Modena and Fantail loft help

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by dainironfoot, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. dainironfoot

    dainironfoot Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi guys! I am currently designing a loft to build this summer that will hopefully house Modenas and American fantails. I'm thinking it will be somewhere around 6'X8'. That would be just the actual "house" part, my question is this: how big of an attached outdoor "flight pen" do I need for these breeds. From what I've read neither are strong flyers right? I was thinking an additional 3'X8' flight area. Is this big enough? Should I have a big door for their access to it or just little 6 or 8 inch holes to crawl thrue to access the outside pen? I'm worried if they can't fly very well will they be able to reach the holes to get to the pen? And how many pairs do you think I could keep in that size of a loft? Thanx in advance for all the great help,

    -Tony
     
  2. Lofty Dreams

    Lofty Dreams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many pairs are you thinking of since you'll need about 2 sq feet for each bird.
     
  3. dainironfoot

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    I was hoping to get 8 or 10 pair. Does this sound large enough?
     
  4. cameron

    cameron Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You need to go bigger..much bigger those 16 to 20 birds will pair up and in a month you'll have 40 birds.

    Build bigger or keep fewer pairs. Trust me.
     
  5. dainironfoot

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    OK, I can go bigger. how big does the flight pen for Modenas need to be? Are they big on flying?
    Thanx
     
  6. chseeads

    chseeads Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Modenas can actually fly pretty good. They are not really "recreational fliers," so to speak.... They don't do very much flying around just for the sake of flying around, they fly from point A to point B to get where they want to go, but they fly just fine as far as that goes.
     
  7. Night_Wolf_Lofts

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    Modenas also need plenty of room as they are known to become aggressive. And also, depending on where they come from...some lines today don't like to raise their own young and can be cantankerous to deal with, but they are quite a unique breed. They are big and bully..but I have found some that are like puppy dogs. LOL

    As most pigeon folk will tell you...GO BIGGER early int eh game because if not, you'll be doing it soon enough.

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  8. larrylofts

    larrylofts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If You Realy Like The Modenas Try The German Modena Same Colors And Markings Only Smaller Bird People Say That They Raise Like Crazy The Modern Modena Or Show Tpye That You See Mostly Are Very Aggressive Toward Other Birds And Them Selfs And Have Some Breeding Problems And I Believe They Could Get Along With Other Birds Better
     
  9. sport14692

    sport14692 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The best way to raise Modenas is in individual breeding cages, this eliminates all the aggressiveness and it is much easier to control. Some people have had success open loft breeding them but most of the successful breeders around here including myself go with the individual breeding cage way. I also raise American and Indian fantails and have no problem with these breeds in an open loft enviroment
     
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  10. dainironfoot

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    wow, thanx for the great advice! how big are your individual breeding cages?
     

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