Anyone ever wing band adult chickens?

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  1. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

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    I have decided to switch from zip ties to wing bands as a form of identification for my flock. The 2 Araucana pullets I have came wing banded. I have found a few videos online for wing banding baby chicks, but I have yet to find a single video of a person wing banding an adult chicken. Is it the same as wing banding a chick? These are the wing bands and applicator that I am considering buying. https://pinnonhatch.com/Poultry-Sup...ftszoppXD0Y7gdBwKEGO1W3-cwq45_GQaAhASEALw_wcB
    So has anyone wing banded an adult chicken? Was it the same as wing banding a chick?
    Thanks in advance.
     
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    I would think it's about the same, might be harder to punch thru, but the anatomy would be the same.
    Trying to think of someone here who uses wing bands.
    @chickengeorgeto advocates wing banding but doesn't look like he's been around for a few months.
    @centrarchid might know the answer.
     
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

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    I do it and will be banding a few in short order as adults. Process for me having large hands is easier with larger chickens. Except when teaching, I do entire process myself. Slow part is arming the the pliers with the tag. Retention is not 100% so I back up with easier to see leg bands.
     
  4. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

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    Does it matter if the wing band is applied over the feathers? Will the feathers eventually cover the wing band?
     
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    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

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    Also should a gap be left like in the diagram below? 928A5FDF-2A79-490A-A040-091DDA691A1B.jpeg I believe that gap is left to allow for the wing growth, but since I will be banding adult birds is a gap necessary?
     
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    centrarchid Free Ranging

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    Gap needs to be such that web cord does not pull too much against band when wing is in relaxed / closed position. When wing is outstretched the web cord is most distended. If the gap is too big, then hole can be too close to web cord increasing odds it can cut the cord. You do not want that as wing will be effectively ruined as a flight organ and not fold up properly. Having too much gap can make so the exposed band can catch on things decreasing odds of retention.

    Open a bird's wing to see how the webbing behaves. Also note how short the feathers are covering the membrane.
     
  7. Brahma Chicken5000

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    @centrarchid would you be able to take pictures when you wing band the adult birds so that I have a reference to work with?
     
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    Be patient. Morrels and fish sale must out of way first.
     
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    I will wait until you are able to get pictures or even a video. I definitely don’t want to screw this up.
     
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    Found this while trying to find a video of a jiffy wing band being applied to an adult bird. C821862D-8FFE-4B40-8109-609200A378AF.jpeg
     

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