Secret #6: Breed for internal Qualities not External Appearance
Some fanciers have pigeons which seem to have everything one could desire in a bird’s appearance: wing, back, build, eyes, feather, etc. However, these pigeons have never earned the feed that it cost to raise them nor the money it cost to buy them.
When a fancier selects pigeons in his or another loft, the pigeons’ appearance will almost entirely guide him. The pigeons that have a nice appearance are the ones that he will always select. Yet, so many times when the birds are counted at the end of a series of races, the pigeons which did not look the best are on the perches, and the birds which had every appearance of being fine pigeons are not home or lost.
Outwardly many pigeons seem to look good, but it is what is on the inside that counts on race day: intelligence, orientation and navigating ability, motivation, determination, desire, heart and health. Appearance, fancy pedigrees, and popular names are all equal, until the basket or race day arrives.
I consistently breed generation after generation from pigeons which possess these internal qualities. I intensify and fix these characteristics in my birds so they will reproduce themselves in my youngsters year after year.
Secret #6: Breed for internal Qualities not External Appearance By Bob Prisco
The Leading Online Pigeon Racing and Racing Pigeons Magazine – The Pigeon Insider