Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the best natural additives that can be given daily to the pigeons. We give one ounce to the gallon nearly every day of the year. We also mix in vitamins and probiotics several times per week. For a natural product to have benefits it must be used regularly over a long period of time. Apple Cider Vinegar makes the gut acidic. Bad bacteria does not thrive well in an acid environment. The good bacteria and normal pigeon gut bacteria love the acid (Apple Cider) environment. We usually buy the gallon container at the super market. If you only have a handful of pigeons the Apple Cider Vinegar sold at the health food stores is better.
All winter and the entire breeding season we give the apple cider vinegar every single day. We do not use the vinegar as much during the race season. I am too worried to that the race team will not be hydrated enough if I put the vinegar in the water. When I do use it during racing it is in the water for just the morning feeding. Used over the long term Apple Cider Vinegar has positive effects on the pigeons.
I never mix the Apple Cider Vinegar with medications.
Please do not feed Popcorn to your pigeons. Popcorn is very hard and does not absorb water easily. If you put popcorn in a glass of water for 24 hours it does not swell or get soft. Popcorn should not be included in any pigeon feed mix. Use a regular large corn in the feed mix and your results will improve in both racing and breeding.
We do not medicate youngsters in the first many months of their lives. If possible just vaccinate and worm with moxidectin. Medicate only if it is absolutely necessary. Our youngbird team will not be medicated for anything until they are in the racing season. Our young pigeons that are not raced either bred for stock or sale may not receive anything but Virkon S and moxidectin for over a year. Pigeons that are allowed to build natural immunity when young have less problems with health for the rest of their lives. Do yourself and your pigeons a favor by keeping them as natural as possible.
For pigeons to stay healthy naturally they cannot lack anything. We give apple cider vinegar just about daily along with numerous mineral cups, grits, probiotic several times per week, vitamins two or three times per week, garlic etc. If the birds are not lacking anything, their immune system works optimally.
You can pretty much feed any grain and or pellet mix and raise super babies providing you have every mineral and grit available to the pigeons. Vitamin deficiencies do not effect the pigeons nearly as much as mineral deficiencies. We keep pink vitamineral, brown mineral blocks, pick pot minerals, oyster shells, grit mix, red stone, magnesium blocks etc in separate cups in front of the breeders at all times. Your babies will be spectacular.
There is only one type of oil that should be used on our feed for the pigeons. That oil is Flax Seed Oil. This oil is high in Omega 3’s and the health benefits are endless. Wet the feed with the Flax Oil and then add a good natural flavored whey protein or brewers yeast. Never chocolate because it is poisonous to pigeons. Omega 3 oils act as an anti-inflamatory which allows the pigeons to keep flying when others have quit due to swelling and fatigue. Tuesdays and Thursdays during racing and breeding will be enough for a positive effect.