Training the Young Racing Pigeons
The training for the young racing pigeons should be start when they are 6 – 7 weeks old. At this time, the young racing pigeons will be getting feed twice a day. The first lesson or training that is given to the young birds is the lesson of using the traps. This will enable them to come back to the loft when they hear the whistle of the trainer or the fancier. At the young ones begin their training, the whistle will indicate that coming back to the lofty also means that they will get the food, as soon the traps will become second nature to them as the association will be understood.
Training for the young racing pigeons means that they will get used to their basket, learn how to come out of the basket and also learn the shortest route of getting back home. First and foremost they need to get accustomed to the basket. This can be done by attaching the basket to the loft floor along with food and water and soon enough the young birds become quite at home with the basket.
In this way the young racing pigeons are happy with the basket and aren’t scared of it. With the first mission accomplished, the next mission is yet to start. This is to teach the young birds to come back home. All training tosses should be held on a clear day and their shouldn’t be any rain, fog or bad weather to damper the training. The tosses for the young racing pigeons can be started a fortnight before the races. With old birds, a lot of exercise is required, however with the younger ones; this isn’t the case, since they are always raring to take flight.
Once the training starts, the fancier must keep the young racing pigeons going. Special dietary needs and health of the young pigeons should be checked, since the preparation for the races will also sap and exhaust the young birds. For the first time, the young racing pigeons can be given a mile toss in the same direction in which the racing point is located. Some fanciers also like to train the birds for all directions. The main aim is to make the bird familiar with the terrain. This will help them locate their home and fly as fast as possible taking the shortest possible route. In this way, the young racing pigeons will be able to win the races.