Showing of Fancy Pigeons
Many fanciers and breeders look forward to and prepare for the exhibiting of their birds the entire year. If they were unable to exhibit their birds and enjoy the thrill of doing so, they would possibly forego raising pigeons, in many instances On the other hand, there are thousands of pigeon breeders who have never shown their pigeons and who consequently are unfamiliar with its pleasures and profits. The showing of one’s birds constitutes a social and sporting phase of pigeon rearing, and the breeder who omits it from his schedule misses much.
Exhibiting fancy pigeons has many virtues:
- Love of Competitions – It satisfies the spirit of rivalry which exists in most of us.
- Comparison- Showing affords the fancier the opportunity to compare his best birds with the best of others throughout the country. Without comparison, he or she could never be sure of the quality of his or her birds.
- Comparison- Showing affords the fancier the opportunity to compare his best birds with the best of others throughout the country without comparison, he or she could never be sure of the quality of his or her birds.
- Advertising value – Show results are published in pigeon magazines and yearbooks, newspapers and show reports along with the names and addresses of the owners of winning birds. Valuable publicity is thus obtained. The show itself is a good market in which to buy and sell birds.
- Fellowship – The greatest advantage of pigeon showing is the sincere friendships it creates. Deep in the bosom of every man and woman lies the desire to have true friends. When friends possess a common love and mutual hobby, the friendship is more complete than otherwise.
Training of show pigeons
Showing of pigeons has its demands. These include training pigeons to get used to show pens, people, music and noise. Various other things also have to be done like handling the birds, cleaning their beaks, trimming undesirable feathers, polishing toenails, etc…
Judging of show pigeons
Show management makes the show rules and the qualities of the ideal bird in each breed are defined a written standard. The judging of pigeons at shows is usually done means of comparison, always qualified judges. The customary procedure is for the judge to sum up the good and bad points of each entry and then compare them with each other as well as the ideal that he has fixed in his mind.
Preparation of Standards
SAFPA promulgates a standard for each breed. This serves as a guide for all members and non-members that breed pigeons and creates a uniform standard despite the fact that breeders may be thousands of kilometres apart or even live in different countries. The standard of the country from which the pigeon originated will usually be adopted. In South Africa, all show pigeons must be rung with a seamless metal ring.
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