In fact there are thousands of pigeon fanciers all over the world – a pigeon fancier being someone who keeps pigeons.
The people of Belgium are the world leaders when it comes to breeding pigeons, and especially racing-pigeons. There are over 60 000 registered fanciers. However, this is a worldwide phenomenon and with big prizes in some countries the price of a champion pigeon can set you back as much as a car!
The record price paid for British champion Invincible Spirit was $185 000. Prices of $10 000 are regularly achieved for top birds … now are you interested in breeding pigeons?
Pigeon fanciers are in famous company. The Queen Elizabeth II has her own royal collection. The king Elvis Presley was a pigeon fan. But their popularity ranges from the likes of Mike Tyson to Marlon Brando, and Maurizo Gucci to Pablo Picasso – who, incidentally, named his daughter “pigeon” in Spanish (Paloma).
Kooky or coo coo?
Pigeons have played an important role over the years… It has been among the most decorated of animal war heroes. Regularly going behind enemy lines and carrying life saving and battle changing messages.
Not only armies, but also bankers have profited greatly from the swift flying pigeons…
The Rothschild’s dynasty was firmly established when it became the first financial house to learn the news that Napoleon had been defeated at Waterloo by pigeon mail.
Racing pigeons travel at an average speed of 50 km or 30 miles an hour, with bursts of up to 100km or 60 miles an hour. They can cover up to 1000 km in a day, and can be raced for distances exceeding 2700 km.
The birds can be identified by a metal ring on their leg that is used to record their arrival back in their loft. If you find one of these birds take it to a local vet or bird rescue organization and they will be able to trace the owner.
Experience the camaraderie and competition of being a pigeon fancier today!
Source: Alan Titchall Pet