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Re: Mice in the birds room

Posted by Fagan on 2/25/09
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    On 2/24/09, Laura wrote:
    > 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. Hi Laura,
    Fagan here. You might try using live traps batted with
    peanut butter mixed with your bird seed. Theese traps are
    very humane.Call your local Humane Socitay.Sometimes they
    have you can borrow. The only other thing I can think of, is
    to call an extermator. Explainto him that you have birds
    and,they can,t use chemicals.Have you been abel to see where
    the mice are comming in? If you find where the are comming
    or their hole or holes in the walls and base boards, that
    would be a good place to place the traps.You also might
    consider taking away the food (seed)and putting the food in
    tight storage containers. That along with cleaning the cages
    every day and keeping the floor clesn. This way you,re not
    feding the mice. I know it,s a big job. When I was working,
    I got-up 3hrs clean and feed my 6 birds, and time
    to have to get myself ready for work.This is all I can think
    of for now. Please feel free to e-mail meat
    > 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