Colored Zip Ties for Tagging Birds

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Rainwolf, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. Rainwolf

    Rainwolf De La Menagerie

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    Did you guys know that you can use rit dye to make your colored zip ties? This would allow you to buy a package/box of clear/white zip ties and make 10-50 colored ties! But it does take time and if you only need a few colors I'd suggest http://www.securecableties.com/

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    can only dye clear, white or gray nylon zip ties.

    Using a old pan your don't care about... (not your favorite can't live with out pan [​IMG] )
    Boil enough water to cover the amount of ties you wish to dye.
    Lower to a simmer and add dye color of choice
    Place ties in the dye water and simmer for 5 mins (shorter time lighter dye longer time darker the dye)
    Now here is the tricky part..... pull all ties out of the dye and rinse... then place back in to dye if needed (darken)
    I suggest a mesh bag or a nylon bag of some sort (I use panty hose socks) so its easy to pull out at 5 mins. rinse. add back to dye. pull out at 5 mins. rinse. add back to dye etc etc etc

    Ya all get the idea right? [​IMG]
     
  2. Hooligan Farm

    Hooligan Farm Songster

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    Great idea [​IMG] I have a a lot of white zip ties and no colors
     
  3. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Crowing

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    By The Time I Buy The Wht Zip Ties, The Rit Dye And Ruin A Pot... Eh I Will Just Buy Different Colors. But Thats Just Me And My Overworked Ways :p

    It Is A Neat Idea Tho Rainwolf
     
  4. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Songster

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    Can you just use permanent color marker instead?
     
  5. Rainwolf

    Rainwolf De La Menagerie

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    Quote:well of course [​IMG]
    I was just posting a idea in case someone (like me) had a bottle of rit dye and a ton of white/clear ties and running out of colored ones.

    and JJ it won't ruin a pot but said it so no one could blame me in case it did for some weird reason... such as leaving the dye in pot for days on end [​IMG]
     
  6. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Crowing

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    I DUNNO RAINWOLF WHEN I WAS WORKING FIRE RESCUE WE WORE THE BALCK BDU (MIL SPEC FATIQUES) PANTS, DANG THINGS FADE FASTER THAN AN OLD CHEVY TRUCK RUSTS... ANYWAYS I WAS ALWAYS RE-DYEING THEM BLACK TO KEEP 'EM NICE LOOKING [​IMG]

    I HAVE SEEN WHAT THAT STUFF DOES TO POTS [​IMG]
     
  7. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Crowing

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    Quote:NOW THAT I HAVE DONE! USED IT TO STRIPE THE ZIP TIES FOR MARKING BIRDS TEMPORARILY, CANT SAY HOW LONG IT WOULD LAST THO [​IMG]
     
  8. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Songster

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    I've had zipties last on chicken legs 2+ yrs. They would probably stay longer, it's just that we rarely keep a layer more than 2 1/2 - 3 yrs.
     
  9. bigkenny77

    bigkenny77 In the Brooder

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    I was wondering about using zip ties as bands sounds like some of you have used them for years thanks for the info




    Bigkenny77 keeper of 3 BCM and many other anmals & plants ( black bamboo is asome)
     
  10. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    I use zip ties and little pony beads, lots of colors and combations for marking birds, plus you can see them from far away
     

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