Working the Genetic Angle pigeons
There are few that will ever claim they have it all
figured out and I am no exception. I will however let you read my
conclusions at this point in time.
To do this, one would use birds that were almost at the edge of being overcooked as breeders.
When I say overcooked I am not referring to roll downs. There is not a bird in the loft that cannot be used in the breeding pen if you know how to use them. This was more common in the beginning of the breed and is no longer required to make good rollers.
Birds that can fly and stay in the kit while spinning hard and fast for ten or twelve minutes without hitting or rolling down, but land early, are on the verge of being overcooked. They show the spin while still maintaining an important piece of control. (Not hitting the ground)
These types will give us more frequency in the youngsters while keeping stability.
If we are looking for birds that will fly tight and set up for the big explosion, we will be better off using birds that have more control and can hold onto the roll until time for the break. Birds can attain this status by age or genetic structure.
When birds are balanced out to the control side or favor the control side of the triangle more, they may have to be stimulated a little to take them to the edge again. This may be achieved through changing the feed type, weather, worming, bathing, mineral powder etcÖ.
Some of these type rollers can be violent in the spin but without stimulation may be stiff.
Stiff breedsí stiff and heat breeds heat.
I find that if I want more heat in the air I must use a little hotter bird in the breeding loft than what I expect to see in the air.
This is a good rule of thumb.
When we are standing at the loft door counting the breeders that we have flown out and know all their weaknesses and strengths we can make wise decisions as to the mate that will best suit them. On the other hand if we are standing at the breeding loft door pointing to the breeders and saying to ourselves, I donít know (what they did in the air) I donít know, I donít know, we have to guess at what may be produced. This is using the hit and miss breeding technique. This will produce some good results too, but most of us prefer to rely on reason and facts in our program.
Let us say that we have flown out all of our breeders and know that hen A is hot and frequent in the air and we want to keep the heat. We would not mate her to a cock that was stiff in hopes of throwing more heat. The best mate is one of mental strength and control but also with a touch of heat.
It is easy to see the benefits of flying out the breeders. I do believe that after many have been flown out and a picture has been built of a several generation-inbred family, birds may be picked off the shelf, so to speak without major concerns.
Flying them out will always be the best choice if possible.
Sometimes what we perceive to be a shortcut in reality is a setback.
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