By: Greg McKnight
Anaheim, California USA
Selection is always a topic for criticism; let’s discuss muscles on the birds. Most fanciers need to feel the elasticity or suppleness to develop the feel needed to select the good ones. Now if you’re a person who works with his hands like a carpenter, plumber, mason worker or like then your hands are too callus to feel the difference needed for selections. If you’re a pencil pusher or professional man then it could be easier for you to gain this knowledge for grading. The best way is first get good at handling birds then the local champion will feel confident to let you handle the good ones. The need for you to handle the proven birds in racing and breeding are the key to master this art of selection. When you feel the good ones you won’t forget the suppleness and elasticity you feel, almost like they resist your slight pressure when pressuring them with your cupped hands. Buoyant soft muscle that vibrates when holding and wrapped around that skeleton to give you a full bodied bird, slight in weight and resistance at the best. Remember muscle is weight and you need to gain the experience of heavy and buoyant muscle and the best way is to handle the champions to witness this style.
The fancier starts in his own loft by handling his best and pursuing within his colony the creation for a better bird. Some fanciers are instinctual about the process and learn quickly to recognize the difference in each bird and can give you a read by memory of the said bird that can gain you great help when pairing the birds on paper for strengths and weakness to help compensate the undesirable traits to advance your race team for the following season. Trying to make the least amount of mistakes for the future will help in the long run when pairing your birds, the size of the bird always plays a part so try to achieve a medium sized bird with a perfect aerodynamic style, that doesn’t mean small or larger birds don’t win but a medium style will be your goal but as we know you’ll get all kinds from the mating, that’s the way the genes work. Compensate where needed to achieve this goal.