No offense to anyone but really... 6 months... that bird is still a baby... he hasn't even finish growing with his fighting feathers... me... birds have to finish growing their fighting feathers... that is when to start training and sparring lightly.
hmm tnx for the advice guys like i said i was just curious and wanted to know if Training or Conditioninghave any effect on the birds growth. i have heard from some ppl that Conditioning effect young birds growth so i just wanted to know if that was true or just made up.
Personally, I would not begin to train until one year of age. I usually introduce a hen or pullet at 11 months to get the macho juices flowing. Then some very light training until the 1.5yr mark. After 1.5yrs one will notice if the specific bird belongs in the show ring or slow cooker.
Training, (save perhaps early caging do to fighting ), should NEVER be practiced in an unmature bird either bankivoid or malayoid. Pure bankivoid birds matures much faster of course, and itīs normal to cage stags at 7 months old, and start tranining them at 9, but in malayoid birds this happens much later, like 14 months the least, at list thatīs what I have done with good results. As Crooked Toes said, one good check mark is when all the feathers are totally dry, but again,as a cocker, one should lear to recognaize each one of our birds in their development both physically and mentally, since each one is different, but a rule of thumb is in bankis at least 9 months, and oriental ones 14 months.
I disagree... if they face they are ready. How do you explain 6 week old chicks fighting to death? If it's a true game bird, they know when they are ready. And what hurts a little light training before they mature? That only means by the time they do mature they know what's expected and you push even harder... I believe you train to what they can handle when they are young. You do not push them past their limit until they are "ready"
Asil at six months are still "chicks". They need petting rather pitting. They need good feeding not training. Even if they are hot blooded and ready to fight, they are unable to show their potential. If you can't final selection what is the point in training them. If they are free ranged be assured, they are getting every training in they need. Dont cage them unless they become real challangers for dominance. Poorly fed chicks, in cages, tend to become shorter in hight and weight then what was their potential in free range.
Wow crazy guys, at 6 months birds should be free ranging, but if caged I put them in a run pen with a pullet in the center for 20min every 2 weeks,(no contact training), and 20 min on the tight rope every other week. Just to keep from getting out of shape.
To answer the initial question, Yes training does effect their growth at such a young age. And free roaming them or caging them has no effect on their height, height is determined by the individual bird itself and bloodline also how well it's taken cared for. There are many factors that weigh in on how a bird turns out.
Just my opinion, the day you pen your fowl is the day you become responsible for their total fitness. you have to keep them from boredom, losing toned muscles, losing their cardio fitness, and losing their sanity. Soliditary confinement is never a good thing for anyone or thing, You were almost nothing to your birds when they were free to roam and have choices. But when you confine them. It's on you, If you don't like to work, don't get into this hobby. If you don't practice true diligence, your birds will be stressed out, over weight, or starved, wild and insane, likely to become manfighters. But if you take responiblity for their well being, put them into a system that insures their well being. You and them will be better for it. Nothing no this earth can or will be FIT just by accident. It takes work, but if you love it, its' not work, it's a satisfying and rewarding experience.