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Old 10-05-2011, 03:42 PM
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GW crushed her breeder band

We woke up this morning & noticed our GW favoring her leg. On closer inspection we discovered she had crushed her band closed around her leg & her foot was badly swollen due to loss of circulation. We were able to restrain her & remove the band although she was not happy about the whole experience. Her foot is quite swollen but she is using it.

Has anyone else had this happen? IMO it could easily have cost her a foot had we caught it much later.
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Old 10-05-2011, 04:03 PM
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Re: GW crushed her breeder band

No, I wonder how this happened. Was the band not strong enough. My GW has a really thick band and he chews on it a lot but it has never bent and he sure has had his fills on falling off of his perch and the band has always held up. I'm thinking the Breeder who banded him did not use a strong enough band. Best of luck and glad you got the band off of them. I'm sure your macaw was ticked. Thanks for sharing Joe
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Old 10-05-2011, 06:47 PM
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Re: GW crushed her breeder band

She definitely crushed it with her beak, although she has always chewed on it. I looks to be a split aluminum band so just a heads up to other Mac people.
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Old 10-05-2011, 08:13 PM
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Re: GW crushed her breeder band

My Greenwing does not have a band, but he once crushed my ring, while i was wearing it so I know how your bird must have felt. I had to run to my tool box and cut the ring off.
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Old 10-06-2011, 02:58 PM
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Re: GW crushed her breeder band

willist, you have no idea how many times that has happened to us & damn it hurts! We eventually got titanium wedding bands.
Octavio is doing just fine, btw.
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Old 10-07-2011, 11:32 AM
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Re: GW crushed her breeder band

That is really scary! I'm glad all is well now.
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Old 10-07-2011, 01:33 PM
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Re: GW crushed her breeder band

I don't like leg bands anyway....I always suggest people to have them removed!!! A bird of mine lost her foot because of it....I didn't catch it early enough cause she was free flight in the aviary....
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Re: GW crushed her breeder band

This seems like a perfect place to mention MICROCHIPPING for the bigger birds. Bands can be lost, or removed, microchips are there forever. Then if your bird gets lost, or stolen, you have a better chance of getting it back. Ask your vet about it.
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Old 10-07-2011, 02:17 PM
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Re: GW crushed her breeder band

WOW, your so lucky to have caught that in time. But I think a vet visit would still be in order, especially since it was swollen. Neither of my birds (Senegal and Eclectus) have leg bands and I'm glad they don't.
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Old 10-07-2011, 03:19 PM
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Re: GW crushed her breeder band

Unfortunately the vets here know nothing about birds (nearest avian vet is 500 miles away). She is doing just fine, though. The swelling cleared up quickly & she's her normal, fiesty self.
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