The delay in this Ripoff Scams is I recently discovered Ripoff Scams. In early 2009, on or around January 8th, I took my bird which is a green cheeked conure to Badger Veteranary hospital/clinic to have his wings clipped, and to have him looked over for wellness. Since I had brought him home the prior year, he had never been to a vet. When I called, they said that one female in particular would see birds. The other reason for the visit was I wanted to get established with a vet that supposedly was familiar with birds in case of any emergencies. My bird was seen by a doctor named Katie. A few things that set off red flags for me were to weigh my bird, they wanted to take him in to another room, and told me I couldn’t come with. I resisted, but finally said o.k. At that time, I chose to keep his flight feathers clipped.I then asked how much it would be to have them clipped. I had seen this done a few times before at the priavte owened family pet store that I bought him from, so I knew what was normal for a wing clip. When this Dr. Katie began to clip his wings, he screeched, and she seemed to have dificulty with it. She had another employee holding him wrapped up in cloth while she did the clips. In my pictures below, my birds primary and secondary flight feathers are blue. You can see that she didn’t even clip all of them. As a matter of fact, she clipped the major and minor coverts too. This could have killed my bird, but thankfully it did not. (He could have bled to death quickly if all of those feathers currently had a blood supply, which a few did.) Not realizing the hack job she had just done to my bird, because he ran as fast as he could back into his travel cage, I ended up paying the full amount for the visit. I didn’t realize what had been done until I got home. My bird was completely traumatized, and refused to come out of his cage. My stomach had just dropped when I saw what she had done to his wing feathers. I immediately called the clinic, and they had me speak directly with Katie. I told her that it was done completely wrong, and that I wanted my money back. She asked me if I would be willing to bring my bird back out so she could see his wing feathers, and I told her HELL NO, I wasn’t setting foot in the place again with my bird. I then told her I would just cancel the check I wrote them. It’s hard to describe the feeling of that happening to your pet. Still, Katie maintained that the wing clip was done correctly. I immediately took photos as soon as I could get my bird to come out from the corner of the cage he was hiding in. I then cancelled the check I wrote to Badger Vet Clinic. They started sending me demand letters to make payment on the check and threatened to turn it over to collections. It took a while, and they still refused to admit any wrong doing, but they offered to take the price of the wing clip off of the bill, which wasn’t very much. I went for it, just to get the whole ordeal done and over with. Knowing what I know now, I should have fought them harder. My bird ended up being ok, and surprisingly, his coverts grew back. Thankfully I had the sense to say NO during the appointment when she asked if I wanted his beak trimmed too. I have no doubt my bird would have been killed right there on the spot had I allowed it. Still to this day, his beak has NEVER needed a trim. And after his frightening ordeal at Badger, I haven’t had his flight feathers clipped since. See the pictures, and I’m sure you will agree with me.
3113 E McCormick Dr Janesville, Wisconsin USA