Racing Pigeon lofts. If you are serious about raising homing pigeons healthily (and they will need to be if you want to be a success at racing pigeons), you need a proper racing pigeon loft. There are a number of factors to take into account.
You are either going to build from scratch or convert an existing building. You may be tempted to convert an existing building but this may actually lead to more work in the long run. You need to look closely at where this building is as it’s location is important.
When looking at location, think of the birds well being and your own and neighbours’ needs. You want the birds to return to the loft each time they are trained. This is made a lot harder if the loft is surrounded with trees (if they decide to roost there every time). There WILL be noise and mess so it’s a good idea to situate racing pigeon lofts as far away from other people as you can.
When building your loft you must think about how many birds it is going to house. If your racing pigeon loft looks more like a battery hen house then your prize birds will not be prized for long. Damaged, undernourished and diseased birds will be the result. Most Experts agree that the minimum space required is a couple of cubic feet per pigeon.
It’s best to do some research before buying a pigeon loft unseen. Although the web offers some great deals, you have to know what to buy before parting with your cash. Plan for one with at four compartments (Cocks, Hens, “Young uns” and an isolation section to keep sick birds separate from healthy ones). Disease can spread really quickly if birds are kept in cramped conditions.
With regards to the roof, obviously the goal is for your homing pigeons to return as soon as possible to their pigeon loft and not loiter on the roof. With this is mind, a flat roof is not a good idea. Many fanciers also place pigeon deterrents such as bird spikes on their roofs.|The loft should obviously be watertight and insulated to negate temperature extremes in summer and winter. The roof should have a steep slope to discourage roosting (you want them back in the loft as soon as possible, not loitering on the roof).
Fresh air flow is vital to any pigeon loft. It dries out droppings quickly so there is less chance of bacteria spreading. It reduces airbourne germs and makes for much healthier racing pigeons.
Here is a guide to building all sorts of bird houses, aviaries and lofts…