WATER- SOLUBLE VITAMIN, MINERAL AND AMINO ACID SUPPLEMENT
Pigeons are essentially seed eating birds and have an obligate requirement for grit. Seeds form the basis of a balanced diet and supply protein, carbohydrate and fats. We know however that it is virtually impossible to supply all the nutrients that pigeons require if fed only a dry seed diet even if the variety of grains given is quite large.
Basically dry seed diets are too high in fat and low in protein. They also fail to provide many essential nutrients. In the grains used in most seed mixes, the following vitamins are usually limiting: vitamin B12, vitamin A, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, vitamin K and vitamin E. The most limiting amino acids in most seeds are lysine, methionine and tryptophan, while the minerals likely to be limiting are calcium, manganese, sodium, and in some cases, copper, zinc, iodine and selenium.
A grain diet can be supplemented and improved with greens (such as silver beet), yeast products (eg ID Yeast) and fatty acids (eg Polyseed Oil) to make the diet better. The challenge for avian veterinarians and pigeon racers is to provide a complete and balanced diet to our birds. Poor nutrition will suppress the birds ability to resist disease, compromise growth and feather quality, prolong recovery from exertion or illness, decrease reproductive results and of course compromise racing performance.
A further important consideration in the feeding of grain is the effect of the annual harvest. Seeds grow in spring and are harvested once a year, leading to a cycle of progressively older seeds until the next harvest. At some time during the year, at least a portion of the seeds are one year old or older. The nutrients that are most affected by aging are the vitamins, which lose activity owing to oxidation and fats, which become rancid. This aging process can lead to a reduced nutrient concentration. In this way, the level of many other micronutrients becomes reduced with time.
Nutrivet is a palatable, water- based supplement that specifically contains the vitamins, minerals and amino acids known to be lacking in a dry seed diet. All nutrients are provided at the correct levels relative to each other, and the minerals are in their proteinated form to make them soluble in water and more easily absorbed from the bowel.
Nutrivet specifically addresses the problems associated with a diet based on dry grain. Formulated by avian vets and nutritionists with the Australian Pigeon Company it enables the provision of a more complete diet. With no possible adverse effects it can be routinely used in the loft.
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