Pigeon Fanciers; Ambassadors for a Great Past Time


Pigeon Fanciers; Ambassadors for a Great Past Time

Raising pigeons is a great hobby, When pigeons get the care they need and deserve, they are a wonderful past time. It is a hobby that gives hours of inexpensive fun and pleasure. They can be as clean and enjoyable as any dog, cat, or goldfish.

Racing pigeons is one form of enjoyment. There are racing pigeon clubs in many Countries of the World. It is the National Sport of Belgium. Several times each week, clubs in Belgium send hundreds of thousands of pigeons to race for prizes that can be over $50,000. The Queen of England even has a loft of pigeons. She was given them as a token of friendship from the King of Belgium. Racing pigeons in America is also becoming a big sport. One race in America recently paid out nearly $800,000 in prize money to the top birds.

People that keep pigeons have a very big responsibility. They are Ambassadors for the Sport. It takes time and effort to make sure that the loft is clean and well kept. Notice that we said clean and well kept. A clean and well kept pigeon loft does not have to be expensive. It can be very cheap, but it does have to be well kept and clean, regardless how much it costs. The pigeons must also be well trained. They need to have good manners. If they are allowed to fly all over the neighborhood and land wherever they please, then they are not well mannered. When this happens, neighbors get upset. They also get upset when they have to look at a dirty and sloppy loft. When this happens, we are teaching our neighbors that pigeons are dirty. We are not being very good Ambassadors for the Sport.

If you would like to enter the Sport of Pigeon Racing, but you do not know where to find them, one of the easiest ways to call a local feed dealer that sells pigeon feeds. They are usually very helpful in helping you get in touch with a local fancier. It you already know someone who has racing homers, then you already have a head start.

For extended learning be sure to check out the Pigeon Racing Formula by clicking here which will take you deeper inside the science of the sport and be sure to sign up for the Pigeon Insider newsletter by clicking here which is full of advanced how-to information. And as always if you have any questions just let us know by clicking here  or by posting your comments below and we will try to get them answered for you.

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  1. #1 by Sonja on March 26, 2011 - 12:34 am

    I find this entire pigeon racing hobby very disturbing. Today I found a racing pigeon near death in front of my building. I don’t know how he ended up here but he was so injured that he could no longer fly and thus became prey to a crow who clucked at him so much that he is unable to bend down to take a sip of water. His flesh is exposed, his neck had no feathers left and he is bleeding terribly.

    Raising pigeons and taking care of them I can condone but racing them for human sport should be unacceptable. What happens to pigeons that can no longer race? What happens to them if they fall down somewhere of exhaustion? Since they are bred in captivity they don’t even know how to survive on their own. This whole this is just disgusting. Can’t people just enjoy animals without being cruel to them or turning them into a sport?

    I’m sorry if you’re offended by this but I just had to say something.

  2. #2 by john on May 19, 2010 - 1:00 pm

    Dear Chris
    I have had pigeons all of my life and till ive seen your website i am so very impressed at your sight and KNOW your doing a service to the pigeon sport.
    Even tho it’s turning into a bussiness……
    Keep up the great work, your a blessing to the hobbie and sport
    yours
    john

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