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Bird Microchip Identification

Bird Micro Chip ID Implant $85.00

How does a microchip system work?

Bird MicrochippingA microchip is small electronic device encased in a glass chamber, about the size of a grain of rice that is inserted into an animal. It is biocompatible and non-toxic. When a scanner is passed over the area of the body containing the chip, it is activated and it transmits an identification number and the name of the chip manufacturer to the scanner’s display screen. The person scanning then uses the manufacturer’s database to locate the contact information of the owner. The scanning process takes only seconds and the pet feels nothing.

Once an animal is injected with the chip, he can be identified throughout his life by this unique ID number. His identification cannot be lost, altered or intentionally removed.

If a bird is ever lost and is handed in at a veterinary clinic or animal shelter a microchip scanner is passed over the animal to reveal the unique code. The vet or animal shelter can then refer to the database to identify the name, address and phone number of the owner, so they can be reunited. To insure that the microchip can do its job, the owner must register with a Pet Recovery Service, so that contact information for the lost pet can be supplied when a shelter calls.

How is it implanted? Are they safe for birds?

With cats and dogs, the chip is planted subcutaneously, or just below the skin, usually between the shoulder blades. In a bird, there is almost no subcutaneous area, and there would be a visible lump underneath their thin skin that a bird might be tempted to chew out. Therefore, the microchips are implanted about 1/4 to 1/2″ into the muscle tissue on the left side of the bird’s chest muscle.

The chip is implanted through a hypodermic needle, one with a tip that is large enough to expel something the size of a grain of rice. It is surprisingly large as you look at it, but the procedure is much like a typical injection. There might be some tenderness in the injection site following the procedure, but it is minimal and there is no awareness of the implant throughout the bird’s life.

While it is most common that the larger birds are microchipped, bird species as small as 65 grams can be microchipped safely. Many people choose to microchip based on the financial or the emotional value they place on their bird.

Why should I microchip my bird?

One of every three pets will become lost in their lifetime. Any bird, puppy, kitten should be microchipped to protect it against loss, theft or separation from its owner. The chip must be activated by the new owner so that the pet will get home FAST, if lost. In addition, microchips installed at the kennel level also protect the breeder, simplify management and solve problems with confusion of birds.

Can I Track The Location of My Lost Bird?

No. This is a common misconception. Microchips are not GPS devices. They cannot help you determine the whereabouts of your lost bird. In fact, most scanners need to be used within inches of the bird to activate the device. They are for the purpose of identifying found birds only. In the future, chips will be advanced enough to contain GPS technology, but we are not there yet.

How long does the microchip last?

The microchip has no power supply, battery, or moving parts. It is guaranteed for the life of the animal. Once injected, the microchip is anchored in place as a thin layer of connective tissue forms around it. The chip requires no care. It does not pass through or out of the body.

Does the procedure hurt the animal?

Although the microchip needle is larger than a typical vaccine needle, animals do not over react to it. Anesthesia is not required or recommended. We only use sterile, one time use, pre-loaded syringes.

What is the best age to inject the chip?

Most breeders inject the chip between the ages of eight and twelve weeks. Of course, the injection can also be done at any time after that.

What size birds can be microchipped?

We encourage microchipping for birds over 150 grams body weight. We do not recommend microchipping any bird smaller than a conure.

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