Originally Posted by Granny Smith
Here's a question for those who have been racing YBs for a few years. One thing I have noticed is that there are some YBs that are off loft flying with with more mature birds at around 34 days old, and others that won't seem to get off the roof and fly until they are say 50 days old. Do you guys see any correlation to these early and late flyers in future race results? Do the early fliers that seem to show confidence and strength at an early age end up being better YB and OB racers or do some birds just mature more quickly?
Some genetic lines do mature more quickly. Then again, every bird is an individual, so you may have individuals which catch your attention. I would keep some notes, make a log, and record such things. At the end of the season, you can then review your "stars" against your notes and log book.
"Little" details such as this, might just provide an indication of which birds and genetic lines are more suited for YB racing. As a YB specialist, I am always looking for those early maturing YB's as it is my hope to select for those types of birds.
Not to say that the slow maturing birds are not of some value to some fanciers. Some clubs still fly 500-600 mile OB events, and those birds do seem to be the slower maturing bird. But, some fanciers seem to master both YB's and OB's and with pretty much same birds, so maybe attempting to breed a fast maturing YB, is much harder then I first imagined.