Obtain the best quality stock your budget will allow, or that fellow club members provide. It is better to begin with 2 pairs of really good birds than 10 pairs of mediocre birds. Obtain your stock from fanciers who consistently win, and purchase birds from the family and the breeding pairs that have brought the most success.
It is best to have Racing Homers at least 6 months before you start to race competitively. This allows you time to learn how to take proper care of them. Too often beginners are so anxious to race their birds that they rush into it before they know how to handle them properly. Be patient, enjoy your hobby to its fullest, and you will most likely be more successful.
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For a list of clubs in your state, contact American Racing Pigeon via http://www.pigeon.org/findaclub.php.