There is still a considerable number of people who keep pigeons or doves, and many of them will be interested in the dove-cote which is described here. It is octagonal in shape, two-storied, and has four compartments in each story, all of which can be got at for cleaning and inspection through doors in two of the sides.
The cote measures IS to 20 inches across and is 3 feet high, including the roof. Four upright boards A B C D are nailed to the sides of a square centre-post and cut off at the top to the slope of the roof; and to them are nailed the pieces which form the floor of the upper story.
The a G sides and four F F F F sides are fixed to the divisions and bottom board. The last projects 5 inches beyond the sides, for birds to alight on. Each of the four doors gives access to two compartments. The upper alighting platform is in eight pieces, nailed together at the angles and supported on brackets. The upper faces of both platforms are bevelled to throw rain outwards.
All eight entrances are marked out from a pattern and cut with a padsaw before the narrow F F bcarJs are fixed. The upper doors must not be high enough to foul the edges of the roof when opened.
The making of the roof is a rather nice bit of joinery. The edges of all pieces are bevelled to fit neatly, on the outside at least, and the grain of the wood runs from eaves to apex. At the top the pieces are nailed to the top of the centre-post – suitably pointed – and at the bottom to the sides or battens across the inside of the doorways. The joints are made watertight with headings or zinc strips; and the joint of the roof finished off with a spike or small weather-vane.
The post on which the cote is mounted will be of stuff 4 inches to 5 inches square, according to its length. Its upper end is morticed into the crossing-point of two horizontal pieces halved into one another and secured to the post by four struts . The bottom of the cote is well screwed to the cross.
The bottom of the post is buried two feet or more into the ground, after being charrod or well tarred. The post is kept stable by four sloping ties nailed at the bottom end to cross boards, also well buried.
The cote and post should be given two or three good coats of paint outside, or be creosoted.