At Robinson Garden we recommend that you use a homing net when you are confining your doves. This net will cover the whole of the dovecote and will allow the doves to fly in and out of the dovecote allowing the doves to fully stretch and exercise their wings. Another method is fitting homing boxes, some other dovecote manufacturers advise this but we wouldn’t recommend this due to various reasons.
Make sure the doves cannot hurt themselves or get trapped, and that the mesh size won’t allow them to push their heads through and get trapped in that way either.
The homing net is spread out down the floor and secured using either of the following, pegs, planks of wood, weights or bricks. By doing this, it creates a temporary aviary; ensure it is fully secured down to prevent predators such as cats and foxes entering the temporary aviary. The doves will be able to perch on the separate balconies that we put on each of the compartments, as it’s important that the doves are not on the floor at night and are in the dovecote.