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Posted by Lydia on 4/05/06

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    I saw a show filmed in the UK where they gave a parrot wing
    feather extensions because his wings were clipped. They
    took a full feather and glued it into the cut feather
    shafts so that the bird could fly again. I had never heard
    of this before... is it normally practiced in the US and
    Canada? For those of you who know about it... how do you
    feel about the safety of this procedure? I was just
    wondering because I would be willing to give molted wing
    feathers from my Grey and Amazon to my vet, who knows that
    the birds are healthy and disease free, if she is willing
    to take them (if she even does this procedure). But before
    bringing this up with my vet, I would like to learn more
    about this procedure (as base knowledge) from people who
    know about it or have used it, since they are not out to
    make a buck (not to say that my vet is) and my vet is very
    for flight (so, if she performs it she might be more
    inclined to be for it so the bird can fly right away). Is
    it safe? Is it (in certain situations) worth putting a
    bird under to perform the procedure? Are adverse reactions
    common... what is the severity and nature of these
    reactions? What birds are candidates for this procedure?
    Birds that have certain problems where imidiate flight
    would benefit them... or just any bird who's owner wants it
    to fly right away? Just curious... Feather Extensions...
    never heard of it. Do you know of any sites with good
    informaion on this... sites that are as un-biased as
    possible. Stating the facts on the procedure itself and
    not "why bird should fly" (or why they should not). Have
    you ever heard of something going very wrong with a bird
    that had wing extensions? Is it common for them to come
    loose, possibly while the bird is in flight, and throwing
    the bird off balance? I really don't know what to think of
    this, seeing as I don't know anything about it. I just
    don't want to ask the vet if she wants my feathers if this
    procedure usually ends up doing more harm then good. I
    don't even know where the feathers used come from... and
    therefore... if I would be seen as a total idiot offering
    mine.

    (Please don't use this post to start another "to clip or
    not" war. Though I have flighted birds, I am not pushing
    my decision. I simply wish for some insight regarding this
    procedure's safety and the grounds on which it is
    performed...)



Posts on this thread, including this one
  • Wing Extensions?, 4/05/06, by Lydia.
  • Re: Wing Extensions?, 4/05/06, by Dave.
  • Re: Wing Extensions?, 4/06/06, by MKay.
  • Re: Wing Extensions?, 4/06/06, by woops.. sorry, gl.
  • Re: Wing Extensions?, 4/09/06, by A.
  • Re: Wing Extensions?, 4/09/06, by Curley.
  • Re: Wing Extensions?, 4/10/06, by Kitty.J.
  • Re: Wing Extensions?, 4/10/06, by Kel.
  • Re: Wing Extensions?, 4/11/06, by Lydia.