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…

A New Model for NBRC Competition

Several years ago, I wrote an article called “Time for a Change”, in which I suggested that the NBRC consider changing the structure of our national championship finals so that it could be held in a season other than the Fall. Historically, Fall’s cooler temperatures and maturing young birds made flying and competing at that…

Night-flying Rollers

Night-flying Rollers By Cliff Ball Wendall Carter, Jerry Allen, his ten-year-old son, and I had just returned home, at about 7:30 PM after an awesome day of flying rollers in the western North Carolina mountains. Our local club, the Central Carolina Performing Roller Cub, had voted to suspend our club fly and, instead, support the…

Time For A Change?

TIME FOR A CHANGE? by Cliff Ball   The NBRC National Championship Fly, also known as the Fall Fly, and the James Perry Memorial Fly, has become one of the most prestigious roller competition flys in our nation, thanks to the dedication and perseverance of many men over several decades. We take this time to…

Parasite Control in Pigeons

PARASITE CONTROL IN PIGEONS By Cliff Ball The primary parasites of concern in pigeons are roundworms, hairworms and tapeworms, Coccidia, lice, and mites. Worms are extremely common and are responsible for most of the losses of adult and young birds in our lofts. Nearly every unexplained, sudden loss of a stock bird that I have had…