How to use the Rik Mix during the flight season
First we must consider the difference between old and young pigeons. Older pigeons have a stronger stomach and are able to handle more than young pigeons. Also, older pigeons have already been trained and conditioned, while the younger pigeons must still be conditioned. The feed actually has an influence on whether they listen or not. Just as with humans, the food you eat can influence your mood. Food that provides you lots of energy will make you both energetic but also unruly. Think of young children that eat too much sugar. They become very jazzy, but don’t listen too good anymore. Feeding pigeons greatly affects the way you raise them. Think of Pavlov’s experiment.
After each homecoming (after a race), provide 1 soupspoon of breeding food per pigeon in their pot. Thereafter, provide only barley as much as they want during that day. That is to provide enough energy for all kinds of races, from sprints to marathons.
The days after that, provide 5 full soupspoons of Rik mix (approximately 100 grams) per 2 pigeons each 24 hours. This means you’ll only provide the feed once a day. Depending on what sort of race your pigeons need to compete in, provide the aforementioned amount of Rik mix only on the following days:
- For sprints (300 km): Give Rik-mix, but only during the basketing day and without barley. The pigeons must eat all before they get new food;
- Middle distance/one day distance (300-700 km): Give Rik mix, only during the two days before the race, including the basketing day. Do not provide barley;
- For one day distance & more days distance (700-1200 km): Give Rik mix during the 3 days leading up to the race, including the basketing day. Do not provide barley, but instead apply our Omega-oil-mix. Yes, I know I just said that using oils are bad, but this oil mix is actually produced specifically for pigeons!
Until 300 km, use the same method as for old pigeons (see sprint old pigeons), but only 1 soupspoon per pigeon in the feeder. I keep the young pigeons rather tight because, unlike the old pigeons, the young pigeons will not listen so well;
Above 300 km, without barley.
It is always a good idea to provide, both old and young pigeons, with peanuts and sweet seeds when they return from training. Give them around 5 peanuts per pigeon plus 1 soupspoon of sweet seeds per pigeon per day.
This works as an incentive to bring them back in their loft. After a short period of time, the pigeons will know that these delicious ‘snacks’ are waiting for them. The peanuts are really healthy as they contain healthy oils. The sweet seeds contain lots of minerals, that will help the pigeons recuperate.
Thanks to this system, the trainingschedule for pigeons that need to be trained later will not be delayed. Once the pigeons go to their baskets for a flight, I take out the food on the basketing day at 10 o’clock, if they remain in the basket for only 1 night. If they remain in the basket for a longer period, I leave the food in the feeder all day.
Feeding Method 2
If you like a more precise and elaborate program, you can follow my personal feeding programs. These schedule is created based on the mixes I described in method 1.