg hanging by only a shred, and the breast penetrated,"Cheri Ami, covered the forty kilometers in 25 minutes with the vital message that saved the "lost battalion"
     For more information on the birds of war, and pictures,please go to my main hawkbait web site on the link page or click on the hawkbait logo on the front home page. then you will be taken there.~Dennis~

GOD BLESS AMERICA
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