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What are some tips for caring for Birmingham Rollers?

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Birmingham Rollers require a diet of grain and fresh vegetables, plenty of flight space and protection from avian predators. Spacious outdoor lofts with breeding compartments provide the best environment for successful roller husbandry.

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Most pigeon fanciers keep Birmingham Rollers in outdoor lofts that consist of multiple breeding compartments and outdoor flight space. Weather is not a major concern as rollers are hardy enough to survive most common climates. Birmingham Rollers do best on mixed grains mixed with fresh peas. Since the birds become better rollers as they age, frequent exercise is necessary to maintain good performance levels. It is important to note that rollers, especially younger birds, are easy targets for raptors like hawks and falcons so they need to be carefully watched during outdoor exercise. The normal life expectancy for healthy Birmingham Rollers is 10 to 12 years.

For breeding purposes, pairing adults that roll at least 20 feet produces the best rollers among offspring. A space of 2 square feet with 18 inches of headroom makes and excellent breeding compartment and a couple can be confined in the compartment until paired. Newspaper in the nesting box allows for easy cleaning and providing calcium in drinking water helps with healthy egg production.

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