Training Racing Pigeons
As you may have guessed by the title of this page, it's not uncommon for us to receive email concerning the training of racing pigeons.
Let's assume that you have 15 pairs of racing pigeons, and they all lay their eggs within a few days of each other. In a perfect world, this would be a young bird team of 30 racing pigeons.
These young racing pigeons will all have some things in common.
They can be weaned at the same age.
They can be vaccinated at the same age.
They should be ranging or routing at the same age.
I prefer to start training young racing pigeons after they have been ranging or routing for about two weeks. This is when the young racing pigeons are out flying, leaving the loft area and out of sight for an extended period of time. The average time away can range from 1/2 hour to 1 and 1/2 hours or more. This can be a fun time just to observe your young team of racing pigeons as they come and go. More importantly, they are getting some good exercise and learning how to find their way home.
Some factors that can play into the first training toss are.
The health of the entire team of racing pigeons.
Amount of days ranging or routing + ranging or routing flying time.
Quality of the racing pigeons migrating / homing ability. (Invisible Factor)
Weather for training racing pigeons. (Avoid Rain, Fog, High Winds)
Best time to train racing pigeons. (Before 9:00 AM)
My first training tosses have varied greatly. I have started my young racing pigeons out at 20 miles, 15 miles, 10 miles, 5 miles and 2 miles.
Typically if my first training toss is 20 miles and all goes well with a flying time
under 2 hours, my training schedule might look something like this.
Here is a training schedule that I would recommend to a new racing pigeon fancier that could be modify to suit their needs.
Above is a video clip of some young racing pigeons flying around the loft.