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Banding Ducklings

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Kerath, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. Kerath

    Kerath Out Of The Brooder

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    I have an incubator full that is about to go into lockdown tomorrow. For various reasons, I'd like to keep track of who is who from day one. Do you guys have any suggestions for marking or banding ducklings so I can keep them straight?
     
  2. duck&chickencrazy

    duck&chickencrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 2, 2008
    Indiana
    colored twisty ties?
    yarn?
    mini zip ties?
    colored string?
     
  3. DuckLover179

    DuckLover179 Waddles & Puddles

    Nov 28, 2010
    California
    duck&chickencrazy gave you a lot of great ideas. Another is by painting their toenails different colors. Zip ties are one of the most common bands.
     
  4. Quacking

    Quacking Out Of The Brooder

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    I just use zip ties on mine Kerath. I do have to swap them over about three times as they grow. They come in so many different colours and using them on just one or each foot rather than just left or right can give you so many different colour combinations.
     
  5. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    DON'T use anything that they can chew on! Especially string, yarn, etc. They will get the fibers caught around their tongue.
     
  6. Kerath

    Kerath Out Of The Brooder

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    That was my fear in using something like yarn or string.
    Where do you find the tiny zip ties? Hardware store?
     
  7. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any hardware store should have them, unfortunately, they don't come in a pile of colors. You may need to "paint" them.

    If you do colorize, make sure the paint is water proof! (and non-toxic)

    I've seen some multi-colored bands for sale at the chicken-duck internet sites..........they are not cheap.
     
  8. mhwc56

    mhwc56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:i get my cable/zip ties online at SecureCableTies.com they have 13 colors in the little 4" ties.You can't beat the prices or customer service either!
     
  9. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check out staples or office depot or the like for colored zip ties if you can find them at a HD or Lowe's type place. I have seen small ones at HD/Lowe's though.
     

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