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"Brid Flusher" Alerts Wildlife
Michigan farmer LeRoy Lampen of Jones, Mich., built a "bird flusher" on front of his tractor to scare birds and animals away in hay fields when mowing.
  The device consists of a 10-ft. long, 1 1/2-in. dia. pipe that hangs by a pair of chains from an angle iron frame that bolts onto both sides of the tractor. The pipe is the width of the tractor and Lampen's 10-ft. offset mower. The chains hang from a pair of hooks on the frame, making it easy to adjust the pipe's height.
  "The idea is that the pipe will scare away any nesting birds or animals before the mower runs into them," says Lampen. "I got the idea after I ran over a couple of baby deer with my mower. We have a lot of CRP ground with a lot of deer, and they'll lay tight if you don't have something ahead of you to scare them away. However, I haven't run over anything since I put the bird flusher on. I generally run it about 1 ft. off the ground, depending on how thick the vegetation is. I didn't hang chains from the pipe because they tend to get tangled up."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, LeRoy Lampen, 13277 Born St., Jones, Mich. 49061 (ph 269 244-5455).

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2004 - Volume #28, Issue #5