In the busy summer silage season, farmers have a lot more on their mind than worrying about birds attacking their bales. Though when birds do attack the fruits of your harvest, it hits you where it hurts, in the pocket.
That’s why on this week’s farm hacks we have the perfect design to ensure birds never destroy your precious bales ever again. The design in question was posted by Ernie Patterson on Facebook.
The Design -
The basic principles of this design is to deter birds in any way possible. That’s why this design uses CD’s mounted in electrical conduit. This design not only has movement but also flashes, due to light reflecting off the CD’s, making a more effective deterrent.
As you can see from the above video, the CD is mounted into a slit cut into the horizontal tubing. The other piece of conduit tubing has slits pre-cut into it, at angles, which allows for other CD’s to be mounted, creating a propeller effect. This ‘propellor’ is mounted at the end, allowing for free movement.
Next, the horizontal tubing should be mounted to a post near where the bales are stacked. The CD acts as a tail fin and keeps the propeller facing the wind.
It is the constant movement in the wind and the moving flashing images created by the CD’s which keep the birds at bay and in fact, it will also deter other animals. The design is a relatively simple one and you can create your own variations of it with ease. So long as the propellors keep moving and the CD's stay mounted, you are good to go.
A cheap, sure-fire way of protecting bales, which was too hard to come by last winter. The CD’s will need to be changed every few years, though this still makes for a cheap, innovative way of protecting your bales. Who has the time to paint every individual bale? Surely it is worth a try?
Vid - Ernie Patterson.