Siegel Pigeons proprietor Ed Minvielle describes the approach to breeding that he uses in his own loft:
Since the age of five, I’ve been in love with pigeons. Since the age of eight, it’s been racing pigeons that have "floated my boat." Over the past 25 years, I have collected, studied, bred and raced our feathered friends and have been fortunate enough to develop my own Janssen-based family, a family which has to date produced more winners than I can count.
The birds of Raf Luycks impress Ed on on a June, 2000 loft tour of Europe.
I’ve bred my birds based on my own philosophy of breeding the best to the best within the family as close as possible. And over the years that philosophy has paid major dividends in helping this family of birds produce outstanding results. And still to this day, it is producing outstanding results.
Since becoming the owner of the Siegel Company in 1989, I’ve added to my old Janssen-based family by going to Europe every year and developing good friendships with some of Europe’s top fanciers. In listening to these masters of our sport, I’ve learned that some of the dominant families in Europe—especially the Grondelaers, the old Van Loons, the Schellens, the Stoces, and many other families that are not so well known in the States—all go back to common origins.
For more than a decade, I’ve been buying the best that I could afford of those common bloodlines. I try to find the super breeding pair in every champion loft I visit, and if available I select youngsters from them.