The Benefits of Anise Oil

Anise Oil is derived from the perennial herbal plant, Anise or Aniseed. Pigeons are attracted to the sweet spicy aroma of Anise oil, which is often put on the food or grit to increase appetite and trapping success in racing lofts. This oil can also be used to help settle or re-settle birds in new lofts or boxes.But Anise Oil is so much more than a trapping or re-settling oil!

Anise oil has an impressive list of benefits for our pigeons;

  • Promotes digestive health
  • Increases libido
  • Helps to eliminate congestion in the respiratory tract
  • Acts as a insecticide in the feed
  • Helps to treat and prevent intestinal worms
  • Displays potent antioxidant action
  • Has antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties
  • Stimulates blood circulation
  • Boosts the metabolism and nervous system
  • Acts as a pain reliever for muscle pains and cramps
  • Has a calming effect

While inexpensive and often overlooked, Anise Oil contains massive benefits for our pigeons and should be in every fanciers arsenal!

Preventing PMV-1 with Lasota Vaccine

While PMV-1 Vaccine continues to be unavailable in the US legally, other temporary protection is available. We once again have Lasota Vaccine in stock! Order HERE
A recent journal article compared the effectiveness of treating Pigeon PMV with the Newcastle Vaccine available for chickens (ND Vaccine), compared against a local PMV-1 Vaccine, and a control group receiving no vaccine. 
The results show while the PMV-1 vaccine offered 100% protection/survivability to the virus, the ND Vaccine offered a more rapid and higher titer/immune response. ND vaccinated birds did receive protection to the PMV virus temporarily, with greatest protection around 2 months, and antibodies persisting for at least 6 months. ND vaccinate birds showed PMV antibody titers decreasing gradually to their lowest titers by the 12th month.
It was found that the ND Vaccine resulted in 50% survivability of birds challenged by the virus. In comparison, non-vaccinated birds experienced only a 10% survivability rate against PMV-1.
In summary- while the Newcastle Vaccine only offers temporary protection for our pigeons, the titer/immune response is rapid and does protect pigeons against PMV-1 for at least 4-6 months. Although the survivability rate when using Newcastle Vaccine is only 50%, this still offers our birds an additional 40% chance of surviving  (given the lack of PMV-1 specific vaccines on the market) compared to the non-vaccinated survival rate.

We hope to see a PMV-1 vaccine back in the US market soon, as racing and show pigeons are in dire need of protection. Furthermore, our unvaccinated birds pose a risk to other poultry throughout the country! Keep your birds healthy with oregano or apple cider vinegar in the water, as well as the occasional treatment of medicine a few times throughout the year. Healthy birds are less likely to be susceptible to viruses and more likely to survive the challenge. Additionally, until a PMV-1 vaccine is once again available, treat your birds with the Newcastle Vaccine (LaSota strain), and rest easier knowing you are giving your birds a fighting chance.

See the journal article here:

Season Reminders- July, 2016

Article by: Greg McKnight Anaheim, California USA


Bring the outside in, which in this case would be minerals, grits, pick stone, vegetables, carrot corn, mineral salts and such.


Modified light system is used! Reminder, if you haven’t already, please vaccinate for PMV & POX. I know currently in America both products are not manufactured. La Sota for PMV can be substituted and Flowers of Sulphur in the grit should be used if you can’t locate a pox vaccine.

With this being one of the hottest months, I would pull flights and shut them down. Remember, when pulling flights, you don’t have to pre-cut & let dry beforehand if birds are on their 3rd flight. Crate them up, since this will get them excited and hot, then pull the flights straight out– not on an angle that could cause damage to their follicle. Temperature of a normal pigeon is 108 degrees, so crating them on a hot day helps the blood move quicker which then makes it easier to pull flights. I usually pull the last flights (ninth and tenth). After this, return them to the loft and let them get accustomed to flying up to the perch with only eight flights. Optional tail feathers can also be pulled and I do this by pulling every other one (alternate) and then when 3/4ths of the new flights are grown out, I pull the other six tail feathers. At this point, you should shut them down for a month to grow in the new feathers. Remember, one of the down sides to this is the flight is stunted about 3/8ths of an inch for the following old bird season. But most of our money races now are in the young bird series so you don’t leave anything to chance.

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LAPC’s Pageant of Pigeons Coming Up Shortly


pageant of pigeons 2015

Just a friendly reminder that entries for the 2015 Pageant of Pigeons are due by Nov 2! Click here to view entry form link.

LAPC has been hosting the famous Pageant of Pigeons show every year since 1946. It is a highly acclaimed show and draws attention from breeders and fanciers from all over the country and around the world. Each year we see a few thousand pigeons of about 300 breeds displayed by breeders making it a kaleidoscope of colors and patterns. The show is free for visitors and we welcome families and kids and all pigeon and bird enthusiasts. Many vendors participate in this great show. A number of notable activities go along at the show like a great display of numerous pigeon art, artist’s meet, photographer’s meet, etc. The show is always highlighted by many visitors including our foreign friends, from many countries. It is THE show of the year that you don’t want to miss.


Rambling Memories- August, 2015



By: Greg McKnight

Anaheim, California USA

Selection is always a topic for criticism; let’s discuss muscles on the birds. Most fanciers need to feel the elasticity or suppleness to develop the feel needed to select the good ones. Now if you’re a person who works with his hands like a carpenter, plumber, mason worker or like then your hands are too callus to feel the difference needed for selections. If you’re a pencil pusher or professional man then it could be easier for you to gain this knowledge for grading. The best way is first get good at handling birds then the local champion will feel confident to let you handle the good ones. The need for you to handle the proven birds in racing and breeding are the key to master this art of selection. When you feel the good ones you won’t forget the suppleness and elasticity you feel, almost like they resist your slight pressure when pressuring them with your cupped hands. Buoyant soft muscle that vibrates when holding and wrapped around that skeleton to give you a full bodied bird, slight in weight and resistance at the best. Remember muscle is weight and you need to gain the experience of heavy and buoyant muscle and the best way is to handle the champions to witness this style.

The fancier starts in his own loft by handling his best and pursuing within his colony the creation for a better bird. Some fanciers are instinctual about the process and learn quickly to recognize the difference in each bird and can give you a read by memory of the said bird that can gain you great help when pairing the birds on paper for strengths and weakness to help compensate the undesirable traits to advance your race team for the following season. Trying to make the least amount of mistakes for the future will help in the long run when pairing your birds, the size of the bird always plays a part so try to achieve a medium sized bird with a perfect aerodynamic style, that doesn’t mean small or larger birds don’t win but a medium style will be your goal but as we know you’ll get all kinds from the mating, that’s the way the genes work. Compensate where needed to achieve this goal.

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Season Reminders for July 7/4/2014

Many of the below reminders are based upon racing starting in early September so please adjust your schedule accordingly!

Modified light system is used! Reminder if not already please vaccinate for PMV & Pox.

With this being one of the hottest months I would pull flights and shut them down. Remember when pulling flights you don’t have to pre cut before pulling. Crate them up get them excited and hot then pull the flights straight out not on an angle that could cause damage to the follicle. Temperature of a normal pigeon is 108 degrees, so by crating them on a hot day this helps the blood move quicker and easier to pull flights. Usually pull the last flights 9th & 10th. After this return them to the loft and let them get accustom to flying up to the perch with only 8 flights. Optional tail feathers can be pulled. I do this by pulling ever other one (Alternate) and then when 3/4ths of the new flights are grown out I pull the other 6 tail feathers. You now will shut them down for a month to grow in the new feathers.
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