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I sent two birds to the 500 this week end. Didn't get a day bird from this station, for the first time since I started racing. My hen came in around 10:00 this morning looking a bit bedraggled...........the cock bird showed up around 11:00 I guess? HOW he got home is beyond me.
His second, first and ALL primary feathers are gone. When you spread out his wing, there's 8 flights and a BIG gap. Most of his tail feathers are gone too. I think he's got three left. It must have been very tough to do any flying with his wing the way it is, not to mention it's been raining most all day. I can't find any injuries of any kind......just a LOT of missing feathers.
Sure are some tough little buggers. Keeps on amazing me.
 

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I am SO glad to hear they made the flight home, Renee!!

That is some tough pijie, bless his heart!! I bet he had a close encounter of the predator kind!! Predator: 0 Pigeon: 1 (minus some feathers)!

Isn't he the one who will be seeing his former mate who just returned to you after a long absence??

Wishing all the BEST with Love, Hugs and Scritches

Shi :)
 

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I am SO glad to hear they made the flight home,
Isn't he the one who will be seeing his former mate who just returned to you after a long absence??

Shi :)
What a happy homecoming for both of them!!

Congratulations, Renee!!! He must have REALLY wanted to make it home to Mother Renee!! Well done (for all) :D
 

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Heart it is! What amazing creatures to endure incredible hardships to make it home. Shows what an amazing person you are Renee.
 

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HI RENEE, Is the hen in question the same one that came home from the smash race? GEORGE;)
No, this was a cock bird.

OH, I misunderstood.....no, not the same hen. This week was another bad week too.........rain, t-storms, crazy...........I'm hearing from other fanciers now.......poor returns. I'm lucky that I got my birds back home period.
 

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I am SO glad to hear they made the flight home, Renee!!

That is some tough pijie, bless his heart!! I bet he had a close encounter of the predator kind!! Predator: 0 Pigeon: 1 (minus some feathers)!

Isn't he the one who will be seeing his former mate who just returned to you after a long absence??
Wishing all the BEST with Love, Hugs and Scritches

Shi :)

Yes Shi, it is. I guess they were happy. I really think he was too tired to give a damn actually.........but I tried. :eek:
 

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HI RENNEE, Talk about heart I have a hen that didn't come home for a week from a simple traing toss. She looked good but when I picked her up she had a large scab about the size of a half dollar She had a busted keel how she got by for a week in that condishion I will never know., yes our birds are a lot tougher then we think, and I think love of home or mate or both is the driving factor with these birds.I have always felt that birds that over come hardships are birds that need to be given a shot in the breeding loft,something in their GENETIC make up, THAT MAKES THEM KEEP COMING. GEORGE;)
 

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HI RENNEE, Talk about heart I have a hen that didn't come home for a week from a simple traing toss. She looked good but when I picked her up she had a large scab about the size of a half dollar She had a busted keel how she got by for a week in that condishion I will never know., yes our birds are a lot tougher then we think, and I think love of home or mate or both is the driving factor with these birds.I have always felt that birds that over come hardships are birds that need to be given a shot in the breeding loft,something in their GENETIC make up, THAT MAKES THEM KEEP COMING. GEORGE;)
Yea, I've thought about the George.....actually, this cock bird has been as "ok" racer....he and his brother took 2nd and 3rd place in an auction race as young birds, but since then.......nothing spectacular. Close but no cookie so to speak. LOL
Their Dad is a Jan Aarden from CBS and he's 11 years old.........has probably seen his better days. Might be time for the sons to take his place. ;)
 

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Some of these birds sure do have heart. There's one bird in particular that I know who won the 200 mile club race in my club that has the most heart I've ever seen and probly will ever see. She was flown by another member of my club as I would never do what he did to this bird. Well she won the 200 and then she had 2 weeks to get ready for the 300 mile futurity race she was banded for. Well she got hit by a hawk the wednesday before the race her whole tail was pulled out and she was missing couple of her flights and a huge gash on her breast the hawk really did a number on her. But like I said I would never of shipped her as she was in bad shape but this guy shipped her and he got 3 birds on the drop and came in 3rd 4th and 5th she was the one who clocked in 5th place. But I don't know how that bird flew 320 miles in that condition.
 

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I sent two birds to the 500 this week end. Didn't get a day bird from this station, for the first time since I started racing. My hen came in around 10:00 this morning looking a bit bedraggled...........the cock bird showed up around 11:00 I guess? HOW he got home is beyond me.
His second, first and ALL primary feathers are gone. When you spread out his wing, there's 8 flights and a BIG gap. Most of his tail feathers are gone too. I think he's got three left. It must have been very tough to do any flying with his wing the way it is, not to mention it's been raining most all day. I can't find any injuries of any kind......just a LOT of missing feathers.
Sure are some tough little buggers. Keeps on amazing me.

You should market that bird like Mike Ganus did Sure Bet! :D
 

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I had the same bird with a heart. When he was young and only made 1 circle around the loft, a hawk chased it. That bird still squeaked then. It disappeared for 4 days. When it came back, he has puncture wounds on his chest and wing. I don't know how that bird found my place because he has not ranged yet. I mean it was a squeaker that just came out probably less than a week. I saw him flying overhead really slow (I suspected that bird injured based on the way it was flying)--it was slow and laborious and was trying!. But in the end it came back. He is now breeding here and thus far he turned out to be pretty smart bird--the first bird that figured out how to escape from a sputniks trap.
 
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