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.