Hey! Just wondering if anyone else keeps, shows, or flys pigeons (any breed). I personally have racing homers and birmingham rollers. For anyone unfamiliar with these birds, they are for flying. The racing homers are trained as youngsters to find their way home, first from only a couple miles, and later on, from hundreds of miles away. These birds can be raced, as their name implies, and they are crated up, taken on a truck with hundreds or thousands of other birds and released from a place where they have never been before, anywhere from 100-1000 miles away. They are then timed by coming through the "clock" on their loft, they go in through the door or "trap" and their time is recorded. The fastest birds win. Rollers on the other hand are only flown from their loft - they cannot be taken away from home. These birds fly up real high and then drop and do a series of backflips so fast they look like a falling ball of feathers. My birds all do this for 30-40ft (dropping and rolling). That is very deep for a roller, and very cool too see. Both these breeds, like many other breeds of pigeons (there are over 1500, we aren't talking about those dirty little street pigeons) come in many colours, and I have reds, blues, blacks, greys, yellows, whites, and lots of mixes. But colour is not what is focused on with these birds, its all about how they perform. Any that don't, racer or roller, like show birds, are eliminated from the kit (flock).
Hope you learned something, and hopefully someone else out there is a pigeon nut as well