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Saturday, 20 December 2008

ImageAn understanding of the word team will make it easier to learn the function of each of the four birds composing the team.
A well-matched team is another term that is used in classifying Rollers of distinction.  Without a doubt, a team of Rollers without team harmony can be scored too highly.
For hobbyist who is determined to bench a fine team in the coming show season, you should use these mentioned guidelines:
Strain is the answer, similarly of tone, song direction of each bird, and the tours that should be sung within the strain.  The number of tours a team sings is of no consequence if the tone is valueless. 

Our objective is to get a blend of voices.  This would be rather difficult if we were breeding mixed strains.
Breeding different strains of Rollers is laborious, but interesting.  I might advise the strains to be in separate flight cages for best results.  The team should also be kept in separate areas.
An experiment can be made this coming fall when the teams are being selected.
Choose three birds of a strain “A” and introduce on bird of another line entirely; I am certain that the birds will detect this stranger, and until removed, he will create many problems.
As we are all aware, it is more difficult to raise and train a single bird – give credit where it due on the score sheet.
As in human choruses or quarters, we must have tenors, basses, baritones, and also altos; in birds we have a singer that has more pitchy variety than a human so we are at advantage in choosing out quartet.  Now to refine the team more I would suggest the deepest bass bird (his position could be best in number two slot); the finest Hollow Roll bird available to be used as your table bird if he is an excellent performer.  The birds with more variety and les depth should be placed in the one and three positions.
If all birds are good performers and sing in team harmony, I am sure that it will be a joy to behold.  Only occasionally will they sing harmonic; when heard and only then, can you fully understand the benefit of team harmony.
Strain breeding does not mean to raise monotone birds, nor does it mean to breed single tour birds.  We must have variety in song and still maintain our deep rich tonal quality.  Then, and only then, we can have the birds that will go to make up a superb selection.
Song depth is a fascinating part of bird’s rendition.  It is wise to have at least one or two birds in the team that can see an octave lower than the other birds.  There is always intrigue when a bird sings a deep guttural glucke or schockel.  Bass tours in their many varieties add the trimming that is so necessary to get the extra credits needed for a big win.
To maintain your team in top condition is a rare gift, and an understanding of your strain of birds will get you better results that the feeding and conditioning information that I might suggest.
Once your team has been selected, and fifth bird used as spare, nothing should prompt you to put in a better bird.  There is always a temptation but I can almost assure you that disaster may result in a few days and your team may be ruined.
As a general rule, in strain breeding, the most common song faults will show up in all the birds.  If all the birds have sharp flute or hard water, this could be more desirous than having two strains in the same team singing faults common to their strain.  So try to minimize the number of different faults in your team.
A team singing a beautiful rendition can be hurt badly if the song picture is broken by an ugly interjection.  Imagine a pianist playing an accompaniment and he strikes a flat note, this is something that can be overlooked but continuous repetition would require more than a deaf ear to excuse.
Match your teams well in the fall.  Do the best you can, because your neighbor is having the same problem as you.  Luck plays a big part in a song contest, plus great birds.
Lots of luck and good listening…
Remember this:  Winning isn’t everything and losing is nothing…

(By The Late Haig Sarkisian)

Last Updated ( Saturday, 20 December 2008 )
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