Domingo Tay
San Francisco,Leyte Young Bird Especialist
by Thirdgie Celis


His name is probably not that popular to most Philippine pigeon fanciers but Domingo “moneymaker”Tay is generally a threat to his clubmates and his name is synonymous to winning big time that is,long distance racing particularly San Francisco Leyte races.
This very talented pigeon fancier started way back 85 RPAP through the encouragement of his cousin Victor Tan. The following year ,he joined PHA. In 1991,he was also convinced to join PRPF .
Domingo Tay consider Peter See as a very good breeder and flyer.Its quite remarkable that Peter has not infused other bloodline into his stock these past several years.Outside the country, Andre Litaer is first on his list.

Career highlights:

1985 RPAP SOUTH SUPERSET WINNER
1985 RPAP 1ST GOLD BAND SINGLE;2ND OVERALL
1986 PHA NORTH SUPERSET WINNER (ONLY 4 BIRDS WON)
1996 RPAP LAOAG AUCTION 3RD PLACE
1992 RPAP BURGOS AUCTION CHAMPION (Aparri race cancelled)
1992 PHA SOUTH 2ND OA, 3RD OA
1992 PRPF APARRI YB CHAMPION
1994 1ST,3RD TACLOBAN AUCTION
1994 PHA SAN FRANCISCO YB CHAMPION 8TH PLACE YB
1997 PHA,RPAP,PRRF COMBINE WINNER 2 TACLOBAN RACES (4 winners only)
1999 SOUTH AFRICAN RACE ( over 2000 birds entered) He has (3) entries, one of which always arrive 5 minutes from winner since first lap up to the last lap.

LOFT LOCATION
In a textile factory in Valenzuela where Domingo Tay’s loft is situated.

STOCK
Domingo has several strains namely:
1.ANDRE LITAER
2.BEKAERT
3.ANDRE DEREERE
4.NORBERT NORMAN
5.EMIEL DEWEERDT
6.HUYSKENS VAN RIEL

Select intensively if one wishes to inbreed their birds because if you don’t own superior stocks, it will only result to weak, dull pigeons. So for that needed vigor and vitality, its quite inevitable that we have to cross, especially for long distance racing.

QUALITIES

Stock birds must have good muscles and keel that is a bit exposed or protruding. With eye as the basis
He likes pairing up light to dark pigmented eyes or medium to dark pigmented eyes. A light
to medium pairing, he thinks, can produce good racers but no value as breeders. Domingo also doesn’t pair his pigeons possessing the same eye color.
Secondary flights is more of a concern than a primary flights but there should be a balance. A “step”from secondary to the primaries is a must. A short arm for the needed power is surely a bonus.
Knowing his genetics , he never bothered by the qualities possessed by his flyers since he assume that the needed traits will be passed on from his breeders to his racer.

SYSTEM

Every morning, his race loft is thoroughly cleaned. With the stock loft, it’s the exact opposite- NO CLEANING. I was dumbfounded when he revealed to me that he only starts exercising late into the season. His trains on the road (2)kms. Then (5) kms in crements until he reaches 30 thirty kms.
There should be no treatment of disease unless there are symptoms, and medicines should be given only after a tho-rough examination.

MOTIVATION

For the longer distance like San Francisco Leyte races, motivation is unnecessary for young birds (8) eight months and below.

A “fresh pair” works warders. The 1994 San Francisco winner was given a new hen (after Calbayog) prior to the SF rce.

When to motivate: cock: at arrival
Hen: before basketing.

If properly motivated, fits birds will arrive home irregardless of speed.

INSIGHTS

Undoubtedly, through many years of flying, it is crystal clear that there is no price tag in attaining success in racing pigeons. Being victorious in a year or two is not a far off probability, but being able to sustain it is another story.

Emphasis should therefore be put on the quality of your stock. Sustainable management , desire to win , sound program, good observation are all essential for a successful pigeon.


TIPS FOR THE BEGINNERS

In choosing stock, it is sometime better to buy imported birds related to winning lines. Or you can acquire at least two pairs which have finished a race series and must be accompanied by the “veteran” fancier.

It is quite helpful to choose breeder with a nice plumage and closed fork. Never breed newly transferred cocks in your loft because it takes time for them to settle down and it will only cause fights. With hens, there’s no much of a problem.

He suggest that protein in the feed must be thirty (30) percent and should be increased during SOUTH RACE…avi