It will be quite sufficient if we withhold towards the middle of the week, let us say Thursday morning, a third of the usual weight of food. All the other meals up to basketing time will consist of the ordinary weight. You will be surprised about the salutary influence of this smaller ration, once a week. The other days they stay under the impression that they do not receive enough and at the first signal they will come in just like the old birds. If your management is correct, they will act similarly when homing from a race.
Discussed in The Practical Side of Pigeon Racing
by Leon Petit