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FEEDING PIGEONS RECOMMENDATIONS

Pigeons vary in weight according to their breeds, and on average require about 10 percent of their weight. Taking into consideration the live weight of our pigeons, average, small breeds 20-30 g; 35-50 g for medium-sized breeds and 40-60 g for large or heavy breeds. In winter, the movement of pigeons will be reduced, so 5-10 g less feed should be given. Particularly in closed conditions, birds are always kept in front of the feed will cause birds to lubricate. Lubrication can lead to breeding problems in birds and adversely affect flight performance, especially in flying birds.

Feeding twice a day is recommended to ensure that all grains in the feed mixture are eaten. But the generally accepted form of feeding is once a day and structured towards the evening. However, in some special cases, for example during the growth stage of the offspring, feeding twice a day may be performed. If feeding is to be done in the evening, 1/3 of the feed amount should be given in the morning and the remaining 2/3 should be given in the evening.

There will be an increase in water consumption of pigeons fed with pellet feeds. In addition, since the pellet feed is heat treated, the water requirement increases after 2-3 hours. In this case, be sure to turn off the lights after feeding your pigeons and drinking water in the evening.

Although pigeon care is actually a whole year process, the three stages of pigeon life and healthy development are important in pigeon care: pigeon feather period, winter season, pigeon breeding period, care and feeding should be paid more attention during this period.

Baby pigeons hatch at the end of a twenty-day incubation period. In the first month the mother and father feed on the mouth by pigeon. During this period, great attention should be paid to the feeding of adult pigeons, and they should be well fed regularly in the morning and evening, so that they can produce fortifying nutrients for their offspring. Two months after the first month, especially the baby pigeon feed should be taken to feed the offspring. It should be remembered that if the pigeon grows by strengthening the immune system within the first three months, it will be much more resistant to disease and germs when the pigeon is an adult pigeon. Since they are twenty-one days old, they should be lowered from their nests to the ground and the mother and father pigeons should be able to see how they feed. In this way, baby pigeons will be able to learn to feed on their own in a short time. In this process, especially in the first week, the water should be kept in front of the offspring with proper water and feed for the pigeons, and it should be ensured that the offspring are fed and drink water. As the pups grow, the amount of feed should be reduced from week to week, and the feed should be started twice a day for the pups.

Feeders can be fed on the floor where poultry is cleaned very well by keeping hygiene rules and contact with feces is prevented.

Pigeon feeds should be kept in clean, closed, odor and moisture-free environments and mold formation should be prevented for animal health.

Water is contaminated or poured if a random bowl or plate is given. It can also cause the birds to get cold and the poultry floor to get wet by getting sick. Special wetlands should be used for this. Water needs water for pigeons not only for drinking but also for freeing of external parasites. Pigeons’ water containers should be absolutely clean and fresh. Stale and dirty water is dangerous for domestic pigeons, so it is necessary to pay attention to prevent birds from catching various diseases from these waters.