pigeon loft


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By hunter951 - 10/12/2012 10:48:46 AM
Just started trapping pigeons for dog training and selling to other trainers. Does anyone have a good idea for a small pigeon house? 4x4 at the largest. I know that pigeons need some room, but I'm thinking just a few pairs to start with that I'll breed and house. They will get to fly outside so that won't be their only living space. Anyone have pics of theirs? Thanks!
By Cougar125 - 10/12/2012 11:37:27 AM
I used to race homing pigeons with my dad and brothers.  You will want at least one loft, if not 2 or 3, depending on how many birds you have.

For a breeding loft, you're still going to need to have room for them to fly around and a place for them to eat and drink.  Our breeding loft was roughly 8'x8' and about 8' tall (in the front) and 6' tall in the back (sloped, shingled roof for weather).  At the back of the pen you'll put in what will look like bookshelves or cubbys, approximately 18"x18" for the birds to nest in.  Your breeders, the birds you trap, you're not going to want to let loose again because they will probably leave and may be wise to your traps.

Once your breeding stock produces squabs and they are weaned from the pigeon milk, you want to move the squab to another loft for them to mature.  If it is your desire to be able to let them fly around, you will have to build the pen with a one way door and a landing platform so they can get back in.  You'll want to familiarize the birds with their home so they come to know it as such.

Best I could recommend to you would be to find a pigeon club of sorts in your area and ask for pointers on birds.  I know you're using feral pigeons, not rollers or homers or any other kind of specialized bird, but the housing, breeding, and keep concepts are the same.

Hope this helps.
By hunter951 - 10/12/2012 11:45:52 AM
How many birds would you keep at a time? And what would the squab loft look like? Thanks for the advice!
By Cougar125 - 10/12/2012 12:33:18 PM
We had roughly 10-20 breeding pairs and kept roughly 40 racing birds and probably another 30 birds as cat bait.

The racers and bait were let out daily but were only fed/watered in the loft to ensure they would come back and trap (return to the loft).  It was probably 6'x6' and 10' to the roof.  At the top there was a landing area with a one way door the birds could pass through to return to the roost.  Inside there were 2x4's nailed up from the outside to give the birds something they could roost on. 

Like I've said, this is what we had/used, but there are multiple ways to accomplish the same task.  Talk to some local guys and get some other ideas too.
By TCFarmer - 10/15/2012 12:19:31 PM
I built my coop based on the info in the link.

By hunter951 - 10/15/2012 4:38:52 PM
Thanks for the info. Could you tell me roughly how much it cost to build, how large it is, and how many birds it can hold? Thanks for the response.
By TCFarmer - 10/15/2012 7:12:29 PM
The floor is 4'x6' and it is about 6' tall.

I was working on a couple of other projects at the time and can't tell you how much it cost.  My best gues would be around $200.

I don't know how many it will hold, I've never had more than 6 at a time.  
By hunter951 - 10/15/2012 7:32:46 PM
Ok, I'll try that. Thanks for the link too.