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PostSubject: More images from blueskylofts   Mon Jun 06, 2016 3:12 pm

David wrote:
got any more pics you can share with us phil...?


Yes David here they are:-

Most of these shot were taken of my First rounders, first time out on the loft before I had the 'fly away' The odd one out is of the same young birds just as they had been taken away from their parents.

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PostSubject: Re: My new y/b's   Mon Jun 06, 2016 9:17 pm

some very nice looking young birds there phil, quality looking birds they are by the looks of them.....and well reared.

hope they race well for you phil.


whats the big green building in the background if you don't mind me asking phil...?
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PostSubject: Re: My new y/b's   Mon Jun 06, 2016 9:27 pm

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yes, very new and shiny phil, its a shame they have to mess it up eh.....I wonder if they do pigeon nappies ... lol!



I did try to find some of the new 'Pigeon dippers' - but you can only buy them in the USA right now.  I am training the birds to use a dish of 'Cat Litter' at the moment and they seem to be getting the hang of it.

The only problem is that, the cat keeps eating the birds when they come down to poo!

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Humour lol! lol! lol! I like it Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes  you show potential Smile Smile. Now, thanks for the photo's etc Phil, interesting. No thought's there when you built your new loft for a pan tile roof scenaro or to go down the deep litter trail. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: My new y/b's   Mon Jun 06, 2016 9:33 pm

your leading our phil into bad ways knackered, stop trying to corrupt him........ lol! lol!

im the same knackered, a simple sloping roof, front to back does the trick, some say the apex is good for ventilation but I wouldn't know......is it better, or does it just look nice and posh...?
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PostSubject: Re: My new y/b's   Mon Jun 06, 2016 9:53 pm

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your leading our phil into bad ways knackered, stop trying to corrupt him........ lol! lol!

im the same knackered, a simple sloping roof, front to back does the trick, some say the apex is good for ventilation but I wouldn't know......is it better, or does it just look nice and posh...?

I suspect one could waffle on Smile Smile & appear to have the knowledge Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes in such matters David etc but at the end of the day by the alimminaition process bounce bounce one could conclude the birds don't give a toss & they are more for the owners pleasure as such. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: My new y/b's   Mon Jun 06, 2016 11:53 pm

Phil they are a nice team of youngsters fingers crossed they do well for you mate
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PostSubject: Re: My new y/b's   Tue Jun 07, 2016 6:23 am

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yes, very new and shiny phil, its a shame they have to mess it up eh.....I wonder if they do pigeon nappies ... lol!



I did try to find some of the new 'Pigeon dippers' - but you can only buy them in the USA right now.  I am training the birds to use a dish of 'Cat Litter' at the moment and they seem to be getting the hang of it.

The only problem is that, the cat keeps eating the birds when they come down to poo!

LOL
Phil

Humour lol! lol! lol! I like it Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes  you show potential Smile Smile. Now, thanks for the photo's etc Phil, interesting. No thought's there when you built your new loft for a pan tile roof scenaro or to go down the deep litter trail. cheers


To answer your question Knackered - Firstly it should be 'Diapers' not what I put, but I guess you understand what I meant.

Second - Loft roofs - I would love to have lofts ALL with 'Pantile roofs - BUT - (a) Pantile roofs are very expensive and I can't afford it right now. For sure they are much better than sloping roofs for controlling the flow of air. I used to have pans on my other roofs when I raced before. And (b) I trust I will be moving before the end of the year to a new house which will be much better situated for racing pigeons. And the thought of removing all those pans within 6 months of them being put up, doesn't fill me with joy.

As for 'Deep Litter' - NEVER, for me. I don't agree with it, I think it look dreadful and it is a lot of work all-at-once when it comes time to clean it all out. I spent part of my childhood working on farms and cleaning out calves, pigs, cows and chickens Deep Litter - No thanks - no more!

I hope this helps.
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PostSubject: Re: My new y/b's   Tue Jun 07, 2016 6:34 am

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some very nice looking young birds there phil, quality looking birds they are by the looks of them.....and well reared.

hope they race well for you phil.


whats the big green building in the background if you don't mind me asking phil...?


Good morning David and the rest of our little team.

The big green thing in the background of one of the pics is our barn.

At the moment, we live right out in the country, surrounded by big farms that grow wheat, barley and rape. All of these are VERY tempting for pigeons. It is impossible to control the birds when the harvest is over as there is food everywhere! That is one reason we are moving. We don't want to be in the town, but somewhere were there aren't all these temptations for the birds. Also the property is not ours. It used to belong to my wife's Dad, who died some months ago, and the family want to sell it asap.

It's all very complicated! But I trust this answers your question.

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PostSubject: Re: My new y/b's   Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:02 am

looks a nice place phil, with all the trees round.......whats the drop like for the pigeons ? ive trees all round my loft and a big willow 30ft away directly in front of the loft...but the birds are used to it and dive in through the branches...... lol!
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PostSubject: Re: My new y/b's   Wed Jun 08, 2016 11:25 am

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looks a nice place phil, with all the trees round.......whats the drop like for the pigeons ? ive trees all round my loft and a big willow 30ft away directly in front of the loft...but the birds are used to it and dive in through the branches...... lol!

lol!lol!lol! 30 ft Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes that's a bush Wink Wink I require a pair of binnoculars etc to see mine  Crying or Very sad  Crying or Very sad bounce bounce when there up in the clouds sitting in my trees. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: My new y/b's   Wed Jun 08, 2016 11:47 am

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yes, very new and shiny phil, its a shame they have to mess it up eh.....I wonder if they do pigeon nappies ... lol!



I did try to find some of the new 'Pigeon dippers' - but you can only buy them in the USA right now.  I am training the birds to use a dish of 'Cat Litter' at the moment and they seem to be getting the hang of it.

The only problem is that, the cat keeps eating the birds when they come down to poo!

LOL
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humour lol! lol! lol! I like it Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes  you show potential Smile Smile. Now, thanks for the photo's etc Phil, interesting. No thought's there when you built your new loft for a pan tile roof scenaro or to go down the deep litter trail. cheers


To answer your question Knackered - Firstly it should be 'Diapers' not what I put, but I guess you understand what I meant.

Second - Loft roofs - I would love to have lofts ALL with 'Pantile roofs - BUT - (a) Pantile roofs are very expensive and I can't afford it right now.  For sure they are much better than sloping roofs for controlling the flow of air.  I used to have pans on my other roofs when I raced before.  And (b) I trust I will be moving before the end of the year to a new house which will be much better situated for racing pigeons.  And the thought of removing all those pans within 6 months of them being put up, doesn't fill me with joy.

As for 'Deep Litter' - NEVER, for me.  I don't agree with it, I think it look dreadful and it is a lot of work all-at-once when it comes time to clean it all out.  I spent part of my childhood working on farms and cleaning out calves, pigs, cows and chickens Deep Litter - No thanks - no more!

I hope this helps.
Yours in Sport
Mr Blueskylofts -  Phil

Thank's for your thought's Phil Smile Smile. Many I suspect would just love to build the most fancy/expensive loft available for our birds etc. Sadly for many thou Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes reality is, we finish up with a chicken coop arrangement Smile Smile & be thankful as such & just make the most of what we have & enjoy it. Now, the deep litter thing bounce bounce is some thing that has grown on me in my old age here Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad & I must say I'm a convert, but then not for everyone as you say Wink Wink. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: My new y/b's   Thu Jun 09, 2016 6:17 pm

i would in all honesty prefer a clean scraped floor, but when you've a few too many birds like I have at the moment and 5 sections to see to on a limited time scale I think horse bedding is the one for me for now......I`m planning on building another 14ft loft this summer but will still be cutting numbers drastically.
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PostSubject: Re: My new y/b's   Sat Jun 11, 2016 7:27 pm

yep, scraped floor for me too, I use the floor whitener too and a blow torch once a month.
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