|Our Methods or management in
|We do give vitamins, this is very important
as well as minerals! (hint - do NOT OD the
birds with these products)
|We do not over crowd our birds! Room &
air is KEY to success. Again, ventilation is
KEY to success!
|We do have and use a health system, it is a
must! Study and develop your own.
|We do NOT give the birds peanuts. (we use
a 10-15 grain mix of our own mixed by a
local elevator with local grains)
|We do make sure our lofts are ventilated
adequately BUT dry.
|We do not put our birds together until Feb.
14th. (because we are not concerned with
YB racing and ARE concerned with Old Bird
|We do let our race team birds breed one YB
or one set of babies each year.
|We do not use the lighting or darkening
system or cut feathers on the young birds.
|We do let our birds exercise daily and let
them bathe and play in the garden ONLY
|We do not use any kind of Widow hood
system, just the natural system.
|We do give our breeders some pellets but
never the race team once training starts.
|We do not breed by or select by eye sign.
However, all of our winners have terrific
eyes! We breed by PERFORMANCE only!
|We do have patience and let our birds
mature before they are sent to the ultimate
race, which is of course the 600!
|We do train our birds from many directions
but seldom on the race course because
they get that training on race day!
|On November 1st 2003 The AU awarded us a Certificate as 10th Nationally in the Long
Distance Championship for our performances from 1999 - 2003 in the 21 - 30 loft category.
This record still stands today!
The same year we were awarded 4th Place Nationally by the IF in the Open Loft under 100
Due to the amount of effort and work it takes I am sure we would be awarded more Certificates if
the time was taken to fill out and submit the forms. The NDB etc the AU is working on will be
terrific when totally implemented.
|Goldstars & Young bird Racing
Years ago we decided that Old bird long races was where we enjoyed the sport the most. Thus we concentrated on the 500/600 miles races and
breeding for them. To our surprise our birds started to excel in YB racing and especially on the long/hard races of 250 to 400 and in bad
weather. We now realize that breeding for the 600 (or distance) is the best way to obtain super quality racing pigeons for any distance or age.
One of our motto's.................
"If you want quality birds then breed for the distance"!
Below is some but not all of our YB performance:
1. We won EVERY Young Bird 300 mile race in the club from 1993 thru 2002
2. Overall race A & B 100 - 300-mi Big Rivers Combine average speed 2004
3. Race A 100 - 300-mi Big Rivers Combine average speed 2004
4. Back in the 90's we seldom flew every YB race but when we did we always won some Average Speed awards.
5. I am most proud of Paul Hulin's (Nite Owl Loft) results with my Goldstar kits he flies and wins Concourse Average speed with them consistently but even
more so when he was 1st Club 2nd Concourse Race A 407=mi YB race and on Race B had the ONLY day bird 407-miles winning it all. (In the Deep South
6. I will go back in my records and post more results later. The bottom line is these birds do excellent on long or tough YB races and will hold their own on
Some recent Young bird racing results 1998 YB Loft of the year winning 8 races and many 2nd places
1998 1st Place 261-Mi AU 98 LSL 2830 1998 1st Place 261-Mi AU 98 LSL 2850*
1998 1st Place 326-Mi AU 98 LSL 2830 1998 1st Place 326-Mi AU 98 LSL 3597
1999 1st Place 326-Mi AU 99 ILL 0027 1999 1st Place 326-Mi AU 99 ILL 0082*
2000 1st Place 259-Mi IF 00 IIF 0255 2000 1st Place 326-Mi AU 00 ILL 2024
2000 1st Place 261-Mi AU 00 ILL 2045* 2000 1st Place 259-Mi AU 00 ILL 2064*
2001 1st Place 282-Mi IF 01 IIF 2249 2001 1st Place 326-Mi AU 01 ILL 3130
2001 1st Place 326-Mi AU 01 ILL 3140 * Became outstanding racers and breeders
Those listed above are only the 1st Place wins that are races ONLY over 250 Miles. In recent years we have not flown YBs much as it is not necessary to do it
and we enjoy Old Bird racing and Long races much more.
This Spring we sent a couple birds out to several One loft races. With one bird only 4 1/2 months old we were 18th average speed after 2 of the 3 races out of
319 birds. The bird finished 31st after coming in the next day. This was good for a very young bird half way through the molt flying a 100, 200, and 300 three
weeks in a row.
In another one loft we finished in the money with a 7th & 8th place (the birds only had 8 1/2 primaries to fly with so not bad.
Another reason I don't care for YB racing is the birds molting main flight feathers. I know about the lighting and darkening but I will not do this as it may affect the
birds as old bird racers. I have found by not racing the YBs they molt in a much better feather and look so much better as well.
2010 Young birds we won it all in the club! Average Speed, Champion Loft and Master Loft!
2012 We won Young bird Average speed once again plus more races than any other loft!
|AU and IF Awards:
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| Superior Long distance racing pigeons!
Goldstar Loft 600-mile Race record by year and band #.
1987 Race B AU 83 MIC 7375 1st Club 1st Sect 8th Combine
1993 Race A AU 89 LSLC 0919 1st Club 1st Sect 8th Combine
1994 Race A AU 92 LSLC 3362 2nd Club 4th Sect 19th Combine
1994 Race B AU 91 LSLC 1136 3rd Club 5th Sect 16th Combine
1995 Race A AU 93 LSLC 5374 1st Club 1st Sect 7th Combine
1995 Race B AU 93 LSL 5369 1st Club 1st Sect 1st Combine
1997 Race A AU 94 LSL 6442 2nd Club 2nd Sect 5th Combine
1997 Race B AU 94 LSL 6467 2nd Club 3rd Sect 7th Combine
1998 Race B AU 96 LSL 0644 1st Club 1st Sect 4th Combine
1999 Race A AU 97 LSL 1716 1st Club 1st Sect 8th Combine
1999 Race B AU 97 LSL 1719 1st Club 1st Sect 1st Combine
2000 Race A AU 98 LSL 2855 1st Club 1st Sect 4th Combine
2000 Race B AU 98 LSL 2850 1st Club 1st Sect 2nd Combine
2000 Race B AU 97 LSL 1735 3rd Club 3rd Sect 3rd Combine
2001 Race A AU 97 LSL 1735 3rd Club 3rd Sect 6th Combine
2001 Race B AU 99 ILL 0068 1st Club 1st Sect 4th Combine
2002 Race A AU 99 ILL 0082 5th Club 5th Sect 10th Combine
2002 Race B AU 98 LSL 2855 2nd Club 2nd Sect 5th Combine
2003 Race A IF 00 IIF 0243 day bird 1st Club 1st Sect 1st Combine
2003 Race A AU 99 ILL 0058 day bird 3rd Club 3rd Sect 4th Combine
2003 Race B AU 00 ILL 2011 day bird 1st Club 1st Sect 1st Combine
NOTE: 2011 was the ONLY day bird in race B in the entire combine!
2003 Race B AU 99 ILL 0082 5th Club 5th Sect 5th Combine
2004 Race A IF 02 ILL 4263 2nd Club 2nd Sect 2nd Combine
2005 Race A IF 02 ILL 4203 3rd Club 3rd Sect 5th Combine
2005 Race B IF 02 ILL 4233 5th Club 5th Sect 10th Combine
2006 Race A IF 02 ILL 4210 2nd Club 2nd Sect 5th Combine
2006 Race B IF 02 ILL 4203 1st Club 1st Sect 1st Combine
2007 races cancelled due to severe rains in Oklahoma and Texas
2008 Race A AU06 STAR1679 day bird 3rd club 3rd sect 3rd Combine
Note:1679 was a day bird flying longer than ANY other bird in the Combine.
2009 I had moved in 2008 so had no old bird team.
2010 Building an OB team we did not race long races.
Note: 2005 AND 2006 Goldstar Lofts had the BEST average on the 600's and won the Bob
Carlock 600-Mile Traveling Trophy two years in a row! The race was cancelled in 2007. In 08
only one loft in the Combine beat us (20-miles shorter)
As far as we can trace back (35+ years) Goldstar loft is the ONLY loft to win a
Combine double header 600-mile race (Both race A and Race B) and on top of that
with DAY BIRDS. We have won more 600-mile club races than anyone ever and more
Combine 600's since 2003 than any one else. And I believe more Combine 600-mile
diplomas than any other loft since 1995.
We have also won more 300-mile YOUNG BIRD races than anyone in our club.
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|The picture above is of our house we moved to in June of 2008 and was taken in July
of 2010. Click on the picture to enlarge it for more detail then hit the back button on
your browser. I do allot of mowing as the yard is about 2 acre's, plus a 3 acre
pasture but an acre of that is a pond we just put in July 2010.
|Memberships & Organizations
* AU 37+ year member
* Now a Life time Member of the AU
* IF Member (International Federation)
* Member of the ILLINI RPC
* Member Missouri Illinois Combine
* US Navy & Vietnam Veteran
* VFW & American Legion member
|Below is our watch dog "Roscoe". He is 3/4 mini Doberman and a terrific watch
dog. He is already trained not to bother the pigeons or chickens but to protect
them. He goes after ANY other bird that flies low over the back yard (which is
good). He also warns me if a sparrow happens to get in the loft. He is in a
fenced in yard around the loft and so far no critters have bothered the birds. Oh
and he also kills snakes! (if they are less than 3 feet long that is)
|One of our birds landing above.
Picture taken by George Goeken in flight 10/11/10
To the left is a few of our many trophies won over the years (the small ones, the 13 600-mile trophies in a special display).
After a couple hundred or so we stopped taking them and took the money or a plaque instead. (Except for the 500 and 600 mile
races). We have a lighted display with the many 500 and 600-mile trophies in it. See the Contact us page for the display case
of our MANY 500 and 600-mile trophies.
|Update on Roscoe,
I once caught him chasing a
Coopers Hawk around the back
yard! GOOD DOG!
Fence in your loft and get a dog
to protect them. It really helps
to keep the predators away!