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 website has been on-going since 2004, updated often, last update 4/6/14
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 40+
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
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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.   The
REWARD of it includes watching your birds return from great distances to you and their loft.

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 nest boxes.   I made the boxes
myself custom made to fit.  Each box has a second shelve for
the birds to start another round of eggs.  Of course I only let
them raise one round (or 1 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 34 birds.  
I still want to put a vent near the floor in front of the loft (done on
the YB side).   This will add to 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.
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.   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 bird is 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.
"Superior Long Distance Racing Pigeons"  
(read on to see why they deserve this title)
Loft news and update:  Around the Goldstar Loft.  =====> 4/5/14:   Everything (weather) is getting better.  It is only 12 days until the first old bird race and
we have only had the birds 12 miles 3 times.   No problem for the Goldstar birds but I feel for the newer lofts trying to get started and won't get much training in
before the first race which is a 150-miles, 176-miles for us.   Everyone is having problems in training old birds this year.  They come slow and broke up, even
mine until yesterday they finally came real good.  I should be able to get them to three 30-mile tosses before the first race.  Not near what I would like but the
weather has been BAD.
Young birds 2013:    Overall we had good returns losing only 7 birds (the entire racing season in races) while shipping the limit to (almost) every race.  I always look for consistency, not
only in a bird but of over all loft performance.  We have been in at least the top 20% in EVERY Club, Combine and Concourse race this young bird season (most of the races in the top
10%).  

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 the 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, o
f the top 20 birds in the Combine Champ bird report, 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 did not train the old 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 evening snack (during YB
season).
They do not get lost and they can fly ALL DAY.  Excellent at 400-miles as
young birds & 500-600's as old birds (but we won Short Average speed in the
Combine in old birds 2013 plus won the 600-mile race for the 14th time).
Here is what you will find on this website. (there are 8 pages)
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.  Information 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!
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