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Margarret Margarret is offline
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American Domestic Show Flight

The American Domestic Show Flight is most unusual in that it was designed by a group of fanciers who then went on to create the breed. In the 1940's a group of fanciers in New York City got together and drafted a standard for a bird that did not yet exist. They then began to breed to the standard, beginning with Flying Flights, until the bird we know today was developed. Once fairly limited to the New York area, Domestic Show Flights have, in the past twenty years, found their way all across the United States, as fanciers get to know this sweet tempered breed. Show Flights are now bred all over the world as well, mostly due to the work of the New York Combine, a specialty club whose members have been instrumental in introducing and assisting interested fanciers in adding this breed to their lofts.

Description from Pigeons of North America:

The American Domestic Show Flight should be 8 1/2 inches long and 8 inches tall, being thick and cobby with an erect posture (eye over the legs). Its chest should be held high (4 1/2 inches wide); it's legs are short and stout (1 inch from the ball of the foot to the bend of the knee) and 2 1/4 inches apart. The neck should be short and thick (2 1/4 inches in diameter at the middle). The bird's beak should be set in deep at the nostrils 1 inch long and 3/16 inches wide, tapering gracefully to a point, and blood red in color. Its head must be round and prominent with the frontal being wide and overlapping the feather line of the nostril. The eye, which is 1/4 inch in diameter, is set in the center of the head. The eyes are pearly white with small black pupils. American Domestic Show Flights can be either plainheaded or capped, otherwise known as crested. The American Domestic Show Flight comes in red, yellow, black, brown, dun blue and silver dun bar. It comes in solid or teager except for the barred varieties. The Domestic Show Flight also has all white flights, at least six white primaries on each wing to meet the standard.

Here are some examples of Domestic Show Flights:


Red Teager:

Black Teager:
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Posted 28th November 2008, 04:01 PM
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American Domestic Show Flight - Part 2

The Show Flight is not a bird for the beginner. Though they appear able to feed their young, they are frequently very indifferent parents after the eggs hatch. They may feed for a day or two and then abandon the nestlings. As a result, surrogate parents are needed, called feeders or pumpers. Racing homers are usually the best bird for this job, although I have used West of Englands with excellent success. It is usually thought that one should have at least three pairs of feeders for each pair of Show Flights. This way at least one pair will lay within a day or so of the Flight pair, ensuring that the feeder birds will have crop milk when the babies hatch out.

Because of the need for four pairs of birds to raise one pair, it is more expensive to breed Show Flights. There is also the need for extra loft space to accommodate the feeders. Maintaining Show Flights in the loft is much the same as for any pigeon. They are considered a performing breed as they have been bred from a flying breed. But most Show Flights are contained in the loft with an aviary for limited flying. They are extremely affectionate birds, easily tamed with very calm personalities.

Domestic Show Flight Babies With Foster Parent:

And, my beloved Rosey as a youngster about 2 weeks old:
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