Microchip Placement For Identification of Birds

Key Points

  • Microchip implantation provides permanent and unique identification.
  • During microchip implantation, the bird may be awake and well restrained or under general anesthesia.
  • Place the microchip superficially in the left or right pectoral muscle region. Use the thickest portion of the pectoral muscles, which in most birds is in the upper one-third of the muscle mass approximately one-third of the width lateral to the keel.
  • Oppose the skin edges around the hole created by the needle and apply a drop of tissue glue, or alternatively use skin sutures, especially if there is hemorrhage post-implantation.
  • Complications are not commonly associated with microchip placement, but may include evidence of pain, hemorrhage, infection, or accidental subcutaneous placement of the chip.

Microchip implantation provides permanent and unique identification. This article describes the equipment needed and the technique involved for this procedure. During microchip implantation, the avian patient may be awake and manually restrained or placed under general anesthesia. The battery-free transponder or microchip is placed superficially into the pectoral muscle mass. Potential complications are rare but can include evidence of pain in the bird, hemorrhage, infection, or accidental subcutaneous placement of the chip . . .


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