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Rare Colored Racing Homers

     I have been interested in racing homers since I was about 12 years old.  Many other breeds of pigeons have exact standards for color and patterns.  What has been required of the racing homer is that they come home from a long distance, color has long been ignored.  As a result, colors common in other breeds who have been bred for color are truly rare in the racing homer, making it all the more fascinating to me.  

     I have found a few web sites, books and have some friends willing to share some information on genetics with me.  This has opened up a new world as I have tried to understand the principals of genetics as they apply to pigeon colors.  I have been able to breed now with expected results and understand why and when I would see a desired trait displayed in offspring.  Because some genes are recessive and some sex linked it has become more fun, interesting and challenging to wait two or three years for the desired outcome of a breeding project.

    I know my interest in rare colored racing homers is not shared by many.  I hope through this web site to find friends who share this interest as intensely as I do.  I hope to expand this web-site in the coming years to include pigeons for sale and links to other sites with genetic information on them.  Please feel free to email me and let me know of your interests.  

Mark Robinson 

Almond/Qualmond


These two qualmonds are nest mates - (Fabray)


The qalmond above shows no kite coloring.  Father (first bird shown)  Mother Black


I think this almond cock (Kadoo) is an excellent example of almond.
Almonds like many of the rare colors come in a large variety.

Barless


Barless Blue Left - Qalmond Right

Dunn Grizzel


Blue Grizzel Dilute

Khaki


 Bottom row: Grizzel, Khaki (spread) and yellow

This Khaki hen is the result of: Brown, Spread, and Dilute.  I think one of the most beautiful and unusual racing homers I've ever seen.
Adding Opal or Indigo to this combination might be very beautiful and interesting.

Opals


Dominant Opal Produces a wide variety of colors, this one almost looks like an Indigo.

Dominant Opal Almond - Left ~ Red Bar Dominant Opal Hen - Right..

Dominant Opal Check Cock - Right

Reduced


Homozygous Reduced - extra light bars
I flew this bird out to 200 miles as a young bird.
It finished in the top 20 percent.

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