Mini Myna Magnet Trap
- Feed Cage
- Holding Cage
- 2 Walk-Ins
- 1 x One Way Valve & Springs
- 2 x Feed Dishes
- 1 x Perch
- Assembly Clips
- Full Instructions
The most widely used trap designed in Australia today. The Mini Myna Magnet is collapsible, durable and a proven solution to this difficult to control species – the Indian myna and European starling. Deployed and operated correctly the Mini Myna Magnet trapping system is capable of vastly reducing the numbers of these feral species allowing native birds and animals to re-establish and flourish.
The trap includes all the welfare options you would expect from the original Myna Magnet such as feed and water dispensers, solid roof, no sharp edges and a highly engineered 20 piece one-way valve. The collapsible design allows easy storage and transport after trapping is complete.
MINI MYNA MAGNET ADVANTAGES
The Mini Myna Magnet Trap has several advantages over homemade traps. These include:
- The collapsible design allows for easy transport and storage.
- The two chamber trap allows homeowners to detach the “catch chamber” for euthanasing off-site
- The durable, heavy duty cage construction will outlast any wire mesh type trap.
- Council staff have limited resources to make and repair traps for ratepayers.
- Myna Magnet Australia has cost effective spare parts available on request.
- Councils have access to special bulk purchase rates on trap purchases.
- The Mini Myna Magnet Trap is made to exact standards outlined after years of university research and development. Some components such as the Myna Magnet one-way Fuzzle valve cannot be replicated. The original Myna Magnet is still the best!
MYNA TRAPPING CYCLE
Assembled in the trapping position the top cage will sit directly over the bottom cage. The Valves should be placed over the top perch. The walk-ins are now fitted to prevent larger birds access and to deter Mynas from leaving the bottom cage. The Mynas will tend to attempt to escape by the corners as they did during free feeding but will find the only way out is through the Fuzzle valves into the top cage.
Water and food should be provided in the top cage to make the Mynas as comfortable as possible. This will avoid any distress calls and allow more Mynas to enter the trap.
The traps are ideally operated in a 7-8 day cycle, free feeding with just the base cage for 2 days, free feeding with the top cage at 45 degrees for 3 days and finally the trapping mode for 1 or 2 days. The cycle can then begin again.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How Does It Work?
The Mini Myna Magnet Indian myna trap exploits the Indian mynas natural behaviours to effectively lure and trap Indian mynas and starlings.
By providing an attractive food for the mynas, they can be efficiently lured into the feeding chamber of the trap, from where the only escape is into the holding cage.
With a relatively small 800mm X 400mm assembled footprint the Mini Myna Magnet is an ideal choice for small backyards or elevated trapping locations and is light enough to be handled with ease by one person.
The Mini Myna Magnet is designed to attract the Indian Mynas inside with food. The Mini Myna Magnet requires no free feed regime, so it can be deployed to start trapping immediately. The natural escape behaviour of the Indian mynas cause them to escape the feeding cage and enter the holding cage via the one way Fuzzle valve. This same valve prevents the birds leaving the holding cage.
The Mini Myna Magnet is designed to specifically target Indian mynas with a by-catch of starlings, and can capture up to 20 birds at a time!
Simply bait the trap with dog, cat or any other attractive myna food (food will vary with location), provide food and water in the holding cage and periodically check the trap for captured birds, it is that simple.
What happens if native birds or animals get caught in the trap?
Although it is unlikely that any native bird will enter the trap (being specifically designed with the feeding habits of the myna in mind), in the event that any unwanted species are caught, it is as simple as releasing them from the feeding cage. It is important to remember that NO bird or animal can be harmed from either entering or being in the trap. The beauty of the Mini Myna Magnet is that there are no hazardous chemicals or dangerous equipment to deal with. It is a simple, effective, and most importantly, safe tool to use in the control of the common Indian myna.
How are the mynas caught in the trap disposed of?
Each state and territory in Australia has it’s own animal welfare legislation on the correct, humane methods of disposal for invasive pest control procedures. The Mini Myna Magnet’s recommended and preferred method is the carbon dioxide method of euthanasia as it is widely viewed by animal welfare agencies including the RSPCA to be humane and in accordance with the Code of Practice for the Control and Use of Feral Animals.