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Posted by Laura on 2/24/09

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    I have out of control mice issues in my bird room. My 3
    birds, Matilda J. Fancypants, a harlequin macaw, Herman &
    Lily, nanday conures, have an excellent room that is full
    of sunshine and all have huge cages. Their room is on the
    main floor of our 1858 farmhouse in rural KS. The room
    also has a french door to keep our cats out.

    Yes, we have cats and a rodent problem. Matilda stays
    mainly out of her cage and so letting the cats in is not
    something I am comfortable with, not to mention that the
    cats absolutly stalk the smaller 2 birds.

    This is the only room in the house with an obvious
    infestation. I have the neck snapping traps, they are so
    brutal, my real question is, can using these traps cause
    any kind of psychological trauma to the birds? If anyone
    has used these, you know that more often than not, the
    mouse does not die quickly, there is lots of squealing,
    thrashing and I have even had mice not completely in the
    trap, run off with it clipped to their tale.

    I know using these traps are traumatic for me, and all 3
    birds scream and squack when the traps are set off,
    especially if there is a varmit squealling away. I just
    don't want to cause my birds any stress from this.

    Herman & Lily are rescue birds that I have had for 2
    years and both have plucking issues that is slowly getting
    better. Matilda is a gorgeous healthy happy macaw and I
    want to insure that she stays that way.

    I have also heard that peppermint is a natural repellent,
    does anyone have any suggestions?

    Thanks!

    Laura, Matilda J. Fancypants, Herman & Lily

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  • Mice in the birds room, 2/24/09, by Laura.
  • Re: Mice in the birds room, 2/24/09, by Alison.
  • Re: Mice in the birds room, 2/25/09, by Fagan.
  • Re: Mice in the birds room, 3/03/09, by Fagan.
  • Re: Mice in the birds room, 4/28/09, by Rich.
  • Re: Mice in the birds room, 4/29/09, by Ummm again.
  • Re: Mice in the birds room, 8/13/09, by feathers.
  • Re: Mice in the birds room, 8/13/09, by Glenda.
  • Re: Mice in the birds room, 8/13/09, by Glenda.
  • Re: Mice in the birds room, 10/01/09, by Wayne.
  • Re: Mice in the birds room, 12/08/09, by Laura.
  • Re: Mice in the birds room, 12/16/09, by feathers.