Good advice, just ask.To be honest with you, I learned a lot talking/sharing opinions with the members of Pigeon-Talk, sometimes the books is not going to give you enough info that you really need..The books give you idea about what you can do but something you are not aware of is not going to print in it...Like I always say, you will learn taking care and keeping pigeons once you have spend time with them every single day...The book is not going to tell you their extreme experience, you will end up buying so much books and still not enough info...There are advantages and disadvantages in the books but talking to your co-members will inform you more than the books...We do share our opinions here, there are some opposed to one opinion and there are some who agree with the another members opinions....In the books you only will believe what you read but here I say you will be better talking to everybody and post any kind of questions that you may have in the future and you will definitely will get some response...
You can't go wrong with The Flying Vet's Pigeon Health and Management by Dr. Colin Walker. It should be a required resource in every fanciers library. Great information, great pictures, all from a vet who is a pigeon racer himself. If you get the book, check out the pictures of his lofts. His vet practice must be doing pretty well!
Although there seems to be a lot of "things" that pigeons CAN get, the truth is that most fanciers, if they do things the way they should be done, will seldom see most of them.Thanks to everyone for your suggestions. I just finished the first 50 or so pages of Dr. Walker's book mentioned above and I'm thinking that instead of building a loft and raising homers, I'll just see if I can pass the MCAT and get into medical school. Wow, I had no idea pigeons were susceptible to so many awful diseases.
I really liked the last section of Dr. Walker's book, "The Pigeon Year." Does anyone know of an article along these lines which pertains to North America?