In the coming months we have planned a lot of top auctions with first class fanciers from Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, France and the United Kingdom. We have had many fanciers who wanted us to auction their pigeons on our website, but first the pigeons have to go through a twofold selection procedure before we can offer them for sale. This means only a small percentage of the pigeons are actually auctioned at PIPA. This presentation is the perfect occasion to give a brief explanation about this selection procedure.
The first part of the selection is based on the information provided by the fancier:
- When someone offers a proven breeding pigeon, we first ask the fancier for the breeding details. If everything is in order the pigeon can go through the second part of the selection procedure (see below). When a breeder is to be auctioned we look at many aspects of the bird, for instance its age. There is a significant difference between a seven year old bird that has bred one good racer and a four year old bird with several top class youngsters. The first of the two is likely not to be auctioned here, whereas the pigeon with four good youngsters is.
- If someone wants to sell a proven racing bird we will first ask him for a list of achievements and their dates. The dates are important to us: fanciers would offer a five or six year old bird with an impressive list of achievements, up until their second season. But after closer inspection we notice that the bird in question has not won any prize or has not bred any top class pigeons anymore after its second season. Such a pigeon will probably not pass the selection procedure because we think that if a bird has had the chance to prove itself in the breeding loft it should have bred a few good birds already. If this is not the case PIPA is not likely to auction the bird, even if it has a decent list of achievements as a racing bird.
- If a fancier wants to sell a young bird the second part of the selection procedure is important. For the first part of the selection procedure we consider first of all the pedigree of the pigeon and its results as well as the breeding qualities of its sire and dam. Every young bird should be a direct youngster of a proven breeder or a top class racing bird. Exceptions are possible if a fancier wants to offer the grandchildren of a top class breeder or breeding couple of which the direct youngsters are no longer available.
In the second part of the selection procedure we monitor the quality of the bird in the hand:
If someone wants to auction a bird on PIPA we think it is very important to have the quality of EVERY SINGLE bird checked in the hand by one of our experts. We do not claim that we can distinguish a good bird from a bad, but thanks to our experience and the feedback of our customers we now have an idea of what kind of pigeons people are looking for. There are a few basic features a pigeon should have before it can be auctioned on PIPA. After that we draw up a report on each pigeon, which can be obtained via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The result of this strict selection procedure can be found in our auction program for 2012-2013 with all the total auctions, the full collections and rounds of young birds. This program does not yet include the monthly auctions in which fanciers often offer smaller groups of birds and the Jewels of the Sky.
You can find the ‘Upcoming auctions’ pages by clicking on ‘Auctions’ in the menu and by clicking on ‘Upcoming auctions’, which appears on the left of your screen. At the moment the auction program up until the end of January is available in Dutch and English but it will soon be published in French, German, Chinese and Japanese as well.
On the pictures below you can see Vincent van der Kerk, our PIPA agent for The Netherlands, who is checking the pigeons of Premier Stud in the United Kingdom. Our experts travel around the world to check the pigeons. If you would like to know more about one of the pigeons in an auction you can send us an email: email@example.com.