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Racing Homing Pigeons!
45+ YEARS of breeding and racing these wonderful birds.
This website has been on-going since 2004, updated often, last update 9/5/18
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|Goldstar Racing Loft was actually founded in 1973 but the strain is more than 3/4 century old. The birds, a strain I have named and developed over the last 40+ years in my loft
had been bred in part by the late Gene Goldschmidt of St. Louis Mo. The combination of his decades of breeding and several key birds I blended into them over the years has
created a family of birds I call the "Goldstars". The Goldstars are a quality breed of birds which excel at the distance and or on hard weather races as well as any distance
race from any direction. Everyone who obtains them wins with them and observes how smart these birds are in racing home or just in the loft. Not only smart they are some of
the most beautiful birds you will ever handle. Read on and check out all the pages on the site. Any comments or suggestions are welcome.
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|At the right is our Goldstar racing loft. Pictures taken June 2014. The loft in total is 22' x 8' plus an 8 x
10 breeder loft in the back (you can not see it). The young bird section is on the left (6'x 8') and old bird is
in the middle 8'x 10' with a small hall way-storage on the right (5 x 8). One big advantage to this loft is
having only one landing board & trap instead of two. I no longer have to re-train the YBs to the OB trap.
There is a box inside where I can direct them to either loft. I have learned over the years that having only
one drop hole for the birds is the best way to go when racing OB's around here.
Large south aviaries are great for air, sun and health. This loft is more than 28" off the ground. High
and dry is better for sure. Better high to avoid critters of all sorts from getting in the loft.
Roof is slanted to the front instead of back so I can see the birds. Other buildings are far enough
away that they will land on the loft (mostly). The aviaries are all 1 x 1 welded wire which is perfect for
pigeons. I have over 60+ YB perches but my normal team will only be 40 birds to start MAX. The roof is
white metal with insulation R board under it so as not to transfer heat or cold into the loft. Even
when it is very hot out it stays nice inside due to loft height and air movement.
Items in BOLD really help the birds performance and I highly recommend them.
|"Superior Long Distance Racing Pigeons"
(having 14 wins at 600-mile races - but read on for more about these birds)
|Loft news and update: Around the Goldstar Loft. =====> Still on the mend from various health issues. I have been training young birds on occasion and they are
behaving exceptionally well. I do have extra birds again since we don't lose many. See the "Birds for Sale" page for a listing. It will take me a while to do this so check back, I
should have a total of about 8 birds listed.
Old birds 2018 did not go well due to my health issues etc. I did win two 200-mile races before health issues hit me.
Young birds 2017: Started with 28 EBS banded race birds, flew 8 races, limit is 15 birds, flew scheduled races 150, 150, 200, 200, 250, 250, 300 and a 120 trainer (combine cancelled a 200 but
we opt to let ours go at 120) that is 1,620 miles in races and we sent 107 bird entries. This totals to over 22,000 miles logged on the team. We ended with 23 birds as we ONLY lost 5 birds
in races the entire season. Note: we did lose 4 training or to hawks. We also trained out 4 late hatches which we still have. There are fellows here who raised nearly a 100 youngsters and
lost almost all of them, some before the season started. The point is, with a little knowledge and quality birds you won't lose pigeons and will have fun clocking on race day. Remember, "Quality
NOT quantity" is the key along with superior health.
The old bird racing season 2017. I only lost 2 birds until the last week and lost 3 yearling's on the 450 and one older bird on the 600. There were 24 race team birds, as you can see I keep
ONLY the best. I only have 9 pair of breeders now as well. Quality is what it is about, not quantity. We won two club and one Combine race (300-miles) and was near the top in Average speed
but only sent yearling's to the 2nd 300 and this set us back.
We fly 627-miles on the 600 (Shamrock, Texas to Bunker Hill, IL. (Before we moved it was 623-mi.) In 2012 we sent 13 birds, ALL birds home.
In 2013 sent 8 birds 600-mi ALL birds home, 2014 sent 12 birds ALL birds home! 33 entries (birds) to 627-miles in over a three year span and NO birds were lost! (In 2015 we did lose
one bird on the 600 and that was a bird that was to go to the 500 and got put in the 600, my fault). Plus we won many club,combine and concourse diplomas on those 600's. Don't forget, in
2013 we won Combine SHORT average speed so these birds can do it all. Even if you don't fly a 600 they will have the stamina to home on bad weather 500-mile races. I always hear about
bird loses from combine members but don't understand it because I don't lose them. These birds do well on short races as well.
NOTE: We are NOT a "feather merchant" (people in this sport who just to sell birds). In fact we only have in inventory (total birds owned) 56 pigeons as of Nov. 2017.
This is far less than most lofts anywhere. We do not lose many pigeons and cull hard and only keep the best.
One more thing I did not and do not train the old birds much at all. In fact I only trained about once every two weeks on average in Old bird season until the 3rd week, then no training at all. I
did give the birds 2 hours of open loft each day (no more). With good birds and good management you don't need to train! It is allot more fun when you don't have to waste time and
gas training the birds and when you don't lose birds.. If you want to have FUN watching your birds score at the top of the sheet (especially on long hard races) you might try
some of these Goldstars.
|The AU certificate to the left is what I am most proud of. Just to set it straight it was awarded
after submitting my long distance race record for that 5 year period. What brought this on
was what the Goldstars did in 2003 and that was to win 5 long distance races in the
concourse, all with day birds (of the 7 races we had that year). This is 10th place ALL-TIME
in the USA in the 21-30 Loft cat. (will remain until someone knocks me down a notch). It has
held up for over 13 years so far. The only reason it is not higher up (more points) is due to
the shipping limits we have here due to trailer size. Of course the birds that won those
races became breeders and the loft is full of their relatives.
|Here is what you will find on this website. (there are 8 pages)
1. Pictures of lofts inside and out plus pictures of our racing pigeons.
2. Race records of our birds in club, Combine, and Concourse competition.
3. Hints and tips on health care of the birds, breeding, training and racing techniques.
4. History of the Goldstar birds and how they came about.
5. Testimonials of others who have had success with the Goldstar birds.
6. Pigeons and other items available for sale.
7. Information on how to contact me plus links to the AU and the IF.
Many have told me that this is one of the most informative pigeon sites on the Internet -
Thank you all for your positive comments about the site and the birds!
|Champion "Golden Star" DC cock
AU 2006 STAR 1679 Above. 623-miles on the
day only one loft 25-miles shorter in front of him. Has
multiple diplomas won from other races in only two
years. A typical bred Goldstar bird.
|The below 4 birds are all 623-mile DAY birds, #0243 1st Concourse race A, #2011 1st Concourse Race B and the
ONLY day bird in race B entire concourse (most all lofts are a shorter distance, some even 50-miles less and got no birds home on the day)
|The above hen is #0058 "Gold
Baby", was 4th Concourse on
the day 623-miles. The year
before she was 7th 623-mi. Also
was 1st at the 400 among many
On the right is her son cock #0243
who was 1st Concourse
623-miles on the day. He is
also the son of the bird called
"Paul" who was 5th
Concourse 623-mi that year.
|The above hen is #2011 "Miss
Goldstar" who was 1st Concourse
623-miles on the day and the ONLY
day bird in race B in the entire
concourse with almost all lofts
being shorter in distance.
Note: She is also the mother of the bird to
the right, the "Golden Star cock"
|Note: the father to the
bird to the left (0058) is
2871 "Golden Boy" &
also is the father to the
"Golden Star" cock far
right. 2871 was
raised to be a stock
bird and never flew a
day in his life and
produced 2 day-birds
|Note: We live in the mid-west and the long races are in June when it can be in the 90's with extreme humidity so day birds are very rare here. The above birds bloodline make up
the entire Goldstar strain along with a few more winners and key birds and are all over the pedigrees of any birds we sell as Goldstars. (the parents and brothers and sisters of
these birds). Notice how winners make winners! The genes need to be there and they are there in all the Goldstar birds!
|To the left is #4203 DC Hen, 1st
Concourse 623-miles on a very tough
race with head winds. She won the race
with a speed of 844.968 arriving at 12:54
the 2nd day to beat the entire
Concourse. She was 5th the year
before in the same race. Her mother
was #2010 sister to the above #2011
Miss Goldstar. Her father was #0016
from the old line Flyway-Goldschmidt
|To the left here is the famous "Broken
Arrow" cock #5369 who was 1st
Concourse 623-miles on a tough 600 with
a winning speed of 911.420 YPM. This
cock with a broken keel was one super
race bird and qualifies as an AU
Registered Champion he won so many
diplomas. His son won a 128-mi race at
over 1900 YPM. He comes from all "Old
Line" Chicago Bastin and the
|The bird to the left is #1719 one
extremely well built beautiful bird
who was 1st club, combine and
concourse at 623-miles. Also on
a previous race, a 200, that was the
worst 200 we ever had in old bird
racing she was 1st Concourse and
one of the few returning in race time.
Retired and bred good race birds
as her blood remains in the
|The bird to the right is #2855 who
was 1st club and combine at
623-miles plus he was also 1st
at a 200 and at 250-miles.
His sister #2854 was and great
breeder for me as well, His older
brother #2804 was consistent
racing and bred great race birds.
His blood remains throughout the
|The above birds plus the other 600-mile winners were usually retired to the breeding loft so this is how the Goldstars were created and made better and
better. It took years to do but now it is fun, not losing birds (seldom) and watching them return from far away places that I wouldn't even want to drive to
or from. Amazing what they can do! (on any distance races 100 to 600-miles)