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Microchip Popularity

Most people are familiar with microchips for dogs and even cats.   Now, more and more bird enthusiasts are having their parrots microchipped.

A microchip is a tiny computer chip which is injected deeply under the skin.  The chip provides a safe, permanent unique identification number which is recognized worldwide.  There is virtually no chance of the body developing an allergy or trying to reject the microchip after being properly injected.  The chip is “read” using a special scanner which sends a radio signal through the skin.  When the chip receives the signal, it sends the number back to the scanner.  The bird or animal feels nothing while being scanned.

Microchips are even being used by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the study of such animals as grizzly bears, black-footed ferrets and giant land tortoises.

Two of the most common microchips available are made by AVID® and Home Again®.  Both companies maintain a database of registered owners. 

An escaped bird can travel great distances.  While some birds have a leg band, there is no registry which maintains information on the owner or even the breeder.  Bands also become difficult or impossible to read with wear.  A microchip could be the only means of successfully re-uniting a lost bird and its owner.

FeatherHeads has been successfully microchipping customers’ birds from Quakers to Macaws.

FeatherHeads also does DNA sexing.

Susan van den Broek


FeatherHeads ~2008

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