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    MissyS
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    Tammy, to answer your question about my house sparrow population. I don’t have many at all in my background. My backyard faces a large open area. However, the development I live in does have an over abundance of house sparrows. The front of my house faces other houses that have trees and bushes where the sparrows love to congregate. Every year I get one or two pairs of house sparrows that either chase off my native birds or destroy their eggs. I have spent way more money on sparrow traps and prevention than I have on the birds’ housing. I have a repeating sparrow trap, Van Ert trap, different kinds of in cavity traps for my purple martin houses, and a pellet gun. They always seem to out smart me when it comes to trapping these birds. The house sparrows have no interest in the repeating trap. I have used everything ever mentioned to me in attracting HS to the trap (such as feathers, cotton balls, bread, crackers, popcorn, etc.) and still no luck in getting the HS to go inside the trap.

    As for the monofilament, I’m attaching a picture of how I have wrapped the fishing line on my house. Please comment on weather I did it correctly or incorrectly.
    https://goo.gl/photos/biRjvnwLPRD8XyPS6
    In addition to the string on the roof and around the door, I strung a few pieces from a clothes hanger attached to the sides of the box and weighed them down with washers then stuck pieces of dowel rod into the washers to keep the string from getting tangled and twisted. I did not take the monofilament off my hose I believe this stay on the house all the time?

    #1335
    tamsea
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    supposedly you can keep the monofilament on. I don’t use that because when I had it up the house sparrows went right in my boxes.
    It could be that you aren’t trapping house sparrows because there just aren’t enough at your place. I trap at least 100-200 a year. The other issue is that you need a decoy. Have you trapped a house sparrow with your Van Ert? And if so did you put it in the repeating trap (holding area). A decoy is a must. It’s hard to trap more without a decoy…not impossible but hard. Sorry, if you explained about your traps before. I’m on a couple of forums and can’t keep people straight. It’s almost harder if you only have a couple of house sparrows then it is if there’s a ton of them.
    Move your trap around. Raise it, sit it on the ground, move it under the feeder, near favorite bushes, sprinkle seed on any wood part of the trap, and around the trap on the ground to draw hosp in. If I’ve told you all of this before ….please forgive me. I hate it when people do that!!! But I can’t remember like I used to…and that isn’t saying much. (no comment, Gin).

    Tammy

    #1336
    MissyS
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    Tammy,
    How do you keep the decoy alive? The other night I caught two house sparrows in a cavity trap inside my purple martin barn. My dog knocked the sparrow trap over as I was trying to open the side of my repeating trap and the male got away. I did get the female inside the repeating trap. I had food and water inside the trap. By the end of the day she had expired. I had this problem last year, too. The sparrows always expire before attracting other house sparrows into the trap.

    #1337
    The Original Bluebird Nut
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    Food and water, plus a place to get out of the sun if the trap is outdoors, should keep them alive for several days. My issue with keeping more than one or two in the trap, even with food and water, is that they start to peck each other to death. Nasty little birds!


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    tamsea
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    Missy, I always find that they do better in pairs. So I try to keep two or more in the trap. Was it really cold where you are? Is that why she died? Sometimes if it is really cold or really hot they don’t last long. I don’t understand. Sometimes they are just overly stressed. Keep trying. If they have access to water and food it sure seems like they would last. Mine often last for several days…sometimes a week.

    Tammy

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