Miguel Ángel Veny, European Champion. Derby of Mira 2020

We are pleased to bring you a new interview on our portal colombofilia.com. Miguel Ángel Veny, a young Balearic fancier, opens the doors to his loft in the small town of Porreres, on the island of Mallorca.

In addition to infecting us with his passion and love for this sport, he has agreed to answer some questions that we have asked about his beginnings in pigeon racing, his tips and advice on maintaining his facilities or what blood predominates in his colony.

Even with the handicap of living on an island, this fancier has begun to stand out in both sea and land flights, highlighting his recent 1st place in the Mira Derby (Portugal) in this unique 2020 season. We hope you enjoy this interview as much or more than we did.

 

1.- How were your beginnings in the pigeon sport?

I think pigeon racing chose me more than I chose it. I am the son and nephew of fanciers and, since I was born, there were pigeons everywhere in my life. Lofts, club meetings and chats… All together grew my passion for this sport to the point of becoming a lifestyle.

I started by myself when I was 13, obviously with the help of my father, and 26 years later I stay as passionate and dedicated as the first day.

 

2.- Could you give us some details of your loft?

I am based in Porreres, Mallorca, where I was born and raised in the family farmhouse. This allows me enough space to keep my pigeons in what I consider very good conditions.

I currently have 10 lofts arranged in different sections depending on the needs: competition, breeding, youngsters, etc.

Flight lofts are lofts with grating on the ground, and some only with perches and others with nesting boxes, to be able to play with them. I normally use 2 for adult pigeons and 3 for young pigeons.

3.- What breeds of pigeons can we find in your loft?

The base of my loft are pigeons from my father and uncle that improved with blood from other lofts on the island. I also have some pigeons from my good friend Jacinto Perez. These pigeons have proven great efficiency in on-sea competition and are now very important in my loft.

More recently I have introduced pigeons from some of the best derby fanciers in Europe with the aim of competing myself also in derbies, although I have good result with them in domestic competitions.

 

4.- What is your breeding process?

I usually mate couples around Christmas with the objective of having youngster soon enough for derbies.

My pairing decisions are based on previous years results and considering these, I keep or change couples. After a few changes, if a pigeon doesn’t match my expectations is taken of the breeding cycle.

For already paired couples the process is straight forward, allowing them to mate 2 or 3 days. New couples are kept some more time, until I consider they are ready.

 

5.- How do you usually feed your flying team?

Since I started the sport, I have always made my own mixtures using locally produced grains. Since 2010, I have used with great results a mix that my friend Juan Luis Heck and I created.

“Dedication, discipline and perseverance”, the keys that Miguel gives us for success.

Basically, I use a mix for the molting season, another for the resting season (between the molting and the competitions), and then for the competitions, one for the speed and medium range releases, and another for the long distance releases.

 

6.- What do you look for when bringing new blood to your loft?

I always look for characteristics that I miss in my loft. The point of introducing new blood is to improve those aspects that you lack or need in improving in your pigeons.

It is also important to have the right pigeons for the competitions you aim. If you are looking to improve in speed releases, long distance pigeons cannot be used. Same logic applies for derbies or other competitions.

 

7.- What are your thoughts about the “Eye Theory” as a breeding strategy?

I am not a fan of this theory, I have never taken it into account.

As I said previously, I prefer to breed considering results, pedigree or pigeon physiognomy.

 

8.- What do you think is the key for longterm success in the pigeon sport?

More importantly is to have a very clear method and discipline when it comes to applying it.

If you already miss this step, I find it very hard to be successful. You also have to look for the right pigeons for the method you are using so you don’t miss the potential on them.

The condition of your loft is also important. Hygiene, space and cleanliness are very important.

 

9.- If I was a beginner, what are your recommendations for a good start in the sport?

To a new pigeon fancier I would tell him to start off with the different ways and methods of the sport and choose the one which adapts the best to space and time to be dedicated to the pigeons. After that is defined, you can start looking for the right pigeons.

Also important, as I practice myself, is to stay disciplined and regular to your method and pigeons. It is a key factor in this sport, like in any other.

Photo of the European Champion pigeon (photo of the Derby Mira organization)

Pedigree of the European Champion pigeon. Derby Mira