Article 2. 

Our first article dealt with Making a start, Magnification, and suggested operating instructions, we now need to move on to what we need to look for and understand in the eye. Having by now found out by experimentation how to recognize the value and performance of the No 1. Sphincter Muscle in the pupil and how some are reactive and others none reactive, we can now move on to the second of the 5 circles which is the Circle of Adaptation.

Pic 1.  Pic 2.  Pic 3.

The Circle of Adaptation can clearly be seen on Pic 1. this is the circle just outside of the perimeter of the pupil and is a different shade although the same colour of the eye. In these illustrations we use the yellow, which is one of the two basic colours of the eye, the other being the pearl eye. Any other colour one may perceive is an enhancement of the basic colours such as gold, green, nut brown, or in the pearl, gravel, charcoal, gray and violet.
If one looks at pic 2 we will see between 9-o- clock and 4 & 5-o-clock, a black overlay or Composite, this sign is superimposed on the adaptation and can be none existent as in pic 1 or 35% as in pic 2. or as in pic 3. it can encompass or cover the whole of the adaptation. This black overlay or composite is the racing sign and most flying machines or multi time winners have this sign in abundance. However if one breeds to this by putting as much superimposed composite in both sire and dam of your pairings, you breed top racers for maybe one generation and then there is a rapid deterioration. The way to keep control of this to breed dual purpose pigeons, that is to say racer breeders and not just sports, one must never allow the composite rating of a pair of breeders to exceed 100% in the addition of their superimposed composite signs.

In all the books and articles, videos etc that I have studied there are but two others in the world that I have found that have practiced this art to it's fullest. Without this knowledge your advancement in the art can never near completion, this I have proved to many others when put to the test. The grain of the adaptation must flow in a circular direction and we must never forget that it is made thick or thin, defined or blurred by the breeder. In other words, it's character and quality is of human origin.

The adaptation for breeding purposes must be as near as possible to the same colour and thickness as the fifth circle. Many use this circle as the be all and end all of the eye, which is a big mistake, never and I mean never favour any part of the eye pigmentation more than the other pigments in the eye. To be abundant in one at the expense of another is no good to you although some may profess to the contrary. It has been stated openly that the correlation is just a part of the iris, well next article we will talk about the correlation, so that we will all know that they are two different parts of the eye pigmentation completely.

Many incorrect statements will be proved and portrayed to be nothing else but just that, incorrect statements. As each part or portions of the eyes are explained one will be able to see that one needs no practice whatsoever to read the eye the way some would have you believe. That is why they become experts overnight, and that is why I am prepared to spend my time revealing the difference between the played out disrespected word eye sign, and the more acceptable theoretical and futuristic title, " Pigeon Iridology".

I do believe I am the only one writing on the subject today, who is prepared to explain the characteristics in the eye. Ask any of the eye sign people who push speed lines and distance lines in the eye why they do not appear in all top pigeons or why they often as not, do not produce the recommended physical performances to these characteristics and they are at a loss for an answer.

I will endeavour throughout this series of articles to leave no doubt in the minds of the readers that what I say is true, and what little part of the system, like in any other, can be considered as a calculated guess, which in our case are less than ten percent of the hidden genes.

Yours in Sport,
Jack Barkel
The Pigeon Iridologist.

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