Does anyone know were I can find a web site that will tell me how to build a pigeon loft. I am doing a school project on them and would like to get some ideas.
Sounds like fun.
I just typed 'Building Pigeons Lofts' in the search/keyword section & lots of sites came up. You might find something there that will help you. Good luck.
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If we become ill or injured in any way,
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First of all, I am fairly new to this, so if anyone with more experience has any feedback or improvements on my ideas, please feel free to tell me. I welcome your input!
I am in the process of designing something better myself. Some ideas and designs make life a little easier. I started out with buildings that were donated to me, consisting of individual pens. Nice to have if you are caring for sick pigeons, or if you need to isolate one that's injured, or if you want to give a breeding couple some privacy, but not effective with time management. It was taking me over an hour just wash out 20 water bowls, fill 20 feed bowls and carry them back and forth to the house, tracking mud all the way! Not good. I came up with a better idea allowing me more time to spend with the birds and less time spent trudging back and forth.
Get a shed or upright type of walk in building or structure. It needs to be free of drafts and leaks. It should have a good floor without holes due to rodents wanting to get in.
Have a protected entry way, or "foyer" where you can store food in air tight containers.
You don't want to open the door and have pigeons flying out immediately, and it's nice to be able to go in, shut the door behind you and take off your coat to get ready for feeding.
I store food in airtight bins in this area, along with a radiant oil filled (but it's electric) type heater in case it gets very cold. I would not use any space heater where the heat tube element is visible, because you have feathers flying around that could possibly catch fire. I would not use any heater that gives off fumes such as a kerosene, either.
On either side are mesh wire doors for air flow. The pigeons will be in their areas flying freely. There are shelves for each pair so they don't fight, and perches resembling ping pong paddles at different heights. There should always be enough perches sites for all birds, and each couple should have their own shelf for roosting at night.
Having a midsection for the food storage and heat allows me to use the sides to split by breed. Some people keep Homers on one side and fancy ones on the other, or some prefer to put males on one side and females on the other. I split by breed and keep up with who has laid eggs and replace them daily with fake eggs so I don't have too many pigeons being born, as I am full to capacity at the moment. At either end of the building, I have large flight pens, so the pigeons can go out for some sunshine, fresh air and a little flying safely when I'm not there. On the fronts there are windows for light and ventilation, and there are landing boards and stalls for them to come in and out when I want to let them out for flying time.
Some lofts have full power electricity and water run to them - they can be as extravagant as you can afford. Now I haven't gotten to that point yet, but I predict it will just be a matter of time! Hope this helps. Good luck.
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