Four race sections
in front, hallway, 3 breeding sections, grain room, 30 X 12
aviary in rear (not shown in photo) Overall dimensions of the
loft are approximately 36 X 35.
There are four race
sections, 2 for widowhood cocks, 2 for YB's, after old birds
season YB's get all 4 race sections, widowhood cocks are moved
to aviary for resting, breeder hens are also put in aviary when
breeding season is finished. Breeder cocks remain in stock
also have a holding aviary not shown where extra birds and late
hatches can be kept if needed.
Controlled by two attic fans, individual sections have exhaust
fans and 2 Gable fans. Air enters through soffet vents and
Jalousie windows. The Gable fans are thermostatically
controlled, others are manual. Air is purified by large
commercial 3 stage airzonator and ionizer.
vents are equipped with thermostatically controlled
fans to control loft temperature.
Are on the roof to deter hawks, but I question their
effectiveness, if anything the birds can see these from a
distance on sunny race days
on roof are to help prevent hawk attacks.
lights are on timers.
Heat: Loft is heated
with electric floor heat, and cove heaters mounted near the
Strobe Lights: Are
mounted on either end of the loft roof, these aid in helping
youngsters that are scared off by hawks find their way back to
the loft. they are very effective in reducing losses from
the loft when settling youngsters.
lights on roof are an aid in preventing losses when
The loft is fitted with 12
electronic stalls, wired to 3 Tauris Electronic clocks, two race
clocks, one for each club and a Data clock that records all
birds that are raced or trained that day. All race and training
data is fed from the clocks to a computer. All training and race
data are automatically recorded and stored in the computer to
create evaluation reports for future use.
TauRIS Electronic Clocks are attached to twelve stalls
timing in arrivals.
All sections have
small sliding doors to move birds from one section to another,
all birds are basketted through small doors near floor to the
outside so there is no need to chase them around the loft to
Old birds are flown
on traditional Widowhood, cocks only. Young birds are flown on
separated system and a few young cocks are flown on true
Widowhood. Of course the “Light System” is used for Young birds.
We keep 36 Widowhood cocks, 100 Young birds, and 25 pair of