Conditioning a cockfighter.

The Charlie Carr Modern Knife and Gaff Keep

Most knife fights are decided in a few seconds after the rooster leaves your hand. Cutting ability,aggressiveness, sense, health, and speed are what it takes to win quick, which is
what you want to do. Mental condition is 80% of condition is a well fed knife or gaff
He must have his mind on absolutely nothing but the other rooster.
This mental condition is achieved by a good week of pre-keep in which the roosters
are gentled and acquainted slowly with their new surroundings.
You may think when you follow this keep you are not really conditioning the roosters
you are partly right because what we are trying to do is get the rooster ready to
fight. Without losing any of his natural abilities, especially his cutting ability.
In conditioning for the gaff or short knife the keep is the same except during the work
week you may want to fly the rooster on the work board: or move him more times.
Start with 5 flys and work up to 15. Hold the rooster lower that the board: about 3
feet out and release him at the board. This is optional, I think it’s more for you than
the rooster. Most people quit hand working roosters years ago, even for the gaff. Any
keep or video you see with board work is dated to say the least.

Acquaint roosters with all stalls and pens they are going to be in.
Feed twice a day – start with 2oz. feed per feeding. Feed dry in morning. Wet with
about 1 ounce of buttermilk at night.
Give 1 – teaspoon of chopped vegetables and fruits at noon each day of entire 3
week keep up to Wednesday of the third week.
The pre-keep is mainly for mental conditioning.
Spar everyday in pre-keep, just 2 buckles. Also tease in and off pens.
Morning feed: 50% laying pellets (18%)
25% Cracked corn
5% Wheat
5% Barley
5% Dry Blue Ribbon dog food (21%)
5% Calf manna
5% Oat groats

From: purebreed08


2 thoughts on “Conditioning a cockfighter.

  1. Night Feed: 75% above mixture 25% Cooked pearl barley and buttermilk
    Feeding and Conditioning Procedure

    At 7 am go to the cockhouse and get the cocks from the stalls where you put them
    the night before. Be sure they have no feed in their craw, then put them in the fly
    pens. Throw 1 1/2oz of the morning feed on the litter. When the cocks are taken from
    the fly pens, check the pen to see if all the feed has been eaten. If not cut the
    amount by 1/4oz the next morning. You can increase by the same amount if he cleans
    up real quick and still acts hungry.
    Leave the cocks in the fly pens for an hour then follow the morning schedule below:
    8 am – 10 am ………………………………Strings
    10 am – 12 noon ………………………….4 X 6 pens
    12 noon – 2 pm ……………………………Round pens
    2 pm – 3 pm ………………………………..4 X 4 pens
    3 pm – 4 pm ………………………………..Back to fly pens
    At noon feed each rooster a heaping teaspoon of chopped vegetables and fruits. (Do
    this the entire keep up to Wednesday of the third week.)
    At 4 pm put the roosters in the stalls and feed the night feed.
    Feed 2oz per bird. If he has any in is craw in the morning, feed 1/4oz less the next
    night. On
    Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of the first week, put one tablespoon of redcell
    vitamins per six cocks on night feed.
    On Tuesday and Thursday of the first week put one tablespoon of desicated liver per
    six cocks on night feed. Starting Sunday, the 7th day of the third week, change the
    moving schedule to below:
    Monday: Move 4 times.
    Tuesday: Move 3 times.
    Wednesday: Move 2 times.
    Thursday: Move 1 time.
    Friday: Rest day.
    Monday of the third week put the roosters in stall at 4 pm.
    Tuesday put them in stalls at 3 pm.
    Wednesday at 2 pm. Thursday at 1 pm. On Friday rest all day or half a day, use own
    judgement. Nervous or high strung roosters require less rest.
    The idea is to move the cocks less and less each day of the last week until the day
    before the fight. Starting Monday of the second week, increase the amount of
    cracked corn in the morning and night feed by 15% per day.
    Starting on Wednesday of the second week, discontinue the vitamins at night
    feeding, also discontinue the vegetables and fruits at noon. Cut feed 1/4 ounce on
    Thursday morning. Cut feed 1/4 ounce more on Thursday night. Friday
    From: purebreed08

  2. morning feed 1
    1/2 ounce.
    Point for knife: If you fight on Saturday at about noon, feed 1 teaspoon leveled of
    half cracked corn and half barley wet with buttermilk on Friday night. Feed 1/4
    teaspoon Saturday morning if the cock craps out very little or just “dots” early in the
    morning. Keep droppings medium loose all during keep, even on fight day.
    Point for gaff: On Friday night feed half a teaspoon of cracked corn and half hard
    boiled egg white with a few drops of buttermilk over it.
    Traveling Feed
    This is going to be given in place of the night of travel. Give this feed just before you
    box up and head out.
    Take one box of knox plain gelatin and mix with 2 cups of water and 1/2 can (small
    can) of pet milk and one tablespoon of sugar in a boiler. Stir and bring to a boil. Pour
    into a pan 1″ deep.
    Put into refrigerator. Cut into 1″ cubes and give to roosters just before you leave. If
    they won’t eat it, hand feed it. Use this feed when traveling long distance only. They
    will not dry out and travel well. When traveling short distances, be sure there is no
    feed in craw before you start.
    Once a day let the roosters buckle into each other one time and catch them
    immediately. If a rooster gets hit and doesn’t get to hit back he will tomorrow.
    When the roosters feathers are green, which they will be until sometime in January or
    February, hold a battered cock in your hand let the rooster to be sparred hit into him
    once or twice a day. Hold the battered cock only one foot off the ground and offer
    him straight into the cock to be sparred. Don’t make your cock fly up after a cock. Bill
    the cocks before you do the above.

    From: purebreed08

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