Guide to Buying Racing Pigeons—Part Two
A more expensive option you have for buying racing pigeons is buying proven racing stock right out of the racing loft. You can purchase a bird that perhaps is not necessarily a great racer but falls into the average or good racer category and you may end up end up with an excellent breeder. Of course, if you can afford it, buying a proven great breeder increases your chances of getting superior racers. However, you can also spend thousands of dollars to get a super champion and end up with a breeding ‘dud’.
Considerations for Purchasing Proven Racing Stock
The primary consideration for purchasing proven racing stock is how much you can afford to spend. Once you have determined that, then the secondary consideration is the quality of the bird(s) that you are contemplating buying. These two considerations actually go hand-in-hand—the more you can afford to spend, the higher quality you will seek.
Buying Retiring Racing Birds
European lofts prefer to retire their racing pigeons at about four or five years in age. This is a fantastic buying opportunity for getting a high-quality bird from a well-stocked breeding loft with a proven reputation. After all, if the bird has been kept for four to five years, it has certainly earned its keep. You might have the opportunity to purchase a pigeon that has been flying on the widowhood team or on the racing team for two years or more. Of course, birds like these may be expensive but well-worth the price.
If you seek out a loft that races only cocks, you may find a number of wonderful widowhood hens that are being used for the sole purpose of stimulating the cock birds. Often, you can buy a quality stock hen from the widowhood hen loft. If the fancier has kept this hen, there is some quality that he used in selecting her. These hens frequently were used, when younger, as racing birds. So, look for younger hens with excellent racing records that are now retired to the breeding loft or widowhood loft.
I personally had the good fortune of getting a hen from Ferry Lambrecht. This hen had been the ace hen of Ferry’s club. She had no pedigree. When I purchased the hen, she was being used as a widowhood hen. The only other history we had on her was that she had been given as an egg to Ferry by Jean Claude Debieve. After hatching and raising her, this hen went on, as I said, to be Ferry’s ace pigeon.
After we purchased her, we bred her with two cocks in her first season. She produced six multiple clock winners. She has been an excellent breeding hen and quite valuable to our loft—even without papers!
33 thoughts on “Pigeon Buying Guide Part 2”
True words for every fancier to look before buying quality pigeon to built the loft,I want one clarification from pigeon inside team of experts, what are the reason than young cock or hen become impotent even the bird is five years old and what are the remedy to get yonung ones from such a birds suggest any medicine to get young ones from it ,which will usefull for fancier like me.
thanks chris for more information and advice more blessing and god bless
A lot of great advice in this article. Looking forward to the next in the series.
Chris, I consider myself very fortunate to have found your website. It’s full of facts that I hadn’t thought of until now. Like I mentioned before knowledge is the road to success.
Thank you for all you do for our sport.
Thanks Jorje, and thank you for being a part of the Pigeon Insider family!
I am 89 retired a friend who has racing pigeons gave me 8 just ready to fly one of the birds brother came in second in club 300 mile race I am just now starting to train and control them
Thanks a lot for all. It is quite educational reading through these ideas as a beginner.
In my mind to many fanciers buy from big studs or really big names that cost $1.000 of dollars
and never go any where you can get good birds from the best flyer in your club most of them
are honest and want you to do well.Don’t get birds from everyone.Brad.