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"Bird Flusher" Saves Wildlife When Mowing Hay
Iowa farmer Kevin Holst built a "bird flusher" on front of his loader tractor to scare birds and animals out of his path when mowing hay fields.
    "My goal is to scare away any nesting birds or animals before the mower runs into them," says Holst.
    The device consists of a 14-ft. long, 3-in. dia. pipe that quick-taches to brackets on the loader arms. The pipe is the width of the tractor and Holst's 9-ft. offset mower. A series of welded-on chains spaced 20 in. apart hang down from the pipe, with small cowbells welded to the bottom of each chain. The pipe is hinged on one side so that if it contacts an obstruction it'll pivot back.
    "It does a great job flushing out wildlife such as pheasants and rabbits, so they don't get eaten up by the mower," says Holst. "I use it on my Deere 6400 4-WD tractor. I generally run the pipe about 3 ft. off the ground, with the chains hanging just above ground level. A big advantage to mounting the flush bar on the loader is that I can go through narrow gates by simply raising the loader above the gate posts."
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Kevin Holst, 22256-260th St., Eldridge, Iowa 52748 (ph 563 349-4858; kjholst1@juno.com).

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2011 - Volume #35, Issue #4