Charlie has been racing pigeons since 1962. He has built lofts in many
sizes and shapes. Some lofts were built out of old scrap wood. Others were
garden sheds that he turned into lofts. Some lofts he built were ideas he
got from pigeon magazines, but they all had one thing in common, his bird’s
best interest. When he started to plan a loft for our white homers to
share with his widowhood birds, we wanted something that we could be proud
of if a customer wanted to see the loft and birds. He has accomplished
that. The loft is bright, well ventilated and easy to clean and maintain.
Our pigeons like it too!
5 sections: 4 of them are 4’x8’ and 1 8’x8’ for the widowhood
cocks. They all have their own aviaries extending out two feet.
Color: Green and white to blend with the young bird flying team and
breeder’s loft, garden shed and green house. Our home is brick and is
also trimmed in white with green shutters and front door.
Interior: The loft has double walls with lauan plywood for easy cleaning.
There are louver bifold doors between each section. The loft has lights
and electrical outlets in the ceiling under lattice so the birds won’t
foul the system. Storage cabinets over the widowhood nest boxes where
supplies are kept close for convenience. He has both “v” and “box”
perches in the 4’x8’ sections.
Exterior: Grooved exterior plywood siding. Scalloped cedar shingles on the
gables and there is also a small octagon shaped window in the gables. The
loft sits 16 inches off of the ground. This helps keep the floor dry.
There is lattice for dress and to keep the birds from playing under it
during open trap.
Steps: Stone steps are planned for the spring.
Simulated Stained Glass window and door that allows the colors from the sun
to radiate their home.
Roof: Black 25 year shingles
Sky Lights: To bring in extra wrath and sunlight .3—2’x3’
Ventilation System: That turns on when the loft reaches 75 degrees
Aviaries: So the birds can enjoy their baths and surroundings. The aviaries
have lattice so the predators won’t disturb the birds, but it doesn’t
block the view for the birds. The roofs of the aviaries are made from thin
fiber glass sheeting. This also doubles as their landing boards. The release
doors in the aviaries are the size of the training crates. This makes
loading the birds for training very easy. Charlie has the birds trained to
go into the crates on command.
Unikon clock: The antennas are placed under the thin fiber glass sheeting
for an easy and accurate reading..
Water: Running water is planned for the spring. It will be centrally located
between the flyers and the new loft.
Classical music: Plays 24/7
Landscaping: The loft is landscaped with lilies, lavender, roses and
butterfly bushes. There are also honeysuckle and jasmine vines near the
loft. It is not only appealing to the eye but the sweet fragrance lingers in
Comfortable seating: To the left side of the loft for Charlie and a friend
for those long races.
Fountain: To the right side with kissing doves welcome the sounds of water
Charlie is always helping new flyers out with loft ideas as well as birds.
He can talk for hours about the sport of racing homing pigeons and never run
out of something to say. Charlie has gone to the middle schools to talk
about the sport. He has recently been asked if the high school business
class can have a field trip to see the loft and the birds, and learn about
the white dove release business we have.
Comments about the loft:
a Customer: I have friends that don’t live this good!
Relative: Were you building a loft or a summer cottage?
Children: Where’s the kitchen?
Friends: I’ll buy the lumber, when can you start?