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tommydamic68 tommydamic68 is offline
Posted 19th May 2016, 03:42 AM
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Feeding, when and how much.

Sorry if this has been asked a million times. I have 6 young homers - squeakers. I have been feeding twice a day, in the morning 6am and at night 6pm, give or take an hour. the don't seem "hungry."

I mean they eat but don't rush to the feeder when I add the food and "shake" my can. I cover the entire bottom of a feeder that feeds 16 birds, not deep, just cover the bottom.

I see videos where they are fed and eat like savages. I have them dropping into the trap, once they all did it on their own and last night I had to poke them gently to drop in. I do it only at the nightly feeding time. Am I feeding too much? How much should I feed 6 birds and how many times a day?

My goal is when I do my first release, they are hungry enough to come back to the loft.

Any help is appreciated.
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pigeonman25 pigeonman25 is offline
Posted 19th May 2016, 01:05 PM
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You don't have to feed them twice a day. If your not racing your birds and they don't need to be in tip top shape, then just feed them once a day. You should feed each bird 1oz(so 6 ounces for 6 birds), which is about a small handful of seed. This is what I do at least and it's working fine
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Posted 19th May 2016, 08:42 PM
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They like to eat twice a day. If you put down only an oz. each, and only once a day, some are not going to get even the oz. They'll starve. If you are going to feed once a day till they are trained to come back in, then feed them when they come back in, but give them what they want. Then you can go to twice a day, as it should be.

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