ON GAMEFOWL WINGBANDS AS ‘TROPHIES’

Do wingbands matter to you? Do you avoid opponents with banded roosters?

Meet my good neighbor Manoy Sano. Just like me, he’s a classic example of an ordinary sabungero who’s very passionate about gamefowls, but he’s way ahead in the game and a hack fight virtuoso.

Manoy owns less than 20 chickens situated in a small area surrounding his house. He’s been into gamefowl since his teenage days and now he’s already in his early 60’s.

That being said, Manoy has quite a number of experiences to share in terms of cockfighting methods that surely works (for him). Aside from being good in what he does, what’s really interesting is that he has two ganador cocks (5 and 6-time winners) in his arsenal—but that’s another story that I’ll share in more detail some other time. The most attention-grabbing fact I’ve seen is his collection of wingbands that he obtained from his opponents’ defeated warriors.

One afternoon, while we were feeding the chickens on cord, Manoy happily announced that one of his fighters won a spectacular fight against a rooster with a personal and local wingband. Unfortunately, it eventually died after it suffered from a deep intestinal cut. Nevertheless, he seemed overly satisfied since he got his trophy (the wingbands) on top of the prize money. He considers banded roosters as well-bred or high-quality, so winning against such means so much and I truly admire how he gets motivated and feel rewarded.

In my point of view, however, whether a rooster is with or without wingbands, backyard or farm-raised, local or imported, its value will be ultimately tested in the pit.

“whether a rooster is with or without wingbands, backyard or farm-raised, local or imported, ITs value will be ultimately tested in the pit.”

With the current gamefowl technology and availability of bloodlines, wingband is simply a rooster’s ID. Bearing this in mind, a well-informed small-time breeder or cocker with good bloodlines has no reason to be frightened from the big names in this sport. Instead, one should consider it a great opportunity to test their gamefowls if able to compete against a formidable opponent.

Manoy’s collection of wingbands shows us that even a small-time sabungero can put the W’s on charts against any other, whoever they maybe, as long as we’ve the right foundation and most importantly, the hunger to excel in this sport.

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