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Tips for helping your pigeons handle the bitter cold

Our pigeons are tough. Thousands of years of natural selection have created a bird that can handle some of the worse weather conditions. But it's not to say that it isn't hard on our pigeons. When you are having a particularly extreme plunge in temperatures, here are some helpful tips from Kastle Pigeon and our Facebook followers on how to deal with the cold temperatures to keep you pigeons warmer, safer, and healthier.  I use electric chicken waters for their water in cold temps - Scott Key If you got electric use heater mats(for snake and reptiles) to help with water bowls.plenty saw dust in nest box and straw. - John Sylvester I bought recessed lights and built a box...

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Photos from the 2017 Louisville Young Bird pigeon show

I love attending the Louisville Young Bird Show every year, especially since it's a very short drive away. I got to spend the morning with my wife selling calendars at the show. It was nice to visit with some friends and see some beautiful specimens. I didn't have much time to shoot photos, but have some to share with you here. 

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Are you tired of slime in your drinkers? Acidifier Plus can help

I've been using Acidifier Plus for so long, that I have taken for granted the additional benefit of the reduction in slime in my waterers. I was reminded a few weeks ago by a customer who was telling me about how he had less slime build up since using this product. With the help of my daughter in this video, I do a little test showing you what a drinker looks like every day while using Acidifier Plus. I changed water each day and added one scoop of product per gallon of water. I did not rinse the drinkers, and it was in the high 80's and topped 90 degrees a few days. I just dumped the water and made...

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We are celebrating a year of learning and appreciation

Exactly one year ago, my wife and I launched our Kastle Pigeon store. It was the culmination of more than three years of research and internal debate. When I returned to racing pigeons 10 years ago, starting a small business wasn't on my radar. Like most pigeon breeders, I was constantly trying to learn how to get the most out of my birds without screwing them up. That's easier said than done as we are faced with constant "expert" advice and advertisements. Through my friends at the neighboring Alltech headquarters, I discovered their scientifically researched and tested products. I was tired of wives' tales, anecdotes and unproven theories about supplements. The Alltech products worked on my birds and I knew they would work...

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Watch e. Coli evolve, adapt and conquer 1000x strength antibiotics

I'm a visual learner. There's nothing I like better than having a graphic or video explain a concept I may only vaguely understand.  I think we can all agree that antibiotic resistance is a real thing. A bad thing. A really bad thing. But drugs and bacteria operate at a microscopic level and understanding exactly HOW they interact requires a bit of imagination.  Until I saw this video from Harvard University. Researchers at Harvard and the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology created a giant petri dish 4 feet long. They created barriers of antibiotics at different intervals of increasing strength. With the help of time lapse photography, watching the bacteria growth occurring over 12 days is reduced to a few minutes. ...

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