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Muzza
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July 26th, 2019, 6:03 am

I took the pigeons for the first toss of the spring today.

A bit of a mixed bag. Some old birds, including the one that nearly won his only race last year, the cock that came home with his crop torn open, and a bunch of young birds.

The young birds had half a dozen short ones to educate them in the autumn.

The weather was grey and cold, with rain forecast in the afternoon. I went 10 miles. By the time I got to there, it was drizzling. I was not bothered, if they cant go 10 miles in a shower, they are no good.

Took them 13 minutes, more or less, all present and correct. Then the cloud blew over and I let the whole lot out again.

A nice reward for them :D
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July 26th, 2019, 6:05 am

A good start and an enjoyable soak after, like the look of that pied cock on right
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July 26th, 2019, 6:52 am

buster121 wrote:
July 26th, 2019, 6:05 am
A good start and an enjoyable soak after, like the look of that pied cock on right
That's Gordon. :D

There is whole thread on here about him.
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July 26th, 2019, 8:06 am

All looking well Murray. Nice to see your making a start.
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July 26th, 2019, 7:54 pm

Nice team of birds. Good luck with them.
You can never lose a homing pigeon - if it doesn't come back, all you have lost is a pigeon.
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July 26th, 2019, 8:33 pm

buster121 wrote:
July 26th, 2019, 8:32 pm
Muzza wrote:
July 26th, 2019, 6:52 am
buster121 wrote:
July 26th, 2019, 6:05 am
A good start and an enjoyable soak after, like the look of that pied cock on right
That's Gordon. :D

There is whole thread on here about him.
Remember it well didn't recognise him :) :) must have something really special about him for me to pick him out twice
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July 26th, 2019, 10:06 pm

Well done Murray, glad they all made it back home safely. As you say they need to be able to fly in all conditions as we never know what they might meet on route and no good if they go down at the first sight of bad weather.
The birds look great mate and are loving the garden, it's nice to see them down on the ground pecking about.
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July 26th, 2019, 11:08 pm

buster121 wrote:
July 26th, 2019, 8:33 pm
buster121 wrote:
July 26th, 2019, 8:32 pm
Muzza wrote:
July 26th, 2019, 6:52 am


That's Gordon. :D

There is whole thread on here about him.
Remember it well didn't recognise him :) :) must have something really special about him for me to pick him out twice
Yes, beautiful pigeon.

Pity he is just an un rung stray. If he had a proper pedigree he would be worth a fortune :D
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July 27th, 2019, 8:18 am

Have you bred anything from him Murray?
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July 27th, 2019, 9:09 am

Yes, he paired up with a Jansen x Van Loon hen, and they have raised a few. One pair of babies went to Sydney, I never heard what happened to them.

The cock bird that came back all ripped up is by him. He is a good type of pigeon and is going back on the road.

They raised a pair of gay pied babies last year. Unfortunately a hawk got the cock bird, but the hen is a wee beauty! That is the problem with pied pigeons. They seem to be the easiest targets for the falcons. Those and black ones.

Gordon is very handsome, but he isn't really a very good type. He has a big body and short wings. He has short, wide primaries, and long secondaries. Perhaps it is from the Jansen x Van Loon hen but his babies have nice wings, with long outer primaries and a nice step in the wing.
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