How To Set Pigeon Traps

Portrait of a pigeon

Are you having trouble with pigeons? Or are you just a kid at heart and want to catch them?

Here is a short article about making pigeon traps. It’s simple and very much available within the household. So if you are interested in setting traps or if you have trouble with pigeons, the following article may be worth your while.

Note that this trap is only effective in an open space like a garage or a shed. Although it is not advised for amateurs to catch and set up traps for birds, this trap is simplified and is specially suited for them.

Make sure that you feed the pigeon at the same spot and that you are close by for a couple of days so that the bird becomes familiar with you. Now here are some steps on how you can set pigeon traps:

  • To start with, you will need a cardboard box, a stick and a string. The length of the cardboard box should be 18 inches, 10 inches in height and 12 inches wide. Put a weight on one end of the box, a 2x3 or a 2x4 is very much advisable. The weight should be parallel with the end of the box. Make sure that you create an opening on top of the box (approximately 6x6 inches or 7x7 inches). You will use this as an access door to get the bird later after capturing.
  • Now tie the string (around 20 feet or more) with a stick around 10-12 inches. Place the box inclined, on top of the stick. The weight should be directly above the stick so that later when you pull the stick, the weight should facilitate the fall of the cardboard box.
  • Now for the capturing moment, put the bait right under the trap. The main idea is that the bird will eat the bait while you are carefully observing. And once the bird is under the trap, you will pull the string from 20 feet away. The stick gets pulled away while the box falls over the bird, capturing it. And then you will reach into the access door you cut earlier and voila! You have caught the bird.

The trap above is only a suggestion. It does not guarantee a 100% success rate. It is only applicable to a single bird. There are different traps available on the market for different birds and their numbers. You can purchase ready-made traps for catching many birds at the same time. Pigeons will eat mostly anything they can, especially corn and bread. They grow in uncontrolled numbers nowadays, and so the need for traps is increasing. The droppings can cause damage.

Pigeon droppings can erode your paint and concrete, damaging most buildings in rural areas. They are now accustomed to people feeding them, which has led to their increase in population.  They are fond of feeding in city parks and rooftops. The traps should be placed on a flat surface. It can be the ground or rooftops where they stay. For a more successful trap, shade and water should be available. Shade is crucial for traps, because pigeons need shelter from the heat. Remember, you should feed them in the same spot daily to make them accustomed to eating in that area. Remember to make the bait visible. Bait that cannot be easily seen is not good bait.


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