Taken from the 2nd AERC Journal
Meet the Fancier
Here is our meet the fancier regular feature with a slight difference (Thank you Mr Ivor Rolldown (anonymous) your contribution is greatly appreciated.
NAME: Mr Ivor Rolldown
CLUBS: Rolldown Brown Club, Tumbler Thompson Association and the DFD Nice roller club.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU FLOWN ROLLERS? 43 years
WHERE DID YOU OBTAIN YOUR ORIGINAL STOCK? The Pet shop
IF YOU HAD TO BEGIN AGAIN WHERE WOULD YOU GO TO FOR FRESH STOCK? Another Pet shop
WHO DO YOU MOST ADMIRE IN ROLLERS? Me and my reflection, and Graham Dexter because he’s dafter than I am.
DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL STOCK PIGEON: I like a head at one end and a tail at the other
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR IDEAL MATING? A cock paired to a hen.
WHAT IS YOUR OPINION OF INBREEDING AND OUT- CROSSING? I do not let my stock out I always kept them in.
HOW MANY PAIRS OF PIGEONS IS IDEAL TO BREED FROM? As many as I can tap
DO YOU HAVE AN IDEAL FLYING MIX? IF SO HOW DO YOU FEED IT?Weetabix lightly covered in condensed milk served in a glass bowl.
DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL FLYING PEN AND BREEDING LOFT: Four sides, a roof, a floor and if possible a door.
WHAT DOES A YOUNG BIRD HAVE TO DO BEFORE YOU CONSIDER IT FOR STOCK? Roll 6 times a minute in perfect style (30 yards)
IF YOUR YOUNG BIRDS MAKE A MISTAKE DO YOU GIVE THEM A SECOND CHANCE? Eventually
WOULD YOU BREED FROM A PIGEON WITH A FAULT? IF SO WHICH FAULTS WOULD YOU OVERLOOK? My rollers do not acquire any faults so I have no experience of it.
HOW MANY CHANCES DO YOU GIVE A ROLLER THAT MISBEHAVES?None if I catch them.
HOW FREQUENTLY DO YOU FLY:
a) Old birds -four times a day
b) Young birds- every other day
DO YOU LIKE SHOWING ROLLERS? Yes I show a lot to the dustbin
WHAT DO YOU THINK CAUSES FLY AWAYS? Flying them
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR BIGGEST MISTAKE WITH ROLLERS?Opening the door
WHAT ARE YOUR PET HATES IN THE HOBBY? Hampsters
WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD MOST IMPROVE THE ROLLER HOBBY IN GENERAL? More people buying my rollers
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS OR ADVICE TO HELP OTHER FANCIERS OR NOVICES? Pull the tails out of the ones aren’t rolling. This makes them roll because they put their heads over their shoulders to see where their tails gone.
DO YOU THINK THERE ARE ANY SECRETS TO FLYING ROLLERS SUCCESSFULLY? IF SO WHAT ARE THEY? Yes but I can’t tell you ‘cause it’s a secret.