Wild birds are all around us. The sound of their singing can be an idyll for the ears, whether you are in the countryside or the city. Birds eat fruits, corn, and vegetables in the garden, make nests so the yard can look messy, woodpeckers can damage trees and walls, and larger birds like eagles or ravens can be a danger to your animals as well.
If this is the case with you, it is quite understandable that you want to get rid of birds but before you decide to go bird hunting, you need to do the following:
Make sure wild bird hunting is legal in your state!
Before you decide to set bird traps and try to catch them, check the laws in your state. Many states have banned wild bird hunting by law, such as the United States. Only certain species such as sparrows, starlings, or pigeons are allowed to be hunted there. If you have a problem with birds that are forbidden to hunt, then you will have to ask for a special permit. So, first, make sure that bird removal is legal in your state. If it is, we bring you ways you can get rid of wild birds.
Before you choose a method to catch birds, you must first know what you want to achieve. Whether you want to kill a wild bird or you want to help a live injured bird.
How to help an injured bird?
Check to see if the bird is injured or is only temporarily unconscious due to the impact. If the bird's wings are bent or strangely standing, then it's an injury. The wing can then be scratched or broken. Therefore, if you notice that the bird has remained lying down after the impact and cannot fly, look around and try to see if the bird's parents are nearby and if they are, it’s best to wait for them to come and help the bird, especially if it is a young bird.
A bird that is just learning to fly is most often overseen by parents. If you are not sure what to do, call a wildlife rehabilitator. These are professionals who will tell you how you should react when you describe to them the situation you are in. They will tell you how to feed the bird, how to return it to the nest, or how to heal the injury. Also, you can use their number when you catch a bird and you don't know where to go with it. In that case, they will come for the bird and take it away.
Put gloves on before taking the bird in your hands. Although a bird can act harmlessly, it can transmit various diseases. In addition to illness, gloves will come in handy if a bird tries to bite you with its beak. Birds as well as other animals should be approached from behind so as not to be frightened. Take a piece of cloth in your hands like a kitchen towel. Gently cover the bird and lift it, not squeezing the neck but wrapping it and placing it between the fingers, so that the head protrudes. Put the bird in a safe place, like a cardboard box where you have to drill holes for air and it is desirable to use cloth again to lay the bird on it, to make it soft.
If you don't know how to help a bird that you have placed in safety and that has serious injuries, call a rehabilitator again. Provide the bird with water and food (preferably seeds). If the bird has minor injuries, after a few hours of rest it will recover and you will be able to release the bird.
How to make a trap for wild birds?
We will explain the 3 most effective methods.
1 - Ojibwa Bird Pole
Immediately to note, when making a trap, be aware that you will be killing the bird this way. For this procedure, you will need a knife, rope, stone, stick, a couple of branches, and finally a drill. This way of catching birds has existed for a thousand years and is called Ojibwa Bird Pole. Once you make this trap, you can reuse it and you can transport it to various places.
Make a wooden feature in the letter 'L' with a cable that will wrap the bird around its legs. Sharpen the ends with a knife and drill holes in the ends of the rod and add thin branches to the holes that birds can land on. Make knots with a rope around the stone. Both the branch and the rope must be passed through the drilled hole.
This is followed by a slightly more difficult step in which we want the wire and the smaller rod to be in the hole. You will probably try this a few times until you find the right balance. Once the loose end of the wire passes through the hole you need to tie a loose knot. It is a knot that tightens when exposed to some external force. With the end of the rope, go around the pole and through the sliding knot and determine the place where you will connect the two trap rods. Make a finishing knot at that point. When you’re done with the trap, place it somewhere in an open area in your backyard but don’t use bait as that might attract squirrels.
2 - Box trap
You will need a cardboard box, a stick, and seeds. With this method, you may have to wait for the longest for the prey to be caught. Drill a hole through the middle of the box where you will pull the rod. When the bird comes inside and starts eating, it will move the stick that will fall and the bird will be trapped in the box until you arrive. The box in which you hunt the bird should be twice the size of the bird you are trying to catch.
3 - Bucket and cage
If you don’t need to help the bird and don’t even want to kill it, this is the method for you. For this method, you will need wire (mesh), a plastic bucket with a lid, a rope, a wooden board, a bottle of water, styrofoam, a knife, and seeds. Make a wire cage of wire and planks. Let the pieces of wood be the same size and make a rectangular shape out of them. Place another board on each edge and wrap the wire around them to get the shape of a box without a roof. Take the styrofoam and use a knife to cut a rectangle that will serve as a roof or trap cover. Place the styrofoam on the 'box' and cut a hole in it large enough to fit a bucket in it. Now it's time to take the bucket and use a knife to cut the rectangles on the sides, without touching the top or bottom of the bucket. Then loop the plastic straw rope around the handle so that the bucket could be raised and lowered into the cage. Now make a wooden lever out of two long trees and X-shaped dowels and through the middle drill a hole and insert a wooden dowel to get the lever. Tie the bucket with a straw rope to one side of the cracker and place it near the hole in the cage and tie the water bottle to the other side of the lever. You can now put the bucket in the hole. Put the seeds on the bottom of the bucket. The birds will enter through the holes you drilled and when the bird enters, the bucket will go down into the cage. The bird will have nowhere but will come out into the cage and when the bird comes out, the bucket will pull up and the bird remains trapped in the cage. You can use this cage again and if you want to take the bird out, just lift the cage.
There are many reasons why you should know how to catch a bird. As you can see, some are more complicated and require you to know how to build a cage or tie a knot while others are so simple that we watched them in cartoons as children. Choose for yourself which of the methods will help you the most and we wish you luck in bird hunting!
If you are wondering if can you shoot birds in your backyard then this article here is for you.
PS. Remember you can only hunt birds if it is legal in your state!