Pigeon Sport

Take a look in the basket during the basketting for the first races for the youngsters. Then all the types are present. The conditions at the time are still easy. But week after week, once the conditions take their toll at the front of the pigeon peloton, the pigeons with the insipid eyes and expressionless faces disappear more and more.

If you visit a fancier who has specialised in the sprint game, then it is usually the pigeons with the uniform coloured eyes which have the upper hand. If you then visit a grand distance man, you will see totally different eyes: with deep colours and a lot of pigment.

Each type formed and developed for the goal it is meant for. I have had the opportunity to examine the eyes of all types of pigeons in many countries. There was a strong similarity in the eyes everywhere. By the best pigeons they were always full of colour. With this I mean that where there is colour it should be merged together thickly.

There are no clear segregations between the colours, no, they blend over each other freely. The pigmented capillaries of the correlation circle of the circle of adaptation carry on in the coloured part of the iris. There are no defined borders where the rings are concerned. All colour variations ae possible. But then intense from colour from the outside to the inside at the iris. All this is the cause of the pigment of a pigeon. It shows that the blood supply is well regulated to the furthest point of all fibres. This is an important characteristic and I always look for pigeons which have this. You don’t only see it on the eyes, but also on the feathering of the legs.

Pigeon sport is a performance sport. To achieve performances, it is necessary to burn oxygen and energy in the cells. This is then transported through the blood. The better the bloody supply Works, the easier it is for the pigeon to achieve good performances every week. There’s no arguing with that. The blood supply is in direct contact with performance capability. This is reflected in the thick colours in the eyes which is often seen in the best pigeons. In reality, those thick colours are nothing more than accumulatedends of microscopic blood vessels in the iris. The more that can be seen together, the more colour, shades and depth the eye shows.