There is likely a perfect ratio as to how many pigeons you can keep in a loft before the numbers and conditions become counter productive, and it’s a very good idea to know what those are for the various lofts. If your running your own you can use trial and error- as things start to decline you know it’s likely you need a second loft if you plan to keep more than your loft will comfortably and optimally hold.
When going to other lofts to purchase the pigeons, you can talk to the owner, but chances are they may not give you the full story- many like to push as many in there as possible thinking it’s a numbers game- but the reality is pigeons themselves are more powerful if you give them the right conditions and you may be surprised how many pigeons that were crammed into a crowded loft could have been great had it only been given the right conditions to thrive in! Some of them that seem to be good in one area may have the potential to be good in many more areas if given the optimal conditions to express itself in.
Some factors to consider are: Circumstances; The loft situation (partnership or sole proprietorship- potentially a partnership could lead to complications due to lack of communication that could be detrimental to the pigeons); and the very conditions of the loft itself, the health of the birds (do they feed them correctly? Do they over feed them? Etc…).
I have noticed time and time again that the bulk pigeon senders, although they win more than their share, do not produce outstanding reliable pigeons pro rata with their numbers; a counter-intuitive conclusion to be sure. Again they think it’s a numbers game but in reality it’s more of a game of how you do things, how you take care of the birds, giving them room to breath and move around and feel comfortable- or crammed into a loft with a hundred other pigeons.
The way to success here is in focusing on a small number of pigeons and seeing how much you can get out of each one. You can have two lofts as well, one where you put the bulk of them (still not overcrowded), then as you find the ones that perform, move them into the other loft or area so they can thrive with others in the same category. Keep it small and keep conditions optimal and you’ll see powerful results.
Also like I did, do your homework, learn all about what you need to know to thrive. It’s all worth the effort- especially when you see the results of your ratios being more in the stratosphere than more bad than good! Show the pigeon hoarders that there is a better way to do this, one that is also more humane than cattle-ing them and hoping one or two will do what you want!
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