I have recieved a bunch of e-mails asking about the first L-D pair so I thought I would share the story with you fine people here on the Utah State Roller Club Pages.
First off let me say that I do not ever suggest to any one to cross familes with out having a strict plan in place to achieve one or more goals.
This pair was put together because I simply needed another pair of feeders, you read it right the purpose was to have another set of feeders to pump up some babies for me. I had no intention of keeping any of there young.
They were both good kit birds so I pulled them for stock but had all ready paired up all of other birds. I did not want to put them back in the kit since they had all ready proved themselves there.
The brown opal hen was a gift from Norm Drecksel for christmas one year. I did not see her fly but Norm told me he would kill me if I put her in the air. He said she was one of the best he bred the year before. Norm told me that the bird was a solid 20-40' spinner. I have know Norm since I was 11 I am now 46 so for a few years. If he tells me breed her I am going to breed her.
The Lavendar beard cock was a bird Bryan Lay bred. I do concrete garden art so we traded a birdbath for a young kit of birds. The lavendar was one of the super stars in the kit. He was rolling from the front or center of the kit and rolled on just about every turn.
Well I put the pair together and put some eggs under them they raised me a few birds. Then they laid and I had no eggs to switch with them so I let them raise a set. The first young was a laveder beard and a dark check beard. I put them with my kit I was training and forgot about them.
About a month or so latter I was watching the young bird kit and there was a lavendar that was doing real well. I watched it and when it came in I checked its band and saw that it was the bird from this pair. I kept watching him and he really started ripping it up.
I noticed a dark check doing the same thing just a ripping it up. I checked his band and found out he was from the same pair. Well those two birds ended up being the best ones I raised that year! So I kept the pair together and they gave me some awesome pigeons many of my top ten last year came from this pair. So far I have bred about 20 young from this pair and a high percentage are good to great pigeons. I took the ones that I thought were great and I am pairing them up this year to see if the next generation produces some great pigeons.
So there you have it the L-D story 1/2 Lay 1/2 Drecksel