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Buster121
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Hi ,

Chris here, for our second installment of the Pigeon Racing
Master's Series! [PRMS]

But before we get started, did you put together a plan for
your birds and loft?

or if you have a loft and birds already did you analysis
your stock and develop a plan based on them and your
previous results?

Many of today’s biggest names in the sport contribute their
success to proven "battle" plans that they follow.

Creating a plan is a way for you to visualize the result and
reverse engineer it into existence.

But enough about that, let's move on.

Now that you have a plan the next thing the champions have
said to focus on is...

...The loft!

Now before we continue with this step I do have to say that
the design of your loft is 100% dependent on the plan you
created.

Here's why...

When your loft is setup properly for the racing you will be
doing and the birds you will keep it increases the
efficiency of the loft.

A widowhood loft is setup much different than other racing
system lofts

A breeding loft has specific needs to be successful then
racing lofts

A fancier who races club races will have different needs
then a fancier who races one-loft races.

Young birds, Old birds, Breeders ect. all have different
needs.

This is why it is important for you to have a plan prior to
building your loft.

Remember this... the success of your loft has NOTHING to do
with expense!

It has everything to do with proper planning, efficiency
and effectiveness for the racing you will be doing.

In the end, here is a good rule of thumb to remember when it
comes to building your loft...

1. Know what kind of racing you will be doing and what kind
of pigeons you will be keeping and build your loft
accordingly.

2. Build the loft of your "BIRD'S" dreams NOT yours
Follow those two rules and you will no doubt be on your way
to having a successful loft.

No matter what kind of loft you build here are some "loft
principles" that every loft should follow for best results.

1. Location
A pigeon loft should be out in the open. It should not be
covered by trees. The pigeons need to be able to see their
surroundings. They also need to be able to see their loft
when they are flying. Also, if you get a choice, do not place
your loft near wires.

2. Direction
The loft should be facing the direction of your most
pleasant weather. It should be facing away from the bad
weather of winter. For most people, the best direction to
face their lofts is to the East or South.

3. Ventilation
The loft should be well ventilated and have plenty of fresh
clean air meaning it should have a steady stream of clean
air in and bad air out.

4. Sunlight
Sunlight is a basic requirement for all birds and it is easy
to see the positive effect that the sun has on the health
and well-being of our pigeons. direct sunlight provides
birds with vitamin D, that is necessary for bone, feather
and reproductive health. This is best accomplished with
windows and aviaries as well as free flying.

5. Security and rest at night
The special attention that is given to providing the pigeons
with a loft that promotes complete rest at night will reward
the fancier with a healthier flock and more consistent race
results.

Both the breeding and race lofts must protect the
birds from moisture, temperature extremes, too little or too
much air movement, predators, noise, fumes, light and other
disturbances, so that the birds can rest, especially at
night. Proper rest is a major pre-requisite for continuing
pigeon health and race performance.

6. No rapid fluctuations of humidity and temperature.
Good ventilation (i.e. the air circulation is good, the air
is fresh, not heavy or stuffy, no drafts and no dust).
The pigeon’s numbers are controlled i.e. no overcrowding.
There is no wetness in the loft.
The loft is clean.

7. Temperature and humidity control
To protect the fit racing pigeon from losing form, the
temperature in the loft must be above 10 and below 30
degrees Celsius, and the humidity kept below 65%. These are
the conditions that favor continuing health and known as
the thermo-neutral zone for the pigeon.

In most lofts, it is the humidity, more than the
temperature, which determines whether the birds rest or not
at night. Humidity measures the amount of moisture in the
air, irrespective of the air temperature, but it is the high
humidity (greater than 65%) associated with a temperatures
below 15 degrees Celsius that most affects the pigeons
ability to rest. The pigeon loses form and becomes
susceptible to illness when it does not to get adequate
rest.

The controlling factor of humidity is the location (or
geography) of the loft. So, if you live in high humidity
areas you should put things in place to combat that.

8. Overcrowding
Overcrowded lofts do not race to their true potential.
Overcrowding increases fighting, creates restlessness and
increases the staleness of the air. Overcrowded lofts have
consistently bad droppings, although the birds may be
healthy. Often healthy nutty droppings return when the
numbers are decreased. The best race results occur when the
numbers are kept around 25 birds per 6 foot x 6 foot by 6
foot loft.

9. Wetness in the loft
Waterproofing the loft is a priority, because wet floors
endanger the health of the birds. Fit race birds immediately
lose form and often succumb to coccidiosis three days after
the floor gets wet.

Disinfecting or cleaning the loft using
water must be reserved for warm days or allowed to dry
whilst the birds are out exercising. Concrete slabs hold
water and are not recommended for race lofts and must be
designed to drain and dry quickly when used beneath elevated
flights during the race season.

10. Cleanliness
Pigeons love a clean loft and rest better when the perches
and floor are cleaned free of droppings. The loft is cleaned
at least once and even better twice daily during the racing
season.

Twice daily cleaning allows the fancier to monitor the
health of the race team very closely. A change in the
droppings is then recognized very early and the appropriate
remedy (either rest, water cleanser, medicines, loft heaters
etc.) can be quickly and effectively prescribed.

The design of the loft must be such that scraping is made as
easy as possible. The floor should be perfectly flat and smooth
and the perches must be wide enough and brought out from
the wall for easy scraping.

The best designed lofts create an environment that is so
relaxing that during the day and at night-time the birds lie
down on the ground or on the perch with their wings hanging
loose.

The compartment sizes should not be too large, but small and
low enough for the fancier to catch the birds easily without
chasing them around the loft. The race team is tamer and
more relaxed in a loft with smaller compartments. The best
size sections are 6 inches higher than the fancier, 6 feet
deep and 5 feet wide.

You should also keep in mind the materials you are using
when building your loft.

In high humidity areas the ceiling and walls of the pigeon
loft must be lined if consistent racing results are to be
enjoyed. Masonite and wood are better insulators than metal.

The best floor for racing is made of wood (form ply or
marine ply) because it is a good insulator, stays warm, and
is smooth for effective scraping. It can also be unscrewed
and replaced with wired floors during the off-season if
required.

However, wood floors are harder to disinfect. Concrete
floors are not recommended in the race loft because they are
cold and retain moisture, but they are good for the breeding
loft and can be used for the race loft if they are centrally
heated.

In high humidity areas wire floors are not recommended for
racing because the droppings beneath the wire accumulate
moisture and grow fungus, which causes molding disease.
They are acceptable in dry areas and during the breeding
season, but must be treated for fungus and insects
regularly.

As you can see the decisions you make when building your
loft is almost 100% dependent of the racing you will be
doing.

In the end, the comfort and health of your birds are what
matter most!

A healthy and happy race pigeon will give you the best
results so make sure your loft design is conducive to both.

I hope these loft tips were helpful and remember, they came
directly from proven champions and results.

So that's all for now, keep an eye out in the next couple of
days as we continue our Pigeon Racing Master's Series and
help you have your best season yet!

See you in the next installment and I’ll talk to you soon!
-Chris
(Founder of the Pigeon Insider)

Sadie's Loft's, home of great birds, just a poor loft manager


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grizzlecock
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i think however wrote this artical may mean well,but there are so many faults and inaccuracies its shocking.....i find it strange no one challeges this and other writings that are full of faults,
Perhaps members on here are just trying to be polite and i am just regarded as bad manerred.


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Buster121
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i think however wrote this artical may mean well,but there are so many faults and inaccuracies its shocking.....i find it strange no one challeges this and other writings that are full of faults,
Perhaps members on here are just trying to be polite and i am just regarded as bad manerred.

Not at all mate, but would be nice to see your thoughts and show where faults are end of day we try and learn from and help each other

Sadie's Loft's, home of great birds, just a poor loft manager


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devo56
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I think its about what works best for yourself and your birds, But i do like reading stuff like this. If i find 1 or 2 tips from any reading, it may be added to my loft tasks in taking care of my birds.


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Andy123
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Within these writings there are some interesting points and some very useful points for the new starter. I think a lot of things though are personal preference and what works best for one doesn’t work for another. I have had different lofts over the years, all a bit different and I’m always changing them a bit. The best years I had racing widowhood the temperature in the widowhood loft would get up to over 100 degrees during the summer. I have never had an open fronted loft preferring a closed in one. I do clean out twice a day and always have. The main thing is to have a loft that your pigeons are happy and content in and want to race back too.

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Trevor Hodges
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An interesting and useful article Buster especially for those just starting up.
However as others have said most of these points are only guide lines and not necessarily the rule. Most fanciers have different ways of doing things but certain aspects we will all pretty much agree on, ie adequate ventilation, space, dry lofts, good food, good clean water and happy contented pigeons. The design of a loft and its management is down to individual fancier, as we have said before it's all trial and plenty of error and finding that system that works for both us and our birds then stick to it. Everybody's views and opinions are valid and its up to each of us to decide which information and advice we choose to take note of.


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I was just reading that old article, and found it quite interesting. 

One thing I have found while living in central Victoria, is we can get big temperature variations. For instance it was 38c yesterday afternoon, and it is going down to 9c overnight. That's a 29c, or 85F variation. 

I do agree that big sudden changes in the temperature of the loft are not good for maintaining good health in the pigeons. 

My loft has windows on the front which can be lifted right up when it gets very hot, and lowered when the temperature drops. With the air coming in through the vent at the bottom of the back wall, it keeps the fluctuations down at least a little bit.

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Andy123
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That certainly is a big variation in temperatures Murray. We can get big variations over a week but not very often in a day. 

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devo56
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Well Murray you will have a dry loft, and its good that can manage your Ventilation. Which is so important, when the weather is so warm, it would be good to put some coconut water in the drinker. I would say 25% in the mixture. But that is just my thoughts.


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