been a while since I last posted , since then I have fully understood the care I need to provide for my pigeons, I will be getting afghan pigeons ( racing pigeon size ). My parents finally gave me the permission to get pigeons. Im looking to only have a few pigeons and to only keep them for backyard flying purposes. I have a few questions now....
1. I want to start off with 1 or 2 pairs and breed them so I can get about 8-10. Then I would like to separate them into hens and cock to preventing overcrowding.
You can also buy fake eggs, solid plastic, that you switch out for the real eggs when they lay them, and then you wouldn't have to keep them separate if you don't want to.
2. What type of flooring keeps the loft the cleanest, and will lofts smell even after I clean once a week.
Everyone has a different opinion on flooring. I like a wood floor that is scraped daily, but that is what I like.
3. Do the pigeons make a big mess on the roofs and neighbor roofs??
You will need to teach them not to land on the neighbors roofs. You don't want to have trouble with complaining neighbors. The neighbors do have the right to not have your birds on their roofs.
4. would a 5 feet wide x 3 feet deep x 5 feet high loft, with a 4x2x4 aviary be good enough for about 8- 10 birds.
The birds should have at least 2 square feet of floor space, so 5X3 would be large enough for about 7 birds. 5X4 or 5 would be better for 10 birds. The bigger you can do it, the better, as most people usually wish they had built larger. If you crowd them they will be stressed. Stressed birds will fight more and will get sick more. They need room.
THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR ANY REPLIES !!!!!!