Welcome to the Erdner & Sons
Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania
Tom Erdner, Justin Erdner, Joshua Erdner
Thanks for stopping by our website. In 2005, after a three-year battle with township authorities over the right to erect a loft in my own yard, we started flying in the Tarentum Homing Club of the Penn Ohio Combine. The Penn Ohio Combine is a tough Combine to win as it is very wide and deep. It includes flyers from as far west as Flushing, Ohio all the way east to our club in Western Pennsylvania. We overfly some of the shorter lofts by as much as 70 miles, which can be a help or a hindrance, depending on race day conditions.
We look forward to the competition. Our goal is to be a top loft, always tough to beat from any distance, while remaining a small operation. We subscribe to the old-fashioned notion that health, conditioning and training being equal, quality trumps quantity seven times out of ten. And besides, none of us want to get to the point where this thing we do for fun turns into work.
After fooling around with a few broken birds in OBs in 2005, we flew 32 YBs in our first full season of flying. We did well, due in no small measure to the generosity of good friends Don Brooks, Norm Kirsch, Chuck McElwain and the late John Mosley, who showed up on different occasions, baskets in hand, to surprise us with some very fine YBs that went on to earn their perches.
We’ve moved on from there, consolidating our breeding program and settling pretty much on three families of birds that we think can hold their own in both the short and the long races.
So, check out the site. Browse around, get to know us and our birds and friends, who we fly against and how we do. Then let us know what you think. Please don’t leave without signing the Guestbook, and always feel free to drop us a line. And, if you’re ever in Pittsburgh, give us a call and stop by. We always have time to have a drink out on the back deck and talk pigeons.
Yours in the sport,
Tom, Justin and Josh Erdner