INTERVIEW REPORT FOR CHAMPION FLYERS
Flying with the
Toms River Triangle Club, Brick NJ
5th I.F. Champion Loft 26 – 75 loft 2005 Old Birds
1. Tell us a little about yourself. When did you first start
I moved to the shore from Cliffside Park, NJ and I began working for
the Brick Township Board of Education in 1978. I retired from the Brick
Board of Education in 1997 and in 2001 I became interested in pigeons.
I fly with the Central Jersey Homing Pigeon Combine. However, my local
club is the Toms River Triangle. We fly ten old birds races (100 –
500 miles) and ten young bird races (100 – 300 miles)
2. How big is your combine? How big is your club? Do you think
your position is a good one as far as combine races are concerned?
There are eighteen members in my local club. There are twenty-four clubs
in the Central Jersey Homing Pigeon Combine for a total of five hundred-twelve
members. My position with regards to combine races isn’t that
good because my location is too far south. Most of the winners in the
combine races live in central Jersey.
3. What type of birds do you fly? What breeding methods do you
I acquired a Jansen Foundation Hen from another member, Bob Burns. I
also have Sions. I let the birds pick and choose their mates in late
December. My bird’s colors include blue bars, checkered and some
reds and splashes.
4. Can you give us a little history on your Champion bird? How often
do you race you Champion bird?
My Champion bird came out of a Jansen Hen I got from Bob Burns and a
Sion. My bird was 2005 Champion bird and 2003 Champion bird. I also
have two Loft Champions. In the last four years I have had 14 first
places, 15-second place and 17 third places. I have also had 4 Combine
diplomas. I had my champion bird for two seasons and one day the bird
never came home. I raced my Champion bird every week and I alternate
the rest of the team. I still have the parents of my Champion bird.
I have also raced the brothers and sisters of this bird and did well
in individual races.
5. How many birds do you fly on your old bird team? On your
young bird team? Do you prefer old birds or young birds? Do you fly
I have 30 old birds and I have 30-32 young birds. I don’t prefer
one over the other. I like them both. I don’t fly imports.
6. 6. Do you fly to the perch or do you fly widowhood?
The old birds fly, to the nest boxes. The young birds fly to the perch.
7. 7. Describe your loft.
My loft is an 8ft. by 5ft. Room that comfortably houses about forty-five
birds. I also have an open front coup for the hens and an open front
coup for the cocks. I scrap every day and vacuum once a month.
8. 8. What do you feed your birds?
I make my own feed. I buy cheap seed at the market and I mix in wild
bird feed, corn rice millet barley and safflower seeds. I feed the birds
twice a day in the morning and evening in the cold weather and once
a day during the warm weather. They can eat all the feed they want during
the week. However, on race day they are given popcorn and peanuts only
up until 1200PM. I also inoculate the birds once a year.
9. How do you train your birds?
The birds are placed on a training truck and released early in the morning.
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday they fly about 70 miles. Thursday they
100 miles and on Friday they fly about 35 miles.
10. Do you believe in bird entry limits? Do you believe in clocking
I feel there should be a fifteen-bird entry limit. This would be less
expensive for the
flyers because they would not breed so many birds. I also feel there
should be a
clocking limit to three birds. This would allow for getting out of the
club earlier on
11. Is there a flyer, breeder or book that has helped you to become
a better pigeon flyer?
I want to thank Bob Burns because when I was going to quit, he urged
continue. I would also like to thank the IF membership and officers.
A lot of time
and effort is put into compiling the IF Awards on a national basis and
I am glad to
have been able to participate in the awards.
12. Do you have any advice for new flyers?
Ask the “old timers” and hope they give you the right answers.