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Can pet mice eat bird seed?

Last Updated: 28th March, 2020

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Birds and rodents both love to eat seeds;so where there's one, there's likely to be the other. Squirrels,mice, and rats can invade feeders; and they'reparticularly fond of foraging on the ground for spilled seedand hulls.

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Likewise, people ask, what can pet mice eat list?

Some examples of fruit and vegetables include: apples,pears, banana, melons, stone fruits, citrus fruits, broccoli,cabbage, brussel sprouts, endive, carrots, Bok Choy/other Asiangreens, celery, parsley, berries, tomato, fresh corn, beans,peas.

Secondly, do bird feeders bring rodents? Your bird feeders could be bringingrodents into your yard, and consequently, your home. Thinkabout it. A food source, readily available and free for thetaking…sounds like a pretty good deal.

Keeping this in consideration, how do you feed birds without attracting mice?

Add cayenne pepper or chili pepper flakes to seed andsuet. The birds won't mind, but mice dislike hot,strong tastes and will quickly move on to another foodsource. Take steps to attract owls and other raptors to yourproperty for natural rodent control.

What should you not feed mice?

Other Major Food Hazards These foods include walnuts, raw beans, rhubarbs,onions, raisins and grapes. Never feed a mouse any ofthese foods, period. Wheat, lettuce and corn are all alsoinappropriate for mice, as they can bring on tummy distressand loose stools in the poor little guys.

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What are good treats for pet mice?

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Does bird seed attract rodents?

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Will bleach keep mice away?

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Will feeding birds attract mice?

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Do bird baths attract rats?

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Will cayenne pepper hurt birds?

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Do peanuts attract rats?

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How do I keep rodents away from my bird feeder?

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Why won't birds come to my feeder?

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