There is one thing all experts agree on: an overcrowded loft is one of the most common reasons for failure for a fancier. We could put it differently: in a loft where the pigeons do not have enough air or oxygen you will never be able to get good results.

4 things to do in your Pigeon Loft to increase quality oxygen.

1) To increase ventilation you can install small tubes on the roof, possibly with a ventilator

2) A basic roof window; a somewhat old fashioned model

3) Unsealed tiles guarantee good air ventilation without causing draught in the loft

4) Install a Hydrogen monitor in the loft.

How do this monitor work?

1) It reads the temperature in Celsius degrees.

2) It reads the humidity in % (loft should stay beneath the 65%)

3) It reads the carbon dioxides levels. The reverse reading is the quality of oxygen levels.

There are three types of monitors:

a) The local data save to a MicroCard (a special app to save data and display graphs) – R950.00 each

b) The internet of things. Save data (readings) to a cloud server,. – R1000.00 (need internet connection in the Loft – Wifi )

c) Monitor in the Loft + remote display (10m distance) – R1050.00 (no internet connection needed) Show – Min. Max. Current readings

From oxygen to carbon dioxide

You breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. Oxygen is diffused into the blood via the alveolar in the lungs; this process is called gas exchange. When the oxygen is used, carbon dioxide is transferred from the blood, back into the alveolar. This is the gas you exhale. When you inhale the air passes through your nose or mouth. Then the air passes through the windpipe, which branches off into smaller pipes, the respiratory tree. If you magnify this respiratory tree you can see each pipe end in small air spaces, the so called alveolar. The blood vessels sit right next to these alveolar. When you breathe in the air, the oxygen is transferred to the blood vessels. Oxygen particles pass through the walls of the alveolar, after which they enter the blood. The blood is then transferred to the heart, which pumps the blood rich in oxygen to all parts of the body. When the blood returns to the heart it carries carbon dioxide particles. Eventually the blood brings the carbon dioxide back to the lung alveolar. Now the same process takes place as with air intake, but in the reverse order: the carbon dioxide particles pass through the walls back into the alveolar. These two processes take place simultaneously in the body: oxygen enters the blood; carbon dioxide leaves the system.