"We must achieve the character and acquire the skills to live much poorer than we do. We must waste less. We must do more for ourselves and for each other. It is either that or continue merely to think and talk about changes that we are inviting catastrophe to make. The great obstacle is simply this: the conviction that we cannot change because we are dependant on what is wrong. But that is the addict's excuse, and we know that it will not do."
—Wendell Berry

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

A big day for the pigeons

Three weeks are up and today I removed the wire from the pigeon shed.
Pigeon shed. It does not quite have the rustic ring of Loft or Fly. I suppose I could cal it a coop although I prefer the sound of Doocot, Dovecote, pigeonnier, colombier, Fuie, duivenkot, columbaria, colomendy or even Culverhouse. Will have to give it some thought although I do rather like the latin Columbaria.
I then installed the ledges and dividers to create the hole entrances. These holes make it difficult for crows and raptors to enter the shed itself. Pigeons, having evolved from a cliff dwelling bird, have no problems negotiating the narrow ledge and holes. The pigeons appear to be quite impressed and were soon out and about.
Next I need to finish the rows of nesting boxes needed. I was originally wanting to make a timber series of boxes but a lack of both timber and cash means this will not be happening any time soon. So plan B involves making boxes from salvaged materials.
Cleaned and cut properly these drums will make fine boxes that should serve our needs well. Tomorrows job.


  1. How about pallet timber Ulf?
    My recent projects include a bee hive, chooks nesting box and a stall for a calf we salvaged from the roadside. I am currently making a 0.75 cubic metre worm farm out of about 4 pallets.
    I used to collect them from various places but now Bunnings have them set aside nearly every time I go looking for them. We have even picked up a couple of steel ones with a good quantity of angle iron. They are being used for wood storage at the moment unless I see a need to use the steel.

  2. Good point! Pallets were indeed one of my options for this. Unfortunately the place where I get them from has just dumped/burned the pile and I have used up almost all of my stock here.