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  • in reply to: HOSP invasion #2588
    DebC
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      That’s the tricky part. If the trap gets tripped by a bird in the box, you need to be prepared to get the bird out of the box. I did this yesterday for the first time. Here’s what I did: I took a very large plastic bag and put it over the top of the blue bird box. While my husband gathered the bottom of the bag and held it closed around the post, I opened the box. The HOSP flew out and I was able to grab her quickly and subdue her. If when you open the box you see that you’ve got a bluebird or other native songbird, you’ll want to remove the plastic bag as quickly as possible so that the BB can fly away, all the while ensuring that the bird isn’t injured in the process…which it shouldn’t be if you’re calm and steady during the process. I suggest reading the instructions here (scroll down to the section on Removing a Trapped Bird from the Nest after Capture). They are clear and concise (but it is much easier to do with two people if possible).

      • This reply was modified 8 years ago by DebC.
      in reply to: HOSP invasion #2581
      DebC
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        I bought mine through this forum years ago and happily, I see that they are still available here

        I had to read the instructions a few times but once I realized how easy it is to set the trap up, I was able to do myself (and I’m no engineer) with no help from Mr. Fix-it. Any questions just ask!

        • This reply was modified 8 years ago by DebC.
        in reply to: HOSP invasion #2579
        DebC
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          I also had the problem of job constraints but you could choose a weekend day or early evening (or any other block of a couple of hours) when you would install the trap and keep an eye on it. You’d have to remove the trap if you don’t have success in the given block of time, but I had success after just one hour. (If you’re not familiar with the inbox trap, it’s not meant to be installed permanently — in fact it can’t be. So putting in the box and removing it is really very simple.) Good luck!

          in reply to: HOSP invasion #2572
          DebC
          Participant

            The deed is done. Thank you all for your advice and support. As always, this is best place to get the right answer.

            in reply to: HOSP invasion #2564
            DebC
            Participant

              Thank you Carol! I will try it! Yes, I’ve been extremely lucky over the years but now I am mad as hell! The little rats will not get my babies!

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