When old birds as well as youngsters return from a training, they must find a small supply of the mixture: peanuts (60%) – cheese (30%) – sheep fat (10%) in the loft.
I prepare this mixture in the food processor, they get about 2 to 4 grams per pigeon per day. Practically this is about 1 teaspoon per pigeon per day. The sheep fat I use, must be stored in the freezer, because this kind of sheep fat is not treated with anti-oxidants.
After a while the pigeons know what to expect and that motivates them to come in extra quick. This partly ensures the daily schedule to go as planned. I do not give extra peanuts. The ‘all in one’ mixture and the mentioned mixture of cheese/peanuts/sheep fat is sufficient.
When the pigeons are basketed for a 1 night basket race, I take away the food on the day of basketing around 10 a.m. When they spend more nights in the basket, they also have disposal over the food on the basketing-day.