Today we are going to look at pigeon bloodline management. It is important to know who your birds are related to and generations. I do what many other lofts don’t, and that is labeling each individual ‘breeder’ bird a letter. For example I have a pair of two unrelated birds, the hen I label a ‘A’ and the cock I label a ‘B’. The offspring from this pair would be ‘AB’. This system can help identify your birds without needing to remember ring numbers to some extent.
What I do is when I get new birds I label them with a letter alphabetically but if the birds may be related I label them with the same letter. These are some of the newest birds I’m expecting to hatch soon:
These birds as can be seen are inbred to some extent. The ‘A’ is my mixed pair hen, she is a red king pigeon. ‘B’ is my mixed pair cock, he is a white crossbred. ‘C’ is a hen, she was a white fantail. The numbers ‘power’ after the letter is the amount inbred. For example I breed a:
AB (F), AB (M) -The birds produced from this pair would be a ‘A2B2’
AB (M), C (F) -The birds produced from this pair would be a ‘ABC’
How this works is how many time a individual letter is shown you give it a power, which shows how inbred a bird is. My most inbred bird(s) I have flying around now are ‘A2B2(s)’ which I have 5 of.
Two of my ‘A2B2’ pigeons when they were squabs:
What happens when you run out of letters? Still thinking about that...
If you are confused or have any questions feel free to leave a comment below.