Pigeon Loft Ventilation
Even if one whole side of your loft was open, you would not have good ventilation. In fact, you would have quite a draft and probably would get sick pigeons. How do you have good ventilation and yet not have drafts blowing on the birds? How can you have good ventilation without allowing your birds to get wet because you had the windows open? Why do you even have to have good ventilation? These are some good questions. They are also very important ones that most people over look. They are also reasons why many fanciers do not race as well as they could.
First of all, pigeons breathe out carbon dioxide just like you do. They need oxygen to be healthy and filled with energy. They also have their droppings land on the floor. These droppings contain ammonia. In large quantities ammonia will burn the linings of your nose and lungs. It also makes your eyes water. Your body does not want it or like it. Besides, it smells. It is much worse during damp weather because the droppings do not get a chance to dry out.
The carbon dioxide and the ammonia have to go. If they don’t , your pigeons will not perform their best. Most fanciers do not understand what good ventilation is. They feel that a window or two will take care of their needs. It is true that a window or two helps. In fact the windows are necessary, but heir main purpose of the windows should be to allow light to enter the loft. When the weather is nasty, those windows should be closed. It they are not, rain or snow will enter the loft and will dampen the floor and droppings. The damp floor as well as the damp droppings will soon cause your pigeons to become ill.
Proper ventilation is used in rain or shine. It is used in winter or summer. It is especially useful on days when there is no breeze. Proper ventilation begins either on the roof, of at the top of the highest wall. The pigeons produce body heat. The sun beating down on the loft also produces heat. The warm air rises. As it rise, it leaves from the ventilators in the roof or eaves. The second part of proper ventilators is to speed up the process of getting the warm air out. This is done by replacing it with cooler air. Cooler air is heavier than warm air. The bottom of the loft should have a ventilator vent on the bottom of the wall. It should be on the same wall as the top ventilator. In this way, cool oxygen filled air enters the loft at the bottom. As it leaves, it takes the carbon dioxide and ammonia with it. Simple isn’t it? It is also cheap. The results are wonderful. Your birds will be healthier and perform better. They will also not be in a draft, and the system works every day of the year, regardless hat the weather does. If you want to see if your system is adequate, you can do this test. Take something smelly, like air freshener, into your loft. Come back ten minutes later. It you can still smell the odor, then add another roof ventilator and floor ventilator.