Birds can be nuisance for dairy farmers. They steal feed that could be going to cows and leave quite a mess afterwards.

Hal and Kerry Adams, owners of Black Brook Farm in Shortsville, N.Y., have been using bird netting and chicken wire to keep pesky birds like starlings and sparrows out of the rafters of their barns.

“We haven’t had huge bird issues this year,” says Hal. “However, it hasn’t been totally effective.”

Hal relates that some birds still find a way into the open-trussed barn, but it does help cut down on some of the perching and nest-building.

Natural predators may still be the best method to keep irritating birds away.

“Truly, the best bird prevention we have is the Cooper’s Hawk that flies through the barn,” adds Kerry.