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Breed Performance Standard
  • The Breed Performance Standard

    The Lewis Wright performance description became the common way to distinguish it from more common tumbling varieties in his book: “The Practical Pigeon Keeper” in the section: “The Origins of Flying Tumblers and Rollers". It could be said that rollermen had no issue with this performance description until the “Show Roller” highlighted the need for a written non-performance standard for judging in the show pen.

Pigeon Buildings
  • Kit Box Considerations

    Building a kit box and its considerations are fundamental to proper training, flying, BOP/Predator mitigation and backyard aesthetics. Here we'll offer considerations for design, functionality, and ease of use to train and fly a successful team of rollers.

  • Breeding Loft Considerations

    Building a loft and its considerations are fundamental to successfully housing and breeding. The overall scope when it comes to loft size, design layout, convenience and practical features as well as tools and litter materials are important to your overall success and enjoyment of the hobby. We'll discuss many considerations for building a new loft or retrofitting an older loft while not upsetting the neighbors!

Kit Birds
  • Settling Young Birds

    Properly settling Young Birds is the first step in flying a team of rollers. Here we'll layout the basics of settling, trap training, feeding, releasing and getting them back into the kit box.

  • Training Young Birds

    This is the next step after settling. This is where the rollermans experience and/or knowledge is going to come into play and go a long way in determining if he'll have a successful young bird team or if he is going to have a series of headaches over a bunch of non-kitters and early landers!

  • Flying Mature Kit Birds

    Flying mature rollers is very different from those first few months when they were “young”. Once out of that stage and they have been flying about 5 or 6 months we will want to prove them out by turning the dials by feeding them right, having them flying the proper time, rolling better and with more frequency. Generally we have one to two flying seasons to prove them out and decide which ones are stocked into the Breeder Loft.

  • Handling Problem Birds

    The top reasons why your birds don't fly and what to do about it! While we all get our share of “duds” and can blame the bird for failing to fly properly it's mostly due to a bad training regimen and/or lack of rollerman experience. Before you start culling birds let's take a look at why your birds are not flying and what you can do about it!

Promote Bird Health
  • Supplements

    Supplements can play an important part in establishing and maintaining good health in our birds. The old saying "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" certainly applies to rollers!

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  • Medicines

    There are many commercially available solutions for pigeon ailments and some cross over products that work as well for pigeons. Always use an abundance of caution when using a product not specifically created for pigeons and when possible consult a qualified veterinarian for treatment and doses.

    Chevita GmbH Pigeon D... by Support TeamLast post:

  • Loft Maintenance

    This section will present the many aspects of loft maintenance and the choices faced when different products or techniques are used to get the best results for our geographic region and weather patterns.

  • Tail Extraction

    Full or partial Tail Extraction is an old technique used by pigeon fanciers before the age of antibiotics and many other modern medicines to treat and cure birds of some common ailments. It works and there is science to explain why it does.

    Tail Plucking: Hackin... by Support TeamLast post:

  • Weather

    Due to geography pigeons are raised in and have to endure all types of climates and seasonal conditions: heat, cold, humidity, dryness. Here we'll discuss ways to mitigate the effects of weather that can have a negative impact on our birds.

Color and Pattern
  • Hard Colors

    Hard Colors is a term used to describe both the Ash Red and Blue Series color and patterns. Pictures are provided as examples.

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  • Rare Color Modifiers

    This section is to help clarify some terms and distinguish color and patterns as well as factors that can make the birds look very different from the more traditional bars and checks.

Breeding & Genetics
Bird of Prey and other Predators
  • How To Cut Losses: Camouflage & Timing

    Losing birds from predators can be both upsetting and frustrating but fortunately there are things that can be done to cut or eliminate these losses. Here we'll discuss ways to do this and stay within the guidelines of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.