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Pheromone - Pitcest

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aireasingh  asked:

So, I was doing some more thinking, and thought, why be a casual pet owner when I could sell my soul to the pigeon hobby instead and breed them too. Which also brought up the thought of, what is the goal of breeding pigeons? What is the goal when you breed them? My background is in reptiles, and a lot of the goals for breeding is finding new colors and morphs. That's obviously not what the goal in pigeon breeding is, so what is it? (Tbc)

When I buy pairs, what am I looking for in a potential pair? I’d like to do show birds, like frillbacks, cof’s, and the like, so when looking for potential pairs, what am I looking for and what am I breeding towards? This might sound like a weird question, but I’m honestly curious and I’d like to have a goal of sorts. :P

That depends on the breed. Each has a specific standard either for performance in the performing breeds or appearance in the exhibition breeds.

Classic Old Frills are an Exhibition breed. Their standard is as follows:

http://www.classicoldfrill.org/classic-frill-standard.html

The Classic Oriental Frill is an exhibition breed of pigeon from the Owl family. It is also known as the Old Fashioned Oriental Frill and the Old Style Oriental Frill. It is the precursor breed from which the modern Oriental Frill was created. It is a beautiful ancient pigeon breed, which can now be seen on exhibit at major American and Canadian shows.

GENERAL IMPRESSION:

A small to medium sized (average weight 11-12 oz) cobby pigeon, with a jaunty disposition. Stations at near to a 45-degree angle with the tip of the tail just clearing the floor. Typical characteristics include a breast frill, peak crest, grouse muffs, and a medium-short thick beak. Satinettes are shield marked / tail marked birds with white bars or laces on their shield and Moon Spots or laces on their tail. Blondinettes are whole colored birds which also possess white bars or lacing on the shields and Moon Spots or lacing on the tail…Some varieties have the lacing extending over most of the body.

HEAD: Roundish to slightly oval, substantial, wide. Arched forehead that flows in a smooth, continuous curve from the tip of the beak to the tip of the peak. Wattle small and neat.

EYE: Large, bright and prominent. Eye cere fine in texture and flesh colored. Bull eyes in Satinettes. The eye in Blondinettes to be yellow gravel to deep red brown depending upon the variety.

BEAK: Medium short in length, substantial/thick, blending into the forehead in a smooth, uninterrupted curve. Flesh colored in Satinettes, flesh to horn to black in Blondinettes, depending upon the variety. Wattle small and smooth. Classic Old Frills can feed their young and do not need feeders.

CREST: Needlepoint Peak Crest. Upright and central. Rising at least as high as the highest part of the head. Peak crest supported by a well-developed mane, without any sign of a mane break. (The indentation between the Peak Crest and the mane.)

NECK: Short and strong, appearing thick due to the mane at the back of the neck, and the gullet. Held proudly, and upright so that the eye is directly over the juncture of the toes with the ankle. There should be a pronounced gullet extending from just under the lower mandible down the throat into the frill.

FRILL: The frill should extend from the middle of the gullet and continue into the breast (ideally 2" in length). It should be well developed and profuse. A shorter, more profuse frill is preferred over one that is sparse but greater in length. Feathers to grow outward to both sides uniformly. Feathers that grow only to one side or disproportionately to one side will be penalized. Rose shaped frills will be penalized.

BREAST AND BODY FORM: Breast is broad, well rounded, held forward prominently and tapering toward the rear of the bird. Size is small to medium with Body Form to be firm. compact and cobby.

WINGS: Strong, lying close to the body, covering the back, without “sails”, and lying flat on the tail.

LEGS: Short, profusely covered with grouse muffs all the way to the toenails. Toenails to be white in Satinettes flesh to horn to black in Blondinettes depending upon the variety.

PLUMAGE: Well developed, tight, lying flat with the exception of the Frill and the Peak Crest.

FLIGHTS AND TAIL: Flights short, resting flat on the tail. Flights and tail to be shorter rather than longer. Tail to be no more than 2 feathers in width. Tail just clearing the floor when in show position.

STATION: Upright station at near to a 45-degree angle, which causes the tail to be held downward rather than horizontal.

COLOR: While no preference is given to any one color, all colors should be bright, smooth and even. In laced birds the lacing should be clear and distinct. In barred birds the bars should be clear, narrow. long and even. The color inside the bars or laces should be white. The color inside the Moon Spots or tail laces should be white. The factors which give the Oriental Frill its unique coloring are Toy Stencil and Frill Stencil, in combination. Toy Stencil affecting mainly the body and Frill Stencil affecting mainly the tail. Without these factors in proper combination, various shades of color will be produced, from normal coloration to bronzes/ sulphurs and a root beer coloration, in their various hues. Toy Stencil and Frill Stencil causes the whitening effect that one sees in a well marked Oriental Frill.

RECOGNIZED COLORS:

Blue Silver (Dilute Blue)
Brown Khaki (Dilute Brown)
Ash Red Ash Yellow (Dilute Ash Red)
Black (Spread Blue) Dun (Spread Silver)
Lavender (Spread Ash Red & Ash Yellow) Recessive Red
Recessive Yellow

There will also be a class for AOC, for other factors which fanciers successfully transfer over to Classic Frills, such as milky, reduced, opal, etc. It should be noted that these factors must also have the telltale marks of Oriental Frills, and that is the Toy Stencil and Frill Stencil Factors, in combination, so that the same requirements stated in other parts of the standard are applicable to any new color factor added to the gene pool.

COLOR NAMES:

Bluette: Blue Bar Satinette
Silverette: Silver Bar Satinette
Brownette: Brown Bar Satinette

COLOR / PATTERN / MARKINGS:

Satinettes are white except for a colored shield and colored tail (including about half of the rump and the wedge to the vent). Ash Red birds are to have clear and obvious tail color and markings (It should he noted that it is most difficult to achieve the same quality of tail markings in Ash Red/Ash Yellow birds as in other color varieties). The shield is laced or barred. Spread birds have a laced tail. Non-Spread birds have a barred tail with white Moon Spots. The shield bars are to be White. The inside of the laces on the shield are to be White. The inside of each Moon Spot is to be White. The inside of each laced tail feather is to be White. There should be a clear delineation between the lacing and the ground color. The bars should be clear, long, even and narrow. The ideal is 10x 10 white flights, always with colored thumb feathers. White thumb feathers will be penalized. 7 to 10 white flights are allowed, with even numbered flights preferred over odd numbers of flights on opposing wings. There is to be an even line of demarcation across the rump between the colored tail and white back. This line falls about half way between where the wings first separate and the actual beginning of the tail feathers. An even line, both top and bottom, is more important than the actual location of the line on the rump. The same description applies to the Blondinettes with the exception that the Blondinette is a whole colored bird and has no solid white feathers. In Spot tail version of Blondinettes, usually just the tail and the wings show Toy and Frill Stencil. In Laced Tailed varieties, the lacing usually extends over most, if not all of the body–these are usually the spread factor birds.

This detailed description ^ lays out the criteria of a show winning COF.

This is the goal that exhibition breeders are breeding towards.

We are supposed to be compared to the standard, rather than eachother. The bird that matches most closely wins.

There are no perfect birds. Any bird you pick will have at least one fault. So, first and foremost, a healthy bird with a good temperament and good conformation. 

Ideally, you select from your offspring the bird closest to the standard at the end of the year and select a mate that preserves its best features and makes up for its failts.

When it comes to visible traits, Confirmation comes first, markings second. Markings are a lot easier to change than body shape, so body shape has to be your priority.

This is why you need to pick breeds that have a healthy body shape.

If none of the breeds that currently exist appeal to you, you also have the option of trying to develop your own breed, using traits you like from an assortment of breeds, like the breeders of the American Fantasy and Mindian Fantail.

Glee 6x08 'A Wedding' Review: Groundbreaking love & familiar faces

It’s the wedding that we’ve all been waiting for since the first two seasons and how well does Glee deliver? Well, for the most part this episode is fantastic; we have a great set of actors execute a great dose of dialogue but there just so happens to be a few things that take place which ruin the overall essence of the episode. However, with fantastic guest stars such as JenniferCoolidge, Gloria Estefan and Ken Jeong as well as familiar faces like Jenna Ushkowitz and Harry Shum Jr. all topped off with the impact of Brittana, it isn’t entirely difficult to enjoy this episode!

Spoilers are included in this review.

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I fail to understand people who feel that someone, who wants to marry a person that is of the same faith background and practice as they are, is being “narrow-minded.” Like seriously? Okay, let’s take this into a practical example.

I am going to the movies and the rule is I must choose a person to watch it with. I am a Potterhead, and I have two options- someone who wants to watch Lord of the Rings, and someone who wants to watch Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.Obviously I’m going to want to go with the guy who wants to watch the Goblet of Fire!

Now let’s apply this to the marriage scenario. A marriage is a BIG deal. I mean you are living with this person for the rest of your life (insh’Allah). We all have our lifestyle and I would want my spouse’s lifestyle to marry well (pun intended) with mine. For example…

  • When the alarm goes off at Amrit Vela for 4am, I don’t want to worry about waking my spouse up. Moreover, on days when i hit the snooze button a million times, I want my spouse to drag my manmukh ass out of bed and shower for prayer.
  • I want to be able to do my nitnem with my partner. My idea of a perfect post-wedding night out starts with rehraas somewhere by the water (I’m a dork, I know).
  • I want to raise my children with the stories of the Guru Sahibaan and the brave Sahibzaade and Bhagats.
  • I want to be able to live an amritdhari lifestyle and not feel weird and explain everyday things like why I hang up a wet pair of baggy underpants up to drive every time I shower.
  • I want to argue over stupid things like what date Vaisakhi is really on, Gurdwara politics, and the like (but they must be on the sitting on the floor-no chairs side of the spectrum :P LOL…kinding…maybe).

Now some of those goals and asperations of what I want in my marriage could be fulfilled if I had a partner from another faith, but it wouldn’t be the same. I mean if they were Muslim, we would both get up around the same time for Amrit Vela and fajr, but they wouldn’t be reciting Gurbani with me, they would be doing salah. If they were Hindu, we would share some holidays like Diwali and Holi/Hola Mohalla, but we would be celebrating for two completely separate and isolated reasons. If they were Christian, would my children be baptized and sent to catechism, or would I be able to grow their kes and bring them up as Little Khalsas- either way, one parent would have to give up their dream of having their children follow their path.

I get that for many people the above works, and that is absolutely fine with them. However, for me that wouldn’t feel right for what I personally want. Going back to the movie analogy, is the LOTD lover inferior compared to the Potterhead? Nope! We just have different likes and dislikes. Does that mean that the person who is from a different faith is somehow inferior and interfaith relationships are “wrong”? Hell no! Follow your bliss, my friend. 

There are people who bash on other religions and look down on interfaith couples, but those people are just…..special in their own way, and their views should not be held up as a monolith. 

At the end of the day, we should be able to like what we like, while respecting other opinions. So just because I want to have a partner who is an observant Sikh, it doesn’t mean that I hate people from other faiths and do not respect them.