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Pigeons can be a real nuisance to farmers and smallholders, and the problems that they can cause when they gain access to a barn is significant. From contaminating animal feed with their feces through to scavenging food and leaving unsightly feces stains around the barn, keeping the pigeons out is a very good thing if you can achieve it. The amount of work required will also depend on how old the barn is and how many openings to allow access to the barn there.
Good Maintenance And Prompt Repairs Of The Barn
With solid barns that have either one large door or two or three doors that can be closed, then maintaining the roof and ensuring the doors are closing flush to the walls of the barn can help to ensure that the pigeons cannot get in to the barn. If you do find any holes in the roof, repairing these will not only help to keep the pigeons out, but it will also help to ensure that you keep the contents of the barn dry too.
Use Pigeon Netting Beneath The Roof Of The Barn
Depending on the type of barn that you have, it may not always be possible to keep the pigeons out entirely, and either the number of holes and access points are too great, or it is a barn with a roof but with large spaces instead of barn walls. In these cases preventing the birds from getting into the roof of the barn can be a very important step, and installing a net with a fairly narrow mesh below the roof area of the barn can be a very good move to prevent the pigeons from staying in the barn.
Place Pigeon Spikes On The Beams Within The Barn
If you have a barn which has a lot of beams and areas for the pigeons to land, then pigeon spikes can also be useful if you do not want to use the approach of installing pigeon netting. The spikes can be installed along the entire length of the beams, and these will make it impossible for the pigeons to land.
Store Hay And Other Animal Feed In A Confined Area
If we consider what will usually attract pigeons into the barn, shelter will be one factor, but they will also often be there so they can get access to the food sources in the barn. If you have a small confined space within the barn, storing feed there can reduce the attraction for pigeons and keep them away from your barn.
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