At times, is our sport getting too expensive? Birds, fees, feed, medication, and training? What do you guys/gals think? Input and/or feedback will be appreciated.
I think it considered more "too" expensive by newcomers. Everything has gone up, from a piece of bubble gum to whatever. I think MOST of us have just learned to "deal" with it, but for a new person just coming on board, it can seem overwhelming..........At times, is our sport getting too expensive? Birds, fees, feed, medication, and training? What do you guys/gals think? Input and/or feedback will be appreciated.
That is a great point. My thoughts are that we could buy a laptop forI think it is medium. It is not like owning a racing horse--that is expensive!
I was looking at those racing clocks and they look expensive. For those prices you probably can buy computers that probably can do more. But I guess it has something to do with price/demand ratio.
The birds are probably semi-expensive, too. I am thinking of those prices such as you can find in ipigeon.com, etc.
Nevertheless it is still affordable, but it is not pocket change.
Hey Conditionfreak !It is as expensive as you let it be, or want it to be, within a certain degree. There are some things you HAVE to have and some that you WANT to have.
You can have pigeons as a hobby, for way less than a pack of cigarettes a day would cost you, (which is about $160.00 a month).
You can also have pigeons that will cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars over a ten year period. Depends what stock you start with. What races you enter, etc.
Racing pigeons have been called the "poor mans race horse" for a reason. But it can go sky high if you let it or want it too.
Hey Conditionfreak !
I knew if I looked hard enough, I would find something we could agree on 100%, in spite the fact that on some threads we appeared to disagree on different aspects concerning "Investments" in our hobby !
The cigarette example is perfect, and we also know some people also purchase a cup of coffee with those cigs, and often a couple of them lottery tickets. Throw in a couple nights at a pub, and well....you can see that the choices we make every day, add up to some real money over the course of a week, month or year. Pigeon keeping can provide a real value for the dollar, compared to many different "hobbies" or vices.
One of the things my wife and I have given up, in order to enjoy are hobby the way we want to, is the traditional 2 or 3 week annual vacations to some exotic place. I "saved" a couple of dollars by giving up those cruises and casino stops. For us, is was a choice, and we feel we get a greater value, spread over 52 weeks of the year !! And when you consider that a single cruise to say Bermuda, is over in a very short period of time, and gone forever, the same amount invested in a pigeon or two can spread thousands of hours of enjoyment over a decade or longer.
And the best thing is, the owner and fancier sets the budget. It's all up to you and what you enjoy, and feel is important to you. The most expensive "Hobby" in my estimation, is having kids.
There is an economy of scale if you have a dozen or so, but generally speaking, you can save yourself perhaps $500,000 over a lifetime, by having one less kid, but that is getting a bit OT.