I am totally a rookie to raising pigeons but have been interested in the idea of using a breed of homer pigeons for portraying their use as messengers during my WW2 and WW1 reenactments. Generally speaking I want to be able to hold these birds during the event and then release them during the events I go to. They will be released in the states surrounding Ohio (homestate). I am looking for general costs on aquiring 1-4 birds that are able to travel 500 miles maximum and what breeds and breeders I should be looking for. Links to the sites would help alot. General information on training these birds for homing. My family has a large fully fenced area that is used for chickens and could section off the area with ease to accomodate the birds and build a nesting site. Thank you for any information!