Winter freedom for racing pigeons can be dangerous because of the birds of prey but it is very healthy for the pigeons. You can see the natural selection at work. Most of the pigeons taken by hawks or falcons are weak pigeons or pigeons with some health problems, more or less visible to the fancier. In this movie you can see my latebreds and some summer youngsters, a team I let fly during winter.
I don’t do this hoping for a better performance in racing (my best birds are locked for the winter), but I do it for the simple pleasure of seeing them fly. Letting the pigeons out to fly is the most relaxing moment of the day for me.