Originally Posted by 1st Landing Lof
can anyone tell me what the advantages of feeding barley to racing pigeons are? Some say it reduces egg laying, others say it energizes them.....if anyone knows, how do you use it?
I personally use barley, when I can get it, to gauge the feeding of my birds. Specifically, young birds. Barley is an excellent feed. And they don't like it. Just like we don't like the things that are "good" for us, but that piece of chocolate cake sure does taste good.
I have never put my birds on straight barley. Mostly because it's not available to me here any more, so I feed 50/50 to stretch it as far as I can. If the birds eat the good stuff and leave the barley, then I know I'm overfeeding. Barley won't make them fat either, but it will provide the energy they need. If you can get barley, try it. You'll see a difference in the way your birds fly. At one point a couple of weeks ago, I had birds that would come eat barley out of my hand. I know those birds were hungry, but I had to get their attention again after being on open loft for two months. It took about a week and now I have control over them again.