A Well Regulated Militia Post New Topic  New Poll  Post A Reply
my profile | directory login | register | search | faq | forum home

  next oldest topic   next newest topic
» A Well Regulated Militia » Basic Training » Survival & Preparedness » Free Food, Even In the City!

 - UBBFriend: Email this page to someone!    
Author Topic: Free Food, Even In the City!
airforce
Administrator Officer Contributor

Member # 523

Icon 1 posted      Profile for airforce     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I was emptying out my sparrow trap yesterday, and my neighbor casually asked me what I would do with them. She was shocked when I told her I was going to eat them. "Sparrows?" she said. "You can eat sparrows?"

Yep, and starlings too. There isn't much meat on them, but there is no game restrictions on them, and here in Oklahoma you can take as many of them as you want, the more the merrier. (But check your local regulations, I don't want you to run afoul of the law.)

Both of these birds are non-native species that have adapted to living with man. They crowd out other, more desirable species, and in fact almost drove the bluebird to extinction until bird lovers found a way to build nesting boxes that would exclude both sparrows and starlings. Even the most ardent bird lover wouldnb't mind seeing a lot fewer of these troublesome birds.

There are several commercial bird traps for these critters, and instructions for building your own repeating traps are all over the internet. I use a smaller version of the flight or "ladder" trap, with an opening of about 1 1/4" for sparrows and about 1 3/4" inch for starlings. To empty out the trap, I use a bright flashlight to freeze a bird so i can grab it through the access door. Leave a bird or two in the trap,since they will call others to it. (Always have a water source in the trap. You're not going to want to eat a bird that's already dead.)

These birds aren't known for their drumsticks. The only meat worth bothering with is the meat on the breastbone. This bone is easily separated from the bird by grasping the wings in one hand, the legs in the other, and pulling. This may take a little practice before you're proficient at it. it takes several birds to make anything worthwhile.

There are recipes on the internet for these birds, but I just brown the meat on all sides in butter, margarine, oil, or preferably bacon grease. Shred the meat off the bone with a fork, and mix it with Miracle Whip to make sparrow or starling salad. Serve it on a bed of lettuce for a salad, or spread it on bread alone or with lettuce or alfalfa sprouts and tomato for a nourishing sandwich. (Of course, if times are really tough or you are a contestant on "Nekkid and Stoopid," you would eat the whole damn thing.)

Yummy yummy in your tummy!

You've not only fed yourself, but you have helped to keep some nuisance critters in check. And, you have saved a little money that you can spend on more ammo or a new radio. Enjoy!

Onward and upward,
airforce

Posts: 18046 | From: Tulsa | Registered: Jan 2002  | Report this post to a Moderator
airforce
Administrator Officer Contributor

Member # 523

Icon 1 posted      Profile for airforce     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I finally got my neighbor to try half a sparrow salad sandwich. She said it wasn't bad. Progress!

Onward and upward,
airforce

Posts: 18046 | From: Tulsa | Registered: Jan 2002  | Report this post to a Moderator
   

Quick Reply
Message:

HTML is enabled.
UBB Code™ is enabled.

Instant Graemlins
   


Post New Topic  New Poll  Post A Reply Close Topic   Feature Topic   Move Topic   Delete Topic next oldest topic   next newest topic
 - Printer-friendly view of this topic
Hop To:


Contact Us | A Well Regulated Militia

All information posted on this site is the private property
of the individual who posted the information and AWRM.org,
and may not be reproduced anywhere without permission.
© 2001-2017 AWRM.org All Rights Reserved.

Powered by Infopop Corporation
UBB.classic™ 6.7.2