I was told to use a 15% protien racing mix that we get from a local feed store around here. What do you guy use?
Great info! Thanks!Once I start flying mine I use the regular 15 percent but mix 50 percent barley. I am sure it is no where near 15 percent after that. Birds will fly and stay lean and mean if you feed this. After the sprint races are over they go on to the 15 percent when I am not carb loading for a race.
I cant add anything more to this as this is pretty much the way we do it. Works tooooooooo!Once I start flying mine I use the regular 15 percent but mix 50 percent barley. I am sure it is no where near 15 percent after that. Birds will fly and stay lean and mean if you feed this. After the sprint races are over they go on to the 15 percent when I am not carb loading for a race.
What kind of barley are we talking about? I think there are different kinds. At supermarket they have like pearled barley or something.
This is very detailed. Thanks for posting this up! I was lucky enough to obtain a very good stock of birds and I want to do my part as the flyer to give them what they need to show their true abilities.Heres what we use and have found it to be a good mix for us here in FLA.
For the birds not breeding or flying, we use US Racing Mix (Baden) which has 13.8% protein.
For the flying birds we use Browns International and add white safflower for distances out to 185 miles, then to that we add extra pop corn for the longer races. Upon their return from a race, we feed a depuritive which we blend ourselves (equal parts: wild bird seed with black sunflower seed, white safflower and barley)
For the breeders durring breeding season, we feed a blended mix of Browns International with Moulting Mix (Baden) which alone has 18% protein and will from time to time add additional white safflower seeds. We have done this now for two years and all of our youngsters are big and well developed by the time they reach the YB section of the loft. By exposing them to such things as corn and peas early, they have no issues eating them once they become independant youngsters.
All the birds have unlimited access to a good quality grit with charcoal. Once or twice a week we will coat the feed with Flax oil or Red Cell and blend it in with Brewers Yeast w/ Garlic which provides a little extra in the minerals dept.
We dont use many medications in the water other then once or twice a year depending on the rains, Globals Respitory Plus. We will put a table spoon of fresh minced garlic to one gallon of water once a week. Upon return from a race however, they have electrolites in the water or we may simply put one teaspoon of honey and one cup (lipton tea bag), to one gallon of water. When we dont use this method the birds have freash water.
When we started using this method we jumped from little to no returns on race day, to a true contendure placing in the top 10% to 20% every week.
So as the feed game is as much important to raceing as is training, its all worthless if you dont have quality stock to start with. If you have an average pigeon, you can give him all sorts of stuff but he will still only be average at the end of the day.
Food for though.....