Information About Racing Pigeons
Pigeon racing is a great sport which races trained racing pigeons which then return to their homes over a carefully measured distance. The time it takes for the racing pigeon to cover the distance specified is taken and then the speed of the racing pigeons is calculated. The racing pigeon that returned back home at the highest speed wins the race. %%AFC-ADVERT%%
The breed of pigeon which is bred specifically for the sport of pigeon racing is called the “Racing Homer.” UK racing pigeons are trained for races which can be anywhere between 100 and 1000km long. Pigeon races are extremely exciting as they are often won or lost by a matter of seconds.
Pigeon racing has been traced back to 220AD or possibly even earlier and received particular popularity in Belgium in the mid nineteenth century. In Belgium the best pigeon fanciers began to breed racing pigeons for fast flight and long endurance which are called Voyageurs.
In recent years pigeon racing has decreased in popularity due to aging fanciers and a general lack of public interest.