First, I want to thank you for taking the time to view my site. I live 30 miles South of Pittsburgh in a town named, Charleroi. It is named after the city, Charleroi, Belgium. I have resided in Charleroi all of my life. I have a great wife, Amanda, who has supported me with my "crazy" hobby endeavor, since its inception. Along with my wife, I have two children, Jacob and Addilyn. I have been around racing pigeons for most of my life. My grandfather, Allen Miller, raced homers for many years with the Mon Valley Racing Pigeon club. I also have a deceased great uncle, Galen Beeman from Lonaconing, MD, who also was an avid racing fancier. At a very early age, I became fascinated with the notion that if you raise and provide for a young homer, it will give everything it physically has, to make it home. So, to this day I still have that same fascination and respect that the birds deserve. Its been proven time and time again, if the racing fancier shows little respect for the birds and fails to provide a healthy, dry, safe loft, they will NOT produce winning results. A racing homer must have a desire or drive to return home, from a race.
I want to explain the name of my pigeon lofts. The name REDLEG has been with my family, well for as long as I've been on this earth. Redleg is my last name spelled backwards, so I have always felt the need to utilize that spelling. Now the flip side of the name, is something that all veteran pigeon fanciers look for, bright bold red legs. This shows optimal health in the pigeon with excellent blood flow, along with a clean, healthy, loft environment. So, I felt that "Redleg's Loft" is a little more than fitting.
Unlike my grandfather, who was strictly a racing fancier, I have become more "obsessed" and intrigued with the color genetics of pigeons. I find genetics fascinating, as I'm constantly learning something new. I have the privilege of working with several rare mutations. That would not be possible, if it wasn't for the generosity of fellow color breeders. Tom Barnhart, Gene Hochlan, Jeff Hitchlock and Carlin Whisenhunt, to name a few.
Again, I want to thank you for taking the time to visit my site. If your new to the concept of the pigeon hobby, I hope you can and want to experience these great flyers and athletes of the sky. A great quote from a fellow fancier, Leon Stephens, “You don’t have to be crazy to raise pigeons, but it helps”. For the seasoned vets, good luck breeding and racing. I wish you all the best! Jason Gelder
My two best friends, yellow lab, Daisy and red tri color , Sadie