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PostSubject: Re: Ilkeston 57 miles    Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:22 am

Have had loft under trees for ever here. Good thing is I feel it more than cut down on strays. Had to cut back each year to uncover the front.

Downer was you would get them nigh in super form and it would rain or such and knock them back a bit.

So at one time I had a false roof that was 6 - 9 inches over the loft and wired. Overlapped between 6 and 9 inches. Was always a breeze blowing over the wired mesh beneath. Help some what... if only to dry it out a mite more and a mite quicker.

Indeed built three lofts trying to improve it.

5 years ago I built a tiled bungalow, 5 by  9 x 5 compartments for them. 2 were for the feed, baskets etc. etc. 2 had nest boxes which cut the size down a treat.
Only a brick air vent a foot from the ground for air. A 22 inch trap near half way up in each compartment and an aviary for them all. I crowded 16 nest boxes in them two compartments,
Closed them down when I wanted to and separated the hens and Cock birds. I crowded  40 youngsters at least in a Young birds compartment. V perches galore. Fantastic fit, healthy and conditioned at all times. Never a natural illness.  Open loft if they wanted, closed at night of course, though the Electric fence worked (works) wonders.
I dug a  18 x 18 inch trough all around the loft, garden shed and alleyway. Filled with broken glass. The floors were concreted. I place I put parselene covered with glass and cement twice over. Wired off inside from the tiles I let the roof compartment fill with spiders. … though I did inspect spray some tome of sticky paper. The walls were washed regularly with a thick solution of Lime like the floor. Lime was always rubbed well in, regardless of deep litter, which was replaced every month, but a lot of droppings went underneath.
Never ever had, fortunately Y/B sickness.  Which incidentally about 15 years ago nigh all the club members used lime after a moot.    Club was free of Y/B s then. Many packed up the idea saying that they had never had it …  Some members get it regularly. Why?
only one answer to why! Because....
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PostSubject: Re: Ilkeston 57 miles    Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:01 pm

the loft before was good as I said etc. but lacked consistency in temperature and dryness.
That one was on pillars. The pillars were covered in glass up to the bottom. The flooring and walls had glass sheets between the wooden walls. Like I say a wire mesh roof Covered by a false roof.

Now many laughed or at least smirked to themselves regards the glass.

A builder, of 60 years plus said I was waasting my time .. implied it was stupid etc. Even after I explained that it was a good barrier for and against tempreture etc. Plus especially against mice mice and RATS. Explained that they couldn't gnore or bite through glass, nor climb it! 'EHH UM UM ' he laughed. as if I was senile.

2 years ago he had a rat, or a few... they desicrated his loft. Had pest control in etc. at a good cost and lost a lot of good birds ... Never asked what he thought about glass... indeed I think others did, but I bet he knows now.

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PostSubject: Re: Ilkeston 57 miles    Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:03 am

Have over the years put forward the benefit of lime in the BHW, the miners in my youth used it and had none of the present health problems, the latter must have causes and in my opinion, bad management.

If fanciers just studied what the commercial products relating to loft floors etc; were ???.

Had double glazed open ended corridor full length of loft, concrete floor and half inch wire full length of front, no health problems, few losses and as much enjoyment as one could possibly want.

Sad to say the sport in my opinion has gone from bad to worse over the past 45 years, APATHY being the main problem.

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PostSubject: Re: Ilkeston 57 miles    Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:30 pm

Agreed Misty. Incest breeding ha\s destroyed the homing instinct. Destroyed the immunity system and constitution of the birds. Yet still too many fancier spend a few quid and continue breed incest culls because of the cost and the idiots think that it will throw back a good un.
then fill their lofts with such... and breed to of set the losses. Struth!
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