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Advice on tagging chickens...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by freddy22, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. freddy22

    freddy22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I currently run a small profit operation of selling my eggs like many of you do I'm sure. As well as selling the eggs, I also hatch them out to sell baby chicks, rent out my incubator, and occasionally butcher extra roo's to sell for meat.
    I would like to tag/label my chickens for breeding purposes, and keeping track of the egg production from each bird. This would allow me to breed my better layers to my better roosters making a more efficient operation-if you catch my drift.
    I have mature chickens of a little over two years, which if given an idea will not be a problem....but i have adolescent chickens at about 4 months where they are good size but are obviously going to get bigger...in particular-their legs....so any suggestions would be helpful
    -THANKS
     
  2. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I see you have been lurking for awhile. BYC web site is the best source of information.

    I bought my leg bands from
    http://shilala.homestead.com/tags.html
    "The Easy Chicken Poultry and Supply"

    Kelly Chewning
    1602 Salem Road
    DuBois, PA 15801
    (814)-583-5374
    Email: [email protected]

    Guideline Chart for Bird Leg Band Sizes
    Band Size # Physical Size Fits
    2 1/8" Canaries, day old Quail
    3 5/32" Parakeet, 1-4 week old Quail, Doves, Cockatiels, Guinea keets
    4 1/4" Baby Chicken, Coturnix Quail, small Pigeon, adult Bobwhite Quail
    5 5/16" Pheasant hen, Tumblers, medium Pigeon, Homers, Wood Duck
    6 3/8" Pheasant cocks, month old Chickens, large Pigeons, Chukar Partridge
    7 7/16" Ringneck Pheasants, Mallards, Wild Ducks, Bantams, Feather Leg and Runt Pigeons
    9 9/16" Wild Ducks, Pheasants, Leghorn hens, Ancona, Silkie, Gamebirds
    10 5/8" Wild Turkey, Minorcas, Cross breeds, adult Guineas
    11 11/16" Rock hens, Wyandottes, Rhode Island Red hens, Leghorn cocks, medium Ducks: Runners, Swedish, Harlequin
    12 3/4" Wild Geese, Rocks, Turkey hens, Geese, Jersey Giants, Orpingtons, larger Ducks: Pekins, Rouens, Muscovy
    14 7/8" Canada Geese, Turkeys, Honkers, Jersey Giant Cocks
     
  3. freddy22

    freddy22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have looked into this before, but i was hoping there was some way i could make it a homemade deal - cheap and easy
     
  4. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

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    Different colored zip ties maybe?
     
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  5. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
  6. AmazonDragon

    AmazonDragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Toe punching...interesting.
    How would you do that so the mark would last but not get infected?
     
  7. wasatusay

    wasatusay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The plastic spirals for note books (looks like a plastic spring) you just clip to make a ring that over laps a bit and cheaper. Or you can Poultry leg bands from a company like, Randall Burkey Company, They are in different colors and easy to change as they grow. They have plenty of other options for banding also.
    http://www.randallburkey.com/searchprods.asp
    The link should have taken you to the exact page but doesn't , so when you get to the page just type in Poultry leg bands.
     
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  8. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Quote:This is what i use, cheap, easy to get, easy to appy and remove. Easy peezsy japaneezy.
     
  9. freddy22

    freddy22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The zip ties idea is the idea i am running with now...thanks - any other good ideas would be appreciated
     
  10. waterdinechicks

    waterdinechicks New Egg

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    I have a suggestion what about nail varnishing their nails each a different colour which is coded. I think I will have to try this method as we have neighbours who have chikens that look similar. waterdinechicks
     

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