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Are Mice Dangerous To Parrots?

(Last Updated On: May 13, 2023)

Mice eat the same foods as parrots, including nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruit, and pellets. They can scale vertical heights and squeeze into the tiniest gaps, meaning parrots may not be safe from mice.

Mice aren’t a physical threat to adult parrots but can spread disease, bacteria, and parasites (fleas and mites). Mice sometimes eat parrot eggs, baby chicks, and leftover food.

You can keep mice out by better positioning the parrot’s food and cleaning the cage every night. Store all food in air-tight containers and seal up any entry points to the cage.

Are Parrots Afraid of Mice?

In evolutionary terms, parrots are higher on the food chain than mice. However, if a parrot’s easily startled or has never seen a mouse, it’s bound to be afraid the first time it encounters a mouse.

That said, mice are likelier to be afraid of parrots than the other way around. The problem is that mice will bypass this fear if they’re desperate for food and water.

Will a Mouse Kill My Parrot?

It’s unlikely that a mouse would attack a parrot unless cornered. However, mice can cause parrots to die prematurely due to the infectious diseases they spread.

While mice aren’t predators, they may enter a parrot’s cage and attack the chicks. They’ll also eat their eggs if they’re desperate for food.

According to Live Science, mice have been found eating albatross, great shearwater, and Atlantic petrel chicks 300 times their weight by gnawing through their feathers and skin before consuming their entrails.

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Do Parrots Attract Mice?

Parrots don’t attract mice, but seeds and food scraps draw them to the cage. Mice are opportunistic omnivores, so they’ll eat whatever they find. Signs of mice activity include:

  • Droppings, which are small and long.
  • Bite marks or scratches on cage walls and perches.
  • Ammonia smell from their urine.
  • Nests or nest materials, like straw or shredded newspaper.
  • Startled parrots, particularly at night when mice are most likely to emerge.

A well-stocked cage containing food remnants and water is a haven for a hungry mouse.

Do Parrots Attack Mice?

Parrots will attack any animal they believe to be a threat as they can’t fly away. Parrots have powerful beaks, wings, and claws that are an effective defense.

Mice are only small and delicate, so there’s every chance they could die from an attack, particularly if you own a large parrot.

Can Parrots Get Sick from Mice?

Mice carry diseases like listeria, salmonellosis, and hantavirus that can be transferred to parrots. Mice pass on these diseases and illnesses through:

  • Feces.
  • Urine.
  • Food contamination.
  • Direct contact due to bites and scratches.

Parrots risk breathing in particles contaminated with mouse urine and droppings. Not only that, but mice carry fleas and mites. While fleas are less likely to live on parrots, mites are relatively common.

How Do You Keep Mice Out of Parrot Cages?

Keep mice away from a parrot’s cage by following these steps:

Clean the Cage

Maintaining a clean cage is the best way to prevent mice from being attracted to food in the cage.

While you don’t necessarily need to deep clean the cage with soapy water more than once a week, remove all dropped seed husks and food scrapes every day and wipe the surface down.

Keep Seed Containers Up High

Mice will eat a parrot’s seeds if they can reach them. To minimize the risk, move the seed trays higher up or use hanging seed containers and position them from the cage roof.

You could center the containers. Mice can scale cage mesh, so they’ll easily reach the seeds if they’re too close to the cage sides. Unfortunately, parrots are messy birds and will drop many of their seeds.

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Seal Food

When storing a parrot’s food, ensure it’s in an air-tight container, not open bags.

Mice can chew through plastic packaging, so keep the bags off the ground if you don’t have any metal or thick plastic containers. The same applies to fruits and vegetables, so keep them safely stored.

Seal Cage Openings

Mice can squeeze through gaps as small as 5-10 mm, which is about the same diameter as a pen. The younger the mouse, the smaller the hole it needs to enter and exit.

Mice can also jump several decimeters and scale vertical heights without injuring themselves, even if they fall several meters. This means they can easily get into parrot cages if given the opportunity.

Keep them out by sealing any gaps around cage or aviary doors and roofs, and consider putting a layer of sheeting at the bottom to stop mice from climbing in.

Solid Aviary Floor

This step isn’t as essential for indoor cages, but if you have an outdoor aviary, avoid positioning it on soil or bare earth that mice can tunnel through.

Place the aviary on a concrete surface or use paving stones and wire mesh to make it impossible for them to enter through the bottom of the cage.

Bird-Safe Mouse Repellent

You can’t use poisons to get rid of mice. Instead, use bird-safe mouse repellents to keep them away. Electronic mouse repellents use high-frequency sounds to drive mice away.

Another option is using natural repellents like peppermint oil to keep mice away.

According to Phytotherapy Research, peppermint oil triggers an avoidance response in mice, so apply some to cotton balls and position them where mice are likely to hide.

Another effective way to stop mice from eating your parrot’s food is to sprinkle cayenne pepper or chili flakes onto it. Peppers and chilis are hot due to an active component called capsaicin.

Interestingly, capsaicin causes a burning sensation in mammals, not birds.

Never underestimate the danger posed by mice. While they’re unlikely to pose a physical threat to adult parrots, they pose a danger to their eggs and chicks. They also carry life-threatening diseases.