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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sgtjmkgoXI If this doesn't work go to youtube and search: training birmingham rollers...(name of video) done by ppotty1 Your birds are coming soon now, no?

I think it will work now, tested it. ;D

 

My current plan is to just build a cage with wood frame and 1/2" wire but with one of the sides missing (open), and to train them to use the bob trap door I am just going to have somebody hold it against the door and I will ratchet strap it on the loft, and just take it off when I'm done training them for the door.  

 

I finally finished my loft this past weekend by building and affixing the aviary, as well as putting up perches. All I have left is to fix some dowels in the aviary for them to sit on, fix wire all around the legs, and sink an anti-digging strip along edges as well, such that it is much tougher for critters to get to ground below the loft and eat feed scraps, and stain my pigeon perches so they are easier to wipe clean. Just some finishing touches really. It came out nice, and was pretty fun to build actually.

Here are a few pics below. If there is anything any guys of you think I did wrong or should change, let me know! 

 

 

 

post #22 of 25
I like the aviary. Do you have a way to close it off in cold weather?...or is that not an issue where you live?
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I like the aviary. Do you have a way to close it off in cold weather?...or is that not an issue where you live?

 

Yes!  I thought of that being a potential issue because of how large the aviary is and because it faces north (I live in Michigan), so I was extra careful making the cut for the aviary and made sure I got very clean cuts, and then I saved the rectangular cutout, and fixed 4 barrel bolt latches onto it (two on each side), so whenever I need to close it off I can just slap it right on there and close the latches and it's good to go!  I will post a picture of it later on when I get home.  

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Sounds perfect!" src="http://files.backyardchickens.com/img/smilies/big_smile.png" />  For the floor I'm thinking hardware cloth like yours and then plywood on top...cut into 3 pieces...so the 1, 2 or all 3 can be lifted/ or slide back to regulate ventilation.  




I'd like to go with a 4 x 6 footprint and just tall enough for me to walk in, so that's another reason for the solid floor. I want to copy the general look and design of yours. My brother will build it for me and your pics will help alot!
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Sounds perfect!<img alt="" src="http://files.backyardchickens.com/img/smilies/big_smile.png" >  for="" the="" floor="" i'm="" thinking="" hardware="" cloth="" like="" yours="" and="" then="" plywood="" on="" top...cut="" into="" 3="" pieces...so="" 1,="" 2="" or="" all="" can="" be="" lifted="" slide="" back="" to="" regulate="" ventilation.=""  


I'd like to go with a 4 x 6 footprint and just tall enough for me to walk in, so that's another reason for the solid floor. I want to copy the general look and design of yours. My brother will build it for me and your pics will help alot!

 

I first was concerning myself with ways to modify mine for better ventilation, but once I decided on building the large aviary I did away with those ideas figuring an opening that size, plus the open wired bottom, was enough. 

 

Just something to think about for your loft, maybe consider buying a pre-manufactured wood shed and just modifying it with an aviary and bob door.  I saw some at Home Depot last weekend and thought "man if I had the space for a loft that big, that would really make a nice one and avoid the hassle of building one".  Those sheds eliminate the need to frame something up, come with a door, and a nice roof and everything.  The insides of them are just roughed in, so plenty of flexibility to build nest boxes and perches.  If I ever move and want a bigger loft, I'll be doing that.  This 4'x4' loft took me every bit of 4 total days to build, and I don't want to fuss with this again, even though it was sort of fun lol.  

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