Controlling birds around farm buildings can take time out of your already strict daily routines. Nuisance birds like pigeons, starlings and barn swallows don’t care about anyone’s schedule but their own. Unfortunately, sharing the barn with pest birds isn’t sanitary and the costs and dangers of birds in dairy and livestock operations can add up quickly! See how to keep dairy barns bird-free with a few tips from Avian Control.
1. Bird-Proof the Interior of the Dairy Barn
Barn swallows are especially known for being determined to rebuild their nests even after they’re removed or destroyed. And because some species of bird are federally protected, it is illegal to harm the nests in any way if there is even the slightest possibility eggs or baby birds are inside. Play it safe and just bird-proof the dairy barn using one or a few of these ideas:
- Clean up any spilled grains, oats, seeds, wheat or other sources of feed
- Store feed in sealed, plastic containers that birds can’t peck through
- Use covered feeders for your barn animals that exclude birds
- Monitor the water level in troughs so that it’s deep enough for birds not to stand in, but shallow enough that water can’t be
drunk by a bird perched on the edge
2. Bird-Proof the Exterior of the Dairy Barn
Although the inside of your dairy barn is the preferred nesting zone for birds, that won’t stop determined swallows from nesting around the barn’s doorways, eaves or rafters. Making these areas unpleasant for inhabiting or too difficult to build a nest upon are good ways to deter birds from making your barn their home. Check out these tips for bird-proofing your exterior dairy barns:
- Hang long, thick plastic strips in doorways to prevent birds from flying into barns
- Block openings to lofts, vents and eaves with wood, metal, glass or wire mesh
- Cover the undersides of rafters with netting
SEE: How to Repel Birds
3. Replace Your Old Dairy Barn Bird Repellent Methods
Old dairy barn bird repellents are not as effective as Avian Control liquid bird repellent because they don’t last as long and end up costing you more out of pocket to protect your barns. Just a few of the old bird repellent technologies you’ll be able to replace include:
- Trained Hawks – hiring a professional falconer or hawk trainer is expensive
- Barn Cats – not only are they not fool-proof, but they can harm your animals, too
- Noise Makers – they bother you and your animals and the birds get used to them
- Scare Tactics – don’t work long-term and can spook your own animals
SEE ALSO: How to Keep Birds Away from Cider Mills
Trust Avian Control with Your Dairy Barns this Season!
Spraying the areas in and around your dairy barn with Avian Control will deter birds before they even think about setting up their new nests for the season. Protect your livestock from avian diseases and droppings with a Avian Control! Call 888.868.1982 to order or contact us for more information, today!