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Old 03-15-2015, 03:57 AM
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Question How to administer Probiotic without attracting ants?

The vet administered some probiotics powder which I was supposed to add to their drinking water to boost their immunity and tummies. (My two budgies are still trying to adjust to my home.)

A few hours later, I noticed an army of ants around the water cup! Apparently, the powder made the water sweet hence, attracting the ants. I am wondering if any of you have any advise on how to give my budgies the probiotics without risking them being 'eaten' alive by ants!

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Takeout the water cup after your budgies prepare to sleep

Serve probiotic mix water cup in the morning after they drink it replace this cup with simple water cup there will be no ants and budgies will get probiotic

In the morning when they are thirsty you can give them any probiotic or medicine through water
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Probiotics can be sprinkled on soft food/egg food. and many seed pellet mixes have it already in the mix. If you can find the ant trail sprinkle Human grade diatomaecious earth in the catch tray under the wire floor, and on the surface around the cage this will repel other things like roaches as well and is safe around budgies It is even used in a mite spray called Dyna-mite that has no harmful chems in it in a water base. Once the ants get the DE on their bodies it slices the carapace and dries out the internal tissues. This is all microscopic.
DE is the skeletons of microorganisms, plankton strained form our seas by the big baleen whales and other organisms higher up on the consumption scale.
Ants will not pass over a water barrier. So that is another possible solution. You can also put out ant bait traps, but determine the type if you think they are sugar ants use the correct bait. Can you move the cage? Hopefully others will have some low toxic solutions for the budgies and other pets and humans in your home. Blessings, Jo Ann
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@Chirper: I will try out your suggestion! Hopefully they would have drank some of the water before I take it out. Actually I have only ever seen Coco drink but rarely Bloo...kinda worried he is not benefiting as much as Coco

@Jo Ann: Sprinkling the powder on eggfood is a great idea! Am actually planning to introduce them to eggfood this weekend - will also try the DE. (The part where you detailed the ants' demise sounds kinda gross )
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I apologize for disturbing you. To me it is just a part of life and trying to find and use the least invasive manner of confronting the problem. I was trained in science where you call a spade a spade. The good things are that the DE is not a poison and it simply becomes part of the earth. If you ever have the opportunity to see DE under the microscope, they are beautiful shapes and can be traced to their place of origin as every area has uniquely different types of structure. I hope using DE helps you with the problem. Blessings, Jo Ann
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