TRAPPING TIPS 'n TRICKS
THE HOW TO GUIDE
Trapping Indian Myna birds can sometimes take a little patients, hence the reason we have put together this quick guide based on our experience as well as our customers that regularly trap Indian Myna and Common European Starlings.
THE GOLDEN RULE
Never move, set or attend the trap during daylight hours (Unless you have a native species trapped). It's been proven time and time again that if you attend the trap during daylight hours, especially when you have trapped birds in the cage. The other birds will associate you and the trap as danger and will not go near your cages. Effective trapping starts with night time setting and recovery of birds.
Before setting your M.D.B trap observe the birds to see where they feed on a regular basis, most Indian Myna's prefer a mown grass area that they will regularly visit to feed during the day. If you own pets you may find that the best place to set the trap will be around your feeding bowls as this will be the food source for the birds. Remove all other food sources from the area so that the birds need to use the trap for their food source.
TYPES OF FOOD TO USE
This varies from region to region and what the birds are used to feeding on. In most suburbs cat and dog food are the most common source of easy foods for the birds so using Dog biscuits and cat biscuits will work really well. Indian Myna's seem to love the colour red. We have found soaking the food in red food colour also works really well and attracts many birds.
Some have also reported recently that they are using chook pellets and these are working a treat!
We tend to mix the types of food offered week to week. One week we use cat biscuits the next we feed water soaked bread. Others have also mentioned that bread soaked in a gravox mix guaranteed results.
NEW: Greg Hall from Victoria has reported using KFC works really well. (June 2013)
For the first week you can try and scatter food around the area you plan on setting the trap, this encourages the birds to start feeding in this area. If the birds already feed here place the trap here but don't place any food inside of it. We want to get the Indian Myna's comfortable with the trap.
Observe the birds on a daily basis but do not approach the trap at all during the day. Indian Myna's are very smart and will be wary if you attend to the cage while they are watching. Once you think the Indian Myna's are comfortable with the trap wait until night and try placing some of your food inside the walk-thru and around the trap itself.
Once you have started catching birds only offer food inside the trap itself, otherwise they will start to only take food in easy access areas around the cage.
EFFECTIVE CATCHING TIMES
Early morning and at dusk are the most likely times of the day you will catch the birds. Load your trap with food at night only so that the Indian Myna do not associate danger with you and the trap. Once birds are caught wait until dark until you remove them. Birds will be calmer at night.
INDIAN MYNA TRAPPING TIPS AND TRICKS
Our customers have tried the following to obtain good numbers of Indian Myna and Starlings. Try different methods and see what works best for you.
Placing a mirror on the opposite side of the walk-thru. Birds think there are already birds inside the cage feeding and go through to join them
Scatter food all around the cage to build confidence with bird feeding
Leave 1 Indian Myna inside the holding pen for up to three days maximum as a calling bird. The Indian Myna's call to their group to join them/warn them there is danger.
Use red food dye in food to attract more birds
Scatter food through the walk-thru into the catching pen to pursued birds to walk-thru
Do not attend trap at all during day light hours.
Avoid looking at or scaring Indian Myna's or Starlings in the areas you are trapping.
Record the sounds of Indian Myna's and play the chirps over and over again near the trap.
Frequently Asked Questions
Australia wide, we don't ship outside of Australia
Definitely! 100% effective. Patients is the key, gaining bird confidence using the guides above. Checkout our gallery or video page for photos.
Sure do, our MDB traps have been designed to catch all species with one design although the one way entrance needs to be altered slighlty for pigeons as they are a little larger, this can be done pinching out the walkway slightly.
We can certainly handle bulk orders, please contact us for further information so we can arrange time frames and numbers.