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can't decide what to use as pigeon flooring in new loft.


I'm building a second loft and am having a hard time deciding what to use as the floor. I would like something easy to clean and durable. I'm currently keeping some pigeons on wire screen but I find that it doesn't wear down their nails and I have to clip them. Is wire screen the best thing to use or is a hard floor better? Does anyone use any kind of bedding like sand or shavings? Thanks for your time.


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First off I would say (and this is only me btw) a wood floor is best and 3/4 inch in thickness! I use a deep litter system using "wood pellets" around the inside that gets the most droppings, very easy to keep clean just rake a little bit, the droppings don't have a chance to hit the floor so they dry faster, and during this time of year when so many feathers and fluff are being plucked I use an old shop vac to suck up the debris, here's a picture of what it looks like!

http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/2...ect2001kg1.jpg
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Sorry I forgot to mention as far as the birds nails are concerned not much will help except clipping their nails, I've placed bricks around for the birds to perch on and they seem to like standing on them, but I think it would take a really long time before their nails would be worn down enough to make this a common practise !
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wood probably is the best


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I'm building a second loft and am having a hard time deciding what to use as the floor. I would like something easy to clean and durable. I'm currently keeping some pigeons on wire screen but I find that it doesn't wear down their nails and I have to clip them. Is wire screen the best thing to use or is a hard floor better? Does anyone use any kind of bedding like sand or shavings? Thanks for your time.


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As someone already said. Supposedly the best litter is sand but I use a mixture of sand and ground corn cob.

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Thank you for your inquiry on flooring.

You are not the first to ask, and you won't be the last.

I have 3/4 inch plywood on both my floors and wouldn't have it any other way. It's easy to scrape, it dries quickly if it gets wet, and we also use a floor dressing that disinfects, keeps it driy and smells nice.

You will get some different answers, depends on preferences and climate.



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Thank you for your inquiry on flooring.

You are not the first to ask, and you won't be the last.

I have 3/4 inch plywood on both my floors and wouldn't have it any other way. It's easy to scrape, it dries quickly if it gets wet, and we also use a floor dressing that disinfects, keeps it driy and smells nice.

You will get some different answers, depends on preferences and climate.
Treesa, what kind of floor dressing do yu use?
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Cement blocks on top of 6 inches of pea gravel works too. Rodents can't tunnel in, it doesn't rot and can be hosed off.
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Cement blocks on top of 6 inches of pea gravel works too. Rodents can't tunnel in, it doesn't rot and can be hosed off.
I have cement block floor, over soil. Nothing is tunneling in through there! I use some straw, or aspen shavings over top of it..a thin layer to make it easier to collect poo...every couple of weeks I replace it all.
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I have cement block floor, over soil. Nothing is tunneling in through there! I use some straw, or aspen shavings over top of it..a thin layer to make it easier to collect poo...every couple of weeks I replace it all.
I guess it depend on where you live and what kind of other critters are about.
Rats are a constant issue in this city, largely because of all the broken sewers.
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Have heard that using hay is not good due to mold.

Some people file their pigeon's nails with a nail file.

Hope this helps...you should get all the answers you need. And, as has been mentioned, your choice will depend on what area of the country you live.

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First off I would say (and this is only me btw) a wood floor is best and 3/4 inch in thickness! I use a deep litter system using "wood pellets" around the inside that gets the most droppings, very easy to keep clean just rake a little bit, the droppings don't have a chance to hit the floor so they dry faster, and during this time of year when so many feathers and fluff are being plucked I use an old shop vac to suck up the debris, here's a picture of what it looks like!

http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/2...ect2001kg1.jpg
Q. for you. Using those little roosting spots, do your birds seem to get pooed on a lot? Without the V's, I mean. I would like to make some as I have lots of youngsters who need a spot to sit...but they look 'dangerous'
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Q. for you. Using those little roosting spots, do your birds seem to get pooed on a lot? Without the V's, I mean. I would like to make some as I have lots of youngsters who need a spot to sit...but they look 'dangerous'
I've got those same kind of perches in my loft and my birds don't get pooped on. You're talking about the 2x4 perches, right?
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Have heard that using hay is not good due to mold.

Some people file their pigeon's nails with a nail file.

Hope this helps...you should get all the answers you need. And, as has been mentioned, your choice will depend on what area of the country you live.

All the best!!

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I use straw for nesting material. I don't just throw it all around and put it on the floor because if it gets wet it can cause a mold problem. I change it several time a week. I would love to have tobacco stems for the pigeons to build their nest with but straw is what is available here.
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Mmmm, Charis...brings up an interesting question: What IS the difference between straw and hay?

Do both present the same problem with mold when wet? I am assuming so...

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Mmmm, Charis...brings up an interesting question: What IS the difference between straw and hay?

Do both present the same problem with mold when wet? I am assuming so...

Shi
Hay is for eating and straw is for bedding. Hay, when wet, gets sort of soggy.
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