Leg Banding with Zipties

Good way to ID birds for chicks to adults.
By aart · Aug 19, 2015 · ·
  1. aart
    Thought I'd write this up for easy linking to threads:

    I use zipties for legbands, the really skinny ones, works for chicks and adults too.
    They are about 1/8" wide and 4" long, great for tiny chicks and fine for adult birds too.

    You do have to change them out as the chicks grow tho, 3 times once you get the hang of it.
    Put the band on as loose as possible but tight enough so it can't slip over the foot and come off.

    I have a half dozen colors and use on both legs(to denote year/age) and in multiples/combos if someone needs to be marked for some reason. Keep notes on band colors and details of bird.

    I have some jewelry sized cutters that work perfect.
    Side cutters for trimming tail ends absolutely flush with lock for no sharp corners exposed.
    End cutters work great for cutting right thru the lock for removing zipties grown too small,

    much easier than trying to get side cutter between tie and leg.


    Henny at 3 days old.

    Henny at 3 weeks old.

    Henny at 5 months old.

    They work good for feathered feeters too, nice fit between the feather shafts.
    Just the girl in back was banded to differentiate her from her sister when they were tiny.


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  1. The Farmers' Daughter
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Aug 9, 2018
    Thanks for the suggestion.
    I tried those coiled stretchy cords (like those wrist bands for keys) and ended up cutting the circulation off on a couple of chicks.
    The suggestion for cutting the bands off is definitely helpful. I accidentally cut the tip of a chick's toe off trying to cut a band off.


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  1. Farmer Connie
    We have cable tied our poultry for years. It helps us with age, new introductions to our flocks, recently medicated etc.
    The best part is when one of our birds makes it to a neighbor's yard, we can distinguish which birds are theirs, or ours. Yes it has happened. Good neighbor but they said the hen was theirs and I said I see my red cable tie.
    Got my egg layer back needless to say. Still have her to this day!
    Another great idea aart!
  2. aart
    Can't remember where I read about cutting thru the lock to remove, but it sure is a handy trick.
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  3. katiedarling
    So glad you mentioned flush cutters for removing outgrown ties! Much easier, and I happen to have some on hand at all times. Thanks for the tip!

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