Originally Posted by Mrs Kellie
Thanks! I will look into everything further.
My husband built an off the ground loft. After seeing the previous owners loft, we made upgrades to ours.
Like I said they are off the ground in a 14x14 square loft. 2 sides are closed in walls and 2 sides are open-air chicken wire. They have a perch for each bird plus breeding compartments, which we thought may-be to small for the 2 parents and the 2 babies. When we got the rain last week, it did get wet inside and that is when the food got wet and all of this started happening.
But these are also our first nestlings...so we didnt know what the cause was.
Thank you for your response.
If the two open walls are exactly opposite of each other, that can create a draft of air, and is devistating to pigeons, also any standing rain or wetness inside can cause health issues, or complicate any current issues. The two open walls just may allow too much rain inside anyway.
Also, the proper barrier for pigeons (what is between them and elements) would be hardware cloth. Chicken wire is like aluminum foil in the hands of hungry predators.
The nest box should be large enough for the parents to walk around and have two nest bowls
in it, as well as fronts to keep babies from accidentally falling out.