Originally Posted by CelticOaksFarm
Cindy, we have the plastic bandettes also, the little boogers take them off from time to time. We leg banded the juveniles two days ago, last night two of the boys had there's off.
We use the plastic leg bandettes in green for girls and blue for boys.
Permanent banding is brass engraved wing bands. They are numbered on one side and have our farm name and phone on the other.
I would be happy to teach you have to apply the wing bands if you go that route. I like them because the birds don't bother them at all. I can look up a number and pull parent info, and I keep an excel spread sheet where I can note anything I want/need.
There are also solid metal leg bands, you squeeze them closed the end butt together. They don't easily come apart or come off either. Basically once on they are on.
Celtic Oaks, I am leaning toward the wing bands. It makes sense to me. I have used the metal leg bands on chickens, and find they are hard to read. I don't want to have to get the bifocals in just the right place while wrestling with a goose. I think it would be easier to check a number on a wing.
I would love to take you up on the wing band lesson. Next time you are going to apply them, let me know.
Going Bhonkers, the leg bands do have to be changed on chickens as their legs grow if you put them on young birds. I haven't used them on geese yet, but I assume it would be the same. I guess you could put a large one on from the beginning, but I think it would be annoying to the bird.