Unwanted Mossies - what can i do ?

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8 years 2 months ago #12660 by Mossie911
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Hey all bird lovers....

Believe it or not - Yes I am a birdlover, but please.... 10+ mossies in your palms the whole day, and a african grey that copy's them (ID crisis)... make 10+ mossies in your livingroom = 20 mossies at once.... and uge big head-aches and lots of fristration...... <!-- s:bomb: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/bomb.gif" alt=":bomb:" title="Frustration" /><!-- s:bomb: -->

PLEASE PLEASE HELP !!!!!

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8 years 2 months ago #12662 by waldens@faerieglen
waldens@faerieglen replied the topic: Re: Unwanted Mossies - what can i do ?
Mossie 911, tricky question. I don't think there is any easy way of getting rid of the (free) Mossies, unless you chop your palms down <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> :) . Your poor old parrot is shrieking his head off, because he sees these birds flying while he has been sentenced to life imprisonment in a cage. I would also shriek and twitter as loud as possible in an attempt to drive my jailor insane if I was a caged bird.
Is there a source of food for the Mossies? Maybe you could remove that for a while, they might go elsewhere. Or get a rubber snake and put it in the tree where they congregate. (A cut-out of an owl, hung in the tree also helps for a short while) You'd have to move it around, however they soon get used to it. We have used it with limited success to dissuade Southern Masked Weavers from plucking the leaves from our Fever Tree
Or else, just start atlassing, you need the mossies for every card you send in, sometimes you are so glad to see one when you've been atlassing for hours and all you need to complete your count is a Mossie! <!-- s:biting: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/biting.gif" alt=":biting:" title="Frustration" /><!-- s:biting: -->

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8 years 2 months ago #12666 by Dave Shedman
Dave Shedman replied the topic: Re: Unwanted Mossies - what can i do ?
I agree with Waldens, it's a tricky one. Personally, I would get rid of the parrot and stick with the mossies. Are they Huis Mossies or Cape Mossies? Either way, they're just doing what comes naturally to them and the only way to get rid of them humanely, would be what Waldens suggested, i.e. take away whatever is attracting them to your garden. Personally, I love their sound - we have a lot more than 10+ in our small garden every day, both house and Cape, and their chattering and twittering (which they're doing right now) provides a pleasant background noise for me while I'm working. My only other suggestion is invest in a good set of earplugs and be grateful you don't have the squawking Louries that we have!

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8 years 2 months ago #12668 by waldens@faerieglen
waldens@faerieglen replied the topic: Re: Unwanted Mossies - what can i do ?
When I was very young I nagged my mom for a Budgie, and the answer was always NO!. This carried on for weeks. One day I was in the chicken coop, collecting eggs, when my mom shut the gate behind me, and locked it. At first I thought this was a joke, but she went inside and I sat in the "hoenderhok". Eventually it wasn't funny anymore, and I started crying. After about 15 minutes my mom opened the gate and let me out. And she said: "now you know how a budgie feels"
That was the beginning of my love of birds. We started feeding the wild birds, and soon I had my "own" birds which came to eat the seeds and bread that we put out. Since then I have had a thing about seeing birds in cages. Birds have wings, and fly they must.
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8 years 2 months ago #12676 by Mossie911
Mossie911 replied the topic: Re: Unwanted Mossies - what can i do ?
No no ... you all got it all wrong............ <!-- s:spin: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/spin.gif" alt=":spin:" title="Spinning" /><!-- s:spin: --> Our African Grey (Billy) does NOT stay in a cage !!! he lives free in the house....... He even go to work 3 times a week... and travel everywhere with us - he even eats his own scrumble eggs in Steers when we stoped for Breakfast....... he was in Lesotho (snow), Magoebaskloof, Eastern Cape and so I can go on........ He walks on the grass and nibble on the greens and the stones... He was 2 weeks old when I got him, now 2 years old - So I think the above is enough to get the picture that he is NOT a prisoner........... :D

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8 years 2 months ago #12677 by waldens@faerieglen
waldens@faerieglen replied the topic: Re: Unwanted Mossies - what can i do ?
Sorry about drawing the wrong conclusion, Mossie911, it seems as if your parrot is having a good life. Perhaps you could put a mirror in his cage, so that he can see he's not a Mossie!!! He probably needs the companionship of other birds, and by calling like a mossie he feels part of the mossie family. Try my other suggestions, and let us know if it works.
Good luck.

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8 years 2 months ago #12678 by Dave Shedman
Dave Shedman replied the topic: Re: Unwanted Mossies - what can i do ?
I apologise, Mossie911, I too jumped to the wrong conclusion, assuming that if you had a pet parrot you probably kept it in a cage. All the same, I think there's very little you can do about your problem. You can't stop the parrot from mimicking the mossies, that's just what parrots do, as you know. Maybe some of Amanda's suggestions about pictures of owls etc. might work but other than that, I don't know how you could stop mossies from coming to your garden.

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