Posted on 02/04/2017, Author: RH/PHIL

How do I cram them ?

The nutrition of your pigeons has become a very important and decisive factor in the sport. When purchasing your feed, it is therefore extremely important that you buy grains of high quality. This should definitely not be the most expensive mixture but  good feed must be free of dust and mites and should be dry. If you keep these characteristics in mind, then you are already doing well. Most of the pigeon feeds are composed of grains and seeds. If we analyze everything then feed contains mainly proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Proteins are the building blocks and serve to help muscles, lets say the organism, grow or to build up again. Fats and carbohydrates are the energy sources for the body. For pigeons the fats are undeniably the largest energy source. Carbohydrates only play a small and limited role. Bearing this in mind we are going to prepare for the new season. Now in most cases, in over 90% of the lofts, the pigeons still have a little overweight at the end of the winter period. So we have to get rid of the accumulated fat. Fat is stored in the liver, the muscles and abdominal fat. On the other hand there should be sufficient energy to start the training sessions and the first races. The pigeons also need to eat enough otherwise they don’t train.

Waking up the body

To bring on stream or even shake up the metabolism, especially in the case of fat pigeons, don’t feed them for at least 24-48hrs. Nothing at all! Just water and grit. Immediately the body will wake up from hibernation and begin the metabolism of accumulated fat. So we need cereals to fill and some carbohydrates to complete the first short training. An ideal mix is ​​then depurative with 25% corn. Adequate stomach filling and enough carbohydrates to start. After a few weeks, especially as they begin to train better around the loft and the pigeons stay in the air for an hour, you have to replace depurative by super diet. So 75% super diet and 25% corn. As a result the influx of fat is slightly higher, yet not overdone. Please note you have to provide enough of this food mix ensuring  they are not hungry because then they will not train enough. With this mix you achieve the right amount of energy. We don’t need to provide proteins at this stage as the pigeons are not growing any longer  and as  they don’t get energy from proteins anyway, we make sure that no legumes, peas or beans are present.  Once the pigeons have emaciated and have the good weight you can finish off the whole preparation perfectly with a mixture of 75% super diet and 25% corn. Make sure not to increase nutrition too much for the first flights. Three to four meals prior to basketing is more than enough and make sure that at the beginning of the week you give them depurative and then gradually build up again towards the end of the week. Pigeon feed is important but you should not make it more difficult than it is. Good healthy dry cereals and common sense, you achieve a lot with it.

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