I have been breeding the N.Y. Flying Flight for about 16 years now. As most breeders today do not fly their stock, I fly everything including my winners. I consider my birds true Flying Flight's. At present I have about 160-170 birds and am hoping to finish another great breeding season. I mainly breed Black and Dun teagers, but in the last 3-4 years I have introduced Yellows and Yellow teagers into the stock. Most of my birds are plainheads but my best friend and club member Joe Campione has some of the best cap birds in the club. Joe has been breeding competitively for about 5 years now and has progressed to the point where he is now the guy to beat in the shows. I can't say enough about Ralph White. He is a dedicated fancier who took over the president duties quite a few years ago from me, as I could not dedicate the kind of time needed to make the club a success. Ralph works endless hours to make sure that the club is always going forward, on top of the time he puts in caring for his birds. Thank god his partner Al shows up everyday to help Ralph with all the chores . Ralph has done an excellent job promoting our fantastic flying wonders. It is really great to see some other fanciers outside the N.Y. area that have this breed. I also know Len Treviranus from Chicago, I got him started in Flying Flight's about 6-7 years ago. We all sent him birds to get him started. I know at one time he had about 90-100 birds going. Since then I know he has changed stocks a couple of times, but in the last 2 years I know he has purchased birds from Ralph White.
You can see how refined these birds are. You must remember to breed the best of all qualities into the birds. Also I don't breed out of bearded birds because once that trait is put into them it takes years to get it out. Some of the old timers say Beards make better teagers. That is an old wives tale. I also don't mate the 2 best mottled birds together. The beaks, eyes, heads and caps (for the cap birds) are the most important. I have made it point to stress the markings for the flights. Unfortunately many of the judges are not that interested in picking birds with the right mottling. The bird has to have everything else besides the markings, but when has it all you can't beat it. I bred a dun teager hen this year that in my estimation is the closest to standard that I have seen shown in our club ever. She has deep dark color, great mottling, and the longest, thinnest beak you could want in a flight. My friend Joe has these in caps, I usually specialize in the plainheads.