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Re: Wing Extensions?

Posted by Dave on 4/05/06
(9) Comments

    On 4/05/06, Lydia wrote:
    > 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...)

    Wow!!!!! So many questions but guess what, I have the answer
    to your main question """"""""is it normally practiced in
    the US and Canada?""""""" and this will help with all of
    your other questions. No. it's not practiced here. ---Dave