Duck leg band ID opinions needed!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Kkrista123, Dec 17, 2018.

  1. Kkrista123

    Kkrista123 Songster

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    Hello everyone! I'm currently deciding on the ways I would like to have Gilberta identified just in case. I want to have her microchipped but I need someone to reassure me this is smart and not cruel in any way. (I've only ever microchipped dogs and cats so microchipping Gil is a big decision.) As long as it wouldn't harm her in any way, I definitely want it done. Also does anyone have experience or opinions on custom leg bands? I would love to have a custom leg band for Gil with my phone number or address. I just don't want to do anything that would make her uncomfortable or jeopardize her health. She means a lot to me so it's hard to make the decisions without thinking I'm doing something wrong!
    Would this be uncomfortable for Gil in any way? Would a plastic or rubber band be better than metal? Is this a bad idea all together? Is microchipping a better idea? Just 1 or both?!
    Thanks so much for any help, opinions or experience. Everything helps my indecisiveness!

    https://www.strombergschickens.com/...ISoGAYBIRLuAKYjvsBoo9u550pm_Vj5kaAijwEALw_wcB
     
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Crossing the Road

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    Your link takes me to bands that are TOO SMALL of a diameter for Duck legs. 4/16 equals 1/4 inch. Not good enough for adult ducks.
    A chip is probably not a very good idea, since anyone finding a duck would not immediately go to a veterinarian with a chip scanner.
    Chip scanners are not something everyday peeps carry around.
    There are plastic leg bands like I use for pigeons, that do come in larger sizes than the most common 8mm size. You just have to seek/search them out. They snap onto a leg, and are removable. They generally do not open up on their own. You can personalize one with a small engraver with whatever info you may fit on there. Generally a telephone # is sufficient explanation.
    Another option is to get a large width zip tie and engrave onto smooth side. Zip onto leg so plenty loose, but not falling off. (use common judgment)
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    WISHING YOU BEST,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,and :welcome
     
  3. Jpat

    Jpat Crowing

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    Since your bird is a legit indoor pet and i think from your posts that its a permenent love i would honestly go to a oawn shop, find the cheapest wedding band or some plain ring and get it engraved. cut it and open it then bend it back over her leg! get a huge ring

    Or get a key ring that opens in half like i attatched and get a tiny pet tag from petsmart! I think it would be soo cute
     

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  4. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    I'm not sure why you would need a leg band? I'm pretty sure you won't lose your Duck..
     
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  5. Jpat

    Jpat Crowing

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    Famous last words haha your probably right tho
     
  6. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Probably...;)...:frow
     
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  7. WannaBeHillBilly

    WannaBeHillBilly Crowing

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    Nothin's coming from the right…
     
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  8. Kkrista123

    Kkrista123 Songster

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    So true, thank you!
     
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  9. Kkrista123

    Kkrista123 Songster

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    I thought about the second one, I might try it!
     
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  10. Puffles

    Puffles Chirping

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    Duck bands are unnecessary, but I have them for my ducks because they're cute and they don't bother my muscovies at all.
     
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