DoubleB20 wrote:Very nice, I have a question. How do you catch the birds when it's time for training? My coop now is smaller and it seems like I spend almost as much time trying to catch the birds in the coop as do I do using them for training. One word of experience, my dogs love to stand by the coop and catch the pigeon's when they are free flying. The entry door is about 4 1/2 feet off the ground and the dogs have caught 4 pigeons this week.
Thanks for the dimensions and list. I just wanted a rough idea of the cost before diving in (aka...knowing if i could sneak it by my wife ) I really like the looks of the one gdog built and the use of the metal studs but where do the dogs return? I prob just couldn't see in the pics.
Nebraska wrote:Matching the stain on your coop and fence was a good idea. Nice design and sharp lookin' to boot.....
Ha..funny..that was to try and make the wife happy about the coop "blending" in
MadMax wrote:I have a question for those of you that have coops. I am about to build my own, but am very concerned about health risks. How do you control mites? I've heard that is one of the major problems with pigeons, the second would be the droppings. Can they cause respiratory problems? How about my dogs, can they contract any illnesses from retrieving these birds? Any info would help.
jkoehler wrote:So when I get my coop built and put some pigeons in, how long should I keep them in before I use them for training so that they return? I plan on getting some birds that are about 100 miles away, will that keep them in my loft?
What type of food? regular bird feed? crushed corn?
bmacinok wrote: I did keep them in the coop for a couple of months, then only let them out in the evening right before dark so they would only fly for a bit then come back in to roost. Probably did that for a month then started taking them out further and further to get them used to homing. I did lose a few, just not sure if it was to them not homing or the hawks which we have a lot of.
If you start producing young they will definitely home to your coop.
I would use a pigeon mix from your local feed store. A lot of folks use just whatever, but I found I had problems with cracked corn on the young, seems they can't handle the sharp edges in their craw.
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