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General Management 2002

Management 2003    2004    2005   

    May     June    Training    August

 

Our practice has been to medicate the young birds as little as possible to allow them to develop their own immune systems.  Upon arrival the new arrivals will be be quarantined to insure no diseased birds are introduced into the loft.  The birds will only receive natural additives such as: vitamins, garlic, apple cider vinegar, glucose, probiotics, electrolytes & nourishing tea in the water.  Only sick birds will be medicated in quarantine and if not recovering in a reasonable time they will be dealt with in the usual manner.  However, if the unthinkable should occur, that is, a mass outbreak of some disease, we will be prepared to use the appropriate treatment.  All birds will be vaccinated for PMV.

The darkening system will be used.  Darken hours will be from 5:00 pm to 6:00 am.  Birds will be on darkening for the months of May and June.  Because of work commitments birds will be exercised once a day during the week and twice during the weekend.

Training will begin in late June.  Normally the birds will receive the following training tosses: 3 x 8km, 2 x 15 km, 2 x 30km, 2 x 50 km,  2 x 80 km and 100 km before the first race.  Additional tosses may be required if the birds are not homing quickly from any of the release points.  Once racing begins the birds will only receive a couple of 80 km tosses before the 400 km and 500 km races because of the 2 week rest period.