Do not forget that in a competitive sport every detail counts. The pigeon’s health alone is not enough to reach success and furthermore growing every pigeon is different from its neighbor.

Let’s talk about the musculature of the racing pigeon:

There is no standard musculature. This is not the apparent volume of the flesh and muscle which is the value of the musculature. What is essential is a ribcage with sufficient volume that reflects the build of the bird.

The front tip of the sternum should be well hidden in the feathers and boneless.

No body movement is possible if the muscle is not working. Understand that the more the movement is going on, the more painful it is, and the more muscle will be solicited. The pigeon that has little muscle loses its endurance but especially in flight power.

– The pigeons a bit deep, ie pigeons with a median ridge down, provided that the latter is quite long and at first give the impression they are not very muscular, but this is due to the form of their carcass.

racing pigeon lofts

– The round pigeons but flat enough, are often much less muscular than the first, they have a body in the shape of an equilateral triangle and muscles on both sides that go down to the sternum are generally thicker and longer.

I had very good pigeons among those who had the body apparently quite flat. What matters is the volume of the muscles. A small racing pigeon does not need so many muscles. To judge the musculature of a pigeon, do not be fooled by appearances. It’s the suppleness that makes the quality of the musculature.

The pectoral muscles of the pigeon serve to activate the wings are two superimposed muscles slices along the breastbone, the two slices of muscles are used, one to take the wing up, the other to go down.

They work at an incredibly pace during the flight, and thus gradually melt as the flight continues. One must have grasped with the hands some super cracks to look at the evidence that a good wing without great muscles is useless and vice – versa, that powerful muscles, ie long, thick and flexible, are not productive if the wing is limited.

Good muscle quality is good racing pigeons quality, it is what drives the wings. We feel best at the front wishbone, at the height of the wings. The shoulders at their beginning should be broad and well muscled, with a long sternum, therefore elongated muscles.
These are the qualities you must look for.

Fat pigeon gives the impression of being well muscled, but its faster breathing betrayed it.

breeding pigeons

So let be clear, the size of the chest is not synonymous with quality. The value of a muscle is made of its blood richness and inner life that it has. Their strength, vitality is ensured by the large number of nerve fibers that pass through and by the power and richness of irrigation of blood vessels. A racing pigeon without energy, insensible to everything has zero value.

This is the muscle life that gives the value of a bird. It is felt by the fancier as soon as the hands are in contact with the body of the pigeon. It gives a feeling of nervousness, we feel vibrations, fingertips perceive a sensation of inflated tire, of a body in which the fingertip may sink slightly, but which immediately regains its initial position, as if it was an inflated air ball.

To appreciate a good musculature, the racing pigeon must be in excellent condition and well fed. If the pigeon gives an impression of being sissy, it can be removed without regret.

Pigeons have air bags: with the pigeon in great condition, these bags are filled up with air, so a good bird still has always a normal weight, it has its ideal balance.

We examine the muscles not as a criterion for quality, but as a form index. We must look around each racing pigeon separately and we must have exactly them in the hand to grasp the fluctuation that occurs in the examination of pectorals.

I emphasize that these are not rules.

Muscle size is far from being a sign of strength.

– I have often noticed that pigeons with large muscles give their best performance in speed. They are able to accomplish a brutal and short effort, these are not tireless pigeons, they are powerful but wear out much.

– The pigeons with hard musculature (not to be confused with swollen muscles), are winners on short distances but they are unable to fly long at full power.

– The racing pigeons which are good for long distances, tireless and everlasting, almost always have an average musculature, it can be more rounded or triangular, depending on whether we have a flat or deep pigeon. The musculature of the flat pigeon may seem more powerful, but it does not prove that it is the best. The long course pigeon must have flexible muscles, even when the muscles are swollen, this is what ensures its strength.

A racing pigeon can never be compared to another. Always control the muscles of a pigeon after the work done. It is not advisable to keep a pigeon which has lost too much muscle.

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