THE TIPPLER is a specialist. In the field of endurance performance he doesn't take a back seat to any domestic creature anywhere on earth or in the sky. Of all the breeds of pigeons originated and developed to meet the requirements of a widely differing fancy, the Tippler is the fly ingest flyer of them all. This breed is so outstanding in the field of time-flying, that "tippler" is often used as a generic word applied to long-time flyers of other breeds. Tippler enthusiasts have, by selective breeding and pigeon whose inborn love of flying compares with the thoroughbred race horses'innate urge to run. This is true to such a degree that difficulty is encountered not in getting the birds to fly, but in keeping the youngsters from flying until they know their loft and its surroundings.
The length of time that a kit(Three or more pigeons flying together) of Tipplers will sometimes fly, with no training or conditioning, but just for the sheer love of flying, is truly amazing. This is particularly true of young birds, which seem to feel instinctively that the hours on end, apparently not bothered by hunger, thirst, fatigue, or any other deterrent, but motivated by the exhilaration that flying itself provides.
The racing pigeon flies to race home, the Roller pigeon flies to roll; but the Tippler/Aseel pigeon just flies and flies and flies and flies. This is pigeon flying itself provides.
The Tippler sport has many advantages to recommend it. The fanciers of these excellent examples of blooded stock can compete against others anywhere in the world without leaving the confines of their own back yards. Many sportsmen fly them from the roof. No track or field is needed; they display the results of their breeding and their crew's" ability as trainers on their own "proving grounds" high in the vast immensity of the sky, and there is no more beautiful sight to be seen, according to the dyed-in-the-wool fancier of high-flying Tipplers. Among the many advantages enjoyed by those who engage in the Flying Tippler sport is the fact that the fancier actually needs no outside competition. He can, if opponents are scarce, fly against himself in that his efforts can be directed to bettering the records for time-flying that he has already set. In flying without the competition provided by the clock and his own best6 record serve as his opposition.
Unlike the racing sport (in which mob flying of a large team might be of advantage but very costly), the Tippler team is best when small, so buying a win " is harder. A prospective Tippler flyer can, by purchasing a few young birds, engage in this excellent animal sport within a few weeks of his starting. No long, never-ending waiting period goes by between his entry into the sport and his actual racing, as is true of so many others like pastimes. He can start almost any time of the year. There are many other much-appreciated advantages which the Tippler game enjoys over some other forms of justly popular pigeon sport.
The losses suffered by the Tippler owner are usually somewhat smaller than those of the Racing Homer and Roller fanciers. The Tippler's homing instinct is better than the Roller's and while it is nowhere near as good as that of the Racing Homer, this latter pigeon is called upon to put his powers to a greater test than the Tippler, which remains ever within sight of his loft and uses his instinct for homing only when he has been blown away from his neighborhood for a few miles.
The Racing Homer and show-bird fanciers are often loud in their complaints about the diseases that their birds pick up in their shipping crates and show cages. The Tippler flyer never has this disagreeable condition to foul up the clean, orderly operation of his loft. His birds are not thrown into contact with other birds and contagion is not any trouble to him. Many Tippler lofts arte kept in a state of extreme cleanliness, for the sport seems to lend itself to the fairly easy accomplishment of this praiseworthy condition.
The pigeon man has youngsters in the nest three of four weeks after the breeders are mated. Training begins when the Tipplers are six weeks old, and two or three weeks later they are "off to the races".
For the blooded-stock enthusiast who has breeding systems he'sjust dying to try out, here is the perfect medium. Why spend a lifetime setting up a system and then slip off this mortal coil before you have had a chance to prove it?
This quick "turnover" is important. More units produced in a shorter time, kept in a minimum of space and all easily handle able, make possible a comprehensive study project with maximum convenience. To the Tippler fancier, however, these individual birds are more than mere "units"; they are personalities, and strong ones at that. If you doubt this, just listen in on a "gab fest" of pigeonaires. Band numbers are reeled off glibly and ring like proper names, and what pictures they bring back!
In this connection, it might be mentioned that the Tippler fraternity maintains one of the hottest of the "Hot Stove Leagues". The flying season comes to an end, so does the show season, but the pigeon talk goes on forever.
In most forms of sport the competition afforded in each contest is necessarily limited by the size of the playing field, the width of the track, and other space considerations. In horse racing, as an example, the available space in the starting agate makes necessary the" star system" under which a horse that is denied a chance to star in a race is credited with a star. When another race with the same conditions is scheduled, the horses with the largest star rating are given preference when the entries are received.
In the Tippler sport no such limitation prevails. The number of contestants is without limit and they may be as widely scattered as the size of the world permits.
In the Racing Homer sport, such things as "drag", wind, etc., have a very telling effect upon the outcome of a race. But in Tippler flying, the conditions that help or hinder one contestant will have no effect upon another.
A strong east wind, for instance, will blow the Homers toward the lofts in the west end and away from those on the opposite side of the city; thus the same wind helps one hurts the other. A Tipper flyer is helped or hindered without any effect upon the opposition. The Tippler owner can concentrate upon his own problems that are close at hand, knowing that conditions prevailing elsewhere will not affect him. He can work toward the development of birds that arte best suited to his location and climate, trying at all times to do the very most with what he has to work with.
A Racing Homer fancier, after the birds are shipped, is without control of the situation and must take what comes in the way of wind and weather. The Tippler man does not start if the weather is not to his advantages, and even if the birds have been started, he can drop them*( *Bring them down) if he changes his mind. Seldom, though, are these royally bred pigeons forced to quit. Tracing their pedigrees to the best in the past, they may be expected to set an example of for the future.
The Tippler sport is a" good thing" being overlooked by many individuals and groups that could enjoy it to the utmost with the expenditure of little money and effort. If it is not the least expensive of all the purebred animal sports, then it surely ranks with the "top" in this category.
The "ringside seat" for the sport is your own back yard. There are no costly shipping charges, no expensive timing devices, no crates etc.
These little thoroughbreds, because of their size, require very little feed (less than an ounce per bird during training), and a loft so small that it requires a minimum of space. Most of the outstanding time records have been chalked up by three-bird kits, so it can be easily seen that it is not necessary to maintain a large number of birds in order to compete successfully.
Sign of a Good flying Tippler
The good flying pigeon should have many features but according to my experience and after getting help from the experience of other fancier the good flying tippler should be’
Should start flying early and more time is spent in the air more it is better
Should be very early familiar with his place and always return to its place.
It looks beautiful and good-looking.
In difficult conditions especially in bad weather it should fight like a solider
Art of Feeding to the flying birds
For flying birds we should give food once in a day normally after noon at about 4.00 p.m.
Art of Flying Tipplers
This is very time consuming laborious and hard working excersise, especially in our hot weather when temperature is above hundred in the month of May and June. The pigeon is very important when flying, an over weight pigeon could not fly longer times. I think barley is best to be given to the flying birds although many fanciers give them millet. Three months before the competitions all the flying and wings of the tail are plucked. During this time the pigeon should be served with protein rich diet (pulses, soybean, calcium and dry milk) other wise the wings could be weak. The pigeon when flown should be hungry. If the pigeon are flown early in the morning around 6.00 Am. the last food should be given a day before at about 4.00 p.m. but water should be given two hours before flying. Many teachers (competitions are normally done under the supervision of Ustad (teacher) gives tablet of almonds for energy. In our competition local prescriptions (given to the flying birds to enhance their time in flight ) are numerous and many, all are given by teachers. The role of teacher is very important; he is the most respected and honorable person in pigeon competitions.
Tipplers are flown twice in a year. Once in the month of May and June and at the end of September or start of October. Normally five or seven pigeons are flown in the competition known as bazi. Normally three or five games are held in one competition and winner would be who won two or three of the games respectively. The total hours are computed for the final result. Normally in the month of February the males and females are separated and their primary flight feathers are plucked. After ten days all the tail feathers are plucked. The birds are never flown when their flight feathers are not completed. They should be properly served with multivitamins, and other protein rich diet is given to the birds. In normal feed they are given wheat and pulses. After the completion of their flight feathers they should be kept in pens.
The pigeons are dewormed before the competition. Then are kept outside so they flew away according to their will and should be closed after noon and given food. In early month of April flew them at 10 am and reduce the timing gradually. First two days only males should be flown and next two days only the females flown. When their timing is prolonged they should be given rest. For example the pigeon who flew more should be given two days rest and who don’t flew too much should be given one day rest. In this manner the pigeon don’t lose weight so rapidly. On the rest day the pigeon should be given bread boiled in oil. When they flew back they should be given water but very few.
The bird after flight should be held in the hand and its arms and legs should be messaged. First they should be given bread and after ten minutes the water should be given. At this stage the role of teacher is very important because according to the temperature on that particular day the medicine should be given to the pigeon. Few prescriptions are hot for the pigeon and few cool them off. Normally the rice cooked in boiled water given to the pigeons. The record of every bird flight should be maintained. One day before the competition the pigeon who are going in the completions should be served at 3.pm. In the evening only water should be given. At 10.00 p.m. if their crop is empty they are given bread cooked in oil. The pigeons should be kept completely undisturbed during the rest of the time. In the morning a few drops of water should be given. The pigeon are flown in kits usually of 5 or 7 birds.
Normally all the competitions are held under the supervision of a teacher. A knowledgeable teacher is very respectable person in pigeon flying peoples. The students are very proud of winning the races and they respect their teacher very much. Normally competitions are held in the name of the teachers and not in the name of students. Teacher looks after the pigeons when they flew back, select and decide the pigeon for flying, give medications to the pigeon during the training period and especially when pigeon returned after their long flight. He selects the pigeon that would be flown in the competition.
The competitions are supervised by munsifs (judges). He is also very respectable person and treated with great honor. He acts as supervisor of the game. The appointment of judges is mutually agreed by both the parties or by the club. All the pigeons flow/n in the competition should be affixed stamp on their tail feather one-day before the competition. This stamp is checked when the pigeon is returned to its loft. Judge notes the touch down time of the pigeon. Heavy betting is involved in pigeon flying so the chances of fraud are too much. The judge should be a very experienced and active fancier.
Disqualification in the race
The pigeon that disqualify from the race would be as under: 1- when it landed on the roof top of some other house other than its own 2- The pigeon who landed is without the stamp mark affixed on the pigeon one day before by the judge 3- The pigeon when came down should be come straight from the sky and not if it comes flown lengthwise.