Tipplers as Homing Pigeons
Published: 8/24/2004 TipplerTalk
Now, I have heard from an old racing homer friend who flew 'Flights' in Brooklyn, somewhere near 3rd Avenue. Well, he told me that tipplers were raced also and I believe that he mentioned 'Flights' also but don't quote me on that. But allow me to get to the point, it being that these tipplers were for the most part not the 'Flying Tipplers' that we have today. I can remember ol' 'Fire Escape George' and 'Pet Shop Bill', both of Hoboken, speaking about racing tipplers at that pigeon exchange on Newark street in Hoboken. These so called tipplers may have had crosses in them to improve their speed, a homer cross was too obvious and so they used other breeds for their purpose. Other breeds could have been short faced Owls or 'Budies' ( Budapests ) and possibly others that just don't come to mind right now., I'll have to ask that racing homer friend again for more details.
Like I said, these birds were not our famous strains of English Flying Tipplers as we now know them. I have never done this with the Gordon Hughes tipplers, nor would I try it. Our 'Flying Tipplers' were never bred for this purpose, 'racing' them is just "going against the grain"...so to speak. As you well know, our birds were bred for sustained flight and not for speed. We want our tipplers to fly in a style that is conducive to long time flying, that is what we strive for.
Maybe, for some fanciers, racing their 'tipplers' (?) makes them happy and that's OK......for them. However, I doubt if you'll ever see their names in the Flying Tippler Contest results sheet.
And years ago, there was ( and possibly still exists ) a Roller club in the Cleveland, Ohio area whose members flew their 'Rollers' as we do our tipplers. Sustained flight with a breed that was meant for performance such as rolling and somersaulting, there again....'going against the grain'. I often wondered as to why they just didn't go with tipplers.....
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