SADDLE HOMER PIGEONS
My plan led to another….
When I decided to breed and exhibit the Jacobin, the fancy pigeon that I admire the most, there was only one thing in my mind—that I will not let my Jacobin breeders incubate their eggs and let the other breed of pigeon rear their young. A breeder in my area gave me some of his mismarked saddle homers, which started the breeding process.
My saddle pigeons started to have their eggs a week earlier than my Jacobins so I couldn’t switch. In result, I decided to let them continue incubating their eggs, which led to their young. As these birds started developing their feathers, I suddenly got this feeling that Saddle Homers did not need to be my foster parents but my second breed of pigeons that I can have so I can further enjoy the beauty each one can bring me.
I started looking for more information about Saddle Homers and from my e-mail and telephone conversations with some Saddle Homer fanciers, which started my love for the Saddle Homers—no longer foster parents, they were instead now part of my loft. What started as foster parents and then flyers, I decided to go on to the more delicate part of breeding Saddle Homers—go and breed according to the standard and breed the best that I can have for the improvement of my own Saddle Homers.
I attended a pigeon show and there I was able to see some saddle homers and get close interactions with some true saddle homer breeders and exhibitors with whom I got to know better. My membership for the club, Saddle Homers USA, also started that day.
I left the show hall that day with four pairs of mismarked saddle homers but what is important that day was that I went home knowing that I could produce quality saddle homers because the birds’ genes are what is needed for me be able to have a good start on this new breed that I plan to pursue.
Will it be a success? I will let the day pass by and let my show results next year answer. But rest assured, just like what I have with my Jacobins, my plan is to be able to be included on the list of breeder/exhibitor that will represent what these breeds are really made of.
UPDATE on the Saddles :
I decided to quit on breeding Saddle Homers and instead just focus on just the regular homers (blue bars, checkered and others). As I really let my homers fly around the property I find the saddles not that impressive in going back to the loft and is just influencing the other homers to hang out the training loft which we all know not a good habit for them to have.