Spring Hill, Florida a Mecca of Pigeon Racing

August 13, 2012
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Spring Hill, Florida a Mecca of pigeon racing!

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.

The Loft Report

10 Responses to Spring Hill, Florida a Mecca of Pigeon Racing

  1. Richard Grubbs on December 10, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Been there, going back for the convention next year and fly the AU race if possible. Their clubhouse is remarkable as well as the people there. Excellent trip, money well spent to get there and back from south-west corner of Alabama.

  2. Dawn on June 27, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Pigeon Found! AU 12 UTEN 1647

    Please reply if you own the pigeon or know how to contact the owner. He is good health and well cared for.

    Thanks!
    Dawn

  3. NO SWEAT on July 17, 2013 at 10:24 am

    I’ve been sending birds to the races there for several years now. Always a lot of fun with great racing men. It has been great developing friendships with Charlie Cucherria, Peter Lorefice, Tony Melucci and Hugh Frasier. They are all top of the line!!

  4. Lori Flanders on August 7, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Found a pigon and he has a hurt leg.. plz contact me .. he belongs to a steve wagoner

    • dlesofski on August 7, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      Hi Lori,

      I’ve sent you an email with my contact information. Please give me a ring.

      Drew

  5. Linda on September 13, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Please contact me…I have found a very healthy pidgeon in Ocala, FL – green banded with AU 2013 plus club id#. He can fly but is drinking water & eating seed now for 3 days here. I will return him to you if you will care for the bird and treat it well.

    • dlesofski on September 20, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      Hi Linda,

      Please check your email as I responded to your request to help locate this lost pigeons proper owner.

      Drew

  6. pedro m. oropesa on December 5, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    i have racing pigeons have flowned from Jacksonville to south Miami FL; From 13;i am release,9 arrive to my home ;And my cuestion are ?How i now i have good pigeons ;and the best way to stare the righ reproduttion ;base on thas pigeons

    • dlesofski on December 17, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      Hi Pedro,

      First you need to make sure that you are creating an environment that your birds can reach their potential. Making sure your loft is clean, not over crowded, that your birds are feed clean healthy feed, that they are disease free and are properly trained will help ensure that your birds can show you what their made of. Don’t thing that just cause one of your birds wins a race that its a champion, its not. A pigeon that scores regularly in the top 5% in open competition is more likely to be, but even that’s not guaranteed.

      Make sure you’re doing everything you can for your birds and they’ll return the favor. The only road to success is through hard work and determination. You will never achieve success out of a bottle, pill or from some crazy unproven theory. Read everything you can, ask lots of questions, visit top guys in your area and ask them questions and remember its better to have a quality pigeon than quantity – less is more!

      Good luck

      Drew

  7. iris on May 26, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Hi my name is Iris. My husband and I don’t know a lick about the world of pigeon racing. I raised all breeds of pigeons as a child though. I will get right to the point.

    We are looking to give a gift of a great bird to our long time friend. We visit them in Clinton SC and they are lovers of the sport. We really want to find a way to give them a nice bird, somethimng he wouldn’t normally buy for themselves. PLEASE if anyone would like to help us in our quest we would be very appreciative..
    Thank You
    Jack and Iris Hunter

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