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Re: Turning a shed into a loft

Posted: November 9th, 2019, 11:36 am
by Andy123
It would be quite a good idea to put a wire cage over the trap to start with although nothing I have worried about in the past. Busters youngsters won’t be wanting to go out for the first couple of weeks after arrival. Get them used to a regime with in the loft so that they know when and where the food is. Buster will give you plenty of good advice when you collect the birds from him.
As far as the yearling is concerned I would actually put him in your loft as soon as you can now. Let him get used to the trap, going in and out and he will help show the youngsters what to do. Did you say he could fly or not? If he can I would let him be able to go out once in the new loft for a few days. If he hasn’t had his liberty since being with you you may find that he disappears and goes home. Hopefully for you he won’t after all the work you have put in with him. He has certainly had some time to know where he is. You may find the first couple of times he goes out he tries to get back into the rabbit hutch. If he does let him he will soon get the hang of it.
Keep up the good work you’ve done well.

Re: Turning a shed into a loft

Posted: November 9th, 2019, 12:14 pm
by paul1
thanks andy, the loft will be finished tomorrow so i will move him in then, keep him in until next weekend and then open the trap and see what he does, i have had him for two months now so hopefully he will not disappear over the horizon but at the end of the day its his decision to stay or not.

Re: Turning a shed into a loft

Posted: November 10th, 2019, 6:51 pm
by trench
Hope you managed to get the loft finished today Paul, you have done a grand job mate. Andy has pretty much answered your questions so not much more I can add.
The cage on the outside of the trap is a good idea as it will give the babies a good view of their surroundings as well as getting them used to using the trap. I would also add a shelf along the windows so the birds can see the outdoors from there too. Again as Andy says I'm sure Buster will be more than happy to give you all the advice you need.
I also agree with Andy and would put your yearling in the loft straight away so he too can get used to it, I would make sure he has been out and back in a few times before the youngsters start coming out just in case he does disappear taking your babies with him. Well done mate and good luck, I bet you can't wait to the birds in there now.

Re: Turning a shed into a loft

Posted: November 10th, 2019, 7:14 pm
by buster121
trench wrote:
November 10th, 2019, 6:51 pm
Hope you managed to get the loft finished today Paul, you have done a grand job mate. Andy has pretty much answered your questions so not much more I can add.
The cage on the outside of the trap is a good idea as it will give the babies a good view of their surroundings as well as getting them used to using the trap. I would also add a shelf along the windows so the birds can see the outdoors from there too. Again as Andy says I'm sure Buster will be more than happy to give you all the advice you need.
I also agree with Andy and would put your yearling in the loft straight away so he too can get used to it, I would make sure he has been out and back in a few times before the youngsters start coming out just in case he does disappear taking your babies with him. Well done mate and good luck, I bet you can't wait to the birds in there now.
Not so sure about good advice but I will try :D but will certainly show him what not to do :) :) will put updated pics on in week Paul been hopefully rat proofing today

Re: Turning a shed into a loft

Posted: November 10th, 2019, 8:30 pm
by paul1
I think i can now finally call it a loft now as the yearling is in residence, although it is looking a bit lost on its own. I did fit a shelf next to the window and fitted a few more v perches, i have fitted a temporary cage around the trap and next weekend i will be removing it and hopefully the yearling will not fly off never to return.

looking forward to getting Busters babies plus now Bryngwynt has kindly offered me some latebreds which i shall have in a couple of weeks so its all coming together nicely, i just hope i can do things right and not lose any birds, i shall no doubt be asking lots of questions over the next few weeks.



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Re: Turning a shed into a loft

Posted: November 10th, 2019, 8:47 pm
by Andy123
Looking great Paul. Good to hear your having a couple from Rich as well as Buster. Unfortunately there is always the chance that you will lose the odd one, we all do, that’s all part of the sport. Be great to see some settled in and coming and going. The old cock will soon settle.

Re: Turning a shed into a loft

Posted: November 10th, 2019, 9:11 pm
by trench
paul1 wrote:
November 10th, 2019, 8:30 pm
I think i can now finally call it a loft now as the yearling is in residence, although it is looking a bit lost on its own. I did fit a shelf next to the window and fitted a few more v perches, i have fitted a temporary cage around the trap and next weekend i will be removing it and hopefully the yearling will not fly off never to return.

looking forward to getting Busters babies plus now Bryngwynt has kindly offered me some latebreds which i shall have in a couple of weeks so its all coming together nicely, i just hope i can do things right and not lose any birds, i shall no doubt be asking lots of questions over the next few weeks.




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Well done Paul, looks just the job 👍 you could have taken your muddy boots off before going into the loft though 🤣😂🤣
Good to see you have your pigeon in, he looks very well mate and settled enough.
The cage should work well.
Nice to hear you are getting some latebreds from Rich too, whatever you decide to do Buster's and Rich's birds should set you up nicely. Look forward to seeing them all in their new home.

Re: Turning a shed into a loft

Posted: November 10th, 2019, 9:31 pm
by buster121
Looking great Paul agree with Trench wipe your feet or take them off (only joking mate) you will have some great birds from Rich, one thing I will say though the drinker you are using cut a disc from a piece of thin ply ( that is what I did with mine like that) and put so about 3/4 way down will stop and crap and rubbish fouling water,

Re: Turning a shed into a loft

Posted: November 10th, 2019, 9:40 pm
by paul1
buster121 wrote:
November 10th, 2019, 9:31 pm
Looking great Paul agree with Trench wipe your feet or take them off (only joking mate) you will have some great birds from Rich, one thing I will say though the drinker you are using cut a disc from a piece of thin ply ( that is what I did with mine like that) and put so about 3/4 way down will stop and crap and rubbish fouling water,
thanks for the tip Buster, another job i have to do!. i think i have some hardboard in the loft so i can get that cut for the drinker. Agree about the muddy floor but its a bit of a quagmire down there at the minute.

Re: Turning a shed into a loft

Posted: November 10th, 2019, 9:47 pm
by buster121
paul1 wrote:
November 10th, 2019, 9:40 pm
buster121 wrote:
November 10th, 2019, 9:31 pm
Looking great Paul agree with Trench wipe your feet or take them off (only joking mate) you will have some great birds from Rich, one thing I will say though the drinker you are using cut a disc from a piece of thin ply ( that is what I did with mine like that) and put so about 3/4 way down will stop and crap and rubbish fouling water,
thanks for the tip Buster, another job i have to do!. i think i have some hardboard in the loft so i can get that cut for the drinker. Agree about the muddy floor but its a bit of a quagmire down there at the minute.
Mine is same as I have my aviary at start of loft so have to walk on garden and with all this rain mud mud and more mud :) :) hardboard should be ok, sure we can find jobs to take you up until Christmas :lol: :lol: