Syrian Coop Tumblers *
by:Derek DeBoer ,WY
With so many rare breeds existing, you would think every pigeon fancier would have at least one of them in their loft. The rare breed, which 1have in my loft, is theSyrian Coop Tumbler.
The performance of Coop Tumblers is definitely
unique. They tumble, clap and shoot all over the place. Some of my birds clap their
wings so aggressively that they wear their flight feathers down to only the
feather shaft. These birds eventually loose so much feather that it is hard for
them to fly. Once the birds moult, they grow new feathers and break them down
all over again. This cycle continues season after season. Many of these birds
clap their wings so aggressively that they wear their flight feathers down to
only the feather shaft. These birds eventually loose so much feather that it is
hard for them to fly. Once the birds moult, they grow new feathers and break
them down all over again. This cycle continues season after season. Many of
these birds clap their wings loudly every time they fly. Whether it is up to a
perch or down from their nest box, you hear the snap snap snap of their
wings.During free flight, Coop Tumblers will fly straight up and gradually drop.
While they are dropping, they will hover and tumbler. They might drop a foot and
hover, tumbler and drop another foot and hover for awhile and then tumbler and
drop another foot. Often while hovering you will hear the loud snap of wings
clapping. They will do this until they get about ten feet above the loft and
then shoot up and repeat the entire process over and over. It is almost as if
there is a force field, which prevents thern from landing each time. They
just can't seem to make themselves land on the loft. It is like a nervous
disorder of some type, which causes them to shoot back up each time they come close
As with any flying or performing breed, each individual bird possesses different levels of performance ability. They are not all superstars. Some will clap more intense or tumble better then others. Although a particular Coop Tumbler might only be a mediocre performer, it can still be one of the prettiest pigeons in your loft .
The personality of Coop Tumblers is also impressive. A lot of flying and performing breeds are very flighty and jumpy. Not so, with the Coop Tumbler. They are very calm and not aggressive at all. Coop tumblers won't bounce off the walls when you enter the loft. They will not scalp young or cause chaos in your loft. They sit tight on the nest and do a great job raising young. I have even used some of mine as foster parents to raise Budapest Tumblers.
I am by no means an expert on Coop Tumblers. 1 have just shared some of the limited information 1 have on them. My birds came from Sam Rassain and Jack Schubarth both of whom are much more knowledgeable with this breed thanI am. 1 am happy with the birds 1 have and must thank these gentlemen for starting me with this terrific breed. 1 know of other fanciers raising Coop Tumblers who claim their birds can out perform any Coop Tumblers in this country, but 1 have yet to see them. 1 have requested birds from some of these fanciers, but as of yet, they have not supplied me with any stock. 1 am very willing and eager to try some of these birds these fanciers are speaking so proudly of.
*Pigeon Debut November 99