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to build a better trap

Oh crap…I ‘built’ the trap.

OK..first an explaination…or a philosophy..or an excuse..you can choose for yourself..no pressure. So, I am not a perfectionist. ON the opposite side of this I subscribe to more of a ‘scrum’ philosophy on matters of construction..especially when I don’t know what I am doing..I like to do something instead of thinking and rethinking. How many times in your life have you thought about to the point where you have ( in the end ) decided it was not worth it ( after spending a night thinking about it ). Personally I like to get stuff done when I can and one way I do this is to say to myself: ‘self, you have 1 hour to complete this job to the best of your abilities.’..rather than ‘I am going to start this and see where it goes’. At the end of the hour I wanted to have a complete squirrel trap…not another 4 hours of work..and with that in mind I set out to create ‘Squirrel Catcher 1.0’.

Materiels:

– some scrap osb ( chipboard )
– small chicken coop wire of a thicker gauge
– some scrap 2×4 from the coop
– screws
– nails

OK, so I cut the osb and made an open ended box. then I cut the wire mesh and covered the end and attached it. then I cut a hole so the squirrel could get access, then I made a trap door holder and cut a piece of wood..the final touches..a piece of tinfil with peanut butter inside attached to a string which in turn is attached to the top of the door…

So..the squirrel goes in and tugs on the tinfoil it pulls on the trap door and the trap door falls..then the squirrel cannot escape…muhahahahhahhaha.

It is perfect(ly aweful)! OK, so its no Picasso..but I am no Alvin Eptsien!..hehe..It should work..I know that I need to make it better but I am not going to at this point…it cost me nothing but an hour of my time…I will set it up and see what happens…stay tuned..or tooned if I catch Alvin, Simon and Theodore.

Lesson Learned: I need to spend 2 hours to make it super awesome..but if version 1.0 does its job there will be no version 2.

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Posted by on October 13, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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..you calling me a chicken? I mean a squirrel? Would you believe a bluejay?

..Being away at work I have been losing more and more birdseed to some unknown culprets..I think its squirrels but it might be Blue Jays. I fill the feeder at night when I get home and when I come home the next day from work it is empty. I think that is the reason that the birds are starting to eat from our hands..desperation is a powerful motivator and when they are eating from the feeder they are in the habit..when the feeder is empty and they are poking around they don’t seem to mind my hand version of a feeder ( it looks like a feeder only its only a hand with birdseed in it )..there only seem to be 3 birds that actually want to eat out of my hand..a juvenile nuthatch who will coe to my hand without hesitation, a mature nuthatch who will sit in a perch and not usually fly tot eh food but will allow me to feed him and a chickadee who will flutter around me then quickly land, grab a sunflower seed then take off quickly..anyway, i digress.

I am going to build a live trap sometime tomorrow so I can try to capture something..I am going to do the usual..build what I think will work ( quickly ) then look at what I did wrong…wow, riviting..but whatever it is is eating my birdseed at a fantastic rate and it needs to stop. I sure am hardcore.

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2010 in Pests

 

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