Leg band removal help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sweetshoplady, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. sweetshoplady

    sweetshoplady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2008
    Venice, Florida
    I bought a bird who has a leg band on it. The bird has been limping and favoring that leg. I caught the bird today and saw that the leg band was biting into the leg. How do I get the leg band off and treat the leg? It looks like the band was put on the bird as a duckling and not removed as the drake grew.

    I think its a wire band, I think it resembles one of those spiral bracelets.
     
  2. mwdh1

    mwdh1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it is a plastic spiral band, you should be able to cut it loose carefully with a pair of finger nail clippers
     
  3. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    A sharp pair of wire cutters will do it. The smaller and sharper the
    better. You will need someone to hold the duck still as you cut.
    You may end up cutting skin but that is ok. Clean it with some
    alchohol or hydrogen peroxide.
     

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