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#1 emgurney

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 03:17 PM

My male quaker who is about seven years old has suddenly taken exception to having a leg band.  He's working at it everyday trying to get it off.   Has anyone found a way to easily remove them?



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Posted 04 May 2014 - 07:24 PM

I'd recommend having the band removed by your veterinarian. I had Ralph's leg band removed at his first vet visit because he was fussing with it so much. It's rather a delicate operation to remove one, not easy for most parronts to attempt.


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#3 Jan Cullen

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 09:13 PM

Shah had a band on each leg.  I had them removed by the vet. 



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Posted 05 May 2014 - 11:53 AM

Yes, the only way to do it safely is for a vet to cut it (the band) off. 

 

Birds are banded when they are very young, before the bones in their feet are fused, so the band is worked over the toes without causing pain to the baby.  After the bones fuse, the band can't be removed without breaking the bones in the foot.

 

Before 1993, when wild-caught birds were being imported to the U.S. they came with metal (open) bands on their leg.  These could be attached and removed (very carefully) with pliers.  The plastic bands you see are called closed bands. 


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#5 Oteyspeople

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 02:38 PM

Aldo actually likes playing with his leg band. It's one of his favorite toys. I thought he might be trying to take it off, but nope, he's playing with it like a bracelet.



#6 Sharyn and Mr Piggy

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 07:36 PM

Mr P plays with his leg band too. I will probably have it removed the next time we go to the vet

 

It doesnt bother him, he likes to play with it, but it bothers ME to see him playing with it, I'm afraid he is going to hurt his leg from playing with it



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Posted 29 June 2014 - 12:39 PM

Skye, my baby that I bought from a breeder at a bird show in IL a few weeks ago, doesn't have a band on either of his legs...I thought all birds were supposed to be banded? I emailed her and mentioned it, but she didn't answer that when she responded to me, so I didn't get an answer.

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 02:45 PM

It varies by state. I don't know of any that require all parrots to be banded, though I'm not sure, and some do require it for Quakers. I think in some states it's required for pet shop birds. Trying to eliminate the wild bird trade, I suppose.
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#9 msdani1981

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 09:24 PM

Some breeders don't band their babies, because they're worried about injuries.