The 1st Birds Home!

First Birds!

The first birds home! 4 birds arrived together but circled a few times. They landed on the loft roof and stared at the spectators. Last year the birds were unaffected by the people. They hesitated long enough to allow 3 more birds to arrive and they all went in together. Our goal was to have the race long enough so there wouldn’t be a big drop. If the first four birds had trapped quicker… that’s pigeon racing. The birds were really tired and gave it all they had. We sent half the birds we started with to the final race. We had half of those birds home on the day. I’d say that is a success. Thank you for sending your amazing birds!

Final Race Spectators

Final Race Spectators

Even though we had to race in the middle of the week, we still had a nice group show up. We met at Roma’s Italian Restaurant in Sallisaw Oklahoma and had some great food. Then we returned to wait for the birds. Each team received a free bag of Des Moines feed. We had a contest to see who could guess the arrival time. Charlie Mayfield was very close and won another bag of Des Moines feed. We had a drawing and gave away 4 prizes of 25 ETS bands each to 4 lucky people.

They’re Off!

 

Troy Release

 

 

The birds have just been released and are on their way home. It’s a great day for racing pigeons.

1st Through the Trap From 225 Miles

1st 225 Mile Race

This is AU 17 CENL 7142. This bird belongs to Marvin Carter from Louisiana. 7142 was 1st through the trap from 225 miles flying 1296 ypm. There were 17 birds on the 1st drop. Marvin had another bird in the 1st drop also. Congratulations Marvin and 7142!