-17C January 19, 2016

Everything is shutdown for the winter, too cold to go outside.  The main trick with pigeons is to keep the cold wind off them, the birds generate enough heat even at very cold temperatures to stay quite warm.  You can see my aviary on one side of the fancy coop just has a sheet of heavy plastic on part of it, the air comes in thru the screen door, and up out the roof, it’s more important for the birds to have dust free/fresh air.

Yes I just put a sheet of plastic across most of the front of the coop, there is a huge vent across the bottom right wall, so lots of fresh air coming in there now.  I have 15 youngsters already, I am going to place those in a one loft race in a few months, they will be safer in that loft I think.   The forest is a great place for predators, like Hawks, and once I start letting my birds out in the late spring, the Hawks visit almost daily.

I am going to renovate this coop this year, this one is now about 8 years old so it’s time..

Hello world!

Welcome to my backyard hobbies site.   I will try to blog here about gardening, birdwatching, pigeons (I keep racing pigeons and some fancy pigeons) and all the challenges of nature that I have to cope with.

I live in the historic township of  Manotick Ontario, we are a municipality in Canada’s capital city, Ottawa (click to see map).

Manotick is in the south end of the city, at least 10 minutes south of the airport, so there is lots of nature, its a great place to live.