F.A.Q

What are the Membership Rates?

The Irish National Fancy Pigeon Association

Membership: 25 euro Annually

Juveniles: 10 euro Annually

Affiliations: 20 euro

Rings 40 cent each in multiples of 5. Rings issued to members only from January 10th to August 31st.

Cheques and postal orders to be made payable to the Irish National Fancy Pigeon Association

Send to: Secretary/Ring Secretary Darrin Ring M&J Cronin Middle Square Macroom Co. Cork Ireland Phone: 00353876438657

What are the Ring Sizes?

Due to the Fact that the Irish National Fancy Pigeon Association has recently joined the EE the sizes of the rings have changed to the European sizes the new sizes are as follows:

A = 7(mm)

B= 8(mm)

C= 9(mm)

D= 10(mm)

E= 11(mm)

F= 12(mm)

What is the Code of Conduct for Keeping Fancy Pigeons

AN INTRODUCTION

This code takes account of the five basic needs of all birds and animals:

  1. Freedom from thirst, hunger and malnutrition;
  2. Appropriate comfort and shelter;
  3. The prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment of injury, disease or parasite infestation;
  4. Freedom from fear;
  5. Freedom to display most normal patterns of behavior.

The recommendations which follow are designed to help pigeon fanciers in particular but also bird fanciers in general to understand their responsibilities. Detailed advice on the application of the Code in respect of individual varieties is available from the INFPA or from our various breed clubs.

The code outlines the most important welfare needs of our birds and shows there is often more than one way in which their welfare can be safeguarded.

B BIRD KEEPING

It is the prime responsibility of new or potential new owners to research the requirements of the birds they intend to keep. It is also the responsibility of “sellers” (including gift birds) to insure that when parting with stock the new owner is made fully aware of all special dietary, management or environmental requirements pertaining to the variety changing hands. Bird keepers should make themselves aware of the signs of health and welfare in their stock and are encouraged by the INFPA and its associated clubs to develop their interests, knowledge and skills with the varieties kept. This section refers to the everyday management of birds either housed at the bird keeper’s premises, or in the care of another party. NB; The registered owner is recognized as being the legally responsible party.

B1 FEED AND WATER

B1.1 The appropriate feed, grit and minerals for the varieties kept must be given in sufficient quantity and variety to maintain the birds in good health. Clean drinking water is essential.

B1.2 Sudden changes of type, quality and quantity of the feed should be avoided.

B1.3 Feed and water should be checked, changed and/or refreshed on a daily basis.

B1.4 Feed and water should not be placed beneath, or too near, any perches that might allow the birds to foul the receptacles provided.

B1.5 Containers, adequate in size and number, must be provided to allow all birds present to feed and drink easily and hygienically.

B2 ACCOMMODATION/ PIGEON LOFT

B2.1 The accommodation and other environmental needs of the birds should be studied prior to purchase and if necessary accommodation built/changed accordingly.

B2.2 The accommodation for all birds should allow for ample freedom of movement to enable them to remain fit, active and healthy.

B 2.3 Any temporary accommodation should be large enough to allow the bird’s outstretched wings to beat and the bird to stand tall on its perch.

B2.4 Breeding accommodation should be appropriate for the variety kept, affording the birds ample freedom of movement for copulation and enabling them to reproduce and rear offspring in comfort and without stress.

B2.5 The number and variety of birds housed should depend on the size and suitability of the environment, the sociability of the species and the management time and commitment available. It is recommended that spare accommodation be held in readiness in case birds prove to be incompatible or otherwise need to be isolated.

B2.6 A hospital cage or other means of providing a controlled environment should be available for sick or injured birds. The size of the hospital cage will be dictated by the variety kept. It is recognized that the hospital cages are normally smaller than normal cages.

B2.7 Design and construction of accommodation and aviaries must be from suitable materials and should be constructed in such a way as to make cleaning and disinfecting easy.

B2.8 The accommodation should enable birds to shelter from extremes of cold, wind, rain and sun. Some secure, covered “indoor” shelter must be provided.

B2.9 Accommodation and Aviaries must be adequately protected against predators and vermin. It must also be secure from entry by domesticated animals such as cats and dogs. For health and disease reasons (AI, PMV etc) it should not be open to fouling by any passing non resident or wild birds.

B2.10 Natural light should be considered when planning and designing accommodation.

B2.11 Electrical lighting should be available when required. All electrical installations must be correctly installed and maintained and away from any area where birds may be able to gain access to live fittings or hot elements.

B2.12 Accommodation should be provided with adequate natural of fan-assisted ventilation.

B2.13 Accommodation should be cleaned regularly, disinfected periodically and maintained in a suitably hygienic condition.

B3 Transportation

B3.1 Birds should be transported in a suitable transportation basket or box, to minimize the risk of injury or suffering. Overcrowding must not occur.

B3.2 Birds must be fit and healthy for transportation and moved in compliance with any current governmental legislation where applicable.

B4 HEALTH, WELFARE AND BEHAVIOR

B4.1 Owners are responsible for the health and welfare of their birds.

B4.2 Birds care leaflets, journals, books and websites should be made available to help owners – giving details of general care, housing, dietary requirements, major illness suffered by species ect. Newcomers to the hobby should also consider joining local clubs and specialist breed clubs where they can meet fellow pigeon keepers and benefit from their experience and knowledge.

B4.3 Owners, by observation, should be aware of the normal behavioral patterns of their birds.

B4.4 The overall condition of the birds is very important. The birds should be inspected regularly to check for changes in behavior, appearance or condition which might indicate sickness or injury. Observation is the key.

B4.5 Injured or sick birds should be removed from communal accommodation immediately and where appropriate, quarantined and treated until fully recovered.

B4.6 Where appropriate professional advice should be sought for injured or sick birds and owners should be aware of local availability of suitable veterinary care.

B4.7 Owners should also make themselves aware of diseases etc to which their birds are susceptible, such as Paramyxovirus (PMV), Paratyphoid (Salmonella), Trichomoniasis (Canker), Coccidiosis, Circovirus, Adenovirus (YBS), Pigeon Pox, worms and parasite infestation etc and of the remedial treatments available.

B4.8 Owners should also make themselves aware of diseases and allergies which they themselves may contract from their birds. eg: Pigeon-lung (which may cause symptoms ranging from coughing and wheezing through to severe Respiratory problems).

B4.9 Dead birds should be removed from their accommodation immediately. Where the cause of death is uncertain, is not an isolated case or it appears possible to be from a contagious disease, professional advice should immediately be sought. Disposal of carcasses should be carried out in a responsible manner to eliminate the risk of consumption by, or contact with, other birds or animals.

B4.10 Care should be taken when introducing new stock. It is recommended that all newly acquired birds should be quarantined for at least 14 days before being introduced to existing stock. The birds should be watched carefully to confirm they have adapted to their new surroundings and the type and sources of food and water.

B4.11 The Department of Agriculture must be informed of any notifiable disease,eg. PMV or AI. As a matter of good practice, the INFPA and other societies should also be informed.

C CLOSED RINGING

The aim is for all pigeons to be readily individually identifiable and thereby quickly traceable. All pigeons should be closed rung with a ring of the correct size. ( A list of Ring sizes for fancy pigeons can be obtained from the Secretary – Irish National Fancy Pigeon Association). Birds of foreign origin should be registered in this country with the appropriate authority (INFPA). All young birds must be rung using closed rings issued by the appropriate authority (INFPA) in the country in which they were hatched.