As my interest in chickens has increased so has the population. My black copper marans hens look just like my black sex links, except for the fuzzy feet. When free ranging it can be hard to tell who is who! I want to be able to ID the year a bird was born and it's parents just by looking at the leg band(s) from a distance. WHo has a method that can do this? ANy how many different colors of leg bands exist? EDIT: I understand there are legs bands; I'm trying to ask how to use them; not put them on but what color coding systems do breeders use to ID chick born May 2011 to pen 3 buckeyes ( note 2 other pens producing chicks) and chick born May 2011 to pen 2 FBCM. Then free range everyone, and later get them separated for the breeding season, or evaluation or whatever.