151 HUGULEY ROAD OPELIKA, AL. 36804        (334)-448-6050

RACING PIGEONS

Pigeon racing is the sport of releasing specially trained racing pigeons, which then return to their homes over a carefully measured distance. The time it takes the animal to cover the specified distance is measured and the birds rate of travel is calculated and compared with all of the other pigeons in the race to determine which animal returned at the highest speed.
 

Getting Started

Our Grandfather, W.H. Stewart built a racing pigeon loft.  It was his way of getting us into pigeons.  We wanted young birds that could win from 200 to 400 miles. We originally bought 16 birds bred by Mike Ganus and Tony Melucci and bought direct children off of National Aces. We really wanted to fly young birds and one loft races and futurities.

We fly with the Dixie Combine and
are members of the Columbus (Ga.) Racing Pigeon Club.  It has been active for more than 60 years with the average size club 0f 10 members. 

2009 and 2012 Southeastern Invitational Open Winner

Pigeons

AU 06 MCF 158 Dark Check Cock. 

The father is “Marco” GFL 908-03 (Man a War x Bird of Peace) from Ganus.  

The mother is “Bea” FRBB 0670-02 from Melucci. 

Crosses seems to always fly the best.  He is a medium size cock, very soft feathers and buoyant. This was not an easy race with a winning speed of 1065.031 ypm and 9 day birds.


Lofts
Our pigeon lofts are open. The entire front is open. The floors are wooden grate. The perches are located on the back four feet and that floor is solid. There are drafts but lots of oxygen.

Breeding
We evaluate our breed birds in November. We look over them carefully for any problems and put them on 5 in 1 for a week.  Overall our birds stay very health.  We do not medicate unless absolutely necessary. We are believers in probiotics and apple cider vinegar.  We pair the breeders the first week of December.  Every pair has their own individual breeding cage. 

We look for fast maturing, middle distance birds from a proven family.  We like medium sized birds.  They fly the best in one loft races.

Training
We loft fly our birds.  For the older birds, We fly to the nest, to eggs or to a baby.  We loft fly them more than road train.  We usually do not road train them more than 4 or 5 times before the first race.  For the young birds, we do 10 to 20 mile tosses from the northeast to northwest.  We fly to the perch.  Once they are routing for an hour, we take them 5 miles.  Within a week, we have them at 10 miles.  Once we get to 20, we road train one day, loft fly the next.  We stay around 20 to 25 miles for a month.  And only work them out to 40 miles once, before the first 100 mile race.  We trap the birds as soon as they get here.  Our theory is to teach young birds to race and trap fast.

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