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Old 03-03-2017, 01:20 PM
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I'm pretty embarrassed about this but this morning about 3am I heard Greyjoy and Toki going nuts in their cages. I turned on their light just in time to see a mouse scurry away. I don't know if it was only in the process of climbing up the cage cover or if it had actually been in the cage. The birds seem uninjured but I stayed up with them until I had to start getting ready for work. Luckily I was able to see where the mouse entered so I can plug the hole but was wondering about bird friendly solutions. I'm reluctant to use poisons but I have some humane traps. Right now I'm cleaning their cages in case there are mouse droppings & I see alot of feathers (no blood). I'm afraid it will be back bothering the birds tonight as it will be cold again. Will a mouse attack a budgie? Are there less obvious signs of injury I should look for (I checked eyes and feet for scratches or bites but believe I scared it away before it got in the cage)? Do I need to throw away all their things or will a good cleaning suffice? Sorry for the long post I knew mice could be a problem but never thought it would happen.

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Old 03-03-2017, 01:36 PM
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I'm sorry you are currently having trouble with a mouse.
Was the mouse small enough to fit through the cage's bars?
Even if the mouse had somehow gotten inside the cage, it would most likely go for the budgie food first, instead of harming your budgies.

It's good that you have some safe traps to use to the catch the mouse, if it happens to come back again.
To be on the safe side and since you are deep cleaning the cages, you can also change the food/water, thoroughly wash and disinfect the containers and place fresh food and water. It would also be good to check the unsealed bags of seed/pellets.

I hope the mouse situation will soon be solved.
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Old 03-03-2017, 01:48 PM
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I can't really see that it would have been in the cage, the bars are only 1/2 inch wide but there is a gap between the poo tray and grate so maybe it was under the grate eating their leftovers. Unless mice are dextrous enough to open guillotine doors. I read that mice hate the smell of peppermint oil so I thought about sprinkling some around the cage but was afraid it might be too harsh for the birds. I was afraid to leave for work that it might come back once the humans left didn't know if the tv would be enough to deter it from coming back in daylight but all seems well now & I will spend today getting it under control.
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I'd make sure you have any bird food stored in sealed containers and the same for any millet treats you have.
I know that mice leave a trail of urine as they move so you want to make sure you clean thoroughly the path the mouse took out as it would have likely followed it's own trail back. It will likely go back in the same root again, given the chance.

Can you move the bird cage to a different room while you sort the mouse problem out?
Given the size of the problem, if it's just one stray mouse, you might be okay, but I would start looking in your garden/the root of where it got in to make sure there isn't a bigger problem. Mice are prolific breeders and you don't want this issue getting out of hand. I would look around carefully for signs that there might be more mice about so you know if you might need to get professional help in. I don't want to freak you out, but it's best to look into this matter thoroughly.
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I will move them into the spare room & am currently plugging any holes with steel wool. I have also alerted the landlord but am hopeful it was just the one escaping the extreme cold we are having. I didn't know about the urine trail so I will be sure to mop, I will also replace their food and store it better. Thank you Aluz and Therm, this was frightening and new & I appreciate the good advice.
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Cinnamon is supposed to deter mice so you can use cinnamon sticks and also sprinkle ground cinnamon in the bottom of your budgie's cage.

I've had mice in our house previously and successfully trapped them in the live-traps and set them free outside.

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Having a mouse get in the house is nothing to be embarrassed about.
The landlord needs to ensure all the entries into the house are addressed.

Best wishes!
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Thank you I will try cinnamon ... here's to a restful night for the budgies! I am truly grateful to everyone who took the time to respond.
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