7 zile cu Frank Otta

Detinatorul recodului ceh din 2007 de 17 ore si 35 minute la zborului cu tippleri este dispus sa ne raspunda la intrebarile noastre.

Timp de 7 zile aveti posibilitatea sa adresati intrebari domnului Frank Otta sub forma de comentari ( comantariile care detin doar intrebarii catre domnul Frank Otta nu vor fi publicate). Dupa acestea 7 zile intrebarile vor fi selectate si trimise domnului Frank Otta.

O sansa pentru toti pasionati de zbor de asi hrani curiozitatea si a afla raspunsul la intrebarile lor.

Intrebarile pot fi adresata in perioada 16-23 mai.

Un interviu sumar realizat cu Frank Otta gasiti aici iar traducerea lui in limba romana aici.

How to select offspring?
I test them in the air and base my selection on their performance and obedience.

Please describe in detail how he selected from weaning until the formation team competition. Use pigeons competing in jelly?
The first part of the question is pretty much answered in the answer above. I watch how good they can fly in different weather conditions and how obedient they are to command and how well they come down and inside the coop. Second part of the question – I do not fly tipplers once they go to the breeding compartment.

Or paired somehow to get breeders and otherwise to get performers?
Yes, I pair some tipplers for blood (prospective breeding birds) and some for performance (crosses to fly competitions). Some of the prospective breeders fly very exceptionally even in competitions – namely Shannons for me this and last year. Next year, and couple years after that, I intend to focus on Davey Warrener and Ian Elstob Hughes. I also have now Mick Groody and Dave Black Bodens and they deserve a try too. And then there are the Kocholls. I enjoy testing all my lines in the air – that is the primary fun for me I this sport, not long times flown. And if there is a long fly, the better.

What eat the breeders?
I feed the breeders with a mix that contains a lot of protein, for example Polish mix “KB” to which I add some wheat. In England they call this type of mix “Breed and Wean”.

What supplements and get the food?
I give my birds only natural supplements with the exception of vitamin mix during the feed-up before competition, preventive treatments for trichomoniadis and worms (couple times a year), and PMV vaccination in late fall or early winter, after the birds have molted. No other medicine. The natural supplements include best mineral grit, rock salt (minerals), garlic (natural antibiotics), brewery yeast (vit. B), green from the garden (rhubarb, dandelion, lettuce leaves, and what ever else they like to eat – assortment of vitamins and minerals) and apple vinegar in water to curb the excessive development of cocci. In winter I prepare tea from oak bark, caraway seed, oregano, cloves, marigold, ribwort, nettle leaves. I also prepare macerate from young nettle plants (or from the tops of the older plants) during the period of the year that the nettle grow.

Please describe in more detail how a training program used in a combined team competition with the food they receive and necessary supplements. What are the signs that make you understand that birds are in top form?
During the training period I feed diet that consists of barley, wheat, cardi, yellow millet, paddy rice, peeled oat, sorghum. The top condition can be told by checking: the droppings, the glare and alertness in the eye, the feather tightness, stance of the bird, and the colour of its feet. If the feet are of colour as if they were in water, the bird is in top form. And, of course, the condition of the breast muscles – they must be flexible.

Using inbreeding? how tight?
To produce breeders, I go very close. Half brother/half sister, grandchild/grandparent, once in a while even parent/child.

What is the most common feeding program for Tipplers?
I do not know what the most common feeding program for tipplers is but I would say, the classic English type of feeding technique is the best. I call it dynamic stereotype. Bring the birds physical condition down – and before the competition bring it back up. Homer fliers do this almost every week. Tippler fliers do it once a month.

How drastic  should be selected to make performance?
I select only few best fliers to fly in competitions. I never fly big kits in competition.

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