To bid on a racing pigeon at an iPigeon auction, bidders must go to the iPigeon website, register to bid and then place a bet on their pigeon of choice. Users cannot bid on a pigeon without first registering with the site.
In order to register to bid on a racing pigeon at iPigeon.com, a potential bidder must submit a name, date of birth, street address, email address, phone number and credit card information. While the registration is free, iPigeon still requires a credit card, since the assumption is that anyone registering to bid on a pigeon could eventually bid and win. However, the open bids are free for anyone to browse without registering.
Each open bid provides extensive information about the bird that is up for auction. The site provides the pigeon's pedigree, showing potential bidders the bird's ancestry. The pedigree can go back several generations and lists notable achievements of the pigeon's lineage. If a bidder wins a bid, the seller ships the bird or birds to the winner via the U.S. Postal Service, with a shipping cost of $50 for one bird and $10 more for each additional bird. Extreme weather conditions can delay shipments, as USPS halts the shipping of live animals during extreme cold or heat.