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We don't have that theory in racer. We like silky feathers and if their feathers will pull out easily, then they are probably molting. But since we control molting using light and darkness technique, it should not happen. If it does, you don't race them.

In racer using inbreeding technique might give birds to be less vital or their performance weakens so we can cross them with some other family/strain. I have observed that doing that "perks" them up and they ended up with renewed energy or performance. Doesn't always work, but...

We don't breed color to color. We breed performance to performance and other things we believe is good combinations. I have never observed that soft color result you are talking about. It sounds more like too much inbreeding influence to me.
 

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Some roller fanciers seem to be noticing that and developed this soft/hard feathers theory. So they like to breed pigeons of different colors. Apparently these feathers will not survive the rigors of rolling in the air and the performance of the birds suffer. I still don't know what to make of it. I don't know whether it is genetic or something else.
 
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