Re: Does anyone else here raise/breed racing homing pigeons?
I raced them from the last year of high school for about 10 years. I always seem to get into the things (bees) that most people avoid. Its like everything else though, the few good ones get supported by the majority. The cost of fuel and training the birds will killl you. One interesting thing in hind site is, our toughest race for young birds was always 225 miles with the birds flying out of syracuse. now that I live in syracuse I can understand why, its always cloudy and rainy here. as to the speed of the birds just like bee keeping, depends on which way the wind is blowing. I like the idea of the mirco chipped band. we used rubber bands that had #'s on them, you had to catch the bird, carefully(not removing to many feathers from the legs) remove the rubber band, put it in a capsule, put the capsule in a slot in the clock, turn a handle and it would mark the time. We used to race VanRiels from belgium, but I ran into a guy last year and he says they no longer exhist. The mafia was big into racing them when I was doing it, got two or three reallly interesting stories but not sure if the parties involved are still alive. Always wanted to start doing it again, but also found out now they have found ways to dope up the birds on race day, so decided not so interested when you have to take blood samples(not sure if they really test them) of the winning birds.
mike syracuse ny
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