The Trumpeter, distinguished by the peculiar sound of it’s voice, is, even to seasoned pigeon fanciers a very weird looking bird. The Germans call it the drummer while the English and Americans the trumpeter.
Originally the Trumpeter came from Bokhara in Central Asia, by way of Russia, where it has been extensively bred, which most likely accounts for the reality that it was named the Russian Trumpeter. Basically a squatty, but soft-feathered bird, the Bokhara or Russian Trumpeter has a huge entire body, short neck, properly developed shoulders, and extended flights. Its crouching physique stands on short legs, with the head carried rather lower in order to display the flawlessly round rose on prime of it. Usually, the Trumpeter gropes about from area to area, unable to see except in a downward path, and is fond of retiring into corners in which it drums to its mate.
The Trumpeter is bred mostly for its feather attributes. First of all, there is the rose, about
the dimension of a half-dollar piece, which needs to be quite compactly and firmly feathered.
In addition, it should radiate from the center of the skull and fall away gracefully above the beak and the sides of the head. The shell crest, standing erect, must be thick and deep, encompassing the back of the head from ear to ear.
The foot and hock feathers, otherwise known as its ‘boots’, need to be prolonged, frequently exceeding eight to 10 inches, profuse, and evenly spread, with the outer feathers forming a semi-circle. Broken muffs or broken feathers on any portion of the pigeon’s body are regarded as a severe defect. White eyes are also very much favored in the Trumpeter.
Some think the Trumpeter’s voice has not been developed to any marked extent, which is quite regrettable, the peculiar cooing is one of the most charming and top quality features of this pigeon. For excellent and correct drumming points you should hear a very good beginning, a distinctly marked delivery, and an alternate rise and fall of the sound, trilling and sustaining. Additionally the more the Trumpeter drums in a repeated or standardized pattern the more he is worth.
Some males, with quick interruptions, have been identified to trumpet for as long as ten minutes. Even when eating they will trumpet, there being no difference in the sound when the crop is full or empty. The hen likewise trumpets, although considerably more softly than the male, and significantly less often. When the breeding season commences, numerous Trumpeter fanciers clip the rose, the foot feathers, as well as the extended feathers all around the vent to ensure fertile and unbroken eggs.