You would be hard pressed to find a racing pigeon fancier in North America how hasn’t heard about Spring Hill, Florida. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting many lofts there over the years and it is more than just a place where all your neighbors race pigeons, it’s a pigeon fanciers Mecca.
Here’s why. In Spring Hill lofts are in a close proximity to each other, very close. The area is basically 12 miles deep and 3-4 miles wide with two condensed areas; the short-end and Unit 10, but also, three small pockets; east, west and middle. For most races the birds fly in a ribbon configuration which is much narrower than three to four miles. The flight location configuration (‘the line’) is known, during the race, because of the numerous phone calls from the flyers on the short-end to those flyers down the line. The time duration, from the short-end to the Unit, is basically 12 to 14 minutes depending on the ypm. It’s a very, very exciting time for the 100+ lofts participating.
Knockoff is 2 hours after your first bird. Sometimes the winner is known before knockoff, or at least, the top 5 in contention for the win are known. But, there have been a few surprise winners! Fanciers in Spring Hill train their birds to come straight in because if they circle even just once they may not even make the front page! It is that competitive.
Currently there are 3 AU Officials, 3 IF Officials that live in Spring Hill. Fanciers from 19 States plus DC & Puerto Rico as well as Canada, Columbia, Cuba & Mexico make up membership of the club. It is fantastic to see so many fanciers from such rich and diverse backgrounds.
On average 10+/- new flyers move to Spring Hill to race pigeons and the average loft size is 40 feet long.
The weather in Florida is a draw for sure with average winter temperatures between 40 and 60 degrees. Summer it ranges from 70 to 92 degrees and there is no snow!
Spring Hill is an exciting place with many benefits to living and racing here. In 2013 the AU Convention race will be flown here as well as in 2014 IF Convention race.
Moving there is affordable too. The average home price is between $85,000 and $200,000+ insuring price range for just about every budget.
There are 10 weeks of young bird races starting late September and going tell the first week in December. There are 13 weeks in the old bird series which runs from the first week in January tell the middle of April.
Should you ever find yourself in Florida you definitely need to put Spring Hill on your bucket list.
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