A little about me:

I was born in a small town in Poland.  Grew up on a small farm where everything we ate was grown.  I took interest in pigeons after my brother got a few fancy pigeons from my uncle.  I soon got some homers from a neighbor and was hooked.  In 1992 at the age of 11 we moved to Chicago and after a few years I built my first coop in my parents garage.  I started racing with Chicago Combine in 1998 as a Junior at the age of 16.  I'll never forget my first 100 mile race.  I took 27th place and filled every hole in the manual clock, leaving no room for master time.  I have held just about every job at the club and combine level. I was elected president of the Greater Chicago Combine, Inc. at the age of 32 and still hold this position.

 

About my birds:

I started out like most guys do with birds I collected from various handles.  The 1st group of birds I bought were from Laszlo Szentendrei (who now races in GHC).  He was really nice to me and set me up with 10 quality youngsters off his race team for a $100.  That was really a gift.  I flew those birds for about 12 years and did well with them. But, I was always looking to improve and kept looking at other handlers and bloodlines.  One name that kept on popping up in the one loft races was LK Corral.  So I contacted them and in 2010 I received 4 birds that I entered in the Windy City Classic futurity. Right off the start the 4 birds were different and very alert.  None were lost at settling and I raced them on a few regular races.  One ended up winning a regular race for me.  I was very impressed. Then I sent the 4 LK birds and my 8 to the Windy Classic race.  I won 2nd place on a very windy day and took in a nice chunk of change.  Actually the first 3 birds I clocked were all LK birds.  So in 2011 I sold all of my birds and bought all LK birds.  Since then everything has changed.  I won many races, Convention, OLR and have had HOF and National Ace pigeons.  I learned a lot from Lolo (Lolo and his wife Kristin are LK Corral), and realized his birds had generations of champions in their pedigrees.  I am now partners with LK Corral.  We work extremely hard throughout the year with our family of pigeons but we are also always on the lookout for that one special pigeon to our family.  Both LK Corral and I have very small breeding lofts.  He bred from 6 pair of birds this year and I from 9 pair.  But our selection is so strict that only 1 or 2 birds are added to the breeding program per year.  Selection is very simple in one way... performance mated to performance.  But, performance can't be one or two good races.  It has to be super performance to get a spot in the breeding loft.  

2013 was the 1st year I had a team of only LK/Waclaw birds.  There was a total of 12 birds on my team and 11 races ahead of them.  I ended up winning  several races that year as well as 1st Average Speed, Champion Loft in our club, the Greater Chicago Combine and Chicago Federation.  Over 100 lofts competing.  Only 1 bird was lost over 11 races during that year and I had 12th AU HOF with a nest sister to 2829 (mother to "Miss America").  I also found my #1 breeding pair that year. LK-664 BB C and OAK-899 BB H (grandparents to "Miss America").

 

In 2014 I bought a GFL banded male, directly off imports from Houben and top performers in SAMDR.  I crossed him with a daughter off my #1 pair 13-OL-2829 and in 2015 I bred just one round.  I liked the youngsters and raced one with good results but, only a few times because of the bird flu that year.  So in 2016 I bred 2 more babies.  Chicago-8803 BB C and Chicago-8804.  8803 was entered in our club auction and bought by a friend who raced him.  He turned out to be one of his best racers but unfortunately was lost in the middle of the season. 8804 stayed in my loft and turned out to be a 1 in a billion and by far the best bird I ever had.

 

16-Chicago-8804 BB H "Miss America"

My intention in 2016 was to race the birds for half of our racing season, then sop and concentrate on my Windy City Classic birds.  So I had about 20 regular birds which were kept on the natural system and not given a lot of attention.  After a few races 8804 started to get my attention.  She was always healthy, always alert, never tired and always there on race day.  So I had to keep going the entire season.  The longer the distance got the better she clocked and was my pick bird every weekend.  She had no motivation, just flew for the love of home.  She was special. 

 

She flew 9 races back to back, week after week.  I held her back on the last race because she dropped her 7th flight and we had tail winds upwards of 30mph.  She was already 1st HOF and 1st National Ace so I wasn't going to chance it.

 

After our season was over, she finished her molt and quickly started getting attention from various fanciers.  She is going to be advertised in a Belgian calendar.  I think this may be a first for a US bred and raced pigeon.  

 

I recently studied her pedigree and just found that her grandfather ("Carlton" in the pedigree twice and top breeder for the Houben family) is a son of 1st & 5th place winners at the final SAMDR in 2011.  On the other side her grandfather is Mr. East Coast who was 1st to all but 1 race (2nd) and champion bird at East Coast Challenge. So this family has an excellent record at OLR too.

 

Currently "Miss America" is in my breeding loft and bred 3 rounds of babies.  She raised them all with her mate.  The thing that impresses me the most is she looks like she can be sent to a race.  You can tell the health and strength of this bird is incredible.  I will soon find out how her babies perform but, I have very very high hopes.  A few are on my 22 bird young bird team and not one got lost at settling.  I hope this is just the beginning to what I will call my "American Family".