Sparrow Control Ideas?

pederson3

In the Brooder
10 Years
May 11, 2009
18
1
24
Cody
So, I have struggled with sparrows in the past but they are multiplying like rabbits & getting smarter all the time. They are no longer afraid of the Magic Halo or the Owl figurine, they seem to be learning to avoid the trap as I used to be able to "empty & refill" it several times daily but now I'll only catch a few birds but their numbers have increased drastically everywhere else. I have put black thistle & black sunflower seeds in my feeder but they have learned to pick it out to find the chicken feed. I am at my wits end with these things, they are eating more feed than the chickens. I hate to get rid of my ladies...so I need some fresh ideas. Oh, and we have 1 cat, and our neighbors have 2. They all frequent the coop, but that doesn't scare them off either. I was thinking of getting kittens because they're a bit fiestier, but that is probably a dead end street as well. I know I will never be sparrow free, but I need an extreme reduction. Help!
 

Rare Feathers Farm

Crowing
11 Years
Apr 1, 2008
13,102
75
326
Pleasant Valley, (Okanogan) WA
My Coop
My Coop
Is your run covered?

I feed my chickens indoors and I just invested in 5/16" nylon netting for the tops of my runs (I had 1" and they were still squeezing in). Sparrows are not only a nuisance with stealing food--they spread diseases, too...mites is one and who knows what else.
 

pederson3

In the Brooder
10 Years
May 11, 2009
18
1
24
Cody
Well, my coop and run are not covered. It is an unconventional chicken run. It is an old set of loafing shed & we turned one into a coop, and the run is an old horse corral with chain link. The whole set up is over 3000 square feet so I would have to cover all of the top and the chain link sides so I am afraid that wouldn't work. But, I will try feeding in the coop...I have tried before and even my chickens didn't know the feed was in there so after a week I hung it back outside. I'll just lock them in with it for a couple of days so they realize thats the new feeding ground! And, I'll try a new trap. Ours is homemade and has to be emptied and re set after each sparrow. Ugh. Thank you, and I will keep fighting the sparrow battle!
 

Mattemma

Crowing
10 Years
Aug 12, 2009
5,314
94
291
I bought a repeating sparrow trap a year or 2 ago from TX. http://www.sparrowtraps.net/

It
works good.Some days I have none,and others I have 10 or more in the trap. I expect more once winter rolls in.Only issue is it will trap natives,so you have to get those birds out before the sparrows attack them. One day I even had a male and female cardinal!

Oh and the trap is also good at catching mice and chipmunks.
 

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