The pigeon is an amazing flying machine
A racing bird is an incredible flying machine; high performance and no comparison to us humans. There are 3 energy sources.
As indicated above, our flying machine is mainly driven by lipids (= oil, grease). Most energy-rich fat molecules are stored in the red high-endurance chest muscle tissues. The glycogen molecules (carbohydrates = sugar), which are kept in the white muscles in the wings, are a secondary hybrid energy source and are less potent; they can be used only for brief periods due to increased lactate levels associated with increased effort (steering, landing, taking off).
The lipids will bind with inhaled oxygen, generating ATP, which acts as a battery, to enable the pigeon to fly for hours on end, while emitting innocuous carbon dioxide. Pigeons can draw vast amounts of oxygen from the air compared to humans (about 10 times as much). Cereal grains and legumes contain only 3 - 10% fat (oils) and 60 - 70% carbohydrates (starch). Proteins contain nitrogen and will not usually act as an energy source.
The breakdown of proteins is only possible in case of emergency and is undesirable because it produces ammonia, which in turn neutralises the acids in the digestive system which protect the system against pathogenic germs.
That is why we recommend the use of these important oils (Comedol, Curol) as part of our Comed racing diet. It has a limited range of use due to its liquid form (max 15ml/kg grains). That is why we developed Comed Load Pul (powder) and Load Caps (capsules). These body-like lipids are easy to digest and are simple in use, both in powdered form or capsules and can be given in large quantities.
Load Pul and Load Caps are invaluable supplements for middle and long distance racing birds.
! Increased UV light absorption is known to stimulate the storage of lipids in the muscles!