Old Timer Water Secret For Your Racing Pigeons Many top lofts use grape juice to help improve their racing pigeon’s race performance and overall condition. Before a race use it Tuesday and Wednesday and after a hard race on return day and the next day. Mix one whole can per one gallon of water. I’ve seen many top lofts around the country use grape juice to help give their birds an edge on race day and to reduce their recovery time after a hard race. Truly an old time secret!