I’ve been thinking a lot about pigeon aviaries and their design. There’s a bit of money in pigeon lofts and accessories – especially in the racing pigeon circle. The pigeon supply companies sell different food for the different times of the year and for the different conditions the pigeons are in (e.g. moulting, breeding, etc.), however, I have a sneaky suspicion that the seed/grain/pulse mix are pretty much the same – just add a different label and an extra charge for ‘high performance’ versus ‘maintenance’ and you can make a bit of money.
Anyway, I digress. I haven’t designed anything yet but ideas and images are in my head for the perfect pigeon loft and aviary. A while back I bought a book on pigeons that had some photos of good aviary designs but I haven’t seen anything online that has taken my fancy.
I would love to have a home with lots of land to have aviaries for pigeons and other rescue birds, and I’d love to keep donkeys, goats, pigs, dogs, cats, guinea pigs, gerbils, rats, rabbits, turkeys, ducks and chickens. Not sure how they’d all get along – we would probably have to pen off some of the area – but there’s too many animals I’d love to have (all rescue animals of course. There’s no need to buy animals when there are so many in rescue centres waiting for a good home).
Oh, there I go again, going off subject. So the perfect pigeon aviary would have to be ma-hu-sive! It would incorporate a few living trees and have a natural setting with logs, small bushes, sand pits and rock piles – all there for the pigeons to play on. And of course some low water dishes for pigeon baths (we all know how much they love to bathe!). I think the actual pigeon nesting area (pigeon loft if you will) would be in the aviary itself, seeing as the aviary would have to be quite tall to cover the trees. All this would be made possible when we win the lottery. (Fingers crossed everyone!)
I’ll have to spend an evening drawing out my ideas. That way when we do win the lottery I can start putting things into action.