Feed approximately 1 oz. of feed per day per bird.
Adjust as necessary according to body size, activity, and season.
During the resting period, when molting is complete, but breeding has not yet begun, nutritional demands are low. The protein requirement is particularly low and is not required to exceed 13%.
Approaching the stressful breeding season, birds must be in peak physical condition. It is necessary to increase protein levels to 15-20% and pellets should also be incorporated into the diet to supply all the necessary vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients demanded by the body.
Champion racers know this season is critical for managing the diet of birds successfully. Birds need the best diet possible. Various feed suppliers have scientifically formulated diets that allow the feeding of a conditioning food during training, followed by a switch to a light to heavy feeding curve. This plan allows birds to properly recover from strenuous flight and builds them back up to peak flying condition. Fancy birds look their best because they are getting all the nutrients they need.
Next year's seasonal performance may well depend on this year's molting season. High protein and nutrient levels are necessary to rebuild muscle, replace old feathers and build condition and conformation. Levels of 15-20% protein achieve these goals.
Purina Nutrablend (Green & Gold Pellets):
There are many different kinds of pigeon feed. Pigeons should not be fed chicken feed it is not formulated to meet their needs. Nutrablend Green is a pellet type feed made by Purina. Pigeons will not waste any of this because it is an all-in-one type of feed.
The squabs grow really fast and are very healthy on this feed. Purina Nurablend Green is 18% protein for breeders; Gold is 16% protein for conditioning and maintenance. Purina suggests removing the grit from pens when using this feed because it already contains the minerals they need and the extra minerals pigeons receive from the grit will cause them to develop diarrhea. If not using this type of feed you will need to have pigeon red grit in the loft easily accessed by all the pigeons especially those in the breeding pen.
You can use a mixture of the green and gold pellets to suit your needs. There is a guide on the bag with suggested mixing ratio for different levels and needs. Breeders have noted runny droppings when using pellets. This is probably due to the high salt content of pellets which results in birds drinking more water. I have heard of breeders using Nutrina Layer Pellets, which has a lower salt content, with success.
There is a discussion of the Purina Pellets on the Ruby Roller website.