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Posted 11th January 2011, 03:22 PM
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Birds won't fly for a long time?


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My birds has been so lazy about flying for the past two months now...they only fly for 5 - 10 minutes max. What do you guys think is happening? I have been feeding them the same amount or sometimes more because its colder. The only time they will fly longer is when my friendly hawk comes around.


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Posted 11th January 2011, 03:40 PM
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could be the cold weather.... or maybe your extra feed.
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Posted 11th January 2011, 03:59 PM
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They are probably afraid to stay out because they know the hawk is patrolling. They know the hawk is around even when you don't. A hawk has moved into my neighborhood and the pigeons never come around. They won't until the hawk moves on in the spring.
Might be a good idea to let them follow their instincts.
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Posted 11th January 2011, 04:21 PM
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some down time won't hurt.. they can get in shape again in the spring... plenty of time... sometimes you have to listen to you your birds.
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Posted 11th January 2011, 04:51 PM
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Mother nature says winter is time for rest...The birds know this...To bad humans don`t...Alamo
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Posted 11th January 2011, 06:45 PM
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Is anyone experiencing the same thing about the birds not fly as much as they use to?
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Posted 11th January 2011, 07:32 PM
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Hawks can cause a problem BUT over feeding or feeding befor you fly them can to. Fat birds fly less. And just fed bird fly less. If you do not have much of a hawk problem yes they should be flying for at least 1 hour.. but only you know your birds and Your methods.
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Posted 11th January 2011, 08:19 PM
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The are probably beefed up for the cold. Also look at your feed mixture. High protein food will slow them down. Add corn, barley, wheat, milo etc to get the protein down the birds should start to fly better. Put them on a diet when it starts to warm up and cut the protein. They should start to fly longer.
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Posted 11th January 2011, 08:58 PM
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Some interesting info about feed this is what Vandenebelee uses.
SYSTEM OF FEEDING
Tell me something about your feeding system.
‘I always thought there were too many pees in the mixtures for racing pigeons. Therefor I have always fed my birds 50% purifying mixture en 50% breeding mixture. I had some ideas about a good mixture for racing pigeons and asked Staf Theeuwes, representative of the Beyers food-firm, if it was not possible for him to produce 500 kg of this mixture for me. This quantity appeared to be far too low, but he asked my if he could put my mixture on the trading-marked. I had no problems with that.'
Can you tell something about the composition of this mixture?
‘Of course, no problem. It is composed from 31% maize, 20% white soudan dari, 20% paddy rice, 2% kadjang itjoe, 1,9% white wheat, 1% barley, 1,6% pealed oats, 1,6% Australian milo, 0,3% turnip-seed, 0,3% linseed and 0,3% bucwait.
My widowers get this mixture from the moment of returning home until the new basketing. The only thing they are given extra once in a while, is a hand full of maize and pealed sunflower piths; the last two days before basketing. I feed them on the ground than, so they will eat a bit more.'
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Dari is Milo. He cut the peas out completely out of his racing mix.
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I give NO peas to my birds over the winter,untill I`m ready to start breeding....I let my FAT birds out to fly 4 times so far this winter,only on days when the temperature is over 40 degrees.....They fly 35 to 45 minutes,and like I said,they are FAT/HEAVY......Alamo

PS:I strain all the peas out of my mix,and save them for feeding the breeding pairs babies...I have 50 lbs of Austrian,Maple,and Canadian peas in containers..I just buy Vetch(10 lbs) and Safflower (5 lbs),and add to the 50 lbs of peas,and I`m ready to breed my 30 ybs for 2011....
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The birds could also be sick, hard to tell really with the information that was given.
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i also had this problem but i have changed their diet .I now mix more conditioning feed and less high protein feed in with their food.Seen a big improvement in the last month or so.they are not just staying up longer but seem to be racing each other as oppossed to just milling around casually and uninterested.
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i also had this problem but i have changed their diet .I now mix more conditioning feed and less high protein feed in with their food.Seen a big improvement in the last month or so.they are not just staying up longer but seem to be racing each other as oppossed to just milling around casually and uninterested.
Feed was my problem also a few years back. Now they compete to see who can lead the flock for their morning and afternoon flights.
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