China’s wealthy elite have become even richer lately as property prices have risen and the stock market has been faring well. Indeed, their wealth has increased by an estimated 13% in the last year alone. An elite group of pigeon fanciers amongst these wealthy businessmen are prepared to spend huge amounts of money to get […]
Conservation efforts have led to a boost in the UK population of peregrine falcons. The birds of prey are being encouraged to nest on church roofs. Norwich, Salisbury and Derby cathedrals have all installed nesting boxes for the falcons. But many pigeon fanciers are unhappy with the increasing number of the birds in urban areas. […]
In 2013 a Belgian bird was purchased by a Chinese enthusiast for 310,000 euro and became the world’s most expensive racing pigeon. Bolt, named after sprinter Usain Bolt, was the subject of much media attention with his impressive price tag. But now the cost of this bird has been eclipsed by an even more incredible […]
Dubbed Crufts for pigeons, the British Homing World Show of the Year has been held at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens for the past 40 years. This year’s event took place in January and 2500 pigeons arrived to compete to become Supreme Champion. The show was visited by 25,000 breeders and fans from across Europe.
Pigeon Loft Arson A competitive environment tends to result in questionable behaviour from some of the people involved. All sports are dogged by underhand tactics and downright cheating. Sadly, pigeon racing is no exception and to make matters worse, there seems to be an increasing number of arson attacks on lofts.
Pigeon Fancier’s Lung (Bird Fancier’s Lung) Pigeon fancier’s lung is form of hypersensitivity pneumonitis. It occurs when the sufferer’s lungs develop an immune response to something they breathe in. The resulting inflammation of the lung tissue produces coughing, shortness of breath, fever and joint pains. The condition can lead to permanent scarring of the lungs […]
Racing Pigeons and Doping If you heard that an Olympic athlete or a cyclist in the Tour de France had tested positive for performance enhancing drugs, then you probably wouldn’t be surprised. There have been so many doping scandals in sport that cheats are no longer headline news unless they are major stars. The potential […]
Stray Racing Pigeon Reporting If you don’t race pigeons yourself then it can come as a surprise to discover one of these birds on your property. But this is not an unusual occurrence. Racing pigeons will sometimes stop somewhere for a rest during training or a race and that somewhere could be your home. So […]
The Curious Incident of the Pigeons in the Night Time A recent incident has given pigeon floor dressing a whole new meaning. Devon and Cornwall police have appealed for witnesses after more than 40 pigeons were found dead on the A35 near Honiton. On the Line The deceased birds were discovered back in August. The […]
Doing Bird – Prison Pigeon Smugglers Criminals are exploiting homing pigeons in order to smuggle contraband into prisons. The birds are trainable and able to carry up to 10% of their own body weight which makes them useful tools. Wild pigeons are such a common sight that the homing pigeons can fly under the radar […]