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Re: Wing Extensions?

Posted by Curley on 4/09/06
(9) Comments

    On 4/09/06, A wrote:
    > I have never had this done. But I do know that it has been
    > done in the US to wild birds due to injuries. Now to do this
    > to a pet bird that was clipped on purpose it makes no sense
    > to do that has the feathers grow back after a molt.
    > 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...)

    Wing extensions..........thats just crazy........