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I've got Birds in the Boom!

It doesn't help that my wife feeds the birds in the back yard, 75 feet from the boat. They've already hatched and mom is depositing their poop-bags right on the lazarette. I've been forbidden to evect them until flight is achieved.

As soon as I see that I'm gonna clean it out and plug up the end of the boom with something.

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Good for you for leaving them be for the time being.
Are they doves?
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After the birds have departed to the south(?) A spray can of insulating foam will plug that boom.

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A spray can of insulating foam will plug that boom.
Thanks, good idea, and I've already got some.

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they were nesting my boom too while on the mooring, it was so bad that last winter we took the boom apart and got about 2 lbs of twigs and stuff out. Even the the outhaul wouldn't work! Pretty easy it was actually.. drilling out pop rivets pulling the ends off. Learned how there is a block in the boom to increase the pull on the outhaul. 3/16ths pop rivets put it all back like it was never apart.

"Denise, what is the rag in the end of boom for?" I'm often asked LOL

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Get one of these after you plug the boom it will keep other birds away
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they were nesting my boom too while on the mooring, it was so bad that last winter we took the boom apart and got about 2 lbs of twigs and stuff out. Even the the outhaul wouldn't work! Pretty easy it was actually.. drilling out pop rivets pulling the ends off. Learned how there is a block in the boom to increase the pull on the outhaul. 3/16ths pop rivets put it all back like it was never apart.
Denise's Idea about cleaning out the boom is good also...

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Yeah, I figured I'd need to clean everything out of there.

I thought about an owl but my wife really enjoys the birds in the back yard so I'm just gonna live with it. This winter there was a young Ospry who spent most nights on the top of the mast. In the morning I'd get to hose away fish parts.

I knew I wasn't the first with this problem.

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You think you got problems. Look what I've got to deal with!!
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