Pigeon Auctions, Helpful Tips (Part 1 of 3)

The vast majority of public auctions are credible events that provide an excellent opportunity for buyers and sellers to meet at a central location and conduct business. Also, they provide an excellent opportunity for buyers and sellers to arrive at the fair market value of the birds.

Pigeon Auction Categories:

1. Complete Sell Out: A loft sells all of its birds, clocks, pigeon equipment, etc. / Going out of business

2. Loft Reduction: A loft reduces its number of birds, but it will still actively participate in the sport.

3. Select or Special Auction: One or more fanciers select special birds from their best pigeons to offer to other fanciers.

4. Donation Auction: Several fanciers, as many as 25 or more, donate a special bird for a charity or fund raiser.

5. Race Auction: A Race, as part of its rules, will auction its Race birds.  The owner has no choice. All birds that finish in positions 1 to 50 go to auction. Usually a 50/50 SPLIT between the OWNER and SPONSORS of the Race.

THE OLD PHRASES: “YOU PAY YOUR MONEY AND TAKE YOUR CHANCES” or “CAVEAT EMPTOR” ( THE AGE OLD WARNING OF “LET THE BUYER BEWARE”) CERTAINLY APPLY TO ANY RACING PIGEONS PURCHASED AT AUCTION. There are many honest, reputable individuals, but also there are those who have larceny in their hearts, and those individuals will seek to use the auction to dump flawed products or birds.

In this article series we’re going to show you some helpful tips for purchasing birds at auctions. These tips will help you from being taken advantage of as well as helping you to avoid some pitfalls that many fanciers fall victim to.

Pigeon Auction, Helpful Tips (part 1 of 3) by Bob Prisco

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3 thoughts on “Pigeon Auctions, Helpful Tips (Part 1 of 3)

  1. Hi there, been reading this web site 4 a number of years but never had the courage 2 respond as I am 67 and not 2 familiar with pc. However been flying birds since 1975 and had my fair share of good and bad years. 2014 was my best won 7 races @ club champion, short, middle and 2nd long dist. My stock birds r Jansen’s (Manfred Tihan ) Herbots cock and a Verbruggen cock. Just bought the 80th position million dollar race bird. In SA we race from 280 km to 900 km, heat been a factor. Sh..t that’s was hard work, must get the misses 2 do the typing regards 2 all pigeon lovers. Connie Coertse Kempton Park

  2. buy the best. First look at the flyers complete series then see what flying for them, sometimes you can see the band series so your not buying one or two hit pigeons. Look at the AU data base for info. You may pay more but in the end your time will not be wasted and buy 6 or so prefer late hatches as you can have a chance of getting a better deal and most will not sell the champs, and you can really test them. do not buy from anyone with a pedigree that the gr parents are not suppers and check it out on the internet for the seller and and buyer also look at the no. of flyers & birds in the race very important. Pressing On Loft

  3. I have brought a lot off Junk Over the years from flyers saying these Birds will Fly through Hail Stones ha them 3 years to find out they could not fly over the Back fence. I think its better to go to a complete sell out off a loft off birds clock and hampers. Thats the way to go.Also the best way iff you can not aford to go to sales is to pair Your best to bet.
    Trev Australia

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