Breed From Leaders Part 3 – Breeding is a Numbers Game


Breed From Leaders Part 3 – Breeding is a Numbers Game

Breeding is a numbers game.  If we find a bird and his ancestries are full of leaders and champions, the chances greatly improve the possibility that its children will possess these same qualities.  You always have a better chance of success to breed from a bird with an outstanding performance pedigree and family, rather than a champion bird from a poor background with no other champions in his family.

You can tell right away if a breeder can pass these leadership and intelligences traits to its children by single tossing their young during training tosses.  These single tosses force the bird to think on its own, and not to rely on other birds to follow home.  This is the first step to bring out the independence, confidence and leadership qualities the bird needs to navigate successfully during a race.  When we train at short distances such as 5, 10 or 20 miles, you can make these single tosses 2 or 3 times in a day.  The true leaders will navigate and home safely, the followers will not.

Beside excellent health, single tossing your birds is the best way to create and teach mental maturity, intelligence and to evaluate your breeders.  If young are lost frequently from certain breeders in these single tosses, cull the breeder.  It is of no value to you.

Many times the trainer or breeder spends all his time to develop and search for the physical qualities in his birds he feels are important, and he overlooks or neglects the most important traits of intelligence, confidence and independent thinking that the birds need to lead and navigate for themselves.  

In other articles, I REFER TO PERFORMANCE PEDIGREES TO BE OF GREAT VALUE TO THE BREEDER.  Every pigeon has a pedigree; father, mother and grandparents.  Look for these leadership qualities in the first 3 generations.  (REMEMBER A PEDIGREE IS ONLY AS ACCURATE AND HONEST AS THE FANCIER THAT PROVIDES IT.)  ALWAYS REQUIRE PROOF BEFORE YOUR MAKE ANY PURCHASE.

Breed From Leaders part 3 By Bob Prisco

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  1. #1 by Ferenc Marocik on February 15, 2011 - 9:39 pm

    I have a friend that had a first place winner in our club and it was his best pigeon and got lost single tossed from 10 miles. I single tossed many times last year (2010) and did not see any difference in the race results. You have to have a lot of time because if you release one pigeon per 5 min. its 12 pigeons per hour. If you have 36 pigeons it takes 3 hrs. 2-3 times a day? and if you feel tempted to release them sooner you may see no pigeon in the sky then all of a sudden theres 3 pigeons circling. I read all of Bert Braspenning articles and He did not see the benefit in it. It may work in some lofts.

  2. #2 by sakkie on February 15, 2011 - 12:44 pm

    Single tossing is a must even for older birds.

  3. #3 by Gary Stevenson on January 10, 2011 - 3:44 pm

    Great article, something that a novice like me can easily do.

  4. #4 by Lee on August 23, 2010 - 9:44 am

    “ALWAYS REQUIRE PROOF BEFORE YOUR MAKE ANY PURCHASE”

    I like having the pedigree for my own record keeping. But the only proof would be the race sheet not the pedigree. That is not always as easy to get.

    • #5 by Brian on August 24, 2010 - 6:44 am

      Lee,

      Thats very true. I have found its almost impossible to verify any results if the bird is rung IF. The AU on the otherhand, is an open forum for checking results by band number or flier name. When Im in the market for a bird, sure I check all the major auction sites, if one catches my eye, then I immediately review the results through the AU Natl. Database. Alot of people boast about the performance, but its a different story when you look at the results online.

  5. #6 by RAY BROWER on August 22, 2010 - 4:42 pm

    GOOD HONEST PEDERGREES MAKES GOOD SENSE. IF THE PARENTS CAN’T PRODUCE GOOD BIRDS THAT ARE HEALTHY AND PRPERLY TRAINED THEN IT’S BEST TO CULL THE ENTIRE FAMILY.I BELEVE THAT TO BE TRUE.
    RAY BROWER

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