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Leg Banded my Chickens

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With 26 chickens now (7 we inherited and 19 pullets that we have raised) and 32 new chicks on the way and the chicken math keeps growing...  We decided to leg band our flock and number them so that we can identify them if issued arise such as illness, injury, etc. as well as tracking ages for flock rotation...

 

Our pullets are right about 18 weeks (Golden Comets and Black Sex links).  We used colored zip ties (cable ties) for our bands.  I left them a little loose on the pullets to allow for leg growth.  Will we see a significant change in the size (diameter) of their legs, or are their legs pretty well established at 18-20 weeks?

 

I will continue to watch them and if they look like they are getting tight, we will change them.  I just did not know if I would be looking for something that may never happen.

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It kind of depends on how loose you left them. 

 

Legs do tend to thicken some as they age, but it's a slow process. For the most part, a band at this age should be good for the life of the bird. But, it's always a good idea to monitor anything fitted to your animal periodically. 

 

I have 21 day old chicks I need to get ties on :/

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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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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We will definitely monitor.  I guess I was more concerned about watching to see if they might need them in 3-5 months vs in 1-2 years.

 

I will be banding my new chicks as well, once they get about 21-28 days, got some small 4" zip ties for them.

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