The pigeons are exploring the barn. On Friday they were hanging out in the polebarn and it looked like they were building a nest in the hay barn. I don’t mind them being in the hayloft, but we don’t want their dropping on the hay.
When we moved to the farm, half of the barn ceiling was covered in some kind of pressed cardboard sheets. Thinner than sheetrock, I imagine someone put it up to keep the hay from the loft from falling through the floorboards. Maybe they used the barn as a garage to keep or work on cars.
I’ve been wanting to take the boards down since we moved in, but I knew it would be hard dirty work and I just wasn’t up for it. Until yesterday, when I saw the pigeons fly into the space between the boards and the flooring. We don’t want them nesting there.
So I put on my sweatshirt, a hat, and mask, set up the ladder, and using a crowbar, pulled down the boards nailed to the barn beams.
There were plenty of old nests. I found part of an egg in one, but they also looked like mice and rat nests. The board came down easy and after pulling the nails out, Jon and I made a fire and burned it all in the barnyard with some of the branches from the maple that fell last summer.
Some of the barn beams were a little punky on the surface, but are solid an inch in. I loved revealing the beams and the barn looks so much better without the warped board nailed to them. It’s also cleaner not to have all those old nests rotting away in the ceiling.
And so far it looks like the pigeons are keeping to the hay loft. It’s the first time in days that I opened the barn door and they weren’t flapping around looking for an easy way out.