How to prepare your pigeons for the start of the racing season?

How to prepare your pigeons for the start of the racing season?

 Everyone hopefully realises that this corona crisis is a very exceptional time, in which public health takes precedence over everything else. At the same time we hope that everyone is able to comply with the measures taken and everyone has enough sense of civic responsibility to help overcome this crisis. As soon as we get the green light, and the measures are relaxed, we can start the pigeon racing season. But what can you actually do with your pigeons to start the postponed season somewhat well later on?

  • There is a big chance that you are currently darkening both old and young pigeons, while waiting for the start of the season in pigeon racing, taking into account that the races may be postponed. However, if you want to excel with old pigeons and yearlings on the short distance, you have to stop the darkening in time.
    Once the measures have relaxed, you should gradually stop darkening them. After being kept in the dark, their condition will not be top-notch just yet. In fact, old pigeons get fit later after being darkened than youngsters. Old pigeons reach peak fitness after a minimum of about four weeks.

  • To prevent your pigeons from losing their feathers later in the season, and to keep them fit, you could also give them more light starting from the longest day, 21 June. By keeping the summer solstice as standard (meaning, light in the loft from 5 am until 11 pm), moulting of the smaller feathers is postponed and the pigeons will be able to compete in later races more easily. At the same time, the number of hours of light positively affects the birds' fitness. Provide light to your pigeons from summer solstice until the end of the racing season, because then they will be able to keep their fitness at the highest level.

  • Make sure that the pigeons are not in top condition too early. Besides that, it is important that you let them train, so that they are ready for competition as soon as we get the green light.

  • For the time being, put the pigeons on an adapted menu, as you would do in the preparation period of other years. An ideal mixture for this is 50% Plus I.C.+ Winter and 50% Plus I.C.+ Gerry. These mixtures contain a lot of grains, such as barley, paddy and oats, with a lot of crude fibre. Because of this, the pigeons will eat less, while still having a saturated feeling, and therefore they won't fatten as easily. Did the racing season finally get the green light? Then you can go back to the normal way of feeding with Plus I.C.+ Gerry and prepare for the races with Plus I.C.+ Superstar or Plus I.C.+ Champion.

  • Make sure that widowers, and especially yearlings and hens in widowhood, see their partners regularly. Otherwise, younger pigeons that do not see their partner will become, as it were, celibate and forget their partner. Moreover, they will eventually start to mate and chase after each other. Therefore, let the pigeons get together once a week for half a day on the weekend, for example.

  • What about care products and supplements? You can follow the winter regime for a while and administer the following products a few times a week: twice a week Herbolan (herb tonic with organic acids), twice a week B-Pure (vitaminised brewer’s yeast) over the feed, as well as twice a week Garlic-Oil (garlic oil) over the feed.

  • Bathe your pigeons once a week with Ideal Bathsalt. This will certainly improve the quality of the feathers and the health of the pigeons.

  • Finally, make sure that all necessary vaccinations and any treatments have been carried out. This way the pigeons are free of trichomonas, coccidiosis and worms and they can be ready to race in no time.

In the meantime, let us hope that we will be able to race our pigeons soon, when the situation is safe again. Good luck and keep it safe for everyone.

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