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We have a "healthy" population of pigeons and are wanting to trap them. Anyone have any hints? We can't get them to eat feed with poison in it to get rid of them, so are thinking about trapping them to at least have to train with.

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An old stand-by is going out at night with a flashlight and a long handled fishing net to where they roost (barn, old bridge etc).

In today's PC world, I'd think this way may be the way to go: Pigeon Trap
 

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Thanks for all replies and suggestions. One of our main problems is they're already in and around the corn grain bins. There's corn everywhere! How do we lure them in the traps with corn already sprinkled all over around?
 
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We had an old hotel and they gave us permission to trap I bought a trap from Lion country it worked pretty well we had to use expensive food they didnt like corn. We tried our traps at a mill couldn't trap any they had to much food around. Thats where the flashlight and net may work at night while they are asleep
 

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Thanks for all replies and suggestions. One of our main problems is they're already in and around the corn grain bins. There's corn everywhere! How do we lure them in the traps with corn already sprinkled all over around?
Go buy a bag of milo at the feed store, ;)
 

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You can use Chicken Scratch grain. $13 for 50 lbs at feed stores. Be sure and wire the trap (one way) door open so they get used to going in and out for a couple of days.
I have a trap from Lion Country also. Keep a watch on your trap.

A humorous story. My son and I were trapping at an abandoned service station. We would check the trap every few days. Then we went by one day and the service station was gone. They demolished it practically over night. Then built a branch bank. Needless to say we lost my trap.
 

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I've never tried this...

In playing around with BB launchers, I've noticed that if you program 2 units to fire as the same unit they seem to be synchronized. In actually firing bumpers, I don't know if they're close enough to each other.

I'd bet if you programmed 2 or 3 as the same unit and added some bird netting, (the kind they sell to keep birds off of berries)attach it to the bumpers. I'd bet you could make an effective cannon net, like they trap wild turkeys with.

This seems like it would work especially good where there's already a lot of food.
 

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...Then built a branch bank. Needless to say we lost my trap.
Oops. Wow, that's rough.

In today's PC world, it wouldn't surprise me that if the same thing happened now, I was told that someone installed cameras to record whoever showed up to claim the trap. This, followed by lots of question about the violation of pigeon rights would be par for the course.

Andrea, just in case, consider a back-up plan so that you are ready with an explaination. Maybe... you are worried about the pigeons becoming too heavy with all that grain available to them. You are capturing them to put them on an exercise program so that they live longer, happier lives. That could work!

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.....In today's PC world, it wouldn't surprise me that if the same thing happened now, I was told that someone installed cameras to record whoever showed up to claim the trap. This, followed by lots of question about the violation of pigeon rights would be par for the course....



:p

I put this tag on my trap in the city :cool:

WARNING!

This Trap is the Private Property of

P.U.L.L.


The Pigeon Urban Liberation League

Rescuing pigeons from their urban squalor, transporting them to rural environments and lovingly releasing them to fly free.

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I put this tag on my trap in the city :cool:

WARNING!

This Trap is the Private Property of

P.U.L.L.


The Pigeon Urban Liberation League

Rescuing pigeons from their urban squalor, transporting them to rural environments and lovingly releasing them to fly free.

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Hilarious! Where's the LIKE button!
 

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If you have a "healthy population of pigeons" and "corn grain bins" it sounds like you are in a rural setting. If so the 12 Gauge trap works great, just shoot and freeze.. If you're not handy with a 12 Ga. your local gun club would love to volunteer.

I never had much luck trapping live pigeons.
 

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Thanks all ---
Ken, I was sure you were going to advise us to do something with a rope....and I'm just not that great of a roper. My son's a pretty good fisherman, so the net and light might be great entertainment.

And, I'm sure we can fund a bag of gourmet bird feed considering the whole point of this project is to provide multicultural socialization for our rural friends.

At only 6 1/2 weeks of age, our dearest YLF "Diva" LOVES friends.
 

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Since they're already used to eating corn around the grain bins you can set out pans of corn or feed liberally soaked with cheap whiskey and the pigeons will literally get too drunk to fly. You can then just wander around picking them up or toss a net over them and get them all at once.
 

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if they have a lot of food, the best way is to put a "Judas" bird in the trap.
get that bird with a lite and net in the dark. Net as many as you can in the dark and put one in the trap for the day time.


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I've never tried this...

In playing around with BB launchers, I've noticed that if you program 2 units to fire as the same unit they seem to be synchronized. In actually firing bumpers, I don't know if they're close enough to each other.

I'd bet if you programmed 2 or 3 as the same unit and added some bird netting, (the kind they sell to keep birds off of berries)attach it to the bumpers. I'd bet you could make an effective cannon net, like they trap wild turkeys with.

This seems like it would work especially good where there's already a lot of food.
Good thought but won't work too well unless the birds are right close to the launchers. The bumpers begin to lose momentum a soon as they leave the launcher. Add in the weight of the net and they will decellerate even faster. Nets used in live bird captures are driven by rockets. They maintain acceleration through the peak of the arc and are pretty powerfull. You could use your idea and some model rockets. With a very light net, they might cover more area and be successful.
 
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Forgot to add sometimes we put a live bird in the trap as a decoy we only put a little food down on the trail to the cage door and the rest far back towards the end or they will eat to much and not go in.
 

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Cannon nets do not use rockets. They use guns that shoot a projectile that weighs several pounds.
Mine weigh four pounds each and I use three of them to launch a thirty five foot wide net.
 
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