Roller Pigeon Weather Report
This January has seen some really cold weather hitting all across the USA! It is really amazing what the roller pigeon can endure and conditions it can thrive in when necessary!
Even my own strain of Ruby Rollers while in my own lofts both here in Missouri and back when I was in Southern California have experienced temperatures in the lower 100 degree levels and actually even sub-zero temperatures while here in Missouri. That is a span of over a hundred degrees! They are a hardy bunch!
To make sure your roller pigeons can get through the winter and still be healthy and robust here are a few suggestions to help ensure the health and safety of your birds during these cold winter months.
At the top of my list is proper diet. To help the birds get through the coldest weather they must have plenty of food. Even though my loft is enclosed and protected from direct wind chill factor the cold ambient temperature still settles in both my separation lofts and the kit boxes.
So if it is 0 degrees outside like it was the first few days of January this year, it is 0 degrees inside the separation loft and kit boxes! So I will make sure they have plenty of food all day. Especially before sundown I want them to be able to fill up so that they have plenty of food consumed so that they will have it to burn through the night to help keep warm.
They have to burn something. I especially like to give them more corn during the coldest weather, as it’s the slightly higher fat content that they will burn first and best to keep warn during freezing night times. So whatever you feed just be sure they have plenty so they do not experience too much stress due to trying to keep warm.
The next priority to address is water. Even during the cold and snow covering the ground the birds still need to drink plenty of water. Be sure to swap your water containers at least twice a day should they be prone to freezing. Some pigeon supply houses have heating devices to keep water from freezing that you might want to look into. They are a bit pricey but for the convenience it is probably well worth it.
Next on my list is wind chill and wetness. If it is 32 degrees out side a slight to brisk wind can bring down the effective temperature on an animal by as much as 10 to 20 degrees.
So if it is 32 degrees outside exposed birds can be experiencing an effective temperature in the teens and twenties. This will both stress and kill a bird before too long. Avoid these conditions for your birds lest you start to suffer losses because birds are freezing to death.
As for cold weather and extreme temperatures you must provide plenty of feed (high in fat such as corn) and water both morning and late noon for the birds to do well and minimize stress.
Sick or slightly off birds can quickly become victims of cold extremes, unless you can house them in heated loft and medicate them, you may find that they quickly die-off during really cold snaps.
Up to now, as for this winter I have had only 1 bird die where I think the cold directly made its condition worse and lowered its ability to recover. I might just attribute this to the natural selection process weeding out the weak from the colony as all the rest are doing fine.
Next is the threat of BOP. As far as bird of prey during the winter being a problem, most experienced fanciers’ lock down for the duration to avoid losses. With natural prey being a bit scarcer during winter our rollers and loft can become a natural attraction as being a food source.
This might mean that you find BOP hunting near and around your loft, especially if you have exposed wire walls or aviaries that expose your birds to the gaze of these predators lying in wait for a chance at a meal.
To minimize this exposure, cover the wire pens and basically “hide” your birds from the hunter’s eyes. If no food is spotted for a while there is a good chance they will move on to other locations that are a more attractive food source.
In closing, we are just a month into winter and for most of us it has already left a mark for its harshness. We have 2 more months but I am hopeful the worst cold is behind us. Stay warm and dry and keep your rollers well fed and watered!
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