Secret #5: Let the Basket and Races Cull For You

Secret #5: Let the Basket and Races Cull For You

The only fair and impartial methods of selecting intelligence that gives true satisfaction and results are the training basket and long races.

In my opinion, no individual can measure mentality and the degree of homing instinct of a bird from looking at it, feeling or handling it, or looking into it’s eyes.  Don’t waste your time or money!  You already have the best graders in the world, “The Basket” and “Long Races”.

Over the past years, I have had several famous fanciers and graders visit my loft.  Their differences of opinion were so great that what one called a champion, the other called a cull.  This only strengthened our opinion that no one human being can evaluate nor grade your pigeons.  Those that profess this ability have done more harm than good to our sport over the years.

Secret #5: Let the basket and races cull for you By Bob Prisco

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  1. #1 by jerry on March 6, 2011 - 3:14 pm

    i have raced one year, the basket did my culling for me. i raised 50 young birds last year, i only had 26 at the end of the race season. but my birds where all given to me. but i will try again. hay billy karapiperis of florida call me 270-233-5848, your phone is not working.

  2. #2 by Trev Madigan on September 8, 2010 - 4:39 am

    Yes I Agree,Thats the best way.Keep the Idears Coming

  3. #3 by treetoploft on June 19, 2010 - 1:53 pm

    yes i agree the basket should and will cull your birds, but not all go flyers will breed good birds why ?

  4. #4 by Cliff on June 19, 2010 - 10:55 am

    One of the caveats of the basket cull is that the predatory birds will randomly get some of your best, and then you make decisions in the breeding loft based upon some false information that a bird was not good because he was “lost” training or in a race.

  5. #5 by Lee on June 17, 2010 - 11:08 am

    This is a great post!
    Race results, race results, race results.
    Okay and the training tosses

  6. #6 by Tony Savignon on June 17, 2010 - 7:46 am

    Yes I agree thats very true but I think we are missing a point here. The basket can reveal which birds have pontential or are already champion racers but only of your own stock. Although one can be very surprised by a not so good looking birds at time, some qualities have been evident to the eye of an experiences fancier and they are guidelines for when you are aquiring stock. Saving for buying birds with a track record what else is there to go by in such cases?

    Regards Tony

  7. #7 by RAY BROWER on June 14, 2010 - 10:01 am


  8. #8 by Nick Demas on June 14, 2010 - 4:35 am

    Letting the basket do the culling for you is the only sure test that can provide the right results. Judging birds by by feel and appearance only satisfies your personel preference for what a champion should look and feel like. The basket over time never lies. Training tosses and the actual races will show you who’s who. If all your race birds follow the same training schedule,and are fed and medicated the same,the basket will eliminate those who are their just for the free ride. It makes perfect sense to use the basket for choosing those who deserve the limited amount of real estate in your loft.
    Thanks for reading, Nick Demas

    • #9 by Gregory Brooks on June 18, 2010 - 3:07 am

      It is always a pleasure to read from the greats! Consensus is breed from your first birds back and don’t get led astray by unproven theories and fancy myths. Have you read Mortvedt’s comment on eyesign? Check it out…

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