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|This site is dedicated to the sport & hobby of racing and breeding
Racing Homing Pigeons!
42+ YEARS of breeding and racing these wonderful birds.
This website has been on-going since 2004, updated often, last update 7/25/16
A few more birds listed now, check the page. I have about 8 birds about 6 weeks old to list soon.
|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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|This site is for the purpose of promoting the sport of Racing Pigeons. We want to show everyone our beautiful birds, the lofts and express the enjoyment we
have in caring for these wonderful creatures. For those of you that do not know, THIS - pigeon racing - is the ultimate hobby.
It involves not only caring for a living thing but much more, such as in interacting with fellow fanciers in pigeon shows and competing in races. In order to do
these things there is much more involved than simply "caring" for them. There are club memberships, meetings, outings, visiting, auctions, shows, and a whole
list of other happenings that will keep you busy all year long outside of just caring for the birds at home. However, the efforts of this hobby include loft building
and re-modeling, breeding the birds which can involve hours of studying which birds to mate together (if you so desire). Feeding the birds, giving supplements,
cleaning, banding babies and settling them to the loft not to mention training them to home and to race home, all this is only a pittance of this hobby. The
REWARD of it includes watching your birds return from great distances to you and their loft. (go to www.pigeon.org to learn more after visiting all our pages)
There is so much to learn about these wonderful birds! They are individuals that are extremely smart and all have their own unique personality. Even after 40 years I am amazed by the
birds and learn something new about them and working with them all the time. People in my life have came and gone but once you acquire the love for these birds and this hobby you
instantly have many brothers (and sisters) as you will feel that kinship with other people who enjoy the same thing, which is the BIRDS.
For those people who are not involved in a pigeon hobby, especially in the Racing of them, you have no idea what you are missing! It is unexplainable the excitement
and satisfaction we get from this sport and the birds. Plus it is a healthy active sport which keeps ones body and mind sharp and active.
I feel I am the luckiest guy in the world to know this and enjoy this hobby and that I was born to do this, and thankful for it.
|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.
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. =====> 2016 Old Birds- over with now. We won 3 of the 10 races, 200, 300, 500. Was at the top
in ALL categories and winning LONG average speed all the way until the 600. I was counting on my best cock, #1369 and he would have won it BUT I
did not like the way he was handling at all so rather than take a chance I held him back. I only sent 4 birds of which I expected 2 to perform well. It did not
happen and my first bird was really late, hours behind in fact and that blew it all. It can happen to every one I guess but it was my worst 600 in YEARS.
Old bird race series 2015. We were at the top in all categories as well including MASTER LOFT until the last 2 races. A great year for us until the end but was absolutely the worst old bird
race season this Concourse. Not talking about our loft, but the entire racing experience ALL of us ever had here. First the weather was BAD, meaning rain every weekend to some degree (of
course the Goldstars did well in this weather). Secondly was a race secretary who made poor decisions one week after another. He did this all on his own with no input allowed from the clubs
race secretaries (as most would do). Races cancelled that should not have been, races held over that should not have been, etc. The bottom line is there were almost no short races to help the
birds prepare for the long races. All in all the Goldstars kept up and we were winning Master Loft right up to the end. On the final race series another mistake happened which was that our older
cocks got put in the 500 (were to be in the 600) and the two year old cocks got put in the 600 instead of the 500. As I figured, instead of getting three 500-mile day birds we got one with the older
birds arriving the next morning and the 2 year olds, especially my pick bird, clocked good on the 600 but would have been a 500-mile day bird. We only shipped 4 birds to each race and only one
is out. (all 7 were in the clock).
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, 2013 sent 8 birds ALL birds home, 2014 sent 12 birds ALL birds home! 33 entries 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 tot he 500). 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 just to sell birds). In fact we only have in inventory (total birds owned) 56 pigeons as
of April 6th, 2016. (does not include 2016 hatches) This is far less than most lofts anywhere. We do not lose many pigeons and cull hard and only keep
the best. However, due to Vietnam - Agent Orange exposure, I have several health problems that limits my energy therefore am trying to cut back to be
able to properly care for the birds I do have. I would consider selling out the entire Goldstar breeding loft, website and all if interested.
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 Goldstar birds!
|These are pictures of my Goldstar young birds from the race team in taken 2010 (left). Many
other pictures are on this site.
These are not only beautiful birds they are superbly smart and very calm birds. Most all eat
out of my hand and climb all over me as I sit on the loft floor and feed them every day about 5
PM for their evening snack (the babies during YB season).
They do not get lost and they can fly ALL DAY. Excellent at 400-miles as young birds &
500-600's as old birds (but we won Short Average speed in the Combine in old birds on
occasion plus won the 600-mile race 14 times).
|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 with multiple diplomas won from other races
in only two years. A typical bred Goldstar bird. He
is now retired and living in Taiwan.
|Kids love the baby
birds see above (click)
|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.
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 is 2871
& also the father to the
"Golden Star" cock far
right. This bird was
called "Golden Boy"
He was raised to be a
stock bird and never
flew a day in his life.
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
600 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 same race. Her mother was 2010
sister to the above Miss Goldstar. Her
father was #16 from the old line
|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 was a 120-mi race at
over 1900 YPM. He comes from all "Old
Line" Chicago Bastin and the