Balance Of All Thingspigeons
All things in life are to be kept in balance and so it
is with the roller also. The direct, to the point, simple explanations are
generally the best. I have found the best from the air will produce the best
in the air. But it is always interesting to look at the fine details of the
best birds to discover what sets them apart from the rest.
Mr. Pensom was incredibly gifted in regards to the Birmingham roller. Should you read Pensom’s book again, you may be astonished how much more is comprehendible versus the last time you read it. I have read somewhere that Pensom was unable to get his point across. I believe it was because he left out information he assumed you already knew. His writings are very clear to me now.
I have read that he contradicted himself in some of his writings. I believe it is because he was learning as the rest of us are and his opinion changed with newly acquired knowledge. If you were to read his final or last writings describing the champion, I believe you would find it very similar to the above stated description. Even with the description in your hand you will not truly understand until the knowledge has been gained through experience as stated by Bill. The biggest misunderstanding in Pensom’s writings, is the statement that stock birds are better picked on the ground. I truly believe he was trying to say choose the type on the ground from the best ones out of the air. He could tell the best in the air from the look of a bird on the ground. Most of us can not do that. If you have two outstanding birds in the air of the same quality, use the bird with the best overall package of the two.
When he made the statement: “A bird is only as old as it’s mother” he knew that early landing birds will produce early landing offspring and so on. The defective genes that caused the parent to be a cull or a champion will be transmitted to the offspring giving a high probability of the same type of performance recurring. Therefore it is better to wait a little longer to stock a bird to make sure of what you can expect to see in the offspring. Something that has not manifested itself yet may surface later. If you stock the bird too soon you will not know until you have already wasted a lot of time. Most are not completely stable until after two years.
I read the interview with the world cup champion. One comment made by the champ, I found to be very amusing. He stated that all pigeons do is eat, sleep and crap. See what I mean, simple yet true. Of coarse we could easily be accused of the same.
I just hope that it never gets so simple that flyers start to refer to the annual world cup as the rats with wings competition. Humans seem to trample everything into the mud just to see what happens. I would not enjoy that. I really like my rollers and I think it is great to see the whole picture. The roller has many facets to explore. You can choose one or you can try them all. Just for the record, I am a hard core flyer that appreciates a good-un and detest culls.
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