These were the first pigeons I ever owned. We used to show our pigeons before we got into racing, so we always had the blacks around the loft because we did well in shows with them. We culled them and made our own perfect family of well balanced, buoyant, beautiful soft and silky feather pigeons.
When it came to racing, we were in for a good surprise. These pigeons come to find out, descend from Holland. The man I got them from bought out a whole loft of imports and pigeons back in the 90s. These pigeons were directly from the winning source, and they had some color to boot.
Pictured above, the hen that started it all. NPA 06 2330. She is behind all the pigeons in my Black Diamond family.
So far in her 6 year breeding career, 1601 is responsible for 4 generations of winners. She has bred numerous diploma winners, money winners, and her descendants have also scored very well against some of the best competition in America. Her great granddaughter was 15th Final New England Derby OLR 406 miles. Each year I get calls about her descendants doing well or winning somewhere, and it amazing to know that at 14 years old I bred a hen that would play such an important role in my loft and now many others.
These pigeons are hardy and tough. They will clock in 800ypm races or 1600ypm races. Does not matter the distance, they can handle anything. I have had them top the combine in the 800-1000ypm range in young birds. I have also had them come very steadily in the 1300-1450ypm range.
This all comes back to even when we first started flying, I knew these pigeons were special. We did not know what we were doing at the time, and the hen 2138 was always in the front of the pack with her sister 2140. We bred a few young ones off our blacks and gave them to a friend of ours who we share birds with. He was selling them to fanciers to fly in the same combine as I was in, keep in mind all were children and grandchildren off the original breeders.
This hen also went on to take 38th at 500 miles. The first long distance pigeon we clocked EVER... she was a direct daughter of 1129 x 1601 an inbred half brother half sister mating. This was one of the first pigeons we ever clocked off of our foundation hen 1601. From there, the list goes on and on!
One of the most notable races we had, we were 3,4,7,8,9,11,15... 250 mile race young birds. 13 day birds! We had 7 of the 13 on the day. Our last pigeon clocked in the dark and was beat by next morning pigeons. Out of those 7 pigeons we clocked on the day, positions 3,4,7,9 were from our black diamond pigeons. One cock bred 4 diploma winners in 2017! 1601 is fast becoming one of the best Black Diamond breeding hens in the USA!
Down below will be our breeding team of black diamonds. Each year, I will be adding more children direct from the 1601 hen for stock. These pigeons are here to stay. Out of all the pigeons I have had, these are the most durable and hardy pigeons I have owned. When it comes to a smash race or it gets hard, count on Black Diamonds to be at the top!
Pictured above, Ri 18 1249. I jumped this hen from 5 miles to the New England Open 300 as a late hatch, and she made it back the same day. I stocked her immediately after. 2019 was her first year breeding and she bred a futurity money winner at 350 miles with only 49 day birds. Fast forward to 2020, she bred 15th final New England Derby 406 miles. As of 2022, there are over 15 top results down from 1249. She is going to be special!
Results off 1601s Lineage (2017-2021)
*Note that these are just young bird results only besides the 500 mile race. After the 2017 breeding season ended I loaned out the hen until late 2019. I got her back to breed from in 2020. From 2017-2019 I had just one son and one daughter breeding. 1601 is a superstar breeder! Her children breed winners, grandkids breed winners, and she breeds winners.
In 2022 we are breeding from one son and one grandson along with 1601 herself.
The percentage of good pigeons off 1601, her kids and grandkids are super high. This list is a mile long and will continue to keep growing!
Missing race results 2016-2018 (wins out to 300 miles with 1601 family of pigeons)
42nd vs 166 pigeons 500 miles: clocked early next morning
1st vs 82 pigeons A Race 100 miles Ron Warbach
1st 100 miles
=1st 100 miles
=1st 100 miles
=1st (8th) 429 miles Purple Heart Futurity Race
3rd vs 221 pigeons 250 miles (13-day birds)
4th vs 221 pigeons 250 miles (13-day birds)
9th vs 221 pigeons 250 miles (13-day birds)
36th vs 221 pigeons 250 miles
7th vs 285 pigeons 300 miles
9th vs 285 pigeons 300 miles
17th vs 578 pigeons 250 miles combine
22nd vs 578 pigeons 250 miles combine
39th vs 578 pigeons 250 miles combine
23rd vs 693 pigeons 300 miles combine
29th vs 693 pigeons 300 miles combine
40th vs 424 pigeons 150 miles
27th vs 365 pigeons 150 miles
4th vs 439 pigeons 200 miles
72nd vs 1001 pigeons 150 miles combine
87th vs 972 pigeons 150 miles combine
5th vs 970 pigeons 200 miles combine
32nd vs 219 pigeons 350 miles RIS Futurity
=1st vs pigeons 120 miles NED
15th vs 115 pigeons 220 miles NED
42nd vs 113 pigeons 316 miles NED
15th vs 113 pigeons 406 miles final NED
7th vs 137 pigeons 316 miles NED
26th vs 132 pigeons 406 miles NED
12th vs 348 pigeons 120 miles
31st vs 1056 pigeons 120 miles combine
34th vs 301 pigeons 250 miles
41st vs 271 pigeons 150 miles
52nd vs 521 pigeons 150 miles
63rd vs 373 pigeons 200 miles
87th vs 709 pigeons 250 miles combine
11th Ace pigeon NWD club
15th vs 243 pigeons 150 miles
15th vs 267 pigeons 250 miles
15th vs 264 pigeons 200 miles
23rd vs 1020 pigeons combine
32nd vs 236 pigeons 200 miles
88th vs 1150 pigeons combine
10th vs pigeons 177 miles
14th vs 243 pigeons 150 miles
32nd ace pigeon Schenectady Club
21st vs 291 birds 201 miles
54th vs 320 birds 150 miles
38th vs 273 birds 300 miles
40th vs 185 birds Red Band Futurity 350 miles
67th section vs 276 birds 150 miles
39th section vs 282 birds 150 miles
18th section vs 272 birds 200 miles
41st section vs 261 birds 300 miles
45th combine vs 988 birds 200 miles
147th combine vs 870 birds 300 miles
35th vs 310 birds 167 miles
21st vs 303 birds 191 miles
41st concourse 516 birds 191 miles
20th 195 birds 268 miles
51st concourse vs 350 birds 268 miles
13th IHC Club 100 miles
31st vs 291 birds 200 miles
24th section vs 272 birds 200 miles
54th section vs 317 birds 250 miles