Don’t forget that Project Pigeon’s 1st workshop- Introduction to Pigeon Fancying- is this Saturday (19th Feb) between 2pm and 4pm at Project Pigeon’s Loft on Milk Street, Digbeth. We have some very special guests coming to give short talks too – top Birmingham flyer Ernie Crozier and top Walsall breeder Ray Fletcher will talk to you about their experience of pigeon keeping. We also have a heater, a sheltered area and will have lots of tea, coffee and hot chocolate so you’ll be comfortable for the workshop! It’s suitable for children too. Let us know if you can make it by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Come and find out about pigeons!
2pm-4pm Fridays and Saturdays, February – April 2011
Project Pigeon’s Loft, Milk Street, Digbeth, Birmingham (in Boxxed’s backyard opposite Birmingham Backpackers under a viaduct)
Places are free but please book in advance by emailing:
Saturday 19th February: Introduction to pigeon fancying
Find out about the history of pigeon fancying, meet some pigeon fanciers and find out about why they keep pigeons, meet Project Pigeon’s birds and watch some pigeons fly.
Friday 25th February: A pigeon’s home and life
This workshop will be focused on the different seasons in a pigeons life, from racing season to breeding season. We will also look at the different kinds of pigeon lofts there are.
Saturday 26th February: Day to day pigeon loft management
How to keep your pigeons clean and happy – from cleaning the loft to giving the pigeons a bath.
Friday 4th March: Making nest boxes and perches
A woodwork session where we will design and make essential items for the inside of pigeon lofts and make any loft repairs.
Saturday 5th March: Racing pigeons, Birmingham rollers and tipplers
There are many kinds of pigeons, racing pigeons are used in racing, Birmingham rollers in sequence flying and tipplers in endurance flying.
Friday 11th March: A pigeon’s diet
Like any athlete a pigeons diet is very important. In this session you will find out about all the vital vitamins, minerals and foods needed to keep pigeons on top form.
Saturday 12th March: Veterinary skills
Vets in the UK know little about racing pigeons, and if you took your pigeon to the vet every time there was something wrong it would cost a lot and wouldn’t be practical. Learn about what kinds of injuries pigeon get and how you can help your pigeon.
Friday 18th March: Breeding
Come and see and learn about squeekers (baby pigeons)!
Saturday 19th March: Training and racing
How do pigeons find their way home? How do you train a racing pigeon? How do you win a race?!
Saturday 2nd April: Making a magazine about pigeons
Help Project Pigeon design a magazine based on what we have learnt during the workshops.
Saturday 16th April: Come and watch a live pigeon race!
You might have been to the horses or to the dogs but have you ever seen a pigeon race? Now is your chance! Please email if you intend to come to this because the time of the race will only be known on Saturday morning – the morning of the race.
And we were in the Sunday Mercury at the weekend, have a look here!
Project Pigeon had an amazing time in Blackpool. Thanks to all fanciers and Grundy gallery for supporting us! Can’t wait until next year!
People from all around the world keep pigeons and pigeon lofts reflect the culture in which they are located. Chinese pigeon lofts are different to English pigeon lofts, these are different to Irish pigeon lofts, which are again different to Iranian pigeon lofts, which are different to Pakistani pigeon lofts…..
Project Pigeon needs your help to design and build a loft that reflects all the different cultures in Digbeth and Highgate, Birmingham.
To talk about the project and get some inspiration please drop into to one of the Community Consultation Days:
Thursday 3rd February: 7.30am-2.30pm Eastside Café, 99 Coventry Street, Digbeth
Sunday 6th February: 10am- 4pm Project Pigeon’s Loft, Milk Street, Digbeth (in Boxxed’s backyard, opposite Birmingham Backpackers)
Wednesday 9th February: 2pm-6pm Project Pigeon’s Loft
Tuesday 15th February: 7pm-11pm The Spotted Dog pub, 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth
We will be running workshops and talking to different groups throughout January, February and March, if we haven’t already contacted you and you would like us to come and run some workshops with you/ your group please get in touch with us:
Project Pigeon: email@example.com / 07967637017
If you are an individual or group who would like to submit a design please email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org before 6th March
Designs will be exhibited at Eastside Café between 7th March and 12th March and on-line at:
The pigeon loft we all design will be built between mid March and May 2011 so look out for further information.
Please see www.project-pigeon.co.uk for more information about Project Pigeon
This project is supported by the Working Neighbourhoods Fund
It was the Aston and District Pigeon Flying club prize giving on Friday night, we collected two certificates. One of our pigeons came 6th out of 212 pigeons on a 75 mile race from Swainswick and another came 4th out of 279 pigeons in a 114 mile race from Taunton. We are very happy with the results.
(The jumper I’m wearing is one of a range of things we have made for British Homing World Show of the Year- in Blackpool at the end of January – where we’ll be having a stall)
Have you ever wanted to own a racehorse or greyhound? Ever thought about a racing pigeon? Now is your chance.
For just £20, you can own a half share in a Project Pigeon bird. The Syndicate will operate during the young bird racing season, between July- September 2010. Project Pigeon has bred 21 pigeons, each looking for a sponsor and each a potential winner*. The majority of the kit are now up and flying.
• You can choose your pigeon- we have blues, chequers, blackens, whitens, mealys and lavenders. You can give your pigeon a name if you would like to
• A certificate of co-ownership (with photo of your pigeon)
• A monthly newsletter, with photographs, a diary, progress reports, pigeon stories in the news and so on
• You will receive a Project Pigeon training programme. Young bird training will happen three times a week, a breakdown of positions will be put on-line so you can log on and keep track of your pigeon’s progress (and see how other peoples pigeons are doing!)
• You can come on training tosses with Project Pigeon
• You have the opportunity to come and watch your pigeon return from a race and be clocked in
• You will receive a South Birmingham Federation race programme and decide which races you would like to fly in
• You will receive an Aston and District Pigeon Flying Club Results Sheet for every race you enter
• For gardeners- as much pigeon poo as you want (an excellent fertilizer)
• Makes for good conversation- ‘I own a pigeon…’
• Your name/ company name will be stencilled onto the loft
*Please note that although this is a syndicate, winning a race is about as likely as winning the lottery! (Its more like Nike sponsoring Michael Jordan!)
To join or for more information, please email email@example.com
Have a look at a few clips here: