bands on the wings

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Trinity Acres, Mar 17, 2008.

  1. Trinity Acres

    Trinity Acres Hatching

    Mar 17, 2008
    My wife and I recently purchased our first four chicks. They have these bands on their wings that were used by our country store to identify the sex of the chick. The band goes through the wing and then clips to the other end. How do I remove these bands? I am afraid if I try to just pull the band through it will hurt the chick. Can anyone offer any advice>
  2. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    You can cut the band through the top with cutters and pull it through the hole. It may bleed a little, but it shouldn't be that bad. I guess it depends on how long the band has been on. There is a blood stopping powder, I'm sorry but I can't think of the name of it right now, but we get it at TSC that I have used on my animals to control bleeding. I think you can also use corn starch. You might just be able to cut it where it clips together. The band just might fall apart and not have to be pulled through any holes. Hope it helps. [​IMG]
  3. Ron

    Ron Songster

    Feb 22, 2008
    Southeast Texas
    Why would the store do that? It seems a harsh way to indicate gender. Cruel, even. Is this a widespread practice?
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2008

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