Pre-conditioning stage is when breeders or cockers prepare the fowls for the game. These are the notable activities during pre-conditioning:
- Put the candidate birds to perfect flesh before they enter the keep.
- Identify the ideal fighting weight of a specific gamebird.
- Set time to prepare candidate birds by deworming and delousing.
- Give owner ample time and judgment in selecting the final line-up for the keep through sparring.