Are ZIP TIES ok to use as legbands?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by fushalilly, May 13, 2008.

  1. fushalilly

    fushalilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I left a lot of growing room in them. Are they ok to use? The girls are about 9 weeks old now. When should I re-check the size of them?
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I've used them...you just need to check them frequently since they grow fast.
     
  3. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
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    I have them on my hens but, didn't put them on until they were grown. Make sure you check them frequently so they don't get tight.
     
  4. hiddenmagnolia

    hiddenmagnolia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have used them but check often. If they get too tight can cut off blood circulation.
     
  5. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    I've been using them a few years now.
     
  6. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    We use zip-ties too, on our older chickens.


    Dawn
     
  7. flyingmonkeypoop

    flyingmonkeypoop Overrun With Chickens

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    We use them all the time. They come in many many colors and widths so it helps to keep the chicks seperated. When we keep chicks over for breedings we change the bands or add to them. For example with our keepers last year we used thin pink ties, this year we will use wide green ties. For the birds that we have many of from certain breedings we might use two bands. We usually put them on at hatching, then just keep an eye on them and when they get too small we change them, we normally change them 3-4 times. They are cheap and easy to find and use.
     
  8. Denece&Lacey

    Denece&Lacey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have wondered that myself. I tried some once, they are hard to write numbers on!!
     

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