Troyer Gourd Sparrow Traps - Do They Work?

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Troyer Gourd Sparrow Traps - Do They Work?

Postby catoscar » Thu May 17, 2018 7:01 am

Has anyone used or tried the Troyer gourd sparrow traps? Are they any good? Also I take it that the sparrow nest needs to be removed before installing the trap?

Anyone have pictures of how to set this trap up?

Thanks

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Re: Troyer Gourd Sparrow Traps - Do They Work?

Postby Spiderman » Thu May 17, 2018 7:12 am

If you are talking about the slide that falls to close the opening on the outside of the hole, they are very effective.

Just remove enough of the nest material so the sparrow can push the wire in to release the slide.

For Starlings I added a 2oz fishing weight to kept the slide closed. I noticed the Starling could raise the slide up with their bill & escape.
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Re: Troyer Gourd Sparrow Traps - Do They Work?

Postby flyin-lowe » Thu May 17, 2018 8:40 am

Unless the nesting material is packed up into the "neck" of the gourd you should be able to leave it. It is a very simple design, I borrowed one from a friend to use to trap a starling that was getting into one of the gourds. He tripped it the first time before he got in. I left it closed off that day because I wasn't going to be around to monitor it and he ended up moving on.
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Re: Troyer Gourd Sparrow Traps - Do They Work?

Postby BillieJR » Thu May 17, 2018 11:12 am

I, too, am curious about the trap. I see a picture of it and can't figure out quite how it works.
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Re: Troyer Gourd Sparrow Traps - Do They Work?

Postby ~Ray~Gingerich » Thu May 17, 2018 8:28 pm

BillieJR wrote:I, too, am curious about the trap. I see a picture of it and can't figure out quite how it works.
You open the gourd and stick the end of wire pin into the small hole in the tunnel that's located above the entrance hole. Let the end of the pin protrude on the outside far enough to hold the shutter up. When a bird enters the gourd it will push the pin to the inside and the shutter will fall trapping the bird.
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Re: Troyer Gourd Sparrow Traps - Do They Work?

Postby wmfamily » Thu May 17, 2018 8:42 pm

They work very well when installed as previously explained above. I've caught several sparrows and my first starling in years this evening which saved me a lot of worry about the martins. They are worth the money and you don't have many other options with this type of gourd.

Get one and good luck.

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Re: Troyer Gourd Sparrow Traps - Do They Work?

Postby Dave Duit » Fri May 18, 2018 1:01 pm

They work great. I think it would be great if every landlord who purchased Troyer gourds would automatically purchase the Troyer gourd traps.
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