Thanks for the info. We were always told as kids not to handle small birds because of lice, but I have never actually heard of anyone getting them either. Hoping for more today. They have decimated the bluebird population around us so I am ready to get rid of them.
We have chickens, and although we haven’t had them free ranging around where the trap is because we were trying to get the sparrows interested, by looking at it I don’t think there is any way a chicken can get the seed out of the tray or get caught in it. I built a little enclosure for my trap that will keep rain off it and gets it up off the ground so I’m not afraid of them messing with it too much. I think the biggest problem you may have is the chickens standing on it and pooping making it a mess.
New to this site. Third day with the DRST and after thinking I was doing something wrong, got seven sparrows today.
I dispatched a few and left some for decoys, however just after (of course) handling them I thought about mites/lice and my skin began to crawl (hopefully psychological). Is there a possibility of catching lice or mites from handling the sparrows? Also, I have food and water in the trap for the decoys, but do they really do OK staying in there? Its already warm here in NC, but I don’t want them to suffer.