Did you find a local club yet? that is the best way to get started, everyone in my club is very helpful, that is how I got started. my suggestion is to find a racing club and talk to some members before you buy birds, they will probably give you birds to get started.
i call someone then he sent me to another guy and that guy gave me a number to call another guy, then that guy end up saying he didnt have any , he said to call the first guy i talk too he had some for $275 each.
wish you were in oregon, i could get you all set up. as far as buying birds.... try to get stock from proven winners, finding someone in a club is still the best option, I will check with some guys here and see if they know someone down your way.
well i even told him that i wanted to join the cflub and he said ok , that he would help me with that, they have the band and everything i could get from them, but they didnt have any pigeons for me at this time
All the breeding pairs I have are on loan from another club member, if you are not in a big hurry I could breed you up some young birds, how much are you wanting to spend? I have some late hatches 09s that were given to me, but none of those are paired, I have not even sexed them yet.