Pigeons won the hearts of people for a long time both in appearance and manners. But in the variety of breeds, each has its own characteristics. For example, English pigeons Tipplers became famous for their appearance and ability to fly tirelessly for a long time. It is for this purpose that breeders bred them. These birds are unique and unique in their kind.
- Origin and appearance
- Training is the key to success
- Why do not fly
- What conditions are needed
- Are baits
Origin and appearance
The breed, known among pigeon breeders, appeared relatively recently, in XX century, in England, but the noble and refined appearance became the reason for universal love for these birds. They are caustic in Russia, and more – in Europe.The description of the pigeons is as follows:
- medium size;
- well-developed muscular chest;
- very short neck;
- a rather long beak;
- eye color from white to pearly;
- prominent protruding nostrils;
- different color of plumage from yellow -red to black-blue;
- strong wings firmly pressed to the body;
- a chic tail consisting of no less than 12 feathers.
If according to the description it seems that the external characteristics of the pigeons are ordinary, then e Only about until you see them a great addition and sporting appeal. Most breeders breed is prized for its endurance.In any weather, pigeons can fly for more than 16 hours without stopping, and in 1975 a record was recorded: the flight of the bird lasted almost 21 hours. English Tipplers prefer to fly in packs, creating intricate circles, either gaining height or decreasing. The most interesting talent is the ability to soar in the air without the help of the wind. The bird moves so easily and naturally, as if it doesn’t make an effort to fly. only thanks to regular and persistent training. There are several simple rules with which you can teach birds the correct flight technique:
- conduct training at the same time;
- postpone feeding for a while until the end of the flight;
- to separate from the rest those who fly poorly or incorrectly.
Only systematic training and good care allow birds to fly all day, until dark at night. Tipplers are capable of gaining a sufficiently high height, so that they are not visible from the ground. Some from this have a fear of heights and then they drop sharply. It is great if this happens near the house, but sometimes the birds sit in unfamiliar places, where they can no longer be found. Many pigeon breeders are afraid to let them go, but Tipplers are long-flying pigeons that cannot live without long flights, because it is this quality that made them popular all over the world.Even international competitions are held on the duration of flights among pigeons.
Why they don’t fly
It also happens that Tipplers do not fly. Then you need to inspect the bird for injury or other damage to the wings. If after the examination some kind of ailment becomes apparent, you need to urgently call a veterinarian.
There are other reasons for the refusal to fly to the sky:
- Fatigue from hunger. This is due to rapid metabolism. If all this is the case, then it’s enough to give the bird food and an opportunity to relax.
- The pigeons are quite shy, and factors such as bright light and loud sounds become stressful for them. In this case, it is better to leave the victim for a while in a quiet place.
- Sometimes illnesses lead to loss of flight ability, but after treatment everything will form.
What conditions are needed
In principle, the English Tipplers are not demanding to care for and they need a simple dovecote for life. The main thing is to provide for the convenience of departure from it. It will also be nice to place a box, preferably painted in a light color, in the area of the dormer. It will be an excellent guide and help the birds return home. In addition, a place should be allocated for sports pigeons, young inexperienced ones, and where the nests for hatching will be located. There will be no problems with nutrition, as almost any food is suitable.You just need to be attentive to the freshness of food: it is the diet that affects the flying qualities of pigeons.
In Britain itself, there are often small-sized pigeons where this breed lives, right on the street in the middle of high-rise buildings. Tiplers are very capable birds; they lend themselves well to training. In a situation where the house is on a personal plot, it is better to place it so that the whole area has a good overview. The box itself needs to be securely fixed to the roof or use a retractable.
When creating a dovecote on the roof you will need a tightly mounted trellis box. This design is suitable for both adults and young, indicating the place of landing. It is important to provide illumination for night flights: the darkness not only creates additional difficulties for birds, but also scares them. The correct lighting in the house is set so that the light is bright and clearly visible, and also the construction of the dovecote does not cast a shadow.
Do you need baits
More one point is the use of a dropper. A dropper is a pigeon bait. Opinions of pigeon breeding experts on him vary. Some believe that it is better to do without it, and the second, that it is precisely this way that facilitates the management of birds and that then the dovecote can be placed anywhere. Everyone has to decide, but it’s worth a try.
Tipplers are the breed that is becoming more and more popular every year and all thanks to endurance, external beauty and perseverance. Also a plus is easy care and feeding. Winged ones combine many excellent qualities, which undoubtedly brings joy and pleasure from their breeding and watching how they fly.