Leg Bands: More Than Just Accessories

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Some owners and medical professionals remove the bands when they treat a bird or if the band becomes a hazard. If this occurs, a certificate should be created with the band’s identifying information and a description of the bird. To be safe, you should keep the band if you remove it. You may even want to take a picture of your pet wearing the band before it’s taken off.

You can identify your bird using microchipping or DNA fingerprinting. If you remove the band, you may want to use one of these alternative methods of keeping track of your pet. You can tie the microchip or fingerprint information to the certificate to prove that this is the same bird.

Removal of the band can make it hard to return the bird to the breeder or sell it in the future. Some states won’t accept a certificate from a non-banded bird. Some pet owners are skeptical of birds that don’t have bands. Birds N Ways describes a situation in which a veterinarian removed the bands from recently purchased birds. When the owner wanted to return the birds because they weren’t a male/female pair, the breeder wouldn’t take them back. If you want to move with your pet bird, you might run into problems if the animal isn’t banded.

What’s The Verdict?

Many states require you to have a band on your pet bird even if you use another form of identification, like a microchip. Therefore, it’s probably safest for you to keep a band on your bird. It will also help you retrieve the animal if you ever get separated. Proper pet care can prevent the ring from harming your bird. If you must remove the band because of a health issue or for preference, make sure that you record the information and use an alternative method of identification. Pet birds can be your companions for a long time. You don’t want to be forced to leave it behind if you move or if it gets lost.


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