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Message #2089. This is a followup to #2084.

Date:Wednesday September 22, 2004 6:15:45 pm MDT
Subject:Re: Mice in my Aviary
Message:Thank you, Linda, for your kind words and vote of confidence.  <smile>

Kim, I would replace that sleep box if it is wooden and cannot be completely disinfected.  I would also replace any cuttlebone or anything else that may have become chewed on and possibly contaminated by the mice.   

Kim, some people have used agriculture "hotline" (electrical fencing) to keep out rodents.  You have the aviary and then you have a 4 inch space or so between the fencing that your bird can climb (the interior cage) and the "hotline" is run around the perimeter and is made using a small mesh such as .  This is not cheap though, by any means.

Other rodent proofing tips (I have no idea exactly what your aviary looks like nor how it was constructed, so you may already have some of these bases covered):

Concrete floors, and if not, then use a fine wire mesh, such as less than half inch square, under the floor to prevent predators from tunneling in.  You can cover the mesh with dirt or gravel, whatever you are using on your floor.

Aviary cage wire should extend to beneath the ground level a few inches or so to prevent predators from digging below to get inside too.

You could surround the outer perimeter of the aviary with glue boards or set mouse traps along walls or where you feel they are entering.  The sound of a trap snapping in the night may spook your bird though (just a side thought).

Some people "double wire" their aviaries to help protect against rodents.

Daily sweeping and cleaning of the aviary floor can leave less food available for the mice, as can pulling the food cups at night.

Miscellaneous tips:

Screening the outermost aviary wire can also help protect against biting insects such as bees and mosquitos which can carry deadly diseases too.

Not knowing where you live (country, suburbs, nearby neighbors, etc...), you may consider disguising your aviary so that it isn't obvious that you have a bird outdoors.  You might also consider padlocking the aviary to help deter thieves.

Well, Kim, I hope some of this helps.  I'm sure that others may have new tips to add, but any way you look at it, it is going to take some effort and vigilence to keep those mice from further contaminating and bothering your bird and his aviary.  Best of luck!

Linda wrote:
> Oh Kim Oh Kim I wish I had the most sensible answer for you, but I
> don't .
> Ask Margaret or Anna and Boo. They seem very knowledable about birds
> in general.
> wish you luck
> Linda
> C wrote:
> > Hi everyone
> >
> > Please can you give me any advice on my situation. My Nanday baby
> > spends loads of time with me indoors but spends my work time in an
> > aviary and she also loves to sleep out in her box in the aviary so
> > spends most of the year sleeping outside at night (we brought her
> > indoors in winter). Anyway there seems to be a problem with mice - I
> > keep finding mice droppings in the aviary and even in her box - which
> > makes me shudder to think they could be in her box at the same time as
> > she is - yuck - I would hate them to harm her or make her sick.
> > Naturally poison is out - I have tried some of the other traps
> > outside the aviary but they never seem to go into them. Any ideas on
> > what I can do to get rid of them so that they don't hurt my baby.
> >
> > Thanks - and also thanks for such a great message board.
> >
> > Kim

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