Now that all flights are finished, it is time to clean the pigeon lofts. A thorough annual cleaning is a must if you want to guarantee optimal health for yourself and your pigeons. Maintaining pigeon lofts is key to healthy pigeons.
The first step is the most obvious, but not always practical. The lofts must be emptied so that you have some room to work.
You can temporarily put the pigeons in another loft, and then put them back later.
If you have enough time, and you can clean out a loft quickly, you can also put the pigeons in a large basket until you are done. This is not recommended, but I’ll explain why later in this article.
The individual parts such as; nests, watering bowls, food bowls, chapels and grids should be placed as close to the loft as possible, since all these parts must be put back in later. It is best to remove them as structured as possible, so that you can easily put them back in place later on.
When all that has happened, the loft is actually ready to be thoroughly cleaned.
The cleaning process consists of 6 steps, we will discuss each specific step further below.
After you have completed step 2, we will start vacuuming. It is important that you make the loft as dust-free as possible. An industrial vacuum cleaner is a must-have for this job. You can vacuum up all the dirt without worrying about running the chance that the vacuum cleaner gets clogged.
When everything is vacuumed, it’s time to go through the loft with the torch burner. Here it is important that you reach every square cm. This step is necessary to kill all of the vermin!
All loose parts are sprayed with a high pressure cleaner.
Cleaning out the loft is one thing, but you must also remember that there is serious dirt on the loose parts.
By thoroughly cleaning these, you ensure that everything is spotless again.
After you have followed all these steps the cleaning of the loft is over. The loft is now spotless and the individual parts can be put back into place.