no, but I wish I did. I also would like to know how they work out, and see if they lose alot of birds to preds.
no but when you have got say a flock of 30-40 it does not even make a diffence i know some one that was losing 1 a day due to sarrow hawksonce a month? losing a bird like that is normal? I dont have free flying birds....so i dont have a clue about that...
i dont think I could handle it!!
you get used to it i know it sounds a mean thing to doI both agree and disagree with aspects of garden dovecotes. I do believe that the strongest SHOULD survive, and that I would rather let nature do the culling. In the long run this is best for everyone (good for fancier because less expenses, good for pigeons because less death). HOWEVER, I care greatly about ALL of my birds. I cry every time I lose one. I even feel sad when I lose an egg.
Except to the ones who die, of courseno but when you have got say a flock of 30-40 it does not even make a diffence i know some one that was losing 1 a day due to sarrow hawks
do you have birds of prey in your area at all?I have 2 dovecotes, one on a post and one on the wall- a wall-cote. The birds used to live in them but we now have loft which they all live in. When they were in the dovecotes- we had about 8 birds between 2 dovecotes in a small garden, we didn't loose one bird in the two years they spent living in the dovecote.
There's definitely a low risk of death from predators where I live, I caught a cat on the landing board with two pigeons standing right in-front of it once- not sure what was going on there, the dog and the hose sorted the cat out though, we never saw that one again.