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bodger

Larson Trap

My eldest son has been visiting us for the last few days and during his stay, he's made me a Larson trap from scratch and I must say, that he's made a rather good job of it. He's made it from scrap materials that he's found around the place and has used springs to close the doors from an old trap that Bella the Horse sat on a few years back. I'm hoping to pick up a Judas bird from a local farmer and with a bit of luck, the trap will be set by tomorrow.
The boy has saved me a heck of a lot of money by me not having to buy a factory made one and the proportions of the trap are far more generous than they would have been. There are dozens of magpies around at the moment and while the trap isn't particularly photogenic, I'll get some pictures and post them when its made its first capture.
Jonty

Good stuff Bodger,

I've had loads out of a trap set in my garden, plonked on top of the kids play house.  And for the 1st time in the last couple of years, we've had birds fledging in the hedge.

Always nice when mr magpie has a visitor come and see him  



I also had a little visit from the RSPCA, who I was going to tell to bugger off but then thought as I'm doing nothing wrong come on in.  They did and were very apologetic that they'd been called and they were glad I was catching up!
bodger

A rare find indeed! An RSPCA officer ( volunteer) with a little common sense. I'm banking on getting my decoy from a local farmer who has 12 traps set around his farm. I haven't fed song birds all through the winter to see their 'kids' slaughtered.

I had a discussion once with someone from the RSPB. They were against the use of Larson traps to control magpie numbers and they went on to say that the magpie explosion would eventually be controlled by lack of food. I asked them if by this , they meant that all the songbirds would be gone?
horace

Ibet that made him splutter
confused

Well done , otherwise we soon wont have a bird to listen to!
12Bore

Good move, and nice one eldest Bodger Jnr  
sod

bodger wrote:
A rare find indeed! An RSPCA officer ( volunteer) with a little common sense. I'm banking on getting my decoy from a local farmer who has 12 traps set around his farm. I haven't fed song birds all through the winter to see their 'kids' slaughtered.

I had a discussion once with someone from the RSPB. They were against the use of Larson traps to control magpie numbers and they went on to say that the magpie explosion would eventually be controlled by lack of food. I asked them if by this , they meant that all the songbirds would be gone?


Sounds like some here  
bodger

Here's a picture of the Larson trap that my son made for me. Did I say that I managed to let the Judas bird escape before I could get it into the trap?    




sod

(*&^&^*())&^$&^* bird
Jonty

sod wrote:
(*&^&^*())&^$&^* bird


(*&^&^*())&^$&^* bodger

more like  

I did the same, promised someone a call bird so the next magpie I got, took dog cage out of garage, assembled cage, found a food and water containers, put food and water in, found wood for perch, cut wood to length, rounded top of perch off, put bird into swish new cage, bird flew straight through the mesh of the cage
12Bore

             
Jonty

I found it to a pain it the backside letting a once caught bird go... they are so terratorial that you'll not get an influx of new birds to the trap and the so you have a trap shy bird that'll not get caught keeping any new blood at bay.

Mindst you, a quick tickle with the airgun soon got visitors dropping by again
Whipcord

That's why I clip their wing before they get put in the trap  
Chris

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