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post #1 of 5
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Hi all,

What do others do if you need to mark or band a bird?  What do you use for bands, do I need to buy something or can I make bands out of household items?

 

thanks

post #2 of 5

Some people use multi colored twist ties, but you have to be very careful about changing them as the chicks grow.  I used toe web punching, but again that needs to be monitored as they can grow back together as chicks grow.

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post #3 of 5

I don't usually band since I find it troublesome with my feather footed showbirds but I am in close contact to a breeder and the way he organizes chicks is he made his own little numbering system by punching holes in the toe webbing (he said something about there not be complete bloodflow there for the first day) So he numbers them like that, but then again he hatched around 800+ birds while I hatch only 6-40 at a time XD As for adult bands though, I'd just go to the feedstore, they usually have chicken bands there of many shapes, sizes and colours.

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A proud member of 4h and a strong bearer of the Pacific Northwest and its Cold, not to mention a chicken mommy of 3 Cochins, 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 2 Bantam EE, 1 RIR/EE Mix, 1 Mille Fleur Booted Bantam, and 2 bantam OEGB's, a Black Bearded Silkie and a double laced silver Plymouth Bantam!
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post #4 of 5

I use zipties, small ones, works for feathered legs too.

You do have to change them out a few times before chicks get to 'adult' size.

Not too hard to do once you get the hang of it.

 

Detailed info here:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/leg-banding-with-zipties

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Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #5 of 5

Zipties here too. they come in many different colors and sizes. Just pay attention and change them out when needed. 

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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