Originally Posted by tjtcokngacademy
iT IS REALLY an Honor to be asked by the head of the most prestigious Cocking Academy in the Philippines. Suffice it to state, the undersigned being in the profession of legal combat, outside of the arena of cockfighting. (My) answer to the querry of a Great Conditioner,
Based on my experience and coupled with the fact, with the tremendous influence (I) had with the Great Jesse, up close during the prime of his career when he was winning, the signs of a gamebird being on point on fight day, are as follows:
1- When being limbered, during rest or keep, a bird reaching his point (and/or peak) is extremely "maporma". He should act with superiority, never irritable or agitated;
2- He must be high headed and composed;
3- The droppings should be firm but, not too dry;
4- The eyes of the bird must sparkle and the head of course, red in color (not blackish, which constitutes a clear manifestation of a respiratory or cardio problem);
5- The feel of the bird must be solid, but never tight. Meaning, when they move the conditioner and/or Trainer must be keen enough to feel the movement of every muscle including ligaments of the bird. In short, they must posses in your hands- POWER!;
6- And ofcourse, the correct rate of conversion of the pointing feeds on fight day. The birds must be able in simple language, to digest their feeds on time. Hence, the need for the proper graduated manner of feeding gamebirds on fight day. Frankly, (I) give them two (2) pecks every thirty (30) minutes and the last two pecks is seven (7) fights before my/our scheduled fight;
All these, are ofcourse a matter of preference as to the mythology used by and through the sound discretion and style of the Chief Trainer. Truly, a matter of personal judgment.
With all due respects (Dear Doctor), there is no quick and fast rule not even the computers of the big feed milling companies can answer with dead precision. But one thing for sure, the great ones who (I) admire, is of course the original idol, Jesse, your former American Counter part, Mr. James Pope and-you. For you have cultivated the talents of both two(2) and, your inherent talent and passion for gamebirds for many years, but speaks for itself.
I tried (my) best to answer your querry in the most honest way I can under the circumstances at hand.
My warm regards!