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Veterinary Viewpoint - Energy Loading

The term “energy loading” has been used in reference to human athletes. It involves the consumption of a very high carbohydrate diet, within a few days preceding an athletic event. It has been proved that this “carbohydrate loading” does improve performance. The big question is, can we “load” our pigeons before races? The answer is, yes, indeed, we can. In our method of feeding light to heavy we are accomplishing this without even knowing it. Generally a light mix is the smaller grains, barley, milo, wheat and rice. People think by feeding light to heavy feed it gives the bird’s digestive system a chance to recuperate, during the days after the race, but it accomplishes two things.


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