THOUGHTS ON SUCCESS IN THE PIGEON SPORT

October 6, 2012
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If you want success in the pigeon sport, you might consider specializing. Many of us are after success from 100 miles to 600 miles. I must admit that this has been and is my goal today. However when you think about it, having a family of birds that can do this is a very hard goal to achieve, especially for the working person.

f you compare track athletes, think about the physical differences in the runner who is a high achiever at the 100-yard dash compared to the runner who excels at the mile, and compare those with the one who is best at the marathon distance.

Then we want success with the young birds so we train them very hard and many of us try to send them to as many races as possible. In our Federation, that would mean four 400-mile races when we fly from the South and East for our club. Next we want success from the old birds and perhaps fail to consider how hard we have flown them while they were still youngsters.

Of course we want to successfully fly both the cocks and hens in old birds rather than focusing on one sex or the other. It is my opinion that all systems favor the hens except traditional widowhood. Flying natural seems to favor the hens because they spend the greatest amount of time on the nest resting while the cocks are busy fighting and chasing other hens around the loft. If we fly double widowhood, it seems that the more we show the hens the better the hens do, but the less we let the cocks see the hens the better the cocks do.

This appears to be a double-edged sword at best. Only the traditional widowhood approach where the hens are kept far away from the cocks and locked in separate compartments all week and used strictly for motivation do the cocks get their best chance to win. When we try to burn the candle at both ends and don’t succeed, we are tempted to turn to the miracle cures and products that are so prevalent only to discover there are no miracle cures after all.

Perhaps we should consider specializing more than we do. We could consider in one aspect, either long distance, middle or short distance. We could also consider focusing on the youngsters, the widowers or the females. This would permit us to have fewer birds, reduce our costs of keeping the birds and maybe, just maybe, provide better results, less work, lower costs and a lot more fun. And maybe, just maybe, our number might come up and we might get a family of birds that is very good at all distances after all!

Bobby Brown
rat1282@aol.com

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