Made our own sparrow/Indian Myna bird trap. WORKS AMAZING!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Birdybooo, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. Birdybooo

    Birdybooo Out Of The Brooder

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    We have been having issues with sparrows coming into the chicken run and eating all the food, when I first got the chooks there was only one or two resident sparrows taking a bit of food here and there, it wasn't a problem then. Just after spring this year, practically over night we had a flock of them in our back yard taking food from the chickens in one day that would usually last them 4-5 days! My husband and I were searching all over the net for a trap to buy but our options were very limited. Everyone is either on holiday, we had to wait a week for the trap to arrive or/and it cost in excess of $130+ (some where $300!!).

    Anyway, thought this might be helpful to other chicken owners who might have issues with sparrows/pest birds. We found a plan for a bird trap. http://www.indianmynaproject.com.au/sites/default/files/media/docs/PG_trap_intructions.pdf . The only thing we modified was the trap entrances, I made the internal entrances a slight bit smaller and using the metal mesh itself, I made little spikes with it so they sparrows can't try and get back out once they enter.

    We bought all the materials needed to make this trap for $28-29, made it within a couple of hours (with heaps of left over material for another trap if need) and left it in our backyard with bird seeds, bread and chook feed on offer. We had our doubt at first, and it took us over 1 day before the birds were comfortable enough to enter the cage. We caught 5 birds on that first day and 2-3 every day after. We are currently on 13 birds count and there are still a few more before we are sparrow free in our yard. We disposed of the birds with 10sec of gas from the exhaust pipe and buried the bodies in the compost bin...at least they will make themselves useful to our veggie patch next year.

    I found it so hard to find information on trapping pest birds when researching for ideas, this thread might be useful to someone who has had the same issues.
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    Last edited: Jan 18, 2014
  2. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's pretty neat. Glad it is working for you and helping with your sparrow problem.
     
  3. sandman55

    sandman55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The link to the trap plans is not working. A couple of years agoI made the type of trap with see saw that the bird hops in and it goes down and when the bird hops through the clear plastic door to the cage it resets itself only after catching about 20 birds they somehow worked out how to get through the see saw I haven't seen how but I suspect they were pecking the see saw down and then hopping through and the same on the way out because the bread bait was gone. it wasn't long before they all knew how to get past and I wasn't catching any. They are a problem now that I have chooks even though I have a rat and sparrow proof feeder https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/843581/my-bird-and-rodent-proof-feeder I noticed today they were fouling the water maybe I will have to have those drip things that they peck
     

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