Homemade Bird Trap - Build Plans & Specs DIY

If you ever wanted to trap live birds, here's the best way I know. I say it is the best because it's effective and you don't need to spend on the $50 price (or more) tag on the commercially made models. It is a multi-catch (or repeating) funnel trap. That means you only need to set it once and it will trap birds continually without you having to reset it.

A variety of traps have been used to control sparrows, but the funnel or half-cone trap has been the most popular and, generally, the most effective. The improvements in the Homemade Bird Trap are the adjustable guard rails and the built-in spikes on the guard rails and funnels.

Damage Caused by Sparrows

Whenever I'm asked why I trap sparrows, I answer for the same reason why I set rat traps - to eventually dispose them. Some say pigeons are the rats of the sky. I'd like to equate sparrows with rats. They're pests. And there's just too many of them.

If I could only safely use an airgun to kill them I would. I live in a rather urbanized area in the city and it would be probably illegal to use airguns.

Sparrow Trap by Day, Rat Trap by Night

When I was at the final days of pre-baiting the sparrow trap, I was thinking "Fiesta time is over". The "free bait" was just pre-bait and now it's time to see the homemade sparrow trap in action - and catch a few sparrows.

Well, after I finally set the trap, I got a surprise the following morning.

As dawn was breaking, I went outside and noticed some movement in the bird trap as I looked up. Going nearer, I saw the silhouette of a head-like figure that seemed to be staring at me. Finally, the trapped worked!

Homemade Bird Trap - Disposing Trapped Sparrows

The following article contains graphic images showing the cervical dislocation of a sparrow.
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You've set and baited your homemade bird trap and successfully trapped those pesky sparrows. Now what do you do? Do you keep them as pets? Do you bring the cage somewhere far and release them there?

Well, if you're like me who see these sparrows as pests that cause damage to property, I dispose them. but sparrows aren't like used napkins that you can easily toss out into the trash. You still have to kill those trapped birds first.

Homemade Bird Trap - Retrieving Trapped Birds

The nice thing about these traps is you could retrieve trapped birds at or near the feeding/bait stations or take them elsewhere for later retrieval.

Trapped birds can become aggressive and peck your hand. Wear gloves if you're not comfortable holding captured birds.

Gardening gloves like the ones I use below are enough. Gloves easily make your hand larger so you can actually smother a bird, making it easier for you to catch it inside the cage. Make sure though that the glove isn't too bulky and thick that it makes you clumsy, limiting your hand and finger movement.

Homemade Bird Trap - Pre-Baiting Sparrows

There seem to be several theories as far as pre-baiting sparrows is concerned.

From what I've researched, most would suggest pre-baiting for three days. One source suggested pre-baiting up to a week. Another suggested not to pre-bait at all!

Last year, in the first time that I used the homemade bird traps, I managed to trap Yellow Vented Bulbuls. During that time, I didn't even pre-bait. For bait, I just put in some tiny pieces of bread. For sparrows, I wasn't quite sure what bait to use.

Homemade Bird Trap - Making a Perch for the Cage

In the first time I successfully trapped birds with the homemade trap, the bird would be stressed. It would cling to the walls of the cage in a rather awkward position. Occasionally, it would drop to the bottom panel and move to the corners of the cage and, presumably, look for openings. It would then fly and cling to the side panels again, fly from panel to panel and then drop to the bottom panel again.

This show of struggle and distress may alarm other birds and so I decided to put a couple of perches inside the homemade bird trap.
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