|Award winning Goldstar Racing Loft, winner of the AU National Loft of the Year
picture contest 2003 Big Loft Category
Picture taken by G. Goeken in July 1999.
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|This site is dedicated to the sport & hobby of racing and breeding
Racing Homing Pigeons!
40 YEARS of breeding and racing these wonderful birds. This site updated 12/6/13
Breeders For Sale listed NOW! Check out the "Birds for Sale" page.
|Goldstar Racing Loft was actually founded in 1973 but the strain is more than 3/4 century old. The birds, a strain I have named and developed
over the last 38+ years in my loft had been bred in part by the late Gene Goldschmidt of St. Louis Mo. The combination of his decades of
breeding and several key birds I blended into them over the years has created a family of birds I call the "Goldstars". The Goldstars are a quality
breed of birds which excel at the distance and or on hard weather races as well as any distance race from any direction. Everyone who obtains
them wins with them and observes how smart these birds are in racing home or just in the loft. Not only smart they are some of the most beautiful
birds you will ever handle. Read on and check out all the pages on the site. Any comments or suggestions are welcome.
|Goldstar Racing & Breeding Lofts
|To the right is a photo of my old loft (before we moved)
where I bred and raced birds for 35 years. Goldstar birds are
now flying in Hawaii, Alaska, Taiwan, Texas, Delaware,
Washington, Oregon, Florida, North & South Carolina,
California, Connecticut, Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri,
Minnesota, Illinois, Washington, Wisconsin, Nevada, Utah,
Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Indiana, New Mexico and other
states. Including Canada, Mexico City, Mexico and now the
Philippines. If you want beautiful, smart birds that win races
at all distances (especially long hard races) and want to win
shows as well try some of these Goldstar birds.
You will love them!!!!!!!
|This site is for the purpose of promoting the sport of Racing Pigeons. We want to show everyone our beautiful birds, the lofts and express the
enjoyment we have in caring for these wonderful creatures. For those of you that do not know, THIS is the ultimate hobby.
It involves not only caring for a living thing but much more, such as in interacting with fellow fanciers in pigeon shows and competing in races. In
order to do these things there is much more involved than simply "caring" for them. There are club memberships, meetings, outings, visiting,
auctions, and a whole list of other happenings that will keep you busy all year long outside of just caring for the birds at home. However, the efforts
of this hobby include loft building and re-modeling, breeding the birds which can involve hours of studying which birds to mate together (if you so
desire). Feeding the birds, giving supplements, cleaning, banding babies and settling them to the loft not to mention training them to home and to
race home, all this is only a pittance of this hobby.
There is so much to learn about these wonderful birds! They are individuals that are extremely smart and all have their own unique personality.
Even after 40 years I am amazed by the birds and learn something new about them and working with them all the time. People in my life have came
and gone but once you acquire the love for these birds and this hobby you instantly have many brothers (and sisters) as you will feel that kinship
with other people who enjoy the same thing, which is the BIRDS.
For those people who are not involved in a pigeon hobby, especially in the Racing of them, you have no idea what you are missing! It
is unexplainable the excitement and satisfaction we get from this sport and the birds. I feel I am the luckiest guy in the world to know
this and enjoy this hobby and that I was born to do this, and thankful for it.
|Here (left) is a picture of the inside of the OB flying loft. Against the north wall is 15 hand made nest boxes. I made the
boxes myself custom made to fit etc. Each box has a second shelve for the birds to start another round of eggs in. Of
course I only let them raise one round (or one baby) prior to race season. After this they fly to wood eggs
There are now 5 more nest boxes on the south wall. This gives me 20 boxes but the old bird team is limited to 36
I still have more work to do in this loft like putting a vent near the floor in front of the loft (done on the YB side). This is
what I will do for more ventilation in the OB loft. There is NOTHING more important than good ventilation. You might
think you have it but I bet someday you will discover you need more AIR. Sunlight and fresh air is KEY to success.
I have had as many as 15 Ybs in my lap as I sit on the floor feeding them by hand. They seem much tamer than the late
hatches I spent no time with. Get the hint, spend time with your birds and watch them. Especially when they are 30 to
60 days old. Handle all of them every day if you can.
|At the right is our Goldstar racing loft. Picture taken July 2011. Notice the pond in back of it now. I had it dug
summer 2010 and now is full and stocked. You see, when the birds come home from a race they can get a drink
before they trap in. This way it gives others a chance to beat these great Goldstar birds (LOL the problem is it has
happened but not in a while now). The loft in total is 24' x 8' plus an 8 x 10 breeder loft in the back. The young bird
-section is on the left and old birds in the middle 6'x 10' with a small hall way-storage on the right. One big
advantage to this loft is having only one landing board & trap instead of two. I no longer have to re-train the YBs to
the OB trap. There is a box inside where I can direct them to either loft. I have learned over the years that having
only one drop hole for the birds is the best way to go when racing OB's around here. This loft is more than 28" off
the ground. High and dry is better for sure. The roof is slanted front instead of back so I can see the birds.
Other buildings are far enough away that they will land on the loft (mostly). The aviaries are all 1 x 1 welded wire
which is perfect for pigeons. I have over 60+ YB perches but my normal team will only be 40 birds to start. The
roof is white metal with insulation R board under it so as not to transfer heat or cold into the loft. Even when it is
very hot out it stays nice inside. I am still perfecting it & landscaping it so it will get better with time.
|"Superior Long Distance Racing Pigeons"
(read on to see why they deserve this title)
|Loft news and update: Around the Goldstar Loft. =====> 10/29/13: Young birds 2013: Not a great year but not bad either. Lack of training
and the winds and the drag keeping the birds to the west, plus some new and good competition has kept us from the first place position. Note, our
club's front is a good 80-miles wide and about 50-miles deep. Overall we have had good returns losing only 7 birds (the entire racing season)
while shipping the limit to (almost) every race. I always look for consistency, not only in a bird but of loft performance. We have been in at least
the top 20% in EVERY Club, Combine and Concourse race this young bird season.
Old birds 2013: We flew all 10 races and won 4 of them, a 200, two 300's and the 600. (12 member club) Goldstar Loft won Combine Short Average Speed but
winning my 14th 600-mile race was more exciting. We were 4th Combine long Ave Speed and 3rd Overall Ave Speed. We were 4th Combine Champion Loft and 4th
Master Loft as well. Our yearling cock took 3rd Champion bird but even better, of the top 20 birds in the Combine, 5 of them (25%), were from the Goldstar Loft. It
was the yearling's that shined on the short races but the old birds really came through on the 600. The last 2 years we owned the 450 (clocking more birds in the top 20%
than any other loft) but lacked on the 600. This year it was different as the 450 we slipped on, but the 600 we won the club and was 2nd Combine. We sent 8 birds to
the 600 and all 8 were in the clock on the 2nd day (no day birds in the Combine). All in all a pretty good year, especially winning my 14th 600-mile race (14 club, 13
Combine, 5 Concourse 600-mile wins to date).
One more thing, I am feeling better (health wise) but still have not trained the birds much at all. In fact I only trained about once every two weeks
on average (until May 8th then no training at all). I did give the birds 2 hours of open loft each day (no more). With good birds and good
management you don't need to train! It is allot more fun when you don't have to waste time and gas training the birds.
Remember, one of the secrets of racing young birds is to control them with feed management. Fat pigeons do not race well so keep
them lean & in shape. I may repeat this often because my biggest down fall is just that, having birds with too much weight on them.
If you want to have FUN watching your birds score at the top of the sheet (especially on long hard races) you might try some of these Goldstar birds!
|These are pictures of my Goldstar young birds from the race team
in taken 2010/11. I have other pictures I will change up once in a
while. Just changed them 11/13. Picture on left is interesting, look
closely at it.
These are not only beautiful birds they are superbly smart and very
calm birds. Most all eat out of my hand and climb all over me as I
sit on the loft floor and feed them every day about 5 PM for their
They do not get lost and they can fly ALL DAY. Excellent at
400-miles as young birds & 500-600's as old birds (won Short
Average speed old birds 2013 plus won the 600-mile race for the
|Here is what you will find on this website.
1. Pictures of lofts inside and out plus pictures of our racing pigeons.
2. Race records of our birds in club, Combine, and Concourse competition.
3. Hints and tips on health care of the birds, breeding, training and racing techniques.
4. History of the Goldstar birds and how they came about.
5. Testimonials of others who have had success with the Goldstar birds.
6. Pigeons and other items available for sale.
7. Info on how to contact me plus links to the AU and the IF.
Many have told me that this is one of the most informative pigeon sites on the Internet -
Thank you all for your positive comments about the site and the birds!