You haven’t heard from Project Pigeon for a while… we’ve been very busy. The first race of the old bird 2010 season is days away and over the last week we’ve been training the birds. They need to be on form and get fit again after the winter and after they have been sitting on their nests all day. Five tosses from Worcester and two from Licky Hills should do it. We’ll let you know how we get on in the race on Saturday (from Bath). I’m looking forward to the shivers and pounding heart, nothing else gets the adrenalin rushing like it. Alongside training the old birds we’re weaning the young birds, helping them learn to fly and training them to use the trap (the devise that lets them into the loft but doesn’t let them out). It’s a long and time consuming process, one which really tests my patience! (see photos below).
As well as this a pigeon fancier from Walsall (lovely Ray) has donated two pedigree pigeons to Project Pigeon. We have a family tree and they are related to ‘Gustav’, a pigeon that delivered the first message from the Normandy Beaches from a ship off the beach-head while serving with the RAF in 1944. He won a Dickin medal for his bravery. How cool is that!!?
Pigeon fanciers are eccentric by nature, Ray is no exception. He’s an inventor, indeed he invented the pigeon harness, a device used to suspend your pigeon in if he breaks his leg or wing. He’s a geneticist and has developed a new breed of pigeon (like Darwin) – the ‘reverse grizzle’, rather than the black fading to white the white fades into the black (see photo below – this is the only one in the world, she has just laid two eggs so fingers crossed for them). He has a CB radio transmitting in his loft all the time to teach the pigeons about radio waves. He put his cocks in the freezer pre breeding, this is so the best ‘Z’ sperm has more of a chance than the other sperm at fertilizing the egg. And much much more…
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