From: David Rey Chan <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: System Management for race... Need help....
To: "Mike De Leon" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Friday, March 12, 2010, 12:44 PM
Hi Prexy Mike,
Mahirap yang request mo. Di kasya sa 100-serye tele-novela! hehehe... Specific questions lang next time.
1. Tulad ng sinabi ko noon sa Mountsea.. Good birds, good loft, good management and good location.
2. Before and at the beginning of the races, train frequently. Kung Puede, 3x a week. 1 hr loft flying, mornings and afternnoons should be routine 3 weeks before the first race. If you fly sex-separated and on shorter distances. Try this.. 10-15 minutes before basketing, let the cocks and hens go at each other. Come race day, you will have great results if not.. just better. When you have already raced 3x, there is no need for self training other than tuning up with club mid-week toss. This way di laspag ang k mo for the next race.
3. Keep your breeders 100% healthy at all times. No preparation is necessary when pairing up. Antibiotics and additional vitamins give health swings which is not good for brooding and rearing youngsters. I use antibiotics only when necessary and birds are treated individually. Never, never use antibiotics as preventive.
Unless a hen is a super breeder, preference should be given to a younger hen for breeding purposes. A hen needs to "fill" the eggs to give healthy youngsters. A young vigorous hen fits the job.
4. Motivation is not necessary. A perch and food are motivation enough if you want to go the distance! Young birds are easily excited. Given any nest position, they may fly fast the first 100 kms of a race. The rest of the way, they lose energy rapidly because of hormone play. They become exhausted, may be lost or come home the next day totally depleted.
5. I race mainly young birds and have no need to practice widowhood. I will reserve the topic for future discussion in case there are true old bird race enthusiasts in the group.
Lastly, I will say simplicity is beauty and accept only what appeals to common sense.