GO­ING TO THE BIRDS?

EQUUS - - Eq Hand­son -

or your sad­dle racks. You can also try us­ing “scare­crows” of fake owls and hawks, but many birds see through this ruse and end up nest­ing right next to the very ob­ject that’s meant to re­pel them.

If you no­tice a nest be­ing built and the birds are not of a pro­tected species, en­cour­age them to re­lo­cate by re­mov­ing it. You’ll prob­a­bly need to do this sev­eral times be­cause many birds will at­tempt re­build­ing in the same spot be­fore mov­ing along. If there are eggs, chicks or fledglings in the nest, you’ll need to rec­on­cile with your own con­science be­fore dis­pos­ing of it. The bet­ter op­tion may be to move any buck­ets or stored items be­neath it.

Keep in mind that barn swal­lows and many other birds eat an as­ton­ish­ing amount of in­sects each day. These in­sects would oth­er­wise pester you and your horse and pos­si­bly trans­mit dis­eases. Also re­mem­ber that nest­ing sea­son is brief; once the ba­bies leave the nest, most adult birds tend to re­lo­cate out­doors, mak­ing them­selves less of a nui­sance. With this in mind, you may opt to tol­er­ate, and even en­joy, your spring­time ten­ants.

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