If you’re interested in pigeon breeding there’s a great possibility it is because you are also interested in the races these birds are known to be involved with.
By now you’ve probably entered into more than your share of discussions about how to get the fastest birds or what pedigrees are producing long distance fliers. Here are a few tips to help you along your pigeon breeding enterprise.
Choose Your Pigeon Breeding Foundation Stock Wisely
This is the rule of thumb regardless of what you are breeding. If you’re into rabbits, horses or racing pigeons, you are only going to produce stock that is as good as the ancestors they come from. This means it is absolutely critical that you get the best pair you can afford from the start. It can’t be stressed enough how important it is to take the time to do some reading on what breeders’ lines are known for producing certain traits in their birds. If you start out with castaways you’re going to spend all your time trying to breed the poor traits out of the offspring instead of concentrating on producing the best strain. Seek reputable breeders as mentors and ask every question you can think of about their breeding program.
Get Involved With Pigeon Breeding
Once you start speaking with different pigeon fanciers you’re going to see there are many different ideas on the best ways to go about pigeon breeding. You’ll see people have beliefs on what kind of housing to set up. There are some pigeon breeders who house their cocks and hens separately. This is because there is a school of thought regarding the faster pigeons being the cocks and the fast racing gene gets passed from father to son and so on. This theory and practice is called Widowhood racing ideology. You will also talk to different breeders and bird enthusiasts who passionately describe how hens are better at long distance racing and how critical they are to your breeding program. This is where you’ll want to decide which direction you want to take with your new hobby.
Consider Your Pigeon Breeding Housing
Before you go and purchase your first pair for pigeon breeding you need to know where they are going to live. Just like investing in the best cock and hen is going to pay off in the long run, so is creating the best coop and housing for your birds. This is something you can either choose to purchase pre-made where you’ll only have to assemble it or choose to have the company put it up for you, or you can build from scratch. Whichever direction you take you will want to make sure to have the appropriate housing so you can start off on the best foot possible with your new pigeon breeding program. There should be both a solid shelter with nesting area as well as good ventilation.
If you consider the above tips, educate yourself well and be prepared to learn more along the way, you are sure to have people seeking your advice on pigeon breeding in the future.