Hay Hood and Door

A hay hood extends from the very tip of the barn gable. Its purpose is to facilitate loading hay into the loft, usually via a pulley system, and to protect the hay door from exposure to the elements.

A large opening in an upper gable is usually called a hay door. It allows for loading hay into the loft from a hay wagon or lift.

Hay hood and door in Washington County
Hay hood and hay door over sheep barn, Washington County, c. 1890