As you may have guessed by the title of this page, it's not uncommon for us to receive email concerning the training of racing pigeons.
Let's assume that you have 15 pairs of racing pigeons, and they all lay their eggs within a few days of each other. In a perfect world, this would be a young bird team of 30 racing pigeons.
These young racing pigeons will all have some things in common.
They can be weaned at the same age.
They can be vaccinated at the same age.
They should be ranging or routing at the same age.
I prefer to start training young racing pigeons after they have been ranging or routing for about two weeks. This is when the young racing pigeons are out flying, leaving the loft area and out of sight for an extended period of time. The average time away can range from 1/2 hour to 1 and 1/2 hours or more. This can be a fun time just to observe your young team of racing pigeons as they come and go. More importantly, they are getting some good exercise and learning how to find their way home.
Some factors that can play into the first training toss are.
The health of the entire team of racing pigeons.
Amount of days ranging or routing + ranging or routing flying time.
Quality of the racing pigeons migrating / homing ability. (Invisible Factor)
Weather for training racing pigeons. (Avoid Rain, Fog, High Winds)
Best time to train racing pigeons. (Before 9:00 AM)
My first training tosses have varied greatly. I have started my young racing pigeons out at 20 miles, 15 miles, 10 miles, 5 miles and 2 miles.
Typically if my first training toss is 20 miles and all goes well with a flying time
under 2 hours, my training schedule might look something like this. Click Here
My Secret (If I Have One)
Might Be An Infrasound Sound You've Never Heard
Have you ever heard a racing pigeon fancier say that their pigeons come good from a certain spot although he or she doesn't know why. In 2004 I was on the phone with a friend that races pigeons in a different state and we were discussing the training of his racing pigeons. We were both looking at a map of his state and when I recommended what I thought would be his best training spot he was in disbelief. Everything was wrong. Wrong direction, wrong everything. However, he ended up having his best young bird season ever after 15 years of racing pigeons.
The secret, well it's not really a secret- you just maybe can't hear it, even though I'm sure your racing pigeons can. So, for those of you with a curious nature, here you go. I like to train my racing pigeons from what I call low frequency sound areas which are generated by the earths magnetic field, I'm guessing. Although I attribute being able to hear this to my Cherokee decent, it may have nothing to do with it at all. What I would do is look for training spots late at night, stopping about every 5 miles to listen for the intensity and direction of this sound. Nearly every state in the US has reported at least one "hearer", including Alaska and Hawaii. To the best of my knowledge, the source of this sound is still a mystery to scientists even though the sound appears to be generated globally.