Are grits removed during the racing season?
I'm thinking the reasoning or thinking behind removing grit on shipping day, is to avoid any extra weight. On shipping to a short race, with good weather, some fanciers may even skip the meal altogether. I don't know how much difference on the margin it might make. I lost a club race in 2007 by two seconds, and I won a race by 2 seconds. Could not feeding grit on shipping day to a short and fast race make 2 seconds of difference ??? If one would like to find out, then if you ship 20 birds, feed 10 of them their grit and feed and just water for the other 10. Perhaps after a season or two, a real advantage could be seen. Challenge is, you must maintain the 15 or 20 other variables in the mix.
Forgive me for my ignorance, but that makes no sense at all to me. Seeds are much harder and denser than pellets so how are pellets supposed to take the place of grit? Seems to me that the pellets would be the first thing digested.Also if you feed pellets you don't need grit at all!
Yes I am going to race this year even though I'm on the long end, actually I'm the farthest south of all the flier's, the club members were really great in helping me get some young birds so I could race this September (Young bird season) so it should be a lot of fun to see who gave me any birds worth bragging about! As for the pellets? well why not? they have everything the birds need into a small mini-pellet, right now we have many feeds and I would like to narrow it down to a single feed(all purpose) instead of trying to over think feeding for various reasons like breeding, young birds, flier's, right now to be honest it's like "information overload" with everyone trying to help, but everyone has their own ideas on feeding, I recall many years ago an old pigeon flier telling me it's not what you feed the birds as long as you keep it consistent from week to week of course those were the days when culling birds was normal and sickness was not tolerated,and medicating birds was not even thought of, so I try to use things from the past and blend in things that work today. Well talking about the "past" we are still using "pigeon timers" the manual type of many years ago along with the electronic timers of today,it sure was hard to find a manual pigeon timer, but now I've got a couple of benzing timers coming from belgium via the ebay auction site! So it's off to the races this fall, my only fear is that My son and I will not have the birds we need to finish all 10 races, maybe not even the first five races lolHi DEEJAY, Do you race on pellets or maybe I should ask do you race? GEORGE
Grit should be available to the birds 24/7. However, in saying that, there are certain medications that, when given, the grit is taken away from the birds. That's normally a 7 day course so for at least a week, they do without grit and do just fine.
de Vera Loft,
Even when feeding strictly pellets, grit should be provided along with the pellets, either mixed in with the pelltets or provided in a seperate dish that you can monitor.. A pigeon on a strictly pellet diet will not eat much grit, but unless you are adding trace mineral supplements to their feed or water they may not be getting everything they need. Grit's cheap, and it won't hurt them, so why take a chance?