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Old 07-27-2015, 01:45 PM
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Leather arm protector, custom made

I've been looking around for awhile for a decent arm protector made of something sturdier than cotton that wouldn't slide around on our arm for our two arm destroyers (big macaw-power gripper, goffins pins and needles claws that never seem to stay blunted long). I came across a leather worker on ebay who had something that might work if tweaked a bit, so I contacted him about making a custom arm brace type thing that would fit anyone depending on who was doing the holding. We go on trips to another town with our macaw and carrying her around for a few hours causes arm scratches and bruises. So anyway, this is what we came up with that worked well for extended carrying or even short walks that isn't too hot, bulky, ugly, or cumbersome:


Available through this guy for around $35 (that's what he charged me anyway): foxcustomleather on eBay

It works well and seems to help the birds grip our arm better. Just thought I'd throw that out there for anyone looking for something like that, it really helps my mother in law who bruises really easily when she holds our birds. She used to leave our house looking like someone beat on her arms, poor dear.
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Old 07-27-2015, 01:49 PM
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Re: Leather arm protector, custom made

I remember when I was a young child... We went to the zoo, I held a large macaw, and it was SO painful . I don't know if my parents and the adults ever realized I wasn't acting up because of the presence of the bird, but because it was excruciating!

Nice idea for your MIL, I hope it helps her. As long as the birds accept it! I know those larger birds can be heavy/or with the weight the claws can be painful for adults also!
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Old 07-28-2015, 12:34 PM
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Re: Leather arm protector, custom made

Yeah Sailor was spooked by it at first, but we let her mess with it for awhile and she's fine with it now. Mako still freaks out but we're trying to break him in gently because he's so high strung. Changes tend to push him over the edge so with him we're more careful and slower about introducing him to new things.
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Old 07-29-2015, 12:47 AM
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Re: Leather arm protector, custom made

That's so neat! And an excellent price, too. I've never handled a macaw before, so I have yet to experience their strong grip. I'm sure your family and your MIL appreciate having a barrier.

And I must say, Sailor looks absolutely gorgeous in that photo. Her colours are stunning! She must enjoy coming out with you guys
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Re: Leather arm protector, custom made

That is such a good idea and not bad $$. My bfa nails are SUPER sharp I have multiple scratches from her nails. My skin is sensitive so once she touches my skin and slightly scratch it it becomes RED and my skin puffs up.. its super weird but I DEFINITELY need one ^_^ thanks!
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