MR & MRS BRIAN WALL - 1st Alencon BICC
subjects of this brief report, Brian and Viv Wall have enjoyed great
the sport over the past 25 or so years since Brian's resumption in the
the mid 1980's. This success has come at all levels of competition from
through to National and Classic level. In the 2013 old bird season
Viv attained one of their greatest successes when they won 1st Open
Alencon. I say Brian and Viv as in this instance, Viv had to carry out
most of the
day to day management of the birds following Brian's serious accident
resulted in a broken leg and a prolonged period of immobility.
many will no doubt know, this husband and wife combination are the
GEM SUPPLEMENTS pigeon foods and products and are generous sponsors of
the BICC and a
number of other organisations. So it was fitting that they should gain
in one of those organisations which they support.
The report below is Brian's
account of his
time in the sport so I'll let him tell you in his own words his past
experiences and management methods.
first kept pigeons in the early sixties as a young lad but had to pack
when I began my career in the Royal Navy. I then restarted in the
first major influence in pigeons came from a lovely man whom I came to
friends with - a chap called Colin
Bakes. My first loft at this time was 8 ft x 6ft to which I flew quite
successfully, winning my first race at the first attempt with a gift
Colin. I put the birds straight on widowhood as I felt this was the
only way to
was at that address for 6 years with good results including 1st
Combine 6000 + birds.
moved to my present address in the early nineties. I bought the
bungalow from a
friend and fellow fancier and was left a nice 28 foot loft and right
another 28 foot loft for my widowhood team. Also a stock loft which was
12 ft x
6 ft. I was like a dog with two tails with the extra space I had as the
has a fairly big garden, so the lofts do not look out of place and
it’s in a
have 4 sections each holding 8 cocks which gives them plenty of air
room. A corridor runs the length of the loft allowing access to each
section. I have them on clean floors and trap through open doors. I
grills for a couple of years but I prefer them on a clean floor. I have
electric boxes now which are a god send. I wish I had them years
earlier than I
now race 28 cocks and tried
racing hens for a couple of years as
well but found it was affecting my performances so now it’s just
I generally have a total of about 90 birds which is 56 cocks and hens
Stock birds (which is far too many) plus of course a team of YB’s
days are about 60. I find you need this many to have a chance to pick
young cocks at the end of the YB season. These days losses are crazy.
generally pair up the stock birds at Christmas and the widowhood team
Show of the Year at Blackpool which
is in late
pair all the widowhood team at the same time, some years I will repair
before racing other times I don’t - I've found that it makes no
difference. Once the cocks are separated
in early April I will give them about 4-6 tosses back to their hens.
mainly for the yearlings. Once on widowhood and after the first race I
train the widowhood team again. They go out twice a day 1 hour each
in the mornings and 4.30- 5.30 pm in the evenings. I like to be as
possible with these times, routine is every thing with widowhoods.
never flag the birds old or young, if they are fit and healthy they
without flagging. I am not a big trainer, in fact I hate training. The
I take them is 30 miles. Old and Young. The widowhoods go most weeks
racing starts. Once the Nationals and Classics arrive I pick a team
two sections I now race from. At this time depending on the type of
have had I may rest a team before the National or Classic. These are
I am most interested in these days. I like sprint to middle distances
do not generally send to the 500 + races. Although the last two years I
sent a few to the 500+ races and I have timed in on the winning day.
young birds I like to give them at least 10-15 tosses before the first
never ever send all my YB’s to one race together.
I think this is asking for trouble. I always
have at least a third of them left in loft. This way if it’s a
smash and you
only get a few home, you have at least got the makings of a team to
and gently race in the remainder of the race programme. This way you
some yearlings for the following season. Remember young birds are only
birds for a few months of their racing lives, they can be really good
for years. I put my Young birds on darkness but I have my own method.
birds go onto darkness on the 1st of April. It does not
they were weaned, early February or late March. They stay on darkness
weeks, coming off the second weekend in May (6 weeks) I find that they
healthier this way and it is certainly better for the youngsters to
have all that
extra sunshine and light. It allows my young birds to race through to
of September with more or less a full wing.
One thing I do is inject them for
since I have done this I have had no trouble with young bird sickness.
is very important to all birds and a good mixture is important. All my
widowhoods get fed in their boxes they use a communal drinker on the
give them Gem Super widowhood, I never break them down apart from when
return from a race they get a mixture of Gem Super Diet and G10 pellets
50% of each as much as they like from when
they come home to all day Sunday (I never let them out on a Sunday
race.) This gives them plenty of protein and also helps to rebuild the
after a race.
birds get a good Breeding mixture (Gem) until they have finished
I put them on a light mixture until the Moult when I put them on
from Gem. Young birds I fly them through the programme on Gem Cowood
get more or less what they want of this once a day in the evenings.
main bloodlines are now a mixture of good pigeons. Gone are the days
when I was
obsessed with different families. Now it’s good pigeons to good
breed good pigeons. I always try each year to bring in a half dozen
in from different good flyers to try out with my own birds. With good
like a nice balance first and foremost; it must sit right in the hand.
feathering with a good wing. I do not believe in eye sign but I do like
a nice eye and healthy cere. A nice head is also important to me.
have been fortunate enough to have had many good results over the years
like to think that I am competitive in most races. I have won Feds,
Open races, Classics & 11 times 1st Section in the
Flying Club, where I have been 4th Open twice as well as
top positions. I was 2nd and 3rd Open
BICC a few years ago with young birds but
it was very nice to take 1st Open in the BICC from Alencon this
the best bird I ever flew was a Janssen based cock that won 1st
section A in the NFC two years running being 4th Open &
12th Open. He also won a Combine and a
He never bred a carrot unfortunately. He was later stolen along with a
of other birds.
the future of the sport I think it is very bleak, and I do not think
moment we can change that outlook as much as I would like to.
the medication front I always treat for Canker, worms and Respiratory.
three before breeding and again before racing. Then every 3 -4 weeks
racing for Canker.
above for Old and young bird racing. My birds all receive Gem
obvious reasons. Especially Gemthepax which I think is a fabulous
better than any thing on the market in my humble opinion.
then is the story of Brian Wall's time in the sport leading up to his
1st Open BICC Alencon 3,997 birds in
2013. Brian mentions his use of GEM mixtures and supplements and I can
for the fact that these are widely used by some of the most successful
throughout the UK.
BrianWall & Grandson
Brian Wall Lofts
GB12N58668 1st Open BICC Alencon Mr & Mrs Brian Wall