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FEATURE


I sat for what seemed hours waiting for them but I can still remember the joy I had when I saw one of them drop from the sky, it was the Blue Pied I got her in and timed her in. I rushed up to the house to tell my mum and dad. You would have thought I had won the National!! The other bird came home a while later and I timed that in as well. I got to the club and I was a long way behind the winning bird but I was over the moon to have got them both home and timed them in.


My first pigeon loft was a converted asbestos garage [yes we had never heard of the problem of asbestos in those days.] This didn’t last too long and my dad built me a wooden loft from fencing panels with a plastic roof and wooden floor that was raised off the ground. The nest boxes were made of old doors and I brought wooden nest box fronts for them. The loft was of an L shape, which was divided into three sections, the corner section was a stock loft for my stock birds, the other two, one for my racing birds with nest boxes and the final section for my young birds. The two sections for young birds and old birds had doors to let the birds out and get into the loft, it also had traps next to the door for the pigeons to get in. These were Bob wire traps that were made out of old wire coat hangers. These were bent into a U shape and stapled to wood and allowed the bird to get into the loft but not get out. These were covered by a board when not required, this board was hinged and dropped down to act as a landing board when the birds were out


and allowed them to get back in to the loft.


I raced pigeons up until I got married and moved away from home to live in Brackley where I had a break from keeping birds for about 2 years. When we brought a house and moved to Oxford I began to feel I wanted a hobby to take my mind off work, and to relax when I came home. Pigeons were not really an option as they would take up too much time and my wife Tracy wasn’t keen on them anyway.


My start back with canaries. So I saw an advert in a local paper for some canaries and breeding cages. I rung up and brought them, they were Border canaries and were housed in my small tool shed. Within a very short time I made plans to buy a new shed for a bird room. This was 2 8’x6’ sheds that were put together to make a 16 foot long bird room, more cages were brought and I also brought some Fife canaries which I liked more than the Borders I had originally brought.


Within a very short time I made plans to buy a new shed for a bird room. This was 2 8’x6’ sheds that were put together to make a 16 foot long bird room, more cages were brought and I also brought some Fife canaries which I liked more than the Borders I had originally brought.


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