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Has anyone had their budgie remove a leg band by itself? I noticed my bird's band at the bottom of the cage and thought it was funny. It's leg doesn't seem to be hurt or anything.
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Old 10-03-2016, 01:17 AM
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If it comes off, it was the wrong size to begin with. My avian vet hates bands, and all but insists he cut all leg bands off birds who have them. He's seen too many accidents by getting caught on it. The fact that it was too loose would have really been a hazard anyway. Good that it's off.
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I believe the bird is better off with the band off. I once had a bird who got his band caught on the cage bars and he was really frantic. Yes he was hurt. The next day I went and bought a cage that was totally safe for the birds. The cage he got hurt on was safe in parts , but had an area that was not perfect. Things like this teach you step by step on how to care for pets. The vet is right in your writing, no leg bands on birds are best.
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I fully agree that your budgie boy is much better off without the leg band.
One of my lovebirds have sadly experienced a very bad accident involving a leg band and a night fright. She survived this accident and is a happy and well adjusted bird, despite being permanently disabled because of it.

Suffice to say that after the freak accident, I have had removed leg bands off the rest of my flock and any bird that will come to me from now on and happens to have a leg band will have it immediately removed on their very first avian vet appointment.
I have a zero tolerance policy on leg bands.
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Thank you for posting this! Some of the budgies who have come through the rescue have had leg bands on and I have wondered about them. I'll recommend that they be removed. Any information we can get from them can be put in their records and the risks don't seem to warrant the slight identification benefits in case of budgie escape.
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That looks like an open metal band - am I correct?
Those are the absolute worst type bands.

When breeders use bands, they are much better off to use the closed plastic bands rather than metal bands.

I've had the metal bands taken off my birds that had them.
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I agree! It's a good thing it's off now! :0 However, I would keep it around, in case you need any information from it in the future.
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Oh my goodness, you all have scared me with these leg band stories. Severus has a band....scheduling a vet appointment for him ASAP. Boy, am I glad I found this thread!
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