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Will they roll?

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by KWAK, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. KWAK

    KWAK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2009
    I have roller mixes, some are 1/2 roller and 1/2 fantail but the others are 3/4 roller and 1/4 fantail (got them from 2 diferent breeders.) whats the chance of them rolling?
  2. KWAK

    KWAK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2009
    Any one?
  3. mrsjim

    mrsjim New Egg

    May 8, 2010
    If you want rollers, you need to stick with rollers. Fantails are beautiful, but rollers perform. Try to find someone who will let you watch them roll, the buy a couple pairs. They are AMAZING! Keep your rollers and your fantails separate.
  4. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    Rowan County, NC
    The bird that is mostly roller MIGHT roll a bit but you'll have to fly them to find out. I'm pretty sure the trait is recessive and it takes selective breeding to keep them rolling the way you want.
  5. mrsjim

    mrsjim New Egg

    May 8, 2010
    Check out this video. (I hope this threads goes through.) You can't get these from mixes. And fancy colors are not the factor. Find a breeder who raises performing Birmingham Rollers. And remember to have fun!

    Last edited: Feb 24, 2012
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Generally in roller crosses the most you might get is single flips or tumbles nothing like you have seen in the video posted by mrsjim. I have some roller/homer crosses that will give me four or five flips in a roll, but nothing with any speed or depth. I made this cross to create something with more flying strength so that I could continue flying when the hawks are here. My pure rollers only get to fly from late April through mid Sept. because of Coopers hawk predation. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  7. gunnarwordon

    gunnarwordon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2012
    Chatham, New York.
    Hey, at least the forum didn't die out when you posted!
  8. KWAK

    KWAK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2009
    I have 2 pure rollers but they are both males. If I breed them to 2 of the 3/4ths rollers will they (offspring) roll?
  9. sarasweatman

    sarasweatman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2012
    That was so cool! I had never seen that before.

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