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Racing Homing Pigeons!
40+ YEARS of breeding and racing these wonderful birds.
This website has been on-going since 2004, updated often, last update 9/14/14
Breeders for sale now (& more to come). 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
|The 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, Georgia 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.
|At the right is our Goldstar racing loft. Pictures taken June 2014. 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. =====> 9/14/14: Young birds 2014! Taking the year off from racing YBs and it is all working out fine at
our loft with the birds. I never enjoyed YB racing much for several reasons of which mostly has to do with how it is done in this area (mostly because of one
direction racing which favors one group of people). This year "they" have made it even worse for the fanciers, the sport and the birds. They started Mid
August with 100+ degree temps so the result was devastating loses the entire month for those that trained and raced in the heat. On top of that they added
another race to the schedule, making it 10 weeks long, which stretches the season out to the end of October. Dragging the season so long is extra hard on the
families and the birds. With only a 15 bird limit one can't even jump in for a few races and get his birds tested. Members are dropping out and birds are being
lost (allot of money spent for a few people as well). The solution is simple, start at the end of August, fly for 8 weeks, have a 20-bird limit. Most members know
this but for some reason changes for the better does not happen here. But at the Goldstar lofts we have done training when it is good for the birds as well as
the trainer (me). One problem, we can't lose birds. They have been jumped out to different points but they have not been affected by this. Such as 35-miles to
the NW then 4 days later 35-miles SSE, Usually the first toss across the mighty Mississippi can be tricky so we would go 25-miles. This time we went 35-miles
WSW. Then another 55-miles WSW, then 90 SW (the race course) then another 70 SW. We started with about 50 birds and still have 44 left. BUT, we have
had relentless hawk attacks DAILY. I never saw a dead bird or remains but that doesn't mean any thing. I do believe I managed to scare at least one of the
hawks away and the birds seem somewhat calmer suddenly. Hawks really are terrorists to the birds and it is a shame there are so many hawks around.
2014 OB season is over now and ended with our double header 450/600-mile races released the same day. I sent the limit which is 12 birds to each race. We got two day birds from
the 450 race (469-Mi) taking 13th and 26th Concourse both in the top 10%. In the 600 the birds did GREAT, last year we sent 8 and had ALL 8 in the clock. This year we clocked 10 of
the 12 and ALL 12 are home. The high light was seeing our hen 5199 come early in the morning as she did last year. Get this, in last years race (at 627-miles) she clocked in at
07:04:19, this year 07:04:17 WOW! Only one loft 25+ miles shorter beat her and this loft shipped twice as many birds. We were the FIRST loft at that distance or longer to clock birds.
We also clocked another bird shortly after her then two more so two were in the top 10% and two more in the top 20%. We did great on the long race but there were only 3 and another
cancelled. The shorter races were hampered by east winds EVERY race (all 10 races) with us being one of the furtherest east lofts all the west side lofts had the advantage. However,
we were at the top of all categories in the Combine (Champ Loft, Champ bird, and all Average speed awards. The birds were ALWAYS there in every race, even when some fellows did
not get any birds until the 3rd day. Again we only lost 6 birds in racing the entire season so we have way too many birds and will list many proven and test birds which superior genetics
for sale. Check the birds for sale page and get some really NICE racing pigeons!
Being super busy I apologize for not up dating the web-site more often.
We fly 627-miles on the 600 (Shamrock, Texas to Bunker Hill, IL.) In 2012 we sent 13 birds, ALL home, 2013 sent 8 birds ALL home, 2014 sent 12 birds ALL
home! 33 entries over three years and NO loses. Plus we won many club,combine and concourse diplomas. Don't forget, in 2013 we won Combine SHORT
average speed so these birds can do it all. Even if you don't fly a 600 they will have the stamina to home on bad weather 500-mile races. I always hear about
bird loses but don't understand because I don't lose them.
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
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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