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Pigeon Buying Guide Part 1

Guide to Buying Racing Pigeons – Part 1 of 6

Pigeon Buying Guide Part 1Buying in Volume

In this six-part guide to buying racing pigeons we will cover four approaches to replacing or increasing and improving your racing stock.  The first approach we will discuss is buying in volume. Buying in volume is the least expensive way to buy racing pigeons. Some fanciers buy a large number of late-hatch babies, while others prefer to purchase the pigeon eggs from a breeder.

Selecting the Right Breeder

Before you purchase any eggs or hatchlings, you need to evaluate the breeder. Study the breeder’s loft from some time before you make the decision to buy. Some criteria you need to evaluate:

  • Breeder’s overall reputation
  • Outcome other fanciers have had with this breeder’s birds
  • Examine race and futurity records of the breeder’s birds for:
  1. Success of the loft within its own competition
  2. Racing success of the breeder’s birds sold to other fanciers

Continue to gather information. Talk with the breeder/fancier.  Inquire as to his most successful pairs of breeders thus far. This is important to know. In lofts the size of 40 to 50 breeding pairs, the breeder should have at least eight or ten outstanding pairs that produce a higher percentage of offspring than the others.

When you have identified the top pairs in the loft, and you are satisfied with this particular breeder, make arrangements to purchase their young. Many fanciers will allow you to come and choose the young while still in the nest, so be certain to copy their band numbers for future verification.

Dealing with New Breeders

You may not want to limit yourself to established breeders when buying racing pigeons. If you find an excellent young pair of breeders, particularly a pair that has produced two or three great racers, you may want to purchase the babies. Quite often they produce a higher quality bird.

European Breeders

You may have the opportunity to travel to Europe to purchase racing pigeons. Prior to your travel, thoroughly research the breeders you are considering. The top lofts in Europe will most likely not sell you their best breeders or best racers, but they should be willing to sell their young.  Be sure to buy from pairs with the high percentage of success to improve the odds that you will get good birds.

Middle-Distance Racing Pigeons

Personally, I like to purchase middle-distance racers. These birds have the ability to fly 300 to 400-mile races as young birds. I find these races to be the most lucrative. So, it certainly benefits me to find birds that can do that. This is something you may want to consider.

Disadvantages of Buying Young Birds

Of course, the obvious disadvantage with buying young racing pigeons is the unpredictability. There is no guarantee in how they may turn out. On average, fewer than 20% of all racing pigeons turn out to be suitable racers. So, keep in mind, out of ten birds you purchase, only two may be ‘keepers’. But, if you are dealing with reputable fanciers, you can buy about ten young birds for the price that one proven racer will cost you. That’s where the value lies.

Potential Advantage of Buying Young Birds

Though, overall, you have to buy many more ‘unproven’ birds to get suitable racers, you may strike gold with finding real gem among your purchased birds.  If this ‘gem’ was in the hands of the original owner, you wouldn’t be able to buy it of any sum of money.

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58 thoughts on “Pigeon Buying Guide Part 1

  1. Hi everyone I always say never buy pair of racing pigoens from same loft and always check the breed and pedigree also use young cock with older hen

  2. Your article is very informative .I want to seek more information as well.I have an excellent pair for cross breeding.their babies race in very high temperature even.can I use their babies for breeding to get more pegions of fine quality.kindly suggest me a good doze of multivatimes for a temper
    nature of 49 or50 for racingandz after race as well.

  3. Hi Chris reading pigeon guide it is fantastic you are a gentleman this is great help when you email to me I cannot download thanks aron

  4. Hi Chris I have read the pigeon buying guide my dad bought me two youngsters in raising money for cancer research u.k these lofts are very well known in England my dad spoke with them and told them about me so have promise to breed me youngsters from there national breeders thanks again aron

  5. buenos dias amigo,
    yo vuelo en south Florida empese hace unos años pero aqui hay mucha competencia. me podrias dar algunos consejos sobre algun producto bueno?
    Saludos

  6. Hola Chris, que bueno que nos orientes en la adquisición de nuevos reproductores, los que nos iniciamos en este deporte muchas veces hacemos gastos inutíles en “buenas palomas” por falta de conocimiento de estos consejos que hoy nos brindas en esta 1a parte de 6. Saludos y muchas gracias.

  7. THE BUYING OF YOUNG BIRDS IS THE EASY,PART .REMEMBER THE ARE ALL RACING PIGEONS,IT DOSE NOT MATER HOW MUCH THEY COST,?? YOU JUST HAVE TO FIND THE GOOD ONES,.THAT IS THE FIRST NUMBER OF THE COMBINATION LOCK TO RACING PIGEONS AS I LIKE TO CALL IT,NOW THERE MAYBE ANOTHER FEW NUMBERS, YOU HAVE TO FIND THEM, THEN CLICK,IT WILL ALL COME TOGETHER, AND THAT IS EXPERIENCE THANKS YOURS IN SPORT JOHN

    1. I’ll agree John, I messed with Game Chickens for several years and you can spend all the money you want, but care, breeding properly and conditioning the right birds out of the flock will equal success.Now I’m just trying to get my Pigeon adventure started.

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