Introduction

For the Novice

Eyesign Terms

3/D Eye

Recognizing Condition 

Clusters

Starting Your Own Family

Super Eyes

 

 

Using the Loupe

WHEN I FIRST STARTED TO STUDY THE EYE IT WAS WITH A 5X POWER JEWELER'S EYEPIECE.  AS I BEGAN TO GET MORE INVOLVED AND WANTED TO PIN POINT SPECIFIC AREAS 0F THE EYE WITH ITS MANY CIRCLES AND COLORS, I REALIZED THAT I WOULD NEED A STRONGER GLASS WHICH COULD GREATLY MAGNIFY JUST WHAT I WANTED TO SEE, SO I WENT TO 10X POWER LOUPE. 

SOME PEOPLE WILL TRY TO USE A 15X POWER GLASS BUT I FEEL THIS DOES NOT LET YOU FOCUS PROPERLY OR LET IN ENOUGH LIGHT TO GET A GOOD VIEW.  I DO NOT RECOMMEND A HAND HELD GLASS BECAUSE IT MIGHT BURN THE BIRD'S EYE WHEN YOU HAVE THE SUN GO THROUGH THE GLASS TO FOCUS.

FOR THOSE THAT CAN NOT HOLD THE LOUPE IN THEIR EYE THERE ARE WAYS TO FIX THE EYEPIECE  LIKE A MONOCLE BY USING VELCRO TAPE OR A PIECE OF RUBBER WHICH WILL HOLD THE LOUPE IN THE RIGHT PLACE TO LOOK AT THE BIRDS EYE.

NOW I USE A 12X POWER GLASS. IT IS THE BEST MAGNIFICATION BECAUSE YOU NEED TO HAVE SPACE ENOUGH BETWEEN THE TIP OF YOUR GLASS AND THE BIRD'S EYE TO ALLOW ENOUGH LIGHT TO HIT THE EYE.  THIS ALLOWS YOU TO GET THE CORRECT READING AS YOU LET THE SUNLIGHT HIT THE EYE FROM OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER.

REMEMBER WHEN LOOKING AT THE BIRD'S EYE WITH LOUPE TO TURN THE BIRD'S HEAD AND ALSO DO THE EXACT OPPOSITE  TO THE  RIGHT EYE OVER THE RIGHT SHOULDER.  THAT IS, TURN FOR EACH EYE TO SEE THE DEPTH AND REFLEX ACTION AS IN THE LEFT EYE ON THE RIGHT SIDE FOR THE RIGHT EYE.

THE MAIN IDEA WHEN PUTTING THE LOUPE IN YOUR EYE, IS TO BLOCK OUT AS MUCH LIGHT AS POSSIBLE, SO THAT YOU GET A GOOD LOOK AT THE REFLEX ACTION THAT TAKES PLACE THE INSTANT THAT THE SUN HITS THE EYE.  IT IS IN THIS FIRST "SECOND" THAT YOU WILL LEARN THE VALUE OF THIS BIRD AS THE PUPIL GETS SMALLER.  THIS IS YOUR BEST WAY TO FIND A BREEDER THAT YOU WILL BE PROUD TO OWN.

"REFLEX" IS THE ACTION OF THE EYE MUSCLES PULLING THE IRIS PROPER DOWN OVER THE HOLE WHICH WE CALL "PUPIL", GIVING THE IMPRESSION OF THE "PUPIL GETTING SMALLER, WHEN IN REALITY IT DOES NOT MOVE. THIS REFLEX ACTION IS WHAT ALLOWS US TO MAKE OUR JUDGMENT OF THE EYE AND ITS VALUE BY ALLOWING THE CIRCLES TO BE SEEN IN AN ENLARGED STATE.  THIS IS THE ONLY PROPER WAY OF MAKING A GRADING, UNLESS YOU HAVE AN EYE BOX (EYE BOX PLAN TO FOLLOW).

WHEN YOU CHECK YOUR BIRD'S EYES IT SHOULD BE DONE AT HIGH NOON, THAT IS, BETWEEN 10 AM AND 2 PM.  CHECKING ONLY WITH THE BRIGHTEST SUNLIGHT WILL GIVE YOU THE MOST ACCURATE READING EVERY TIME YOU CHECK THEM.  THINKING THAT YOU CAN DO IT AT ANY OTHER TIME IS A WASTE AND YOU WILL NOT SEE WHAT YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO SEE IN THE REFLEX ACTION OF THE EYE. ALWAYS REMEMBER TO CHECK BOTH EYES.  NO TWO BIRD'S EYES ARE THE SAME JUST AS BOTH EYES OF THE SAME BIRD ARE NOT THE SAME.

IT IS ALSO VERY IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER TO LOOK AT BOTH EYES BECAUSE THE LEFT EYE WILL GENERALLY SHOW YOU THE BEST EYESIGN QUALITY OF EACH BIRD LOOKED AT.

IF YOU KEEP A RECORD OF YOUR BIRD'S EYES IT WILL BE MUCH EASIER TO SEE WHEN THE BIRD IS HEALTHY OR SICK.  ALSO KEEPING THIS RECORD SHOULD HELP IN PAIRING THE COUPLES FOR BEST
RESULTS WHEN RAISING BABIES.  YOU WILL KNOW INSTANTLY WHICH EYES YOU WANT TO PUT TOGETHER.

USING THIS EYESIGN METHOD TO PICK YOUR BREEDERS IS THE ONLY GUARANTEED WAY THAT I KNOW OF.  THE GRADER CAN PICK THE BIRD, BUT THE OWNER, TRAINER, AND DIETICIAN IS THE ONE TO MAKE IT WORK.  

EVEN THOUGH MANY PIGEON FANCIERS CLAIM THAT THEY CAN SELECT YOUR BEST BIRDS WITHOUT USING EYESIGN, IT HAS BEEN MY EXPERIENCE OVER MANY YEARS OF STUDYING EYES THAT SELECTING USING EYESIGN IS THE BEST METHOD OF SELECTION.  KNOWLEDGE OF EYESIGN CAN GREATLY ASSIST YOU IN BREEDING BETTER BIRDS AND STAYING ON TOP.

HAVING THE PROPER KNOWLEDGE ABOUT EYESIGN WILL ALLOW YOU TO KEEP FEWER AND BETTER BIRDS RATHER THAN A LOT OF WORTHLESS ONES AND SAVE YOU TIME, MONEY AND FRUSTRATION.

MYRON KULIK (EYESIGN 101)

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