6 signs that your pigeon is strong enough for competitions

Greetings and welcome to Team Grove and Pienaar! Today, we’d like to talk to you all about the signs of a healthy racing pigeon. With pigeon racing being a complicated hobby for beginners, it can be challenging to take part in it frequently, especially when you don’t know how to find out if your bird is strong and healthy. 

Fortunately, this article speaks of these signs and also how you can ensure you keep this strong health consistent in not just one bird, but for all the ones you have. So if you want to keep your pigeon strong, healthy and ready to take part in competitions, then keep reading this article today.


A healthy pigeon is a winning pigeon! So as its owner, keep your little friend under healthy circumstances by giving them clean and dry birdhouses/cages, feed them a well-balanced diet of grains, pellets, carbohydrates and fruits/vegetables. 

Once you do, you need to inspect for the following signs of a healthy racing pigeon: 

  • Their eyes need to be full of vigorous focus and have colour. If not, this means your pigeon has eye issues and needs to be taken to a veterinarian immediately.
  • Their wattles (the white piece of skin/muscle on their beaks) must be clean, white and not overgrown. If this is not the case for your pigeon, it means it might be neglected by its previous owners or have certain bacteria on it that could be fatal. Visit your vet to have this examined and properly fixed.
  • The pigeon’s body must look shiny and physically fit. A healthy pigeon body is characterized by lively and healthy feathers. 
  • The wings need to have full of feathers, flexible and strong enough to be able to fly. 
  • The feet need to be strong, clean and can stand up properly to be able to walk around.

Should these signs not be on your pigeon, take the time to visit a vet or an expert to help you deal with the issues right away. 


Your pigeon needs to have the right energy to soar through the air and beat its competition. To see if your pigeon is energetic enough, they should be lively and happy whenever they’re inside their birdhouse/cage. Should this be the case, this is a sign that they’re strong and healthy enough to be able to partake in competitions.

Should it look timid and silent throughout the day and if it’s not flying, you need to ask an expert about its potential issues. After all, how can it take part in competitions if it’s not even flying in its home?

However, this doesn’t mean a hyperactive pigeon is a healthy one. This is because a hyperactive pigeon can mean there’s something that keeps them chaotic and not be able to properly focus. This becomes a problem because it makes it hard for your pigeon the be efficiently trained. 


Good posture equates to strong and healthy pigeons. Much like in humans, a bird needs to have a good, strong posture. This is because a healthy posture automatically means a healthy body ready to take flight. 

Below are signs of pigeons with good posture:

  • Can stand straight because of their powerful feet. 
  • Whenever they fly, the patterns are straight and controlled 
  • They know how to land properly whenever they stopped flying

If your pigeon does not have the following signs mentioned above, it needs to be trained immediately before it can join an upcoming competition. So to deal with this issue, take the time to learn about your pigeon’s learning abilities and start training with its posture. This is because if not, you’re not going to be able to start the training right away. 

Good mental state

Though we’ve frequently talked about the ideal physical characteristics of pigeons, it’s also important to learn that its mental state is important as well. Because without the right mentality, your pigeons can’t take part in any flying events you’ll be bringing them in. 

A sign of a pigeon with good mental health is that it frequently flies within its home and it enjoys the company of the other pigeons inside. This shows that it’s content with its life and loves to fly around and ready to be trained. 

One of the best ways for you to maintain this sense of contentment/happiness to stay happy is to give them a mate. In doing so, you’re allowing them to enjoy their time and stay motivated as the two birds enjoy the company of one another. 

If your pigeon doesn’t have a mate, it’s highly unlikely they’d be making the most out of their competition. So if you want your pigeon to be at its maximum potential, be sure to better its mental state by giving it a mate for some companionship.

Aside from having a mate, confidence is the key for a pigeon to be mentally strong for any competition. Because with confidence, a pigeon believes that it’s ready to do any necessary actions to succeed in its flight. 

So whenever you’re training the pigeon, don’t just build-up its abilities, but also its belief in itself to be able to do what’s necessary to succeed. To do so, frequently give it approval for anything it does right and keep it motivated whenever it fails by giving it some treats along the training processes. A great way to do so is by giving your pigeons filling meal worms that keeps them active and healthy. 

Also, whenever the bird can’t perform the way you want it, don’t force it to push too hard. It may lose its confidence in itself and simply give up if it can’t do the task. So allow it to take some breaks and re-evaluate any of your training procedures to see if it can better teach your pigeon.

Good plumage tightness

Another thing you need to remember is that the feathers need to be healthy. This is because if the birds’ feathers aren’t healthy, it has a fever. This makes them weak for flight and general performance. When the pigeon has a fever, they’ll soon be shedding their feathers to no longer feel the fever. After all, they’d like for cool air to hit its heating skin. 

To be able to do this, the feathers then become coarse, rough and it gets everywhere. It even loses its shininess and weight. Once the quality of the feathers goes away, these pigeons can no longer take part in your upcoming competitions. 

That’s why for you to avoid this, ensure that your pigeon’s having the proper nutrients it needs to grow and make sure it’s properly drinking all of its necessary supplements and medicines regularly. Buying these things can be expensive, but you will thank yourself in the future for doing so.

Proper weight

Finally, your pigeon needs to be of the proper weight. This means your bird must never be too light or too heavy. After all, much like human beings, being improperly weighted would lead to performance issues since becoming too light or too heavy is unideal. 

If the pigeon is too heavy, it won’t be able to properly propel itself to the air and soar, causing it to be slower than the rest of the competition. Once it becomes slower, expect that birds of the proper weight will soon be flying over yours and stopping it to even just do simplifying flying techniques.

Meanwhile, if your pigeon is too lightweight, it will easily get hit by bigger pigeons in the game. Yes, the bird might be slightly faster than its competitors, but it will inevitably get hit by other pigeons. Not only that, getting hit by the competitor will not only slow down your pigeon but it getting hit may also cause it to fall and die. 

So whenever you get a pigeon, always ensure that it is at its proper weight to survive the challenges it will soon face while flying. This is because, with the wrong weight, any aforementioned issues with the bird happen because it doesn’t receive the right nutrients to keep itself strong and healthy. So to avoid your pigeon having brittle feathers, improper posture or a lack of energy or motivation, keep it frequently healthy.

The tip to ensure proper weight is by giving it a proper diet of seeds, pellets, carbohydrates and fruits/vegetables.

To know if your bird is the ideal weight, take the time to notice its current speed abilities and how energized it is during your practice sessions. If it’s fast, energetic and has excellent stamina, then know that what you have is an ideal pigeon racing bird. So keep giving it the right amount of food and exercise to ensure it stays this way. 

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