Arm Guard for Parrot Keepers

Arm-Guard

As I have lamented many times,

Rita’s nails pierce my skin badly.

I’ve had rips and tears and bloody scrapes

On my arms and the tops of my hands for years.

But,

I found a solution that works perfectly.

It is Golden Needles by Ansell.

The 10″ arm socks with thumb slots are made of stretch Kelvar.

They fit snugly, stay in place, and

They are soft and comfortable for extended wear.

They provide a secure grasping surface for the parrot too.

The guards are sold in pairs of small, medium or large.

Happy Parrot Keeping!

🙂

39 Comments on “Arm Guard for Parrot Keepers

  1. Beautiful picture of Rita – wow, what striking colours! I was once butted in the lower legs by a playful baby Thomson’s Gazelle that a friend had as a pet – and the tips of those tiny horns were like needles – Nature doesn’t mess about when it comes to sharpness! I hope this finds you well and happy, my friend! Adrian

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  2. Brilliant idea. I could have used one of these when I had my cockatoo. After playing and dancing with him, I looked like a bona fide “cutter!”

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    • Ha-ha! I can imagine! A cockatoo has bigger feet than Rita. Just balancing himself would have caused him to grip hard onto your arm. Ouch! Funny how we don’t think much about it at the time…until we see the damage! I forgot his name. Reggie? Maybe? I love cockatoos. Such sweet and beautiful creatures.

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      • Yes, Reggie. You’ve got a better memory than you give yourself credit for! Yes, they are are such sweet and beautiful souls–unless they want to cop an attitude, which they really like to do. Knowing parrots as you do, you know what I’m talking about! 😉

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    • Hi, Gail. I was thinking of you today! I was unable to click “like” or to leave a comment on yours and other blogs too. The WP Happiness Engineers finally suggested that I switch from Chrome to Firefox. That worked, but it took a week or so to get that out of them! Chuckle. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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    • Hi, Linda! Actually, Parrots aren’t scratchers. The heavier parrots with the larger nails are hard to hold on the arm because their weight presses their nails into the skin. They don’t intend any harm and are unaware that they are hurting you. The older I get, the worse the skin damage is. I used to just daub off the blood and think nothing of it. I think Rita must wonder why I no longer say, “ouch-ouch-ouch”, as I carry her around! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by to visit us, Linda!

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      • Yea, well my cat has no idea of the misery she’s causing either. But misery it is, even in the middle of the night when she wants to snuggle into my belly like a little nursing kitten. What we do for our pets. But oh, the rewards they give back! Belated happy birthday, btw.

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  3. What a great idea!! That Rita is looking very handsome too. Did she notice the difference in the sleeves?

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    • Of course, she noticed. She had a fluttering fit and ran to the top of her cage when I offered my arm. I laughed at her since I hadn’t thought that she might take offense. I offered the bare arm and then transferred her to the covered arm. She liked it immediately. She realized that she could grasp the sleeve for a secure ride. She wouldn’t have paid attention if the sleeve hadn’t covered half the hand too. That was strange to her. I do stuff all the time that is rude in terms of how a parrot thinks! 🙂

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  4. Lovely photo and a great solution to your problem! 🙂 Those talons do look like powerful weapons.

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    • Yes, the sleeve is perfect for preventing damage to the skin and providing a secure footing for her, too. Actually, parrots don’t use their feet as “weapons”. Even tiny Cheeky, the Conure, has big feet compared to her body size. Rita is heavy so her nails dig into my skin as she tries to hold on. Thanks for stopping by to visit us! 🙂

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    • I was very glad to have found a solution! I suppose her talons could be lethal depending on what bacteria are on them when she scratches me. I used to ignore the scratch and just blot off the blood. Now, I clean the wounds. The sleeve will prevent all of that. She likes having a secure footing, too! Thanks for stopping by to visit us, Sylvia!

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  5. 1/. The photo is just pure brilliance.
    2/. I need those for my dogs who continually draw blood every-time the excitedly greet me… the old skin after many years of direct sun shine is now so thin that the slightest scratch turns to bleeding….
    3/. I love this blog…

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    • Hi, Rob! Thanks. I’m pleased that you like the photo. I just got the sleeve and am so excited about how well it works. I didn’t think there was a practical solution. I know what you mean about the thin-skin problem. Dogs do the same kind of damage in their enthusiastic playing. I am delighted that you love my blog! That is just the nicest thing to say. I love posting the stuff here in the hope that Charlie will remember something about his granny! 🙂 It’s wonderful to know that you enjoy it too, Rob.

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      • I started my blog for the children and grand children to see what Oupa was up too… it has now become just so much more than that… with followers from all over the world fascinated by what I capture… I have written a book about my younger years in the bush for the kids and the idea was the blog was for them to follow the older years… lovely to think more than family love to watch what we’re up too..

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        • I know. That’s just icing, isn’t it. And we get to experience wonderful stuff from them! Is your book published? Don’t let me miss it! 🙂

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          • The book is at the editors at present and what a great job she is making of it… shows how bad my English is…

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            • Everybody needs a good editor. She’s going to make you look like a Pulitzer candidate! Chuckle… I can’t wait to see the results! 🙂 Congratulations on finishing the book! A dream come true for you and for your family. I am happy to hear it, Rob!

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              • As she nears the end of the process I get more and more scared of what is to come… my writing started off as a record for the kids (requested by the kids) of my early life and experiences. Which they have heard the stories… and I never thought I’d finish it or ever send it for an edit… and now we are there I’m not sure what to expect and if there are people out there that would be interested in the life of a young man growing up in the bush of Rhodesia with all my experiences with wild animals…

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    • Thank you, Meredith! I was happy to have found a practical solution that actually works! Rita is a character. She says she’s a “pretty girl” all the time, especially when she wants something! Chuckle… Thanks for stopping by to visit us! 🙂

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    • Hi, Zeeb! It’s great to see you. Rita says she a “Pretty Girl” all the time. She’ll be pleased to know you agree. 😉 Yes, the bigger parrots are heavy and their nails are big enough to hurt when they hang on. It’s just something parrot lovers put up with, but I was really pleased to find a sleeve that is practical and actually works. I’m sure Rita is pleased to have a secure surface to hold onto. Thanks for stopping by to visit us! 🙂

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    • Hi, Christine! I’m sure Rita wonders why I stopped saying, “ouch-ouch-ouch” every time I carry her around! At first, she was afraid of the sleeve, but I swiped her up anyway, and now she appreciates the secure footing, I’m sure. People who have companion parrots just endure the pain of the nails without thinking much about it. My skin is too old for it now, so I was really glad to have found something practical that works! Thanks for stopping by to visit us! 🙂

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  6. Well, must say those are one thing I don’t need! 🙂 Parrots have always sort of scared me! Guess I imagine them sitting on my head! Ouch! xxx

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    • Hi, Adelaide! I think people are either “Parrot People” or they aren’t. Not much in between. Chuckle. My daughter calls Rita “That Green Chicken”. They detest each other. Kelli says she loves anything with fur, but feathered-creatures belong out of doors! People are intimidated by parrot beaks, I think. I pay no attention when Rita has a fit and does her threatening behavior thing. It makes me laugh. Thanks for stopping by. That’s really nice of you since I haven’t been to visit in a while! 🙂

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    • ha-ha! I thought the very same thing when I read about Kelvar sleeves! You’d think I need bullet-proof sleeves if you saw my hands and arms! Chuckle…

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