delouse by simply spraying on the feathers. Do not deep the cocks in water. Now theyare all cleaned up, inside and out.To avoid disease and other infections during the KEEP, I inject Combiotic (only 1cc. perbird) on the breast of each cock on the first day.
For the feeds during the KEEP, I try to maintain a 16% crude protein (C.P.) level fromday one up to the eleventh (1-11). Toachieve this, mix several ingredients as follows:50% - whole corn20% - red wheat 10% - whole oats or jockey oats
10% - Royal Pigeon Feed10% - Pellets (16% C.P.)Corn is the staple food of fowl, which supplies a lot of carbohydrates and someproteins. I use red wheat instead of the white onebecause red wheat is easier to digest, and it has a higher protein level than the white.If you can't find Royal Pigeon Feed, you maysubstitute this with 5% green peas and 5% yellow peas in the ration. These feedstuffssupply most of the proteins in the cocksdiet. The 10% Pellets indicated above may be Holding Ration Pellets or simply PigeonPellets. Just make sure that the pellets youuse contain 16% crude protein. Look at the packaging for this information. The aboveproportions are measured in dry weight.All grains are soaked in water for at least 9 hours. Right after each feeding, soak thegrains you will need for the next. Soakingincreases seed moisture and stimulates germination. Germinated grains produce moreproteins. Legumes, like green peas andsoybeans, must be heated or germinated to make their crude protein metabolizable.
Otherwise, we cannot utilize the proteins fromthese grains. Mix the grains with the pellets only at feeding time. You now have what iscalled your base feed.
To this base feed, add some white of hard-boiled eggs. Chop finely one (1) white of ahard-boiled egg for every four or five cocks.This supplies some proteins and helps retain moisture inside the cocks body during this
time. Hard-boiled egg is given to the cocksall throughout the KEEP (day 1 to 14).Aside from hard-boiled eggs, add bulk (fiber), and natural vitamins and minerals to your
feed by mixing finely chopped tomatoes orcabbage or lettuce. These veggies should make up 20% of your feed mixture, while theother 80% is from the base feed with hard-boiled eggs. We use volume measurements now, instead of weights. If we take one (1)tablespoon as 20%, then we can mix (1)heaping tablespoons of veggies to four (4) heaping tablespoons of the base feed tomake a hundred percent (100%). This will be