NBRC Bulletin Deliveries

One of the most common complaints from NBRC members that seems to appear on internet roller forums, email groups, and chat rooms, has to do with a few members complaining that they have not received their Bulletin on time. There are a number of reasons for this. By providing the members with more information about…

Mangile’s Pigeon Pages

Mangile’s Pigeon Pages Pigeon Genetics Newsletter Issue #67 July 1973, pages 27-29. WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE “DIRTY” COLORATION? by: Robert J. Mangile      When one observes a flock of Homing Pigeons it is evident that some of the blue pigeons are of a much more  “dirty” appearing coloration (not “smoky”) as compared to…

What is A Breed? by Cliff Ball

What is a breed? To put the question more precisely, what are the necessary conditions that enable us to say with conviction, “this group of animals constitutes a distinct breed?” A useful definition of “breed” is that a breed is a group of domesticated animals that are similar enough (usually by appearance, production, or origin)…

Birmingham Roller Breed/Performance Standard

For several decades the breeding and flying of the Birmingham Roller has had no real written breed or performance standard beyond personal opinions described in various pigeon journals, letters between fanciers, communications on internet sites, and the individual opinions of judges during competitions. As a result, controversy and confusion have dominated the fancy. Operating primarily…

What is a “Color Breeder”?

I have long heard the term “color breeder” and wondered exactly what it really means. Most often, it seems to be used with a derogatory connotation; one of disrespect. But, personally, when I hear the term “color breeder” used, I think of pigeon breeders who primarily concern themselves with interest in genetics and the pursuit…

The Carolina Connection

THE CAROLINA CONNECTION By Cliff Ball PART I Carolina roller men have, over the years, established connections throughout the sport with hundreds of roller men across the country. Ardent in their enthusiasm for proper performance in roller pigeons, they have left their mark on the hobby through the genes they have fixed in the families…