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Old 08-05-2011, 11:21 AM
 
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Aloha,
Any bird breeders/owners in our beautiful state can probably help me with this question. How do you control rodents from visiting your outdoor aviaries?
I keep a cage on a 4 ft high stand (bird comes in/out daily) but still find those
little visitors coming and going from the cage regularly. It's a small cage w/single Rose Chested Parakeet. I'd love to provide a permanent outdoor living space for him but don't like the thought of promoting rat/mouse infestation. Any help or suggestions?
Mahalo, Koale
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Old 08-06-2011, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Molokai, HI
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Have you considered hanging the cage from a long rod, protected by a baffle like those squirrel-proof bird feeders? Keep any seed waste swept up too to discourage scavengers underneath.

Alternatively, it's easy enough to build a flight cage out of lumber and hardware cloth, (1/4" galvanized wire mesh). You just have to use the same precautions about seed waste underneath. If you use a "catcher" of some kind, and engineer the legs (or a center post) of the base intelligently, you could probably avoid rodent problems.

Last edited by lauleahere&there; 08-06-2011 at 10:50 PM.. Reason: added info
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:13 AM
 
Location: Kailua Kona, HI
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Frankly, there's no way to ensure no rodents around the inevitable seed scattering even if you swept 3 times a day. I have 5 parrots (all larger than yours) and 3 of them are in cages on a large screened in back lanai. Do you have any area you could screen in? When we first came, this lanai was not screened in and I was much more worried about the mongoose until my vet said that they were unlikely to "attack" that large a parrot (macaw, cockatoos). I'm still much more at ease with it all screened in! We built a simple but sturdy frame similar to what was a partially roofed part of the whole back length of the house, roofed it with those wavy vinyl panels, leaving 3 of them clear and the rest white. At both ends my husband made a little "door" that hinges on top. Then I can open these and hose out the lanai when needed. This is very large, we have our whole dining area out there on one half, the 3 cages & washer dryer on the other half.
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