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YOUNG BIRD TRAINING AND FEEDING

   I USE A COMMERCIAL 13.5% RACING PIGEON MIX WITH WHOLE YELLOW CORN, WITH ADDED SAFFLOWER AND BROWN RICE DURING  THE YOUNG BIRD RACE SEASON..  DURING TRAINING I FEED 2 X PER DAY.. WHEN I START RACING I ONLY FEED IN THE MORNING..AND IN THE EVENINGS I GO IN AND FEED THE YOUNG BIRDS SMALL SPANISH PEANUTS BY HAND..... THE BIRDS ARE NEVER GIVEN OPEN LOFT. DURING THIS TIME. THE ONLY TIME THEY LEAVE THE LOFT IS TO TRAIN OR RACE.

   I TRAIN THE BIRDS  IN TWO DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS ....I TRAIN ON THE LINE OF FLIGHT, WHICH NOW IS THE SOUTH COURSE..THEN I TRAIN NORTH  ABOUT 16 MILES.. WHICH HELPS THE BIRDS TO NOT OVERFLY BY MUCH IF THEY HAVE A STRONG TAILWIND DURING THE RACE..
 
 ~TRAINING AND FEEDING DURING THE RACES~
 
MONDAY- 35 MILE TRAINING TOSS....I FEED ABOUT 50% MALT BARLEY, 50% RACE MIX
 
TUESDAY-35 MILE TRAINING TOSS...FEED 13.5% RACE MIX...IN THE WATER ADD 2 TABLESPOONS PER GALLON OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR(HELPS TO KEEP BACTERIA LEVEL DOWN... 4 GARLIC CLOVES, PUNCH HOLES IN THE CLOVES WITH A FORK, AND ADD TO THE WATER..ALSO ADD 1/4 TEASPOON OF ACIDIFIED COPPER SULPHATE( TURNS THE WATER BLUE)THE COPPER SULPHATE HELPS TO CLEAN OUT MUCOUS IN THE THROAT AND MOUTH, AND ALSO KEEPS CANKER AT BAY. 
 
 
WEDNESDAY...35 MILE TRAINING TOSS- FEED  YOUR REGULAR 15% RACE MIX .WITH ADDED SAFFLOWER AND BROWN RICE...ALSO PUT IN THE WATER A GOOD VITAMIN/MINERAL  FOR THE WHOLE DAY..
 
THURSDAY- 35 MILE TOSS,  EARLY AM FEED 1/2 OF THEIR  REGULAR RATION .IN THE WATER PUT APPLE CIDER VINEGAR-2 TABLESPOONS AND 4 CLOVES OF GARLIC..NO COPPER SULPHATE...IN THE AFTERNOON, I  CARBO LOAD THE BIRDS USING CORN IST ALL THEY WANT TO EAT.. THEN I USE SAFFLOWER ALL THEY WANT TO EAT.. THEN RAW SPANISH PEANUTS, ALL THEY WANT TO EAT..
 
 FRIDAY- ..I DON'T FEED ANYTHING ON THE DAY OF SHIPPING.. UNLESS IT LOOKS LIKE A HEAD WIND ON THE RACE COURSE.IF IT DOES. THEN I WILL FEED THEM A SMALL AMOUNT OF  SAFFLOWER AND BROWN RICE IN THE EARLY AM  ON FRIDAY.. .I ALSO PUT GATOR AIDE IN THE WATER FROM 7 AM UNTIL 12 PM, THEN I CHANGE TO REGULAR WATER...I GIVE THE BIRDS A BATH ON RACE DAY..AND I HYDRATE EACH INDIVIDUAL PIGEON USING A EYE DROPPER..JUST BEFORE I GO TO THE CLUB HOUSE..
 
    SATURDAY ......"THE DAY OF THE RACE".....I USUALLY PUT GATOR AIDE IN THE WATER(LEMON-LIME).......THIS HELPS THE BIRDS TO REHYDRATE THE MINERAL SALTS THAT THEY LOSE, DURING THE RACE....YOU CAN USE GATOR AID, OR EVEN CHICKEN VITAMINS WITH ELECTROLYTES.....BOTH OF THESE ARE COST EFFECTIVE.. YOU CAN ALSO USE CHILDRENS ELECTROLYTES WHICH CAN BE BOUGHT IN MOST DRUG STORES.....IN THE FEEDER, I WILL HAVE PIGEON PELLETS, BROWN RICE(EASILY DIGESTABLE) AND SAFFLOWER IN THE FEEDER. SOMETIMES I WILL ADD SOME WILD BIRD SEED, THAT HAS MILLET IN  IT........I LEAVE THE ELECTROYLYTES IN THE WATER UNTIL SUNDAY MORNING..THEN I PUT HONEY AND TEA IN THE WATER FOR THE REST OF THE DAY.
ON SUNDAY,  I USE  MALTING BARLEY ALL DAY .AS IT HELPS TO CLEAN TOXINS FROM THE BIRDS SYSTEMS. THEN MONDAY 1/2 BARLEY AND 1/2 REGULAR PIGEON MIX. THEN TUESDAY BACK TO THE REGULAR RACE MIX.........I HOPE THIS SYSTEM WILL MAKE YOU NEW FLYERS CHAMPIONS, AND MAYBE SOME OF YOU OLDER FLYERS CHAMPIONS AGAIN.......KEEP'EM FLYING ........~DENNIS~...:-)
 
PS....I ALSO ADD SOME BREWERS YEAST POWDER, AND HEALTHY PIGEON POWDER,(FROM LOUISIANA) WHICH ...HAS MINERALS, VITAMINS,10 TYPES OF PROBIOTICS, AND MANY OTHER THINGS IN IT... I MIX COD LIVER OIL TO THE FEED TO GET THE POWDERS TO STICK.. YOU CAN USE OLIVE OIL, SAFFLOWER OIL  OR  ANY OTHER OIL OF YOUR CHOOSING..