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Finally found the right chick leg bands.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ninabeast, May 14, 2011.

  1. ninabeast

    ninabeast Songster

    Apr 10, 2011
    Upstate New York
    I was looking for an inexpensive way to tell my chicks apart until they were ready for their big girl leg bands (coloured velcro zip ties). I have 3 each of 4 breeds, so I've been able to tell them apart without help, for the most part. I placed a dab of food colouring on the heads of two BOs and a LB a while back, but my system went kaplooey when they turned four weeks and started losing their head down, and the food colouring with it. Is it Trixie or is it Buffy?! I don't know!!!!

    So, I'd been searching for the right hair elastics to use, and, after a few false starts, found great ones at Rite-Aid, made by scunci. I did have to go to two big Rite-Aids to find them, though. There are eight colours in the package, including red, but we only needed four for our system, so red was easily avoided.

    Putting them on was a breeze, and the girls didn't even blink. No pecking, no shaking. The one exception was my big LB, Tallulah, but it probably felt weird against her leg feathers at first.

    I'll keep an eye on them to be sure they don't get tight, but I think, with the possible exception of the LBs, that these will do for a good while.





  2. mdbokc

    mdbokc Songster

    Jun 22, 2009
    Oklahoma County, OK
    Very neat. I am looking to get leg bands for my 6 adults to tell them apart from all the younger ones coming up.
  3. Hopeful Peacock

    Hopeful Peacock In the Brooder

    Oct 2, 2009
    middle TN
    Neat idea! I love it!
  4. GiddyMoon

    GiddyMoon Songster

    Apr 14, 2011
    Tucson, AZ
    Thank you..this is a great idea..and I know the ones you are talking about...heading to Walgreens today! lol
  5. LilyD

    LilyD Songster

    Jan 24, 2011
    Bristol, VT
    What age are your chicks I was thinking of doing the same thing with my chicks but hadn't found anything that work. Do you happen to know the name of the hairbands you got made by scunci

  6. minichic

    minichic Songster

    Dec 13, 2010
    Saratoga County, NY
    How old are your chicks? My chicks will be 8 weeks on Monday, so I don't know if the bands would be too small for their age. I have 3 BO and 4 SLWs.
  7. earnhardtlvr

    earnhardtlvr Songster

    Mar 25, 2011
    Hagerstown, MD
    We just got our leg bands from Meyers hatchery. We just got white numbered bands to use. I was worried abut using the hair things cuz of them pecking at them??

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