GIANT RUNT PIGEONS
Welcome to the pigeon page at Royal Fibers.
Here you will find pictures of a few of our pigeons. Many of these are available for sale.
Big Blue was the first really large hen we raised. She was hatched in 1996 and is still with us in 2004.
This cock is large but also has a very unusual color pattern.
This cock weighs 5 pounds! He is not from our flock, but was interesting enough to show on this page.
GIANT RUNT - Standard of Perfection (Giant Runt Club of America)
HEAD: Large, massive and broad, denoting strength and boldness. Top of the skull neither flat or round, but oval as illustrated. Back of the skull should be well developed to give the bird a long head.
BEAK: Should be broad, showing strength, of medium length. Fairly thick, neither down faced or too straight, but as illustrated. Black coloration in Blue and Black, flesh coloration in all others. (An AOC can have either)
WATTLE: Small, oval, equal in size and fine in texture.
EYE CERE:Neat, not too coarse, as illustrated. (Note= Damson or Plum color in Blues, Red in all others)
EYES: Bright, clear showing health and vigor. (Bull in Whites, Pearl in all other colors) (No more than three points cut for off colored eyes.)
NECK: Medium in length, free from gullet and appearing broad and full towards the breast. Neck feathers to be full enough to give us the neck illustrated. It should flow towards the back.
Wings: Of moderate length and width in proportion to the size of the bird. Folded close to the body and wrapping up over the rump as in a flying pigeon. Wing butts should be held in such a way to give a look of added strength. Should be thick and strong. Any sign of sails or open back should be cut in points. Low wings are a fault and dragging wings should be cut in points or disqualified.
BACK: Long, very broad at shoulder, straight when viewed from the side, wedge shaped from top view. Rump full enough to carry out this wedge shape. (Rump a very pale color almost white in both Blue and Silver).
TAIL: Medium length with width governed by the wedge shape of the bird. Lines to follow the sweep of the back and tip to be carried above the floor while walking or standing in natural position.
BREAST: Very full and as much breadth as is needed to give the Runt a chesty look. Deep enough to match the keel depth.
KEEL: Very deep, long and straight. Cut in up to 3 points if badly deformed, disqualified
BODY: Long, deep and extra full. Very broad at the shoulders, fairly wide through, but must show a taper. Belly section should be held tight so that no looseness shows in the side views. Most of the weight must come from the body and breast flesh and not from fat.
SHANK and TOES: medium in length, thick in bone. Feathers coming apart way down the leg to give the added look of strength. Or as illustrated. Legs set well apart, but no signs of "bowlegs" or point "knock-knees" wanted. Feet and toes free from feathers, but with a slight point cut if slightly feathered. Toenails to be colored the same as the beak.
SIZE and FEATHERING: Runts should be as large and heavy as possible and close feathered enough to give the bird a trim look. Actual body structure must determine size and not mere appearance or feather length. A compact, nicely feathered, heavy boned, full bodied bird should win over a raw boned, larger boned bird of less flesh. If a well put together bird is light in weigth, a judge may ask if the bird has been shiped a distance, and allow for the trip.
GENERAL TYPE MUST FOLLOW THE IDEAL PICTURE: When reading the standard the illustration must be before the fancier. TYPE makes this breed and must come first, even before giant size. But if a perfect typed bird is found to be too small for a Giant Runt, it may be cut in points or even disqualified by the judge. Such a bird should be used for breeding stock just as an extra large, very poor type or sloopy birds can be cut in points or disqualified, no matter how large or small they are.
SEX and AGE: As this standard is written to cover the adult male at maturity, you will use your own judgement when placing a hen or the younger sexes. The adult female should show less power and more curves than the male. Babies or young females should have less look of strength and more beautiful curves. The ILLUSTRATION is also of a matural male, and adjustments should be made by the judge when viewing it.