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costing quite a bit more

ants are attacking the birds food so i have to give them new food like 4 or 5 times per day each
its starting to get expensive
are ants okay for bird ?
if its not hurting them i will only change once or twice a day

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If they are not biting ants they should be ok... just a little extra protein. My biggest worry would be that some where they have gotten into ant bait... they carry that home to destroy the whole colony and it works great.... but anything that eats then would be eating the poison bait. If I were you I would move the birds to a place in your home where the ants have not been seen... and bait the area that the cages were in ... that will destroy the whole colony of ants and you should be any clear then... when you are using bait you do not kill any ants you see as they need to make it back to the nest with the bait which they then share ... not sure what else advise to give... good luck.
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we havent tryed to kill the ants in fear it might be bad for the birds , they arent biting ants. the other problem is that the house is build on ant hills so i dont think the bait will do much

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Wow... not sure what to say then... traps around the cage that are not bait stations maybe... sticky traps.
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if its not hurting the birds im going to just leave it because they walk around on the floor, ill survive it only happens in summer

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Personaly I don't think it hurts them... but maybe place non toxic traps outside your home or in places that the birds don't go and maybe reduce the numbers to a more tolerable level.
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If the birds don't look in distress about the ants then I think it's fine. I agree with ParrotletsRock - ants are good source of protein so I don't think it will hurt them.


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I don't know much about ants except they will not cross a line of talcum powder.
They get in the aviary in summer and drive me nuts!
I started spreading the edges with talc.

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i think im going to try that kate , thanks

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Never thought of that. Never really had an ant problem though haha.

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