Pigeon Feeding – Feeding to Win

Pigeon Feeding – Feeding to Win

Pigeon Feeding - Feeding to WinDuring the racing season, the main function of food is to provide the fuel for flying. Our common aim is to provide the racing pigeon with the best fuel for race day. To do this consistently we must have a good understanding of the food itself. The following paragraphs will introduce you to the science (or theory) of feeding, but for racing success you must also become expert at the practice (or art) of feeding. Only practice and observation can teach you the art of feeding, but hopefully the methods of feeding described here can help you find the pathway to feeding success.

We can only begin the art of good feeding when both the quality of the food is guaranteed and the flock is healthy. A healthy bowel is required before we can test our feeding systems, because an unhealthy bowel fails to deliver the fuel of good grain to the pigeon’s body. Bowel diseases such as E. coli, coccidiosis, worms and wet canker all decrease the amount of nutrients entering the body.

By using the best quality grains and with a healthy race team, the fancier can now think about a racing mix appropriate for his particular family of birds and training methods. The mix chosen must provide a good balance of protein (amino acids) and for this to be achieved at least 8 different grains must be used. After this balance is achieved, the energy content of the mix becomes the most important part of successful feeding.

The feed system provides the race team with the correct energy levels for training and racing. The goal of feeding is to provide the training and racing pigeon with exactly enough (not too much and not too little) fuel (energy in the food) for sustained flight (loft exercise or racing). Of course, the fuel requirements of the training pigeon vary enormously from day to day. It is the constantly changing energy requirements of the competition pigeon that makes feeding such a challenge to even the best fanciers. The competition pigeon will not perform to its fitness level when the “energy balance” is incorrect. The “energy balance” must be assessed short term (daily) and long term (weekly) with fit flocks during the race season, because the fitness level will drop both when too much and too little energy is supplied. During young bird training special attention must be made to prevent depletion of the energy reserves in the liver and muscle.

Overfeeding relative to workload (positive energy balance) renders the race team less competitive because of excess baggage (“leady”). Excess energy is stored as fat with subsequent loss of buoyancy and fitness. It is well to remember that the excess energy of mixes which are too high in protein (legumes) relative to the work load will be stored as fat.

Underfeeding relative to workload (negative energy balance) renders the race team less competitive because of “depowering”. Feed systems low in energy relative to the workload of the race team will result in the depletion of the energy reserves in the liver, fat and muscle.

The fancier can recognise a race team that is in a negative energy balance by the following signs:

  • No wing flapping in the early morning or after feeding.
  • Disinterest in leaving loft or toss basket, lower lid laziness etc.
  • The race team in negative energy balance (inadequate energy intake relative to the workload) is susceptible to illness, especially “respiratory” diseases.

Most fanciers understand the importance of buoyancy for success, but few understand the best way to achieve this in their race teams. Buoyancy is best achieved by supplying the flock with enough feed (a positive energy balance) to promote vigorous loft flying (or tossing) in order to maximise lean body mass (i.e. muscle) and minimise body fat. Instead many fanciers believe that the best path to buoyancy is to restrict caloric (energy) intake (feed less) in order to lose excess weight and thereby produce the buoyancy that we see with top form. However, buoyancy is not only weightlessness, but also power, and the buoyancy of fitness only comes when lean body mass is maximised. The restriction of calories in an effort to produce buoyancy in fact lowers the fitness level of the flock and renders it susceptible to illness. Severe caloric restriction will cause a loss of not only body fat but also lean body mass (muscle) with the accompanying loss of fitness and power.

I’m sure you can see by now why feeding and nutrition is so importnat to your birds, if you would like to get access to our own personal feeding and nutrition program which will show you in-depth how to seperate yourself from your competitors with proper feeding and nutrition and give your birds a head start in their next race then => click here.

Pigeon Feeding – Feeding to Win by Dr. Rob Marshall

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60 thoughts on “Pigeon Feeding – Feeding to Win

  1. Nice article. I like the very high level informative presentation of the subject. It would be good to include some details to help a young racing fancier who is attempting to understand the ‘Art’ of feeding. Providing an example of a ‘Race’ mix and a ‘Breeding’ mix that could then be used in the “Practice and Observation” steps of the “Art of Feeding”. I actually learned more practical application of the Art of Feeding from those who were kind enough to post comments than I did from the article. But thank you for starting the discussion.

  2. please provide me the some tips of food of racing pigeon in india i have 120 pigeon then what diet i give him for racing

  3. hello sir
    i am lucky pigeons form india so your e.mail give me satpal singh please send me some tips thanks

  4. the use of barley make feeding easier.because the weather and races differ theres no way that you can measure feed.measure the jug or cup you use to feed.when youv’e fed three quarters of your measurement mix some barley with the balance.watch the birds,keep feeding until they stop picking up the barley.the permanent inclusion of barley(5%) in your mixture can allso make it easier,because you just stop feeding ounce they refuse to pick up the barley.feeding is so much easier if your race team is of similar size and their requirements is the same,but just keep feeding if theres no barley left behind.

  5. Hey Luis Cargiulo,you said they have your money but no responce from them.. Did you buy something from them? I hear of a lot of scams anymore, I hope this isn’t one of them.

      1. yes freind i am from india i like make fit ot my racing humar pigeon but i dont know good diet pl help me soon

  6. Not real happy with Pigeon Insider-I have sent at least a dozen e-mails to the contactthe me e-mail etc on Pigeon Insider. I have not been able to get into Pigeon insider except for the first time I registered etc. It will not take my user or PW. Almost three weeks later still not reponse from Chris or anyone else but the have my money. Beware I have been slow to critacalit is a shame as there appears to be good info.

    There is no phone number to call for help so I have no other alternative except to write this bad review.

    yours in the sport -Louie

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