How do you safely remove a wingband

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by naakte, May 24, 2011.

  1. naakte

    naakte Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maya has the most hideous wingband and i hate it. I pet her all the time and my ring catches the thing. there is no reason for her to have it on there. she is a tiny serama and it is so big looking on her. I want to take it off but need to know what the safest way to get it off of her. any ideas?

    Donna in Branson
     
  2. java girl 2

    java girl 2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get a pear of wire cuter and cut it off!! [​IMG]
     
  3. ruthless

    ruthless Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Donna, you will want to be very careful removing the wing band. It is used by some breeders as a permanent ID for their birds. It will leave a hole in her wing if you can get it off. And you may injure the wing when taking it off.

    Here is a thread about them.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=136022&p=2

    Here is what they look like before being put on. There is a nub of metal that fits thru that hole and they are put on with pliers.
    http://www.randallburkey.com/Initialed-Zip-Wing-Bands-Color/productinfo/21051/

    All I am saying is be careful, she is small and I would not want her wing injured. Good luck.
     
  4. naakte

    naakte Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hate that thing Ruth. maybe i will run to the vet this afternoon and see about it

    Donna
     
  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Gritsar just removed one last week, I think she used wire cutters. I'll point her in your direction, then you'll know for sure. [​IMG]
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    How long has she had it? If it's been months I wouldn't attempt to remove it myself, thinking it may have grown into the surrounding tissue. If it hasn't been that long, it's a piece of cake to remove.

    I bought 5 chicks with wing bands recently. First thing I did when I got them home was to remove the bands. Following instructions from one of the folks @ Ideal Poultry, where my chicks came from, I pushed the band as far to front of each birds wing as I could and simply clipped it off with a pair of wire cutters. They came off extremely easy, much easier than I thought they would.
     
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  7. ruthless

    ruthless Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She has had it many months. Got her at 10 weeks and it was on her. She is over 8 months now.
     
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    If it's been months, but the band is still freely movable (right word?) I would still remove it with the wire clippers. There's no blood and as I said, super easy.

    It it appears non-flexible I would look for another way to remove it.
     

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