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From E-book "A Guide to Practical Breeding"

by Kamana Rey Bajenting


Game fowl breeding is not only complicated, it is also time- consuming and expensive. Thus, it is tagged as domain of the rich.

Because breeding, supposedly, does not only require substantial capital investment in breeding stock, land and facilities, it also demands quality time from one’s self, as well as, paid manpower and expensive technology that are beyond the reach of ordinary chicken lovers. Plus the fact that game fowl breeding is a hit and miss affair, meaning it is like lottery. In this regard, the more advantage the rich breeders enjoy, because they will have the luxury of more brood fowl which is same as buying more lottery tickets, thus, improving their chances of hitting a jack pot.

Most books on game fowl breeding begin in discussing the huge amount necessary to start up, therefore, disqualifying outright the ordinary aficionado who dreams of someday producing game fowl of his own creation. Well, this is proper and true. But that’s when talking of nothing but the ideal situation. It doesn’t, however, mean that those of us who could not afford the ideal situation, could no longer try. Otherwise, this would mean that ordinary chicken lovers no longer have the right, or say, chance to face the challenges in game fowl breeding and experience the enjoyment in trying, or the satisfaction in reaping the fruits of their labor?

Maybe, we can still pursue breeding even under less-than-ideal conditions? Anyway, in cockfighting, each one of us, like water, seeks his own level. Maybe we could just set our breeding goals to the de-mands of the level and the standards of circuits we intend to compete in? Maybe less expensive but acceptably good breeding materials will do. For after all, breeding is so complicated that one could not ascertain the outcome. Sometimes, the most beautiful brood stocks produce mediocre offspring while average parents produce outstanding progeny. The reason for this is that we only judge the parents based on the traits we see or phenotype. It may not be enough, because, there are characteristics we could not see, the genotype. Therefore a beautiful and superb fighter for a brood cock does not guarantee success.

Maybe just a small land will suffice. We don’t need hectares of ranging area when we only raise a few dozen stags a season. And, with target production of just a few dozen stags, certainly we don’t need mil-lions in operating capital.

The first thing is to set a realistic goal.

Maybe an appropriate goal for any ordinary upstart breeder is to produce bloodlines that could compete in hack fights and derbies in a locality. You don’t have to aspire for world beaters when you don’t intend to compete in international derbies. But your goal doesn’t rule out the possibility that you can produce world beaters. Many successful breeders started up small and ended up big. On the other hand, I have known of big shots who started breeding with all guns ablaze. Unfortunately, after many years, their guns were still firing blanks! (Read the E-book go to library at the navigation bar above.)


June 2, 2013 at 9:18 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Kamana Rey
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Practical breeding will be a topic during the PMA Lessons and Tour 2 in Cebu on Oct. 4, 5 & 6, 2013. More info.


Don't leave luck to chance.

June 26, 2013 at 10:00 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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