IMG-026 Shows the location of my loft which faces South. This loft measures 16 x 6 x 6 with three sections and sits nine feet off the back of my house. We moved to Red Lion, PA. Back in March and the area where the loft is sitting was dead space just off the side of the deck and just inside the fence off the garage (see IMG-042) . To get the loft into that position and not eat up precious yard space, I actually dropped the original fence to make way for the delivery of the loft and when I re-erected the fence, added a privacy fence and nine foot swing gate just off the right side of the loft. You can see the opening where the walk-in gate is just to the right of the loft. You might think I would have problems with the birds landing on the roof, however having the deck almost roof level allows me to use the garden hose and with a little holdout on feed, have the birds hitting the loft just about every time they fly. Of course you have one or two that try your patience ~
IMG-027 Shows the nest boxes in the old bird section. These nests originally located in the center section where the young birds are now located (see IMG-028). I removed the original nests and modified them to fit in this section. I want to maintain 15 pair of top old birds, I don't have the room for questionable old birds.
IMG-028 Shows the young bird section where the old bird nests were located and now house enough perches for fifty-five youngsters. You can see the skylights and the amount of sun that comes in during the day.
IMG-029 Shows the two stall trap and containment area I have for both the old bird and young bird sections. If you look closely at the trap at the far end, you can see a wire staircase I made that allows the birds to walk up and out into the air-cage. What I did was drill two holes into the aluminum frame of the trap and made a wire flip-down cover for the trap hinged by wire ties, then using a bungee cord for the internal lock. Then I used a wire tie around the flip down wire cover and slide it over the two aluminum bobs to hold them open and insert the wire stairs in the trap opening. This is one way to get the birds out onto the landing board. What's nice about this is when the birds come in, they can either walk down the wire stairs or go thru the bobs. Either way, my young birds are not trap shy whatsoever. ( see IMG-029 & IMG-030 & IMG-031 & IMG-038)
IMG-032 Shows the flip down feeder I have in the young bird section and IMG -035 is the flip down feeder in the old bird section. Both flip downs feeders were custom made by Wayne Stermer here in the UPC. The young bird feeder is 5-1/2 feet long, the old bird feeder is 4 feet long and actually flips up within two of the 2 x 3 wall supports. Both feeders are hinged at the floor and are flipped up once the birds finish eating at night. This is good for two reasons, the birds eat everything I feed them and I am a more conscientious feeder.
IMG-033 Shows the four hopper style feeders I have in the breeding section. These feeders allow me to load up available feed and the breeders can eat what they want, when they want without the ability to toss unwanted grains on the floor. I only use two out of three openings on each feeder so the birds do not have too many options. These feeders are top loaded and I have pins locking them into place which are easily removable. When the breeders get down to the carb type grains, I empty that into the young bird section and the young birds finish it off. These feeders were custom made by Wayne Stermer as well.
IMG-036 & IMG-037 & IMG-038 & IMG-041 Shows
the aviary and the bullet waterers, the grit unit as well as the drop pans
located under the air cages. I sued aluminum plugs to lock in the waterers
using the recessed hole underneath the base. The waterers do not move out of
place. As for the grit, in all readings, clean grit is ideal for pigeons.
Having the containers outside keeps the dust off of it for me. Having opened
up the wire between the breeding section and young bird section in the shape
of the grit feeder eliminates extra grit containers inside the loft and most
likely placed on the floor.
IMG-039 & IMG-040 Shows the air cage made out of 1-1/2 x 3/4 wire and
locked together using wire ties. Quick and simple to make, this one is seven
feet long and 8-1/2 inches high. The youngsters are kept down, and after a
couple of weeks, unphased when they are given open loft and you walk up to
the landing board. In IMG-040, you can see the latch I use to lock down the
wire so the birds can't move the air cage when there are loads of birds out
on the board stretching for sun light.