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#6877595 - 09/03/17 08:23 PM Best time of day to feed Bird Dogs especially day of hunt.
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I have read many ideas and thought it could be a good thread for everyone to share their thoughts.

I think evenings.
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#6877601 - 09/03/17 08:33 PM Re: Best time of day to feed Bird Dogs especially day of hunt. [Re: shooterwalter]
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Evenings for my dogs

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#6877604 - 09/03/17 08:38 PM Re: Best time of day to feed Bird Dogs especially day of hunt. [Re: shooterwalter]
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noon, and night --------- they are burning calories for 4 or 5 hrs, they need to replace them. Also lots of canned food and I give them deer meat.

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#6877847 - 09/04/17 07:51 AM Re: Best time of day to feed Bird Dogs especially day of hunt. [Re: shooterwalter]
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evenings, never liked canned food
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#6877887 - 09/04/17 08:49 AM Re: Best time of day to feed Bird Dogs especially day of hunt. [Re: shooterwalter]
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One hour after the last hunt of the day.
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#6878914 - 09/05/17 10:12 AM Re: Best time of day to feed Bird Dogs especially day of hunt. [Re: shooterwalter]
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I feed a half serving an hour or so after the hunt (once the birds are cleaned), and then stay consistent with my evening feeding.
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#6878953 - 09/05/17 11:00 AM Re: Best time of day to feed Bird Dogs especially day of hunt. [Re: TX TCAT]
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I feed mine in the evening; however if I am hunting them hard all day, then I may give them a 1/2 feeding at noon.

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#6879061 - 09/05/17 12:42 PM Re: Best time of day to feed Bird Dogs especially day of hunt. [Re: shooterwalter]
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After the hunt concludes in the afternoon.
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#6879123 - 09/05/17 01:39 PM Re: Best time of day to feed Bird Dogs especially day of hunt. [Re: shooterwalter]
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Mine won't eat till the hunt is over. You could put bacon in her face and she won't touch it after she has hunted and is tired. Even then she doesn't eat much. I use canned food with her regular high quality dry food just to persuade her to eat. so evening is the best time for us


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#6879136 - 09/05/17 01:50 PM Re: Best time of day to feed Bird Dogs especially day of hunt. [Re: shooterwalter]
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Evening. Same as at home.
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#6879201 - 09/05/17 02:47 PM Re: Best time of day to feed Bird Dogs especially day of hunt. [Re: shooterwalter]
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#6879303 - 09/05/17 03:55 PM Re: Best time of day to feed Bird Dogs especially day of hunt. [Re: shooterwalter]
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I prefer feeding my Setters in the evenings and, as Bill Oxner pointed out, when hunting I like to feed within an hour of the end of the last hunt. I have had one dog that absolutely refused to eat on a hunting trip. At first it really worried me but in the long run, I guess it helped make me a fanatic about keeping my dogs hydrated.

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#6879492 - 09/05/17 07:05 PM Re: Best time of day to feed Bird Dogs especially day of hunt. [Re: shooterwalter]
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The energy your dog uses does not come from the food that is now in its stomach. It comes from the storied energy and is known as glycogen.
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#6879809 - 09/05/17 11:45 PM Re: Best time of day to feed Bird Dogs especially day of hunt. [Re: Edge Runner]
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Originally Posted By: Edge Runner
I prefer feeding my Setters in the evenings and, as Bill Oxner pointed out, when hunting I like to feed within an hour of the end of the last hunt. I have had one dog that absolutely refused to eat on a hunting trip. At first it really worried me but in the long run, I guess it helped make me a fanatic about keeping my dogs hydrated.


A lot of setters are noted for not traveling well i.e not eating on hunting trips. My go to concoction is to pour a can of Campbells chicken noodle soup over their dry kibble. I don't know what it is about it, but they will eat the bottom out of the feed pan once I do it. It is magic!


Edited by NorthTXbirdhunter (09/06/17 05:55 PM)

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#6880455 - 09/06/17 04:47 PM Re: Best time of day to feed Bird Dogs especially day of hunt. [Re: NorthTXbirdhunter]
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The worst dog I had for travel was a Pointer male. Something about road trips messed his stomach up royally. The Setters I have now all travel very well, except for one prima donna who gets a little vocal from time to time. I think establishing a routine really helps. Feeding in the evening after the hunt seems to help the dog recover better for the next day, they have all night to rest and digest/replenish their energy overnight. I usually stay at a motel when I hunt, so I water all the dogs before we leave the field, check them for injuries and put some ointment in their eyes. Once we get back to the motel I get them all out to pee, then feed and water them. Once they are fed I grab a bite to eat, clean up and right before I go to bed I get them out to go pee and get another drink. First thing the next morning I get them out to go pee & poop and more water before we head out to hunt.

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