Q: Will I be interested in sending birds to fly in out of area futurity races
A: I will breed the racers plus pay for the shipping, and you will send me a check for the entry and perch fee which normally paid by the breeder. After the race the birds are yours to keep, upon receiving the birds if you are not satisfied with he quality just ship the birds back at your cost and void your check. please send Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: About stray pigeons
A: Homing pigeons are often lost in bad weather, if you give feed and water to the bird as soon as the bird regain strength she will try to fly back to home, provided the bird is not injured. In order to know who the owner is, you have to catch the bird and get the numbers and letters on the leg band then contact the national organization American Racing Pigeon Union (AU) at 1-800-755-ARPU or 405-478-2240, someone there will help you locate the owner.
Q: New to the sport, have a lot of questions about pigeons
A: The best resource is still in your local library. The best way to get answers to a specific question is to subscribe to the Internet Pigeon Mailing List. Click here to subscribe. You can send your questions to all pigeon fanciers on the mailing list.
Q: Can you help beginners?
A: I'd like to help, but you have to be specific about what kind of help you need. I am sorry that I can't offer you free pigeons because there are high demands for my birds, if I give one bird to each request I'd have no birds left. For AU members, call AU at the numbers listed above and ask their Help-A-Beginner program.
Q: Do I sell pigeons ?
A: I am not a commercial loft. I call myself a casual, recreation racer and a very serious pigeon breeder. I breed about 50 birds a year to keep my own family going, and I never advertised wanting to sell pigeons, because more than often when money are involved things sometimes go sour especially among total strangers. I keep no more than 50 pigeons in the winter, usually after the racing season I do sell or trade a few birds with friends. Most of my young birds are priced at $125 each, some slightly higer, price on inquiry.
Q: What's a good pigeon ? Where do I go to get them ?
A: No matter how much you spent, there are no miracle pigeons that will make you a winner overnight. There may be miracle lofts that's bone dry and warm with plenty of fresh air, and there are racing systems that will give you an edge and make you a fierce competitor. The best advice I can give is try to be a good fancier first. Learn how to keep your pigeon healthy and how to distinguish good pigeons from bad. When you are ready, buy a round of late hatches from a non-commercial loft that has the same breeding and racing philosophy like yours, and have the breeder band these birds in consecutive numbers.
Q: Where did you acquire your birds? How do you select?
A: My first imports were in 1974 from Belgium. Over the years I have bought National ace-pigeons, multiple first place winners, parents of the winner, so called "golden pairs", direct Janssens, ... most fanciers have reasonably good birds these days, my experience was most birds available on the market are no good. Outstanding pigeons only come once in a while, unless the fancier is quitting, no one sell their best birds.
I can't tell you where to go to buy pigeons these days, but I can tell you how do I select which may increase your chances of getting some real good pigeons: