What Can Fanciers Do To Help The Pigeon Racing Sport Grow?

Pigeon Racing GrowthLast weeks discussion of the week we asked what you thought the current state of pigeon racing was? alarmingly the general consensus seemed to be that the sport of pigeon racing was dying and the main reason fanciers felt this way seemed to be cost. The Pigeon Insider has fanciers from all over the globe so it was pretty interesing to see some of our friends from other parts of the world say that the sport was growing. Maybe we can learn from each other and get the pigeon racing sport to grow universally all around the world by learning what each one of us are doing.

So in this weeks discussion of the week we would like to know?

What do you think fanciers can do to help the pigeon racing sport grow?  

Post your comments on what you think each one of us can do to help promote the sport, also let us know if you have any ideas on how to lower costs etc. If your in an area where the sport is on the rise post your comments and let other fanciers know what has worked in your area.

We will be forwarding all of your comments to pigeon racing organizations around the world, Hopefully; together we can help the sport grow universally around the world.

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191 thoughts on “What Can Fanciers Do To Help The Pigeon Racing Sport Grow?

  1. Unfortunately I don’t think the ordinary man in the street (the ordinary pigeon man or woman) can do anything to improve the situation in the pigeon racing world.
    The only places where racing pigeons is growing as a sport is in parts of the world where people GAMBLE or bet on races. Even in Europe where One Loft Racing is growing, people only send their birds to win BIG amounts of money! The prices that people charge to send a bird or kit of birds to a One Loft race is ridiculous. Not many pigeon men/women can afford to spend that kind of money to send birds to O-L-Races. That is why you get so many syndicates. Not only that but now it is thought that unless you are specialising in the kind of bird you need to win or do well at a One Loft race, you are wasting your time.
    Even the prices of a bag of pigeon feed or a drinker or feeder is getting out of hand.
    In England where the RPRA (Royal Pigeon Racing Association) organise the majority of races, we hear they are thinking about putting their membership fees up for 2022. This is to offset the losses made by the people who run the RPRA. Like wise with some of the larger Federations or Combines – they have also lost money in 2021 because of mismanagement, but instead of the organisers standing that loss themselves, they are going to put that loss on to the fanciers, the members. How ridiculous is that.
    In my opinion, the only way to go forward is for the organising bodies for pigeon races and racing to listen more to their members and try and give them more of what they want as a group. Get several organisations, combines, federations, national pigeon organisations, to race together using minimum transportation. That would do two things – 1. make racing cheaper and 2. make races more competitive, and therefore more prestigious to win or do well. People need to start selling their birds for SENSIBLE prices. There is no way on this planet that a pigeon is worth over a quarter of a million, or an untried squeaker straight out of the nest worth 500 whatevers, pounds, dollars.

  2. There are a number of issues that need to be addressed. The old timers need to share more readily there knowledge and time. In my area most racers are retired. Training is a very expensive time consuming process. Perhaps those that are doing it already can team up with newer flyers and share the training time/expense. I have also noticed that the experienced racers get a little too focused on the competition and forget to have fun! Giving a newbie quality bird(s) knowing they will not get the most out of them can be very rewarding. As a newbie it really felt good when the advanced racers “gave” you a pair of breeders with proven performance(I might just stand a chance). I will always race for fun not $$ . One of my favorite tricks is to give the newbie a nest mate to birds I am racing–making them feel like they are in the game without breaking the bank. With 40 years of raising pigeons what other legacy are we going leave if we can’t pass it on to the next generation of flyers?

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