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Published on Dec 29, 2017
Pigeons were once raised as a source of meat in special buildings known as doocots, dovecotes or culverhouses. The squabs were the once eaten and the droppings used for fertilizer, gunpowder and tanning. The oldest style is the 'beehive' with the open top, followed by 'lectern' style associated with mansions and fortified manor houses with eventually smaller 'gable end' style set high up on buildings to deter the introduced vermin - brown rats.