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animal are great!

except when they are wild animals that eat the chickens that are in your backyard

there are coyotes where i live and they have eaten 3 of our chickens

Step 1: Items & Tools Needed

items

  1. a pallet
  2. an 8 in by 1 in piece of wood
  3. 2 ft by 5 in piece of wood
  4. four 24 in by 5 in pieces of wood
  5. one 13 in by 5 in piece of wood
  6. three19 in by 4 in piece of wood
  7. two 24 in by 32 in pieces of plywood
  8. 13 in by 26 in piece of plywood
  9. lots and lots of wood screws (i used about 52)
  10. some fishing line

tools

  1. drill
  2. prybar (or anything to take apart skids)

Step 2: Take Apart the Skids

for this step you will need a prybar (i don't have one so i used a shovel)

take off the three pieces of wood that are on the bottom

Step 3: Saw the Skids in Half

saw the skid in half (like shown in picture )

NOTE: the two boards on the sides should be taken off

Step 4: Screw Some Boards On

screw the two of the 24 in boards onto the top corners (i used four screws on each side of the board)

then flip it over and do the same thing

Step 5: Screw the Plywood On

screw the plywood onto the top between the two boards (this isn't structural but it will keep the animal in)

flip it over and do the same on the other side

now you should have a nice little crate!

Step 6: Screw the Pressure Plate On

get the hinge and screw it into the 13 in board make sure the barrel of the hinge is facing you

then screw the hinge and board about half way in the crate

Step 7: Make a Door!

find the middle of the 2 ft by 5 inboard and mark it (long ways and across) then mark the middle of the 19 in by 4 in boards (across

screw a 19 in board into the middle of it and screw the other 19 in boards about an inch away from the ends (using 3 screws)

Step 8: Screw the Door On

get the hinge and screw it on to the door (make sure the hinge barrel is not facing you) and then on to the middle of the end of the crate

Step 9: Screw a Screw In

screw a long screw 7 inches down from the door (make sure the screw is on the same side as the screw on the pressure plate

Step 10: Make the Trigger

NOTE: you will have to play around with the length of the string you want it long enough that the pressure plate goes up

crew a small wood screw into the corner of the pressure plate and tie one end of the string to it

then drill a hole in to the 8 in piece of wood and put the string through the hole and tie it

cut a notch in to the 8 in piece of wood 1 inch from the end on the same end as the hole (see picture)

see picture for the way to set it

Step 11: Test It

test the trigger mechanism

Step 12: You Are Done!

congratulations!

you have made a wooden animal trap!

now put it in your backyard with the appropriate food for the animal you are trying to catch

<p>I protect my chickens vs. trying to trap anything that may eat them (that includes Federally protected raptors). I would caution that your state may require a trapping permit prior to placing the trap, and this time of year many baby animals are born that die because people think it is humane to trap. Once trapped, what do you plan to do with the animal (skunk, raccoon, opossum or maybe the neighbor cat/dog)? </p>
I agree, I hope there is a humane way of letting the animals you trap, out. it seems it would be easier to protect the chickens rather than trapping predators :)
Simple, effective and awesome. Thanks for the great ible. I would love to see if you catch something
<p>thanks!</p>
<p>Ha! So cool!</p><p>I made an animal trap like this when I was a kid. Sadly, I never caught anything! :( Have you had any luck?</p>
<p>thanks!</p><p>i haven't put it out yet</p><p> i will post if i catch any thing!</p>

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