Best way to dispatch a sparrow?

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Buckdog122
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Location: Somerset, Ohio

When using a sparrow trap, what is the best way to kill the sparrow?
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Brad Biddle
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Technical way: Cervical dislocation. You can use a pair of needle nose pliers to quickly break their neck. Quick and no suffering.

Easiest way: It sounds inhumane, but pulling their head off is instant death. No suffering.

My way: whack their head on the post the trap is attached to. It's instant but you can't tap their head, you've got to swing hard. I don't typically recommend this method because most people are too timid to hit their head hard enough.

I'm a life long farm boy. I'm more less squeamish about these things than most people. Death is a part of life.
Martin landlord since 2003. Currently offering 162 plastic gourds with tunnels, all with Conley II entrances with the Lewis modification. I have 24 Supergourds and the rest are Troyer Horizontals.
Matt F.
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Easiest, and least amount of possibly for error, is cervical dislocation (pulling their head off) - period.
Extremely easy to do it with your bare hands.
Here's a great resource:
http://www.sialis.org/hospdispatch.htm
deancamp
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Location: Raymore, MO

Twist and pulling the head off, works every time.
flyin-lowe
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Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

Some people who don't like to manually do it will empty them into a plastic grocery bag and hit them with a few squirts of ether in the bag. It is not as quick as breaking their neck or crushing their skull but it is easier for the faint of heart.
2020 Currently 42 nest, 110 babies, 64 eggs left to hatch(6-22-20) HOSP count-8
2019- 31 Pair over 100 fledged
2018- 15 pair last count 49 fledged
2017 3 SY pair nested, 12 eggs total, fledged 10. 4 additional SY's stayed all summer but never paired/nested.
2016 1 pair fledged 4
2015 Visitors
2014 Visitors
2013 Moved 6 miles away, 1 pair fledged 2.
2012 30 pair fledged 100.
2011 12 pair (11 that nested), 43 fledged.
2010 5 pair, 21 eggs, 16 hatched, 14 fledged.
phldave
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Just one of those unpleasantries we have to deal with. Living in the city like I do, I discreetly take them to the garden shed where I quickly and forcefully wrap their noggin on whatever is available. One of the wall studs of the shed or the lawnmower handle work well. A broken neck or fractured skull both will do the deed. One other word of warning this may cause them to hemorrhage from the beak, so have a bag ready, and be careful not to soil your clothes or shoes.
Starlings pose another problem. I learned the hard way that with the recoil of their head when you hit it on something you can get jabbed by their beak, so I smack them with a garden trowel. These birds are also prone to defecate be careful. Sorry to be so graphic, just want to save you from from some of the surprises.
2012 late start
2013 nothing yet, lots a lookers
2014 Bust again
2015 Bust again
2016 Bust again
2017 Bust again
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Conrad Baker
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Like flyin-lowe suggested, a little ether in a shopping bag (or gallon Ziploc). Go to the Auto Parts store and buy a can of starting fluid (about $2.00). Squirt a little into the bag with the Sparrow in it, and he goes to sleep-permanently.
i_carumba
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Location: Southern Saskatchewan, Canada

I use an empty peanut butter jar with a couple inches of water in it.
Hold them in there under water for about 10 seconds.
No blood and no smelly ether.
Robert
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I go to the auto parts store buy a can of starting fluid spray , put the hosp in a container or bag , I like to use a large coffee container two or three squirts of spray the hosp will go to sleep , painlessly and less messy.
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rrmartins
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Conrad Baker wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:25 am
Like flyin-lowe suggested, a little ether in a shopping bag (or gallon Ziploc). Go to the Auto Parts store and buy a can of starting fluid (about $2.00). Squirt a little into the bag with the Sparrow in it, and he goes to sleep-permanently.
I tried this once and felt it was much more stressful on the little guys. I do the head deal, quick and easy. They just seemed to flap around in the bag too long. I don’t like killing them, but I do. Quicker the better in my opinion. If you just can’t stomach it, I guess ether is the next best bet.
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Conrad Baker
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rrmartins wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:47 pm
Conrad Baker wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:25 am
Like flyin-lowe suggested, a little ether in a shopping bag (or gallon Ziploc). Go to the Auto Parts store and buy a can of starting fluid (about $2.00). Squirt a little into the bag with the Sparrow in it, and he goes to sleep-permanently.
I tried this once and felt it was much more stressful on the little guys. I do the head deal, quick and easy. They just seemed to flap around in the bag too long. I don’t like killing them, but I do. Quicker the better in my opinion. If you just can’t stomach it, I guess ether is the next best bet.
Not too concerned about "stressing" the Sparrow. I just don't care to touch them, if it can be avoided. As far is "If I can stomach it", I was a street Cop in New Orleans for 30 years, the last 15 of which I spent on Tactical/SWAT Team so I saw some things and experienced some things too. Crushing the life out of a Sparrow is nothing after seeing what they do to a Martin nest, babies, and eggs. Ether is quick and easy, and several Sparrows can be "neutralized" at once if necessary. I had a Starling trap that they ended up at the bottom of a PVC pipe in a 5 gallon plastic bucket. They were the easiest to kill by just squirting a shot of ether into the bucket and leave it covered for a minute or two. If you try to handle them, they get a chance to use their beak on you. The less I have to handle the birds, the better.
lynnh
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I just use just use thumb and index finger around the head give a little pinch and crush their skull instant death no blood no mess!
2007 2 pair 8 fledged
2008 4 pair 18 fledged
2009 21 pair 87 fledged
2010 44 pair 174 fledged
2011 68 pair 244 fledged
2012 82 pair 364 fledged
2013 82 pair 359 fledged
2014 86 pair 415 fledged
2015 101 pair 427 fledged
Conrad Baker
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lynnh wrote:
Fri May 03, 2019 11:13 am
I just use just use thumb and index finger around the head give a little pinch and crush their skull instant death no blood no mess!
Yes, that should work too.
PMDavid
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Location: Boyce,Louisiana
Martin Colony History: 2018 1 lone nut and lots of visitors
2019 6 pair -21fledged
2020 18 pair -60 fledged
2021......to be seen.
24 natural gourds on a satellite rack,9 other gourds scattered around
2-12 compartment trio houses
Rarely see a sparrow or starling,but when I do they don’t last long!
Will have a second satellite rack for the 2022 season and phase out the houses,the martins here strongly prefer natural gourds.

Anybody ever seen Ozzie Ozborne back in the day bite the head off of a rat??!!!!!!! Try that on a sparrow🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😝😝👹
Conrad Baker
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PMDavid wrote:
Mon May 06, 2019 1:04 pm
Anybody ever seen Ozzie Ozborne back in the day bite the head off of a rat??!!!!!!! Try that on a sparrow🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😝😝👹
I thought he bit the head off of a bat ??
Emil Pampell-Tx
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I crush their skull with my fingers. There is no blood using this method
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