Punchy vitamin packed pigeon potion

This racing season I've been using a special herbal brew to keep my birds in tip top condition.

My special concoction consists of fresh elderberries, great for boosting immunity as they are packed with antioxidants and vitamins. September is a great month to be picking them, I usually freeze any that are surplus to my requirements now, to use for the rest of the year. Although when I run out I have used dried elderberries.

Next up is beetroot, great source of folate, manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C. Improves blood flow through the body to aid performance. Widely available through the summer months, I usually stock up while the price is low, I tried growing some last year, but have since built another loft on the piece of ground! So this year I just bought up plenty whilst it was cheap, chopped it, and froze it, just make sure you have a good powerful blender if you use it straight from the freezer as I have broken a couple trying! Or defrost the beetroot before you blend it.

A red onion is rich in flavonoids which helps keep the blood thin & its phytochemicals stimulate the vitamin C within the body, warding off any nasty diseases. Also packed with antioxidants which fight the damaging free radicals (toxic waste) within the body.

A whole bulb of garlic, hard outer skin removed. Renowned for containing allicin, a compound found in garlic after its been cut or crushed, Allicin is able to inhibit bacteria, fungus and viruses. I was given a tip by my middle daughter, that tapping the clove of garlic, with a rolling pin or something similar, releases the inner clove from the tough skin quite easily.

Add a chopped up carrot provides beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A, important for immunity, organ function & eye health. I usually leave the skin on.

Squeeze a whole lemon for boosting vitamin C levels keeping the body healthy and a good table spoonful of honey, these partners in crime fight off infectious bacteria and help detoxify.

Ever tried the cinnamon challenge?... nope me either! looks disgusting! but, when added to this tea cinnamon gives us its blood sugar reducing properties, along with anti-fungal benefits.

Blend these ingredients with 1.5l of water so you end up with a vitamin packed smoothie.

I make the potion on a Tuesday and the pigeons have a good glug in their drinkers for 2 consecutive days.


1/3 cup of fresh or dried elderberries

(if using dried elderberries pre-soak by covering in boiling water)

1 whole beetroot

1 large red onion

1 garlic bulb

1 carrot

1 whole lemon

1 tablespoon of honey

1 teaspoon cinnamon

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