Planning and building your first loft
Whether you’re just starting up again or getting set up with your own pigeons for the first time, aside from acquiring quality stock birds, the pigeon loft itself will be one of the biggest hurdles you’ll have to overcome before taking to the skies.
If you’re a veteran fancier this article will likely not be for you as we will be highlighting some of the most basic fundamentals to consider before building a loft.
Location and Direction
The loft needs to be clearly visible from the sky with as few surrounding trees or little other coverage as possible.
Ideally, you want to place the loft in an open space with a good view on all sides but also take into consideration weather conditions. Ensure you have a good amount of natural light to keep the loft warm and dry as much as possible. In winter you should be facing away from harsh cold winds.
Prepare the Landscape
Before doing any building work you will want to prepare the area on which the loft is going to sit as best as possible.
If you’re working on bare ground, grass, soil etc., remove any weeds to avoid problems later and get the area as flat as you can.
While it’s not entirely necessary, you may decide to lay flagstones with cement completely covering the area. Just be sure to use a spirit level before setting anything “in stone” as it were, you want the best possible foundation for your loft.
Keep it off the ground
One of the most important things to always keep in mind when building a pigeon loft is that the loft should always be raised off of ground level. So the loft floor will never touch either the untreated ground or flagstones underneath.
This is to allow air to circulate under the loft, water to drain away and will also help to discourage any rodents/pests from nesting underneath.
To achieve this, most people use breeze blocks stacked and cemented on all corners and under load-bearing areas.
Again, be sure to carefully check for an even surface before cementing the bricks in place.
Planning and buying a pigeon loft
Before investing money into the loft itself, it’s advisable to take some time to browse professional loft builder’s websites (will include list soon), calculate your budget and get prices.
If you’re based in the UK there are usually a few pigeons lofts to buy on eBay, see the lofts currently for sale.
Here a few points to keep in mind as you go about forming your plan:
- how many pigeons in total you expect to house
- requirements for the loft interior, how many sections etc.
- how much space you have to build on
- could you easily extend the loft at a later date? i.e. adequate space/design of the loft
- is it aesthetically pleasing?
The following video by Karen James is also really worth a watch. In addition to the exterior, Karen briefly talks about the loft interior, sections and some benefits of having a corridor.