Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder),
Bred bird myself,
Posted Nov 17, 2014
Homing pigeons are amazing creatures. They can find their way back over hundreds of miles to their home through all types of weather conditions and dangers and over country they have never seen before. A friend of a friend gave us some of his cull birds and invited us to join his racing club for a season to try racing pigeons and see if we liked it. We have thoroughly enjoyed having a racing team. Training a young team was an interesting learning experience as we dropped the birds at ever increasing distances to prepare them for the season racing as young birds. As they grew stronger and faster, we would try to beat them home from 10 mile or greater drops and we rarely won! They can sustain 50 mph hour flight for long periods of time. A true marvel of the animal kingdom! Without proper management, however, they can breed and grow rapidly, so most responsible racers will have a loft for young birds, a loft for old birds and a loft for breeding.