Ellie completes one item on her wish list
My seven-year-old granddaughter has a list of things she wants to do. Petting and holding a bird is one of the items and we marked it complete this weekend.
Friend and author, John Bender, World Cup Champion in roller pigeon competition, graciously invited us to visit the lofts where he houses his pigeons so Ellie could fulfill her wish.
His granddaughter, Hannah, showed Ellie how to properly hold a bird. She even gave her an egg to keep. John went on to say if the egg was kept in the underarm for three days, it would hatch. She didn’t fall for it, but had questions, which he patiently answered.
John’s book, The Pigeon Trainer and the Birmingham Roller, shares his decades long journey to become the World Cup Champion and includes tips on how he picked and trained his world-champion group of birds. It’s a how-to on flying or raising pigeons, color-breeding and training.