Word must have got around in the barn swallow community about our farm because we have more this year than I can ever remember! I counted 3 nests a few months ago. I knocked one down that was being started inside the goat barn. Once the babies flew the nest, I knocked down the one in the wood shed. I thought that would be the end of it but a few weeks ago my son pointed out a NEW nest inside the shed marked for demolition with MORE babies in it. Do barn swallows have more than one round of babies? Usually if I knock the nests down, they don’t swoop at you as much because they aren’t protecting a nest (I would guess). I didn’t expect them to build another nest! It’s almost dangerous crossing the yard now. One day I counted as many as 35 birds. I’m torn between knocking down the nests so they leave and just leaving them alone because I hear they eat mosquitoes and there are LOTS of them right now.
What would you do?