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 I was wondering if anyone could talk a little about the hen in the suelta. Is there more to what she does other than run? Other than blue checker is there anything else you look/breed for?
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i can speak for myself. I'm sure everyone can jump in and share what they look for. I like for the hen to be "mated" to me. She will not give in easily to the cocks. Plus she will run/fly to me when she gets in trouble. Also, i like that she teases the cocks and gets them all excited.

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Darren, I agree with the points you made, I like those characteristics in some of the hens. I have twelve hens that I use for training and sueltas. Some are only for sueltas and preparation for a suelta, others for different stages in training. Think of it like a tool box; you select the tool for the task at hand. A good example is last weekend when Martin, Luis and I had a practice suelta at my house. We chose a specific hen because she flies long, fast and likes to use trees to lose the Deportivos. She did go to a perch on the boxes after about thirty minutes, allowing the cocks to score some points. When she was finally forced off the perch she flew for a few minutes and went to her favorite perch in a tall pine tree. That is what we wanted in the first place, as we wanted the cocks to be challenged and learn how to deal with it. She was again forced off her high perch and flew the remaining time until I opened a box and she dove right in.
 After the suelta I released four cocks that are not really locked in, for them I released a hen that is easy to handle and goes up for a few minutes and then lands and when pushed flies again for a short time. After a couple of times of up and down she had all the cocks’ chasing. If I had used a hen like the first one they would have all lost interest in her and started chasing each other or started fighting. I have hens that like the perch, they only fly two to three minutes then go back to the perch, and these hens are great for teaching the cocks to score points. The hens that like to walk, rather than fly, are the ones I use to start the young cocks with.
I don’t breed for suelta hens; I use the most athletic hens on my best cocks. After that it is selection and training. As for color, we use blue bars, smokey and blue checks for training and sueltas, so I do consider color in my pairings to insure that I raise a few hens of the appropriate colors each year.



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great information guys. So you could say the suelta is only as exciting as the hen makes it.....
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