Feeding Systems

Shown below are the typical systems I would use for racing. My birds are fed in pots in their boxes but the use of communal troughs are ok. 
The quantities shown are per bird....Remove any remaining food after each feed.
Abbreviations:    ts-teaspoon   tbs-tablespoon    diet mix-depurative    seedmix-vanrobaeys turbohydrate
                         50/50 mix-50% race mix & 50% diet mix   
Herba Duif pro-fit is a product made in Holland, it is a herbal solution and  is excellent, you can add to water every day if desired.
Make sure your birds have always got fresh grit and minerals at their disposal.
Every 3 weeks give a canker mix on the day they return from race.
Add a complete vitamin solution to water for one day every 2-3 weeks.
2-3 times a week spray into the loft a decongestant product, this will help maintain a healthy respiratory system.
There are many products on the market today which will greatly help in keeping your pigeons in tip top condition, use them of course, but study the product you use and read the labels for the correct application.
Understand what you will use a product for and incorporate in your system, but get the basics right first, your pigeons will still perform well on just fresh water and good corn. 
Products produced by Comed of Belgium are excellent and they provide everything you need.
Switch between the two systems depending on the distance of the race. You may have to bring the systems forward a day
depending on when your birds have to go to the race.
System 1: For racing widow cocks to a distance of 200 miles.

Monday

am

one level tbsp diet mix....Garlic in water all day

pm

two level tbsp diet mix....after feed give one peanut per bird in box.

Tuesday

am

one level tbsp diet mix....Garlic in water all day

pm

two level tbsp diet mix.....after feed one peanut per bird.

Wednesday

am

one level tbsp 50/50 mix....Garlic and Herba Duif in water all day

pm

two level tbsp 50/50 mix....after feed one peanut and tsp of seed mix.

Thursday

am

one heaped tbsp race mix....Herba Duif in water

pm

two heaped tbsp race mix...peanut & tsp of seed. Water: vitamin B12.

Friday

am

50% race 50% seed mix let them eat all they want until midday, If its going to be hard race give 75% race 25% seed mix..Water: B12.

pm

4pm give heaped tsp of hemp... change water, fresh water only.

Saturday

am

Birds return from race: two peanuts in box, Give electrolytes in water immediately...feed diet, mixed with brewers yeast & lemon juice.

pm

Feed above mix all day as much as they want.

Sunday

am

One level tbsp diet mix....Water: pigeon tea all day

pm

two level tbsp diet mix.

System 2: For racing widow cocks to a distance of 300 miles

Monday am One level tbsp diet mix...Garlic in water all day
pm Two level tbsp diet mix...after feed one peanut per bird in box.
Tuesday am One level tbsp 50/50 mix...Garlic in water all day
pm Two level tbsp 50/50 mix...after feed one peanut and tsp seed mix
Wednesday am One level tbsp race mix...Garlic and Herba Duif in water all day
pm Two level tbsp race mix...peanut and tsp of seed mix
Thursday am One level tbsp race mix and one peanut...Water vitamin B12 all day. Try and feed earlier than normal.
pm Midday give race mix and extra maize let them eat all they want
4pm give 5-6 peanuts and tsp seed, they might not eat seed. Change water to fresh, nothing in it.
Friday am Birds gone to race.
pm Prepare your Hens.
Saturday am Two peanuts on return & electrolytes in water and feed as below
pm 75% diet & 25% popcorn maize mix with beer yeast & lemon juice
feed for the rest of the day all they want.
Sunday am If birds had hard race give the above mix, one level tbsp..Water: pigeon tea all day. If birds okay give one level tbsp diet mix
pm Either two level tbsp of above mix or two level tbsp of diet.

System 3: For racing Hens to a distance of 300 miles
This hen system has been explained to me by my friends in Holland. They practice it with great success and will often say that the hens will fly better than the cocks, I am still a little sceptical about that, but in the two years I have practiced it I must say the hens do fly well and have achieved 1st prizes against the widowhood cocks.
In order for the system to work you must keep the hens flying as much as possible and feed once per day, all explained in the racing methods section.   

Try to use a light young bird mixture with maize in it when giving the 50/50 mix 

Monday Feed diet mix only as much as they want at 7pm for races up to 200 miles
Feed 50% diet 50% y.b. as much as they want at 7pm for races over 200  up to 300 miles...Garlic in the water all day.
Tuesday Feed diet mix only as above for 200 mile race
Feed y.b mix as much as they want at 7pm for 200-300 mile race
Garlic in water all day
Wednesday Feed y.b mix as much as they want at 7pm for 200 mile race
Feed race mix as much as they want at 7pm for 300 mile race
Herba Duif in water all day
Thursday Feed y.b mix as much as they want at 7pm for 200 mile race
Feed y.b mix as much as they want at midday for 300 mile race and
about 5 peanuts per pigeon at 4pm
Fresh water all day for 200 mile race...Vit B12 all day for 300 mile race
Friday Feed y.b mix as much as they want at midday
Vitamin B12 in water all day
4pm give heaped tsp of hemp to each pigeon and change to fresh water
Saturday Hens return from race give two peanuts per bird and electrolytes in water
Feed 75% diet and 25% popcorn maize mixed with beer yeast & lemon
juice for rest of the day
Sunday Feed 75% diet and 25% popcorn maize mixed with beer yeast, let them eat as much as they want all day.
Water: pigeon tea all day

System 4: For racing young birds to a distance of 200 mile
Don't forget young bird racing can be very stressful, they can fly themselves to complete exhaustion which can result in rapid weight lose and sickness, so just because you feed good corn and give a correct diet, it doesn't mean you can race them week in, week out, keep your eyes open and observe!! 
Peanuts are a great treat for your young birds, they will follow you around the loft for them, but don't give them too many they will get fat. A small handful a day is sufficient for 30 birds, they will become your best friend for a peanut.
Learn to keep your young birds under your control, this is done with the feed, feed to much and they will mess you about and just laze around the loft.
Feed small amounts in the morning and a greater amount in the evening, by feeding a small amount in the morning you will have no problem when it comes to getting them back in the loft after their AM and PM fly, fill them up in the evening and most of it will be digested by the time you feed them next morning.

Monday am

Feed a level tbsp per bird of a light young bird mix (no maize)
Garlic in the water all day

pm Let the young birds eat as much as they want of the light mix until half of them have gone to the drinker, remove the rest of the feed
Tuesday am Feed same as Monday am...Garlic in water all day
pm Feed the same as Monday pm
Wednesday am Feed a level tabs per bird of a heavier young bird mix, i.e. more maples and other peas...Herba Duif in water all day
pm Feed the heavier young bird mix, as much as they want until half of them have gone to the drinker, remove the rest of the feed
Thursday am Feed the same as Wednesday am...Herba Duif in water all day
pm Feed the same as Wednesday pm
Friday am Feed a good widow or young bird mix with popcorn maize, let them eat as much as they want until midday ...vitamin B12 in the water
pm About 1 hour before you basket them give them a good helping of the seed mix and change the water to fresh water
Saturday am Am return from race? Feed small amount of the popcorn race mix
add electrolytes to fresh water all day
pm Same small amount applies if birds return early pm, but then feed what they want once they have been home a few hours 
Sunday am Feed a level tbsp of the popcorn mix per bird...water just fresh all day
pm Let the birds eat as much as they want of the light young bird mix until half of them have gone to the drinker, remove the rest of the feed

Moulting: When it comes to the moulting season you need to provide your birds with a correctly balanced food in order to get them to have perfect feather growth, do not revert to poor quality corn because you have finished racing, this is a very important time so provide a quality corn pacifically for the moulting period and add to the water a moulting tonic 2 -3 times a week.


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