Pigeon Care

Feed approximately 1 oz. of feed per day per bird.

Adjust as necessary according to body size, activity, and season.

Resting:

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%.

Breeding:

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.

Racing/Showing:

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.

Molting:

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.

Photographs from the 2007 NPA Grand National

Pigeon Breed: Zitterhal
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Zitterhal
Pigeon Breed: West of England Tumbler - Pattern Tortoiseshell
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West of England Tumbler Pattern
Pigeon Breed: West of England Tumbler - Baldhead
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West of England Tumbler Baldhead
Pigeon Breed: West of England Tumbler - Mottle
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West of England Tumbler Mottle
Pigeon Breed: West of England Tumbler - Black Self
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West of England Tumbler
Pigeon Breed: Vienna Tumbler
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Vienna Tumbler
Pigeon Breed: Valencia Figurita
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Valencia Figurita
Pigeon Breed: Thuringer Pouter
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Thuringer Pouter
Pigeon Breed: Texas Pioneer
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Texas Pioneer
Pigeon Breed: Swing Pouter
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Swing Pouter
Pigeon Breed: Starwitzer Pouter
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Starwitzer Pouter
Pigeon Breed: Spanish Barb
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Spanish Barb
Pigeon Breed: Show Racer
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Show Racer
Pigeon Breed: Oriental Roller
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Oriental Roller
Pigeon Breed: Show King
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Show King
Pigeon Breed: Show Flight
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Show Flight
Pigeon Breed: Short Faced Plain Head Helmet
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Short Faced Plain Head Helmet
Pigeon Breed: Short Faced Crested Helmet
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Short Faced Crested Helmet
Pigeon Breed: Scandaroon
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Scandaroon
Pigeon Breed: Saxon Monk
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Saxon Monk
Pigeon Breed: Swallow
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Swallow
Pigeon Breed: Saddleback Muffed Tumbler
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Saddleback Muffed Tumbler
Pigeon Breed: Russian Tumbler
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Russian Tumbler
Pigeon Breed: Romanian Naked Neck
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Romanian Naked Neck
Pigeon Breed: Racing Homer Flying
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Racing Homer Flying
Pigeon Breed: Portugese Tumbler
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Portugese Tumbler
Pigeon Breed: Pomeranian Pouter
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Pomeranian Pouter
Pigeon Breed: Pygmy Pouter
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Pygmy Pouter
Pigeon Breed: Plain Head Medium Face Helmet
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Plain Head Medium Face Helmet
Pigeon Breed: Persian Roller
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Persian Roller
Pigeon Breed: Parlor Tumbler
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Parlor Tumbler
Pigeon Breed: Parlor Roller
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Parlor Roller
Pigeon Breed: Oriental Frill
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Oriental Frill
Pigeon Breed: Old Dutch Capuchine
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Old Dutch Capuchine
Pigeon Breed: Nun
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Nun
Pigeon Breed: Mookee
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Mookee
Pigeon Breed: Modena
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Modena
Pigeon Breed: Medium Faced Crested Helmet
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Medium Faced Crested Helmet
Pigeon Breed: Marchenereo Pouter
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Marchenero Pouter
Pigeon Breed: Magpie
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Pigeon Breed: Macedonian Turbit
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Macedonian Turbit
Pigeon Breed: Lahore
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Lahore
Pigeon Breed: Komorner Tumbler
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Komorner Tumbler
Pigeon Breed: Jacobin
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Jacobin
Pigeon Breed: Italian Owl
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Italian Owl
Pigeon Breed: Indian Fantail
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Indian Fantail
Pigeon Breed: Ice Pigeon
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Ice Pigeon
Pigeon Breed: Horseman Pouter
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Horseman Pouter
Pigeon Breed: German Turbit
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German Turbit
Pigeon Breed: German Double Crested Trumpeter
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German Double Crested Trumpeter
Pigeon Breed: German Beauty Homer
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German Beauty Homer
Pigeon Breed: Genuine Homer
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Genuine Homer
Pigeon Breed: Galation High Flier
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Galation High Flier
Pigeon Breed: Giant Runt
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Giant Runt
Pigeon Breed: Gaditamo Pouter
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Gaditamo Pouter
Pigeon Breed: Frillback
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Frillback
Pigeon Breed: Frankonian Trumpeter
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Frankonian Trumpeter
Pigeon Breed: Flying Roller
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Flying Roller
Pigeon Breed: Flying Racing Homer - Saddle
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Flying Racing Homer - Saddle
Pigeon Breed: Fantail
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Fantaill
Pigeon Breed: Exhibition Homer
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Exhibition Homer
Pigeon Breed: English Trumpter
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English Trumpeter
Pigeon Breed: English Pouter
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English Pouter
Pigeon Breed: English Carrier
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English Carrier
Pigeon Breed: Elster Pouter
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Elster Pouter
Pigeon Breed: Dutch Turbit
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Dutch Turbit
Pigeon Breed: Dutch Cropper
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Dutch Cropper
Pigeon Breed: Dragoon
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Dragoon
Pigeon Breed: Danzig High Flier
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Danzig High Flier
Pigeon Breed: Czech Ice Pouter
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Czech Ice Pouter
Pigeon Breed: Classic Old Frill
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Classic Old Frill
Pigeon Breed: Chinese Owl
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Chinese Owl
Pigeon Breed: Brunner Pouter
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Brunner Pouter
Pigeon Breed: Bokhara Trumpeter
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Bokhara Trumpeter
Pigeon Breed: Bavarian Pouter
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Bavarian Pouter
Pigeon Breed: Barb
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Barb
Pigeon Breed: American Show Racer
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American Show Racer
Pigeon Breed: Arch Angel
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Arch Angel
Pigeon Breed: Antwerp
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Antwerp
Pigeon Breed: American Roller
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American Roller
Pigeon Breed: American Giant Homer
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American Giant Homer
Pigeon Breed: African Owl
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African Owl

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