GOING TO THE BIRDS?
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.