1988 - Volume #12, Issue #5, Page #11[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Aluminum Pans Chase Birds AwayAluminum baking pans, with wood lathe nailed and/or glued to the backs for sup-port, make dandy bird reflectors that scare birds away, says Janet Schmitz, Union Grove, Wis.
"We were having problems with barn swallows and various other birds in our finishing barns and around feed bins, and we were concerned about the potential for spreading disease," says Schmitz. "We hung these bird reflectors over feed bins and from the rafters in the finishing building. The movement caused by air currents and the reflection from the sunlight was very irritating to the birds, which soon left the barn. A side benefit is that the twirling bird reflectors seem to entertain the pigs." The lightweight aluminum foil 9 by 13-in. baking pans can often be found on sale at 3 for $1, says Schmitz. Add the cost of wood lathe, glue, nails and a wire and the total cost for each is likely less than 40 cents, she says.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup,
Janet Schmitz, Union Grove, Wis. 53182.
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