We can select breeders based on:

* The physical structure (bones, muscles),
* The prize list in the competitions (speed, endurance …),
* The origin of the parents (it is better to be sure …),
* The conformation to the flight (quality of the feather, length of the wing’s arm …),
* The eye (white, red, green, …),

or According to several points above.
The more you take care of the breeders’ qualities, the more your racing pigeons will have chances to show exceptional aptitudes.

When they leave the egg, young pigeons are blind, very fragile and unable to move. They only have a slender yellowish down, useless against the cold. Parents therefore continue to keep them warm.

At birth, their parents cram their young pigeons with white and thick milk produced by the crop. This milk is very nutritious because from one day to another, young racing pigeons double and triple their weight and volume.

The eyes open on the fourth day.
On the sixth day, parents are beginning to incorporate crushed seeds to the crop milk. Feathers begin to grow.
Ringing takes place between the sixth and tenth day.

On the fifteenth day, the squeaker, which is ten times larger than at birth, receives only seeds and water. It is still in the nest. Its plumage is well developed and he began to struggle alone against the cold.
Towards the twenty-fifth day, the pigeon starts to flap its wings. Parents continue to force-feed it thirty days, but we can wean it the 25th day.

When there is only one squeaker in the nest, the mother may lay beside him, from the twentieth day and started on a second incubation.

At thirty days, the young pigeons are autonomous and can fly.
You will then be able to verify the abilities of your racing pigeons by training them now.

Don’t forget you need to master many different aspects for this exciting activity and fortunately, some really high quality resources are now available here: ULTIMATE guide on racing pigeons.