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PostSubject: nest boxes   Thu Sep 29, 2016 7:55 am

is your nest boxes long , short , or deep ,and do you have fronts on them ?
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PostSubject: Re: nest boxes   Thu Sep 29, 2016 7:58 am

Mine are 2 foot deep..I have the normal 14 inches deep as well but don't like those ..
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PostSubject: Re: nest boxes   Thu Sep 29, 2016 7:59 am

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Mine are 2 foot deep..I have the normal 14 inches deep as well but don't like those ..
do you have fronts on them ?
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PostSubject: Re: nest boxes   Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:29 am

Yes all my nest boxes do
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PostSubject: Re: nest boxes   Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:22 am

mine are all open , I find it less hassle if a bird gets in the wrong box , they can eject it quickly , some birds even nest on the floor , so I take advantage of that and lean a piece of ply against the wall to give them privacy , as long as they are happy in the loft ,they will race home to that loft , so I see the loft as a big nets box ? Basketball cheers
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PostSubject: Re: nest boxes   Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:29 am

ive 3 sections with widowhood boxes in, all these have the plastic fronts....beginning of this breeding season just gone I put up another shed/loft and fitted it with 12 widowhood sized nest boxes and never fitted the fronts, the birds seemed happy enough in them without the fronts so I just left them off, and never had much fighting.
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PostSubject: Re: nest boxes   Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:35 am

my point exactly cheers
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PostSubject: Nest Boxes   Thu Sep 29, 2016 2:55 pm

I have just built a stack of Three Nest Boxes (one on top of the other).

Never again!

Even though they look great, it is sooooooo much work.

Anyway they are 27 inches wide, by 16 inches deep, by 14 and a half inches high.

I have made them so that standard Widowhood fronts will fit them.

Can anyone recommend anyone where I can buy Widowhood Nest Boxes from?  I know there are a few people out there that make these things, but for me, Recommendation is the best thing to go by. 


Any reason you are asking edgie?

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PostSubject: Re: nest boxes   Thu Sep 29, 2016 3:59 pm

I don't bother with fronts at all
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PostSubject: Re: nest boxes   Thu Sep 29, 2016 4:23 pm

ive built nestboxes my self in the past, and also bought them pre made......when I first re stared I built my own out of 18ml floor grade chip board, very strong and sturdy, water resistant too.....but very heavy and hard to lift about on your own, so that wont happen again.

after that I bought them in kit form from john murray/racing pigeon supplies, he delivers them all over the country, anyway they were chip board and they warped after a while, probably due to me putting water in the boxes during breeding. (ray has a remedy for this I found out later), he also does ply boxes, but I don't know what they are like...

then when I put this latest shed/loft up a few months ago I decided to build my own out of 12 ml ply, I got the wood yard to cut 3 blocks of 4 out of three sheets of ply.....they cut it all to my measurements and I simply screwed them together, they are quite good boxes, strong and easy to clean out, and at a fraction of the cost of buying them ready made... Very Happy Very Happy cheers

not sure how you would get them to france though phil... scratch
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PostSubject: Re: nest boxes   Thu Sep 29, 2016 5:03 pm

mine are standard widow boxes i like the plastic el cheapo fronts you can clip them back when the birds are nesting easy to eject any intruders to the box i don't like the deep boxes or up and over as they are called ...phil try west country pigeon products
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PostSubject: Re: nest boxes   Thu Sep 29, 2016 5:25 pm

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ive built nestboxes my self in the past, and also bought them pre made......when I first re stared I built my own out of 18ml floor grade chip board, very strong and sturdy, water resistant too.....but very heavy and hard to lift about on your own, so that wont happen again.

after that I bought them in kit form from john murray/racing pigeon supplies, he delivers them all over the country, anyway they were chip board and they warped after a while, probably due to me putting water in the boxes during breeding. (ray has a remedy for this I found out later), he also does ply boxes, but I don't know what they are like...

then when I put this latest shed/loft up a few months ago I decided to build my own out of 12 ml ply, I got the wood yard to cut 3 blocks of 4 out of three sheets of ply.....they cut it all to my measurements and I simply screwed them together, they are quite good boxes, strong and easy to clean out, and at a fraction of the cost of buying them ready made... Very Happy Very Happy cheers

not sure how you would get them to france though phil... scratch
My wife is coming over to England in 2 weeks time.

It is my plan to order just about everything we need and get her to bring it back with her.  We even have a trailer that will carry nearly a ton that drives really well.

I would love to come to the Blackpool show, but we will have to see - we will be right in the middle of breeding then!

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PostSubject: Re: nest boxes   Thu Sep 29, 2016 5:34 pm

you pairing up early then eh phil...?
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PostSubject: Re: nest boxes   Thu Sep 29, 2016 5:45 pm

David wrote:
you pairing up early then eh phil...?
Second week of December, David, for the stock birds and best racing birds.

Then 3 weeks later for the rest.

I intend to breed about 80 -100 y/bs next year in not more than three lots.

I want to show these froglanders how to race pigeons, if  I can - even if it is only with young birds.  The birds we bred this year have had a lot of training by car, out to just under 100 miles, with some single and double tosses thrown in for luck.  But no actual races as we couldn't get into a club in time.

I will have to see how it goes of course, but I am going to give it a darn good go!

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