Loft Ventilation

Loft Ventilation

Even if one whole side of your loft was open, you would not have good ventilation. In fact, you would have quite a draft and probably would get sick pigeons. How do you have good ventilation and yet not have drafts blowing on the birds? How can you have good ventilation without allowing your birds to get wet because you had the windows open? Why do you even have to have good ventilation? These are some good questions. They are also very important ones that most people over look. They are also reasons why many fanciers do not race as well as they could.

First of all, pigeons breathe out carbon dioxide just like you do. They need oxygen to be healthy and filled with energy. They also have their droppings land on the floor. These droppings contain ammonia. In large quantities ammonia will burn the linings of your nose and lungs. It also makes your eyes water. Your body does not want it or like it. Besides, it smells. It is much worse during damp weather because the droppings do not get a chance to dry out.

The carbon dioxide and the ammonia have to go. If they don’t , your pigeons will not perform their best. Most fanciers do not understand what good ventilation is. They feel that a window or two will take care of their needs. It is true that a window or two helps. In fact the windows are necessary, but heir main purpose of the windows should be to allow light to enter the loft. When the weather is nasty, those windows should be closed. It they are not, rain or snow will enter the loft and will dampen the floor and droppings. The damp floor as well as the damp droppings will soon cause your pigeons to become ill.

Proper ventilation is used in rain or shine. It is used in winter or summer. It is especially useful on days when there is no breeze. Proper ventilation begins either on the roof, of at the top of the highest wall. The pigeons produce body heat. The sun beating down on the loft also produces heat. The warm air rises. As it rise, it leaves from the ventilators in the roof or eaves. The second part of proper ventilators is to speed up the process of getting the warm air out. This is done by replacing it with cooler air. Cooler air is heavier than warm air. The bottom of the loft should have a ventilator vent on the bottom of the wall. It should be on the same wall as the top ventilator. In this way, cool oxygen filled air enters the loft at the bottom. As it leaves, it takes the carbon dioxide and ammonia with it. Simple isn’t it? It is also cheap. The results are wonderful. Your birds will be healthier and perform better. They will also not be in a draft, and the system works every day of the year, regardless hat the weather does. If you want to see if your system is adequate, you can do this test. Take something smelly, like air freshener, into your loft. Come back ten minutes later. It you can still smell the odor, then add another roof ventilator and floor ventilator.

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  1. #1 by Sunrise loft on April 4, 2011 - 11:58 pm

    hello nick

  2. #2 by albert mare on September 21, 2010 - 11:17 pm

    hi guys in new zealand the weather is very cold winter and very hot in summer we race birds the young birds in febury in middle of the moult and old birds winter so need to know whats the best way to face my loft. and what type of roof will suit me best.and were must i put the vents.

  3. #3 by Whitney on September 6, 2010 - 6:59 pm

    I also have a question. Say that it rains all week. With proper ventilation, will the droppings still dry properly if the outside weather is constantly humid and wet?

    • #4 by Sunrise loft on April 5, 2011 - 12:13 am

      to whitney according to your loft position is best to set the front towards south because of the benefits of the sun light going thru during the day, keeping it dry most of the time, about the vents here in US the wind comes usually from the north so thats where we want the back side of the loft, I would suggest the vents on top of the back side not more than 31/2 inches from the roof, but most important when youre inside the loft, it should maintain temperature same for long periods of time, no drafts
      you are the onlyone who can feel it.

  4. #5 by Nick Demas on July 10, 2010 - 9:44 pm

    Sir, I have asked questions about ventilation back in April and to date no one answers. The questions are available up above under comments by Nick Demas. Will someone please answer.

    Nick Demas

  5. #6 by Chris Dahl on April 13, 2010 - 5:02 pm

    hi guys, new here and in the process of building my loft. i am making a 8x8x8 loft, with a 3 inch drop from the front to the rear. i will not be making a screen down the entire front side. instead i will be making a large avairy in the front, approx. 3x2x2. i am planning on having vents on the door side, and the perch side. none on the nesting side as i hear that its bad to have vents near the nesting boxes. and should i have vents on the aviary side even though i have a large avairy? anyway, i am looking for feedback on the vent placements. is it better to put the vents on the top or the bottom? or on both? i will have flaps on the inside of the loft to block off some of the vents during extreme weather or tempetures if need be. any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks guys.


  6. #7 by Nick Demas on April 11, 2010 - 11:59 am

    I’m sick and tired of hearing so many contradictions on ventilation. Some say bottom and top of same wall only, others say bottom front and top rear.This is of course with inclined flat roofs.
    With a peak roof air enters through both eaves and out through ridge vents. What about cool air from lower on the wall, or does the air fom the eaves drop to the bottom first.
    I just want the best natural system for a flat inclined roof and a peak roof. PLEASE will someone tell the best way. Please respond at mailbox.npd at
    I will be building two lofts 20’x8’x7′. One with a peak roof and one with a flat roof with a incline.
    Thanks Nick

    • #8 by Sunrise loft on April 5, 2011 - 12:22 am

      hello Nick
      probably you already build yor loft already, but vents @ perch side it is not convinient, cause the birds perch at night and the wind would not help them get in form,the’ll be on a draft position,

    • #9 by Sunrise loft on April 5, 2011 - 12:35 am

      if your loft it’s all enclosed, I would put vents 1 or 2 front side 16 inches from the floor the air going thru the vents out the roof, this is if your loft is facing south, you already have avary for birds just make sure the loft maintains tempeture for long periods of time, thats why if it’s facing south will be warm thru out the day, another thing light up a cigarrett inside the loft and watch how the smoke travels and you’ll see how your loft is ventilating “old trick” wish you luck.

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