A highly palatable Australian-made pink vitamin and mineral powder
PVM Powder (pigeon vitamin/mineral powder) is a highly palatable Australian-made pink mineral powder packed with vitamins and minerals. This is an extremely popular product that is familiar to most Australian pigeon fanciers. To make it, it was essentially a matter of scanning the available veterinary texts to find out what were the optimal levels of the various vitamins and minerals for pigeons and then producing them in a balanced form that the pigeons would enjoy eating. PVM Powder contains all the minerals necessary for a balanced diet in pigeons, in particular calcium, iron and iodine, and also the vitamins that can be kept stable in this form, namely vitamins A, B, D, E and K. PVM Powder contains on average 20% higher levels of these vitamins than other similar brands of pink minerals and in addition also contains iodine. The pigeons seem to realize that it is good for them, with the birds eating it greedily, with some birds trying to snatch it from the air as it falls from the packet into the food tray. It is best supplied in a clean, dry bowl that cannot be tipped over or soiled by the birds, which is then placed on the loft floor in the same manner as a grit bowl. It can be made available to the birds at all times.
In the race loft, all birds will routinely eat a small amount. Fanciers will notice that birds coming from hard races and any young hen about to lay will eat substantially more, in the process replacing lost mineral salts. However, it is in the stock loft that PVM Powder is of particular benefit. Feeding stock birds, particularly those with rapidly growing (10 - 20 days old) youngsters, will eat large amounts and their youngsters will thrive. Being so palatable, it ensures that the birds eat the calcium and other nutrients it contains so necessary at this time. Eight pairs of feeding stock birds will eat up to one 600-gram packet per week. Feeding stock birds will pump it directly into their youngsters, leaving them with pale pink rims around the base of their beaks. It aids in the production of strong chubby youngsters ready for weaning at 26 - 28 days. Birds fed PVM Powder will no longer have the same grit requirement. Non-balanced grits force the birds to scratch through looking for what they need. This leads to scatter and wastage. Because PVM Powder is balanced, the birds eat the lot, actually licking the bowl clean if it is not topped up.
|Brand||Australian Pigeon Company|
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