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Most flyers start training 5 or 6 weeks before the 1st YB race...By that time,the YB`s should be tripping/routing for at least 45 min to 1 1/2 hours...That means they are learning the area around where they live,and good birds could trip as far as 5 to 10 miles away from home,and come back in about an hour to 1 1/2 hrs..I have seen my birds 7 miles from my loft tripping a few years ago...Do not start traing before they are ready...You will lose even good birds if you do...
Start training at about 3 to 5 miles...And do not add more miles to the training if they are taking to long...Add 5 miles at a time if all is going well...Remember that if the birds are tripping well,they will know where they are on the first couple of tosses,and they will trip,when you let them go,and not come home right away...Don`t get worried if this happens..If you want this NOT to happen,let them out to fly...Clean up,and put your fresh water in the loft,and wait for them to come back..Call them in to the loft,give them just a little pigeon candy(Canary Seeds)....Wait about a half hr,and pack them up and toss them...This will make them come right home,since they have allready flown for an hr or so....Lots of Luck.....Alamo
 

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Great advice Alamo! It is important that you wait until your birds start routing/tripping until you road train them. I started mine at 5 miles and I'm out at 60 miles now. Do as Alamo said and they'll come straight home. So far I've only lost one bird this year and I'm sure it was to a hawk.
 

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just young birds
AU bands are seamless and you cant get a seamless band on an adult pigeon
 
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