Secret 4  Feeding Tip.... Never over feed your race team again.  Just add about one ounce of Rabbit Pellets to the feed each day.  Feed enough until the birds leave the rabbit pellets.  Any very hungry birds will eat the rabbit pellets.  After we feed our youngsters each day there is always a sprinkling of rabbit pellets in the feeder.  By late in the day the pellets are gone.  

We give all the birds rabbit pellets two time per week year round.  This eliminates the use of any fresh greens.  Buy rabbit pellets that have the first ingredient alfalfa.



Before breeding we feed a higher percentage of Rabbit pellets.  Being predominantly Alfalfa, the vegatable like pellet is natures way to add a spring diet to the pigeons during winter.  I feel the rabbit pellet also helps with fertility and the droppings will be firm and black.   We always try to fill in any nutritional blanks with our pigeons.  33% in the mix will be perfect, Rabbit pellets will also help keep their body weight down.




RACING (the natural system) From Pigeon insider

When racing the natural system with a hen and cock that are showing indications of pairing up, separate the two of them for several days before bringing them back together for 30-40 minutes prior to basketting. This trick will stop the hen’s cycle and thus put off the laying process. The forced separation will also increase the birds desire for each other. Allowing them to see one another for a little while before basketting will re-establish and reinforce the bond and their desire for home.

When using the natural system, try adding an egg to the nest of a pair of pigeons who have been sitting for several days, every other day until you’ve reached five or six eggs. Then on the night before basketing, take the cock and place him in a box or spare cage so that he cannot see his loft, his mate, or his nest.  For example, if you basket on Friday night, take the cock away on Thursday night. The hen will not realize that the cock is gone until it is his time to sit the nest the next day. She will be very hesitant to leave the nest, or even to eat, because of the added eggs and because her mate is not available to take his turn, she will become even more attached to the nest than normal. You may have to physically take her from the nest and feed her in a separate box so that she will eat and drink.  When taking the hen away, if time permits, let the cock into the loft. He will discover his nest unprotected and will hurry to take his turn on the eggs. Allow him settle on the nest for a few minutes and then take him away before allowing his mate back into the loft. Both birds will race extra hard to come home to protect those eggs when a question has been put into their minds regarding their responsibility for the nest.

On the natural system, when a pair starts to nest, remove one of the mates. This can be either the cock or the hen, but it is preferred to remove the hen. Let the cock take another mate, and then remove that mate. When shipping day arrives, let both hens in with the cock for twenty to thirty minutes, but don’t allow the hens to begin a heavy battle because they could lose form. Ship them all to the race. This trick can be used all season long to motivate either or all of the birds at different times.




REASON (10) NOT to become a racing pigeon fancier


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From Clint Robertson CPFA President:

This powder is mixed with the feed. I use an equine product called "Red C" that can be purchased at most feed supply places that sell horse products to bind the powder to the feed. "Red C" is a vitamin and trace mineral supplement used in performance horses. I add a quarter cup of Red C and a half a cup of Chisholm Trail powder and mix with 50 pounds of feed. I now give this to my birds 365 days a year.



These or quite different from lice and very hard to control if you have

large numbers of pigeons. These mites will get into tiny crevices and

cracks in the nest boxes and lofts and they feed at night by sucking

blood. They will appear like tiny flakes of black pepper. Consult your

local feed store for a good mite powder that can be used for pigeons.

I found the following link's concerning this issue.







For the Male: Testes, Spermducts, sperms,

For the hen: Ovary, Oviduct, Ova. 







Breeders have successfully used super glue to "weld" the broken toe to

the neighboring toe. Eventually the toes become unglued on their own and

the broken toe is perfect.


From Pigeon Paradise

The symptoms that you are describing are typically for ornithosis (respiratory) problems. The skin around the eyes become dark, brown and the pigeons are after flying sitting with open beak. Also they scratchs on their head and ears. It would be better to give them a treatment of 8 days of a combination of the antibiotics doxycycline + lincospectine together and also put some consecutive days after each other an antibiotic eye-drops in the eyes ( f.e. Neobacitracine droppings ). Important also if you give a treatment with doxycycline is that you use calcium free water ( bottle-water ) and also give them no grit during the treatment ( only some redstone ).

Afterwards give them 3 days some multi-vitamins + amino-acids and then they aere ready again to perform.

In this case your veterinarian will prescribe your birds antibiotics for respiratory diseases. Depending on the exact symptoms and the diagnostic examination frequently used products are doxycycline, spiramycine, lincomycine and spectinomycine, amoxicilline, erythromycine, enrofloxacine and others. If there is an underlying viral problem like herpes or a yeast infection (candida) or there is an antibiotic resistance it is possible the antibiotics will not be sufficient, but mostly the problem can be solved by such a treatment.

A good loft climate is essential in preventing this disease

When you drop drops in the eyes and it doesn't go away immediately, this is very indicative for upper respiratory problems, which is negative for navigation in racing pigeons. If the drops are coloured like forma drops, the drops should go away rapidly and the colour should be visible in the throat after dropping it in the eyes. This means the connection ducts between eyes, nose, throat is open as it should be. Depending on other symptoms, signs during the clinical examination and/or results from swab tests, different medication (mostly antibiotics) could help coping with these problems f.e. doxycycline, spiramycine, amoxicilline, etc... But there could be also a viral component with this like herpes. In that case antibiotics do not help completely. If you see this frequently with your birds it could be interesting to change your loft climate (better ventilation).



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ROUNDY BUSH  Squab Formula

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Roudy Bush Formula 3

ROUDY BUSH FORMULA 3 for the next stage in hand feeding following 12 to 16 days on ROUDY BUSH Squab Formula.
7% crude fat, 21% protein. Available in 3 sizes.


Your pigeons won't get a more balanced diet than this. In the Spring of 2010, we here at NEPLS started to mix some of this product with the Roudy Bush Formula. We wanted to save some money and still feed our babies well. Our babies thrived on the new combination and we found that at about 4 weeks of age, we were feeding 100% Purina. We also weened our babies on Purina Green. If you are thinking of trying to switch your entire flock over to pellets, this is a good way to start.




If pigeons are exposed to drafts or dampness in the winter roup can

occur, the symptoms are similar to a cold, then a nasal discharge

changes to a pus like mucus and will clog the nostrils. Be sure to

isolate the sick

birds and disinfect the loft and all utensils. Consult your local feed

store for remedies to help clear up roop.

The pip. A disease of domestic fowl resembling diphtheria



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