The Racing Pigeon Loft
Your racing pigeon loft is an important piece of becoming a successful fancier. A good loft is a must because if your pigeons aren’t well rested, comfortable, or healthy they will not do a very good job of winning races. And yes, a proper racing pigeon loft will provide all of those things. So let’s get right into it and learn what makes up a fantastic pigeon loft that will provide us with those needs.
If you are a beginner or don’t have a lot of money for your loft, you can build one yourself. Average sizes for a loft are 6-8 ft wide, 10-12 ft long and 6-8 ft high. You want to make sure you can fully stand in your loft so make the height according. When trying to determine the size of your pigeon loft, make sure you give enough space, that will allow the pigeons to move around but not too much as that will make them harder to tame, and train. A good rule of thumb is having 8 or 10 cubic feet of air space.
You can also purchase racing pigeon lofts from vendors, they will have some in stock, or you may have a customized one made for you. This of course will cost a fair bit of money depending on the size, and what materials you are wanting to use.
Airflow and sunlight are two very important factors to consider while having your racing pigeon loft built, or when you are building it. Sunlight helps your pigeon’s immune system and gives them energy, so try and have the openings facing an area that receives a fair bit of sun. Proper airflow allows the pigeons to get fresh air to keep them healthy. It also prevents moisture from being in the loft which bacteria would love! While it is important to have airflow through the inside of the loft, it is also important to have it under the loft. Which is why it is good to have the floor off the ground by 1-2 feet. Having at least one vent in the roof is a good idea as well since it will allow heat to escape and keep it nice inside of the loft.
The roof of your racing pigeon loft should have some sort of a slope. Avoid flat roofs has they don’t do the job as well. The most common kinds of roofs are sloped roofs, which are flat but have a slope so water can run off the roof easily. Make sure you slope it to the back or non-working area of your loft! Peaked roofs are good as well, having a simple gutter system to control the rainfall is a good idea with this type of roof.
Using all of these methods in the construction of your racing pigeon loft will allow your pigeons to grow fully, be healthy, and stay happy and comfortable. This is a must for any fancier that wants to have winning racing pigeons!