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% Dry Blue Ribbon dog food (21%)
5% Calf manna
5% Oat groats
From: purebreed08 http://www.sabong.net.ph/forum/showthread.php?t=58660