High flying pigeons
High flying pigeon is tradition of our city, Lahore.
People are keeping and flying pigeons since long.Very
few fanciers keep fancy pigeons, majority keep and breed
high flying pigeons (tipplers). The history of high flying
pigeons goes back to Mughal era. Its time
consuming and tough job to do in the hottest month of
the year. According to a rough survey there are about
300,000 high flying pigeon fanciers in my own city, Lahore,
which has a population of about 8 million people. You
can see lot of pigeon lofts on the roof tops. The cages
are built by bricks and normally have flying pen on top
of the cage, which has a entrance below. There are few
organized clubs which caters the need of competitions
among the high flying pigeons. Every year in the month
of May and June and again in September and October pigeons
competitions are held through out the country. Every club
and city have own methods and ways of competitions laid
down by them. The high flying pigeons from the city of
Lahore, Kasur, Sialkot are popular and known for their
flying abilities and performances. Every pigeon flyers
developed his own strains, names are so many and color
patterns are also so many. Local herbs are being used
to enhance the performance of flying tippler. Every flying
pigeon fancier normally get guidance and works under the
supervision of his teacher known as Ustad. The teacher
is normally an aged and experienced flying person who
normally won many flying competitions in the past.
Pigeon flown in Kits
There are very few pigeon fanciers found who keep and
breed pigeon flown in kits. It is very hard job to train
pigeon for kit flying, have own rules and few cities where
this sport is very popular. How to train and fly pigeons
could be find in some other article on this web site.
But every flying pigeon could be trained in the kit.
Homer (pigeon racing) was introduced about a decade.
There were three proper clubs were formed in the city
of Lahore only. A few pigeon races of about 300 KM and
400 Km were conducted but it could not get popularity
here. The reasons being many, mainly the pigeon fanciers
get difficult to do tosses to their pigeons, it is more
expensive for the pigeon fanciers in Pakistan, this problem
could only be solved if the club mange to hold such tosses,
whichunfortunately could not happens and this sport has
lost popularity. Many new fanciers who turns to be very
good pigeon racers have lost interest within one or two
years of time. The weather also plays very important role,
as our summer seasons starts from mid march till mid October,
so very few months have left for the races. The other
main problem is that knowledge of good flying homer is
very scare, since sport has started about 10 years ago,
it takes lot of time and efforts to enjoy this beautiful
sport. One of the main problem was calculation of distance
also arose and it could not be properly handled. These
were the few problems that is why this sport could not
get popularity in Pakistan.
There is only one club which deals with fancy pigeons
and it is also not very active these days.
There were two fancy pigeon shows held by this club, one
in 1998 and second in 2000 (please note that those were
the two organized pigeon shows held since we got independence
since 1947). All the pigeon shown in the show were mostly
imported birds, unfortunately pigeon rings are not made
in Pakistan so the spirit of wining is not very much there.
I wish some day we are able to organize contest of fancy
pigeons produced by our self, wearing the rings of made
by Pakistan and are according to the international standards.
I am the founder member of the club and was the first
general secretary of the club (PAKISTAN RACING AND SHOW
PIGEONS ASSOCAITION). The first president of the club
is Mr. Akhlaq Ahmed Khan who tried his level best to organize
and run the club. I think his efforts are appreciable.
Mr. Khan is also very well known in high flying pigeon
people. His efforts in promoting the hobby of high flying
pigeons are commendable.
The popular breeds of fancy pigeons are modena, king,
different types of pouters, trumpeter, runt, fantails,
Indian fantails, short face tumblers and racing homers.
The popular cities are Karachi, Lahore, Hyderabad,
Rawalpindi and Faisalabad. Every city have their own
likes and dislikes about specific breeds, but overall
pigeon fanciers usually like to keep and breed heavy breeds
of pigeons, like runt, heavy breeds of pouters, trumpeter
It is a pity that pigeon fanciers in Pakistan dont
have access to proper medicines for pigeons, mostly rely
upon the medicines as we use for poultry. As regard pigeon
vaccine for PMV-I we use ND vaccine available for poultry.
Although few related medicines are available as they are
imported from Australia (VetaFarm). But buyers are very
few, pigeon fanciers in Pakistan would buy a pair worth
about US$ 300 (which is very high price for Pakistan)
but they dont believe in buying imported medicines
for the prevention and diseases of pigeons.
Mostly pigeon were imported from Holland, England and
know from neighboring gulf countries like sharjah, Bahrain,
Saudi Arabia. We got very good breeds like Indian fantails,
Jacobins, budapaset tumbler and homers from sharjah.
is the most favorite breed of pigeon in Pakistan, No doubts
about the Pouters. The breeds like Pomeranians, Hana (mainly
black color and more expensive and favorite is spangle)
saxon (only black color, I dont know why but it
is the highly price paid of pigeon in Pakistan these days),
german magpie pouter and English pouters are kept by majority
of pigeon fanciers. In the summer seasons (in Lahore,
where I live temperature goes up to 48 C to 50 C) heavy
breeds of pouters have sour/hanging crop problems. Pigeon
fanciers usually give them medicated water made of local
herbs to keep thebirds cool. I give grip water (given
to human babies when they have stomach problems) found
very effective against that, but I think if we catch the
pigeon from very early stages then it is effective, other
wise mortality rates are very high. I think heavy breeds
of pouters are very sensitive in the hottest month of
the years, because they dont get the same problem
in cooler or moderate months.
A few years back the most popular breed in Pakistan
was king, and as it all happened to other kings in the
world it went down after three years time. Pakistani as
a nation is very inconsistent in every way of life and
it also happens in pigeon keeping too. A breed which is
very popular one year, the next year it would be hard
The sale of fancy pigeons in Pakistan is very poor.
The role of shop keepers who deals in fancy pigeons is
very negative in Pakistan. They sells pigeon at very high
rates and repurchase them at a very very low rates. They
mostly at the time of buying pigeons dont pay cash
to the customers and never gives money on the due date.
Since there are very few shops who deals in fancy pigeons,
they usually exploit the situations and at a result many
fanciers disheartens and leave the pigeon fancy. This
situation only improve if there are lot of fancy pigeon
clubs, frequent pigeon shows, awareness to general public.
Since many educated people are coming to this hobby, I
hope the future are very bright.
I am thankful to internet, as it gives me lot of information
and knowledge about many fancy breeds kept over the years.
I also believe in sharing the knowledge with other fanciers
and passed what ever I gain from internet and many fancy
pigeon breeders throughout the world.
I have observed that one should specialize in a particular
breed. We in our country tries to keep all the breeds
and colors at the same time. Result of breeding is poor
as the requirements and cares of every breed normally
differs with others. Golden rule of successful breeding,
keep only limited number of pigeons so you can take care
of . I always got very good result by keeping 10 pairs
and always bad when I keep more than that, as I could
not manage it.
Since we have pigeon shows very rare, so it is also
very difficult to find good quality of birds too, majority
of pigeon keepers dont know the exact standard of
what he is keeping. Its a pity that such clubs are
not very active. I think we are just keepers of pigeons
and dont concentrate on improving the pigeon we
keep. Very few pigeon keepers have good knowledge and
command over the standards of breeds, normally old myths
and sayings are repeated year after years. Pigeon fanciers
normally dont accept new techniques, latest research
and even latest breeds. Things are improving but pace
is very slow.
I am hopeful that the future of fancy pigeon keeping
is bright. Best of luck to all the pigeon fanciers in
Pakistan and in the world.