Watch A classic section of the rating of a pigeon, is the judgement of the eye. Every pigeon fancier, wherever in the world, always looks at the eye during the rating of a pigeon. And if you ask: what do you see, then you receive thousands of different answers. No-one with a pigeon in their hand can see every quality of the pigeon by looking into it’s eye. That is a fantasy. Yet there are some people who can read more things from a pigeon eye than you would expect. This takes considerable practice and after practicing a great deal you gain experience. Allow yourself to be helped by a magnifier which magnifies 15 times. Or get measured for glasses with special magnifying glass. Piet de Weerd uses such glasses when he is examining pigeon eyes. There is no shame or eccentricity then in using such glasses and as the proverb goes: every little bit helps.The first thing we notice about a pigeon eye, even without optical aids, is the pupil. The pupil is nothing more than an opening in the coloured iris and the deep black is nothing more than a piece of the retina. Images are broken by the lens at the front of the eye and projected smaller onto the retina. The nerve endings present there transmit the images (read: prickles) further to the brain and there the prickles are converted into images: the pigeon sees.If we assess the eye we can’t ignore the fact that a small pupil is important. A large pupil betrays nervousness and a weak willpower. The more the serious kilometres which have to be flown, the less such pigeons are found at the front when the performances really have to be fought for. That’s why I don’t like to introduce pigeons with large pupils into my stock. They don’t have enough fighting mentality and that is exactly what they need to win big races. The majority of Ace pigeons also have a small pupil. Ace pigeons for me are winners on all fronts between the 100 and 750 km. You find the most big pupils between the good sprint pigeons. Sprint pigeons are not really forced to regularly push themselves to the limit. To fight to the end. Here it is about totally other things: speed, intelligence and of course a great deal of preparation from the trainer-pigeon fancier. Te further the distance, the more the quality of the pigeon has an influence. Without power, supple muscles and mordant, no pigeon wins a race of 650 km with 1100 m.p.m. Small pupils are therefore of great importance to me. When I judge a pigeon eye it is always under the same conditions: at my desk with a halogen lamp for light. Then the conditions are always identical and the eyes can always be judged properly. I regularly move the head of the pigeon away from the light and I don’t like to see the pupils enlarge enormously straight away. Pupils should be small in under any conditions. Pupils which remain the same size I consider to be no good for breeding or racing. Here you also have the exception to the rule of course, but it is no use being tempted to alter your breeding methods by the exceptions. It would be like leaving all the doors open in case Lady Luck decided to pay a visit. And the chance of that happening is very small, believe me... You are watching this video under the banner of you tube channel pigeon master.Hops you like the video. If you like it please share it with your friends and dont forget tos ubscribe my youtube channel pigeons master for watching up coming videos about pigeon eye.