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So I was watching a roller training video that suggested such birds should only e flown 5-6 months out of the year due to possible losses from hawks. Any guess why this would be true?

Do racing homers have greater problems during certain seasons?

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So I was watching a roller training video that suggested such birds should only e flown 5-6 months out of the year due to possible losses from hawks. Any guess why this would be true?

Do racing homers have greater problems during certain seasons?

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some migrate through parts of the country, winter they are very hungry and spring/summer they are raising young, I have not had a hawk in weeks, but I expect it will get worse in the fall with the migration.
 

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Racing homers have less issues with hawks then rollers if compared.It also depends how aggressive the hawk is.You shouldn't have a lot of issues in the summer,as i have a resident pair 100 yards from me.They'll try to hit once or twice but not really aggressively.It kind of helps the birds fly longer and higher,and gets them hawk-aware.
 

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It depends on your location, but usually winter is deadly for pigeons because those hawks are very hungry with less food(other birds) available to them. I have homers and crosses and during winter and late winter, they get most of my birds. They are more persistent during those times. I also have these resident hawks that live near me and they wreck havoc in my birds. It seemed to have calmed down a bit this spring because I notice that these hawks are catching other birds and leaving my birds alone. Rollers are slower so a hawk can get them better than homers. A smart, conditioned, well-trained rollers may be able to survive though. Some people take their chances. Some don't. I did and I suffered from it. Because hawks migrate, some people just wait until they migrated out from you area.
 
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