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welshboy

Honey Bees - Mobile phones ?

Interesting article
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/...r-disappearance-of-honey-bee.html

Some guys racing pigeons used to release them near us and I got to talking with them one day.
They said that years ago when they released the pigeons flew round once and then they were off and were home before the owners could drive back.
In recent times they fly round and round and the owners are home well before the pigeons.
Looks like whatever the homing instinct mapping systems they employ are being interfered with.
iamduvern

No just rubbish pigeons being bred
Years ago you bred in the spring now birds are being paired up in november and the youngsters are out flying in March and they have a full wing and look like yearlings  when young bird racing comes around years ago young birds were raced for a bit of fun 4/5 races out to 150 miles to educate them now they are expected to fly the whole program sometimes out to 450 miles
bodger

Not all the pigeons going AWOL are first season birds. You always expect to lose a fair percentage of your young birds but not so many of the old hands.
iamduvern

bodger wrote:
Not all the pigeons going AWOL are first season birds. You always expect to lose a fair percentage of your young birds but not so many of the old hands.


True I dont expect to lose birds mine are always well trained I would never dream of sending unless I was sure they would get back people breed to many and send to manyat the end of the day you only need birds to replace old bird losses and any birds that will be retired
this year I started with 17 old cocks and still have 15 1 i culled due to a hawk attack I have bred 8 youngsters to replace any losses
bodger

I must admit that the mobile phone theory seems a bit far fetched but I suppose that everything we do has an effect somewhere.
iamduvern

My best guess is pollution id taken my birds for a 40 mile toss and driving home on the M25 coming past Heathrow with the window open i drove through what seemed like a thick band of dirty air the car filled up and breathing got harder as soon as i drove in to it I came out the otherside when I got home as a rule the birds are home befor me but that day the took 4/5 hours and they come home in ones and twos I spoke to a couple of fanciers who trained from the same spot as myself and they told a similar story
As a footnote the birds that day took on a lot of water and the next day their droppings were really bad so something had upset them
bodger

I'm glad that there's a fellow pigeon flyer on here at long last.

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