Building pigeon lofts isn’t all that difficult but there are some things that you should take into consideration before moving forward. Pigeon lofts become the home for your birds so you want to give the potential for comfort and ease of return for homing pigeons before you build. It is much harder to fix a problem after your birds move in than it is to consider all possibilities and move forth from there.
The number one consideration for creating a quality pigeon loft is providing your guys with ample space. Providing a large enough area for the pigeons to move around comfortably and to find their own space can help cut down on the transmission of diseases from one bird to another. Additionally, cramped birds are unhappy birds and over time your birds might start hurting each other if they are too cramped. A small pigeon loft is a recipe for fighting.
When you are considering where to put your pigeon loft don’t forget to look up. Overhangs, wires, and other easy perching places are likely to serve as a distraction for pigeons who are coming in for a landing. During the training process these obstructions can make it very difficult to train them to land on the pigeon loft. If you can find a place that is elevated and free from obstructions you have found a prime piece of real estate for your pigeon loft.
Pigeon lofts need a high quality floor that you can maintain. Most pigeon lofts use concrete, wood, or screened floors and each one has its benefits and drawbacks. While wood flooring is preferable for your pigeon’s little feet, they require a rather high degree of maintenance. Wood floors on pigeon lofts need to be smoothed before the building process. They also require regular cleaning and replacement. Water from many different sources such as cleaning, water spills, and bird baths take its toll on pigeon loft floors made from wood. Screened floors are not a bad option as the living area is often cleaner because the droppings tend to go through the floor but this option is really hard on the feet of your birds. The chronic drafts associated with screened floors can also take a toll on the overall health of your birds. Screened floors also place your pigeons at risk for the random animal break in, disrupting the safety of the pigeon loft. Concrete floors retain cold and heat, although they are easy to maintain and are a little easier on the feet than a screened floor.
When you take these elements into consideration and you place the birds’ comfort and safety above expense, you can create a pigeon loft that is clean, well built, and will shelter your pigeons for years to come. A poorly built pigeon loft is only likely to create more problems for you and your pigeons over time. It is worth building a high quality pigeon loft once rather than dealing with replacement and repair issues on a regular basis.