Homemade Legbands from Colored Straws

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by greenfamilyfarms, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    I had an "Eureka!" moment today when I was trying to figure out what I had to mark a couple of split lavender orpington chicks from some other black chicks. I found a stash of neon colored straws! Those with kids usually have a pack of these laying around.

    How to make:
    Pick your color(s) you would like. Neon straws come in about 4-5 colors.
    Cut small pieces off of the straw, then cut a slit up the side of the small piece.
    Wrap the straw around the leg of the chick and secure with a small piece of tape.
    Ta-da! A chick leg band!

    So far the bands are working really well and no issues of pecking from the other chicks. I'll get a picture of the leg bands in use later this afternoon.
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  2. featherworks

    featherworks Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 25, 2010
    SW Mississippi
    That is a GREAT idea!!! I will be using that soon.

  3. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    Finally got one of my split lavender Orpington models to pose for a picture. These are the small straws, but as the chicks grow they can be replaced with the larger fast-food type straws. Then after they outgrow the larger straws, they probably can fit into a bandette or spiral leg band.


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  4. chicknduck

    chicknduck Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2010
    That is a good idea.
  5. sweets3068

    sweets3068 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 2, 2013
    Havana, Illinois
    Thanks for the awesome idea. I only have a few chicks I need to mark this will work perfectly.[​IMG]
  6. FruitfulFaith

    FruitfulFaith Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 19, 2012
    I just now tried to do this because I have 1 week old chicks - 6 anconas I CANNOT tell apart, 4 BSL and 4 Rsl I also can't tell apart. I got a straw, put it on a BSL's leg, and voila! It was the perfect fit! Then I stuck him in the brooder and someone instantly ripped it off and went running around playing keep away :/
    Any other ideas??
  7. lghrnlvr

    lghrnlvr Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 7, 2013
    orangeburg sc
    My very first batch of chickens had clear zip ties with permanent marker stripes on them so i could tell them apart.
    i plan on getting some of the neon ones to mark my white leghorns.
  8. BrittBergh

    BrittBergh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2013
    Harvest, Al
    Im going to do this tomorrow!! so hard telling them apart when you have more than 4!!
  9. Murphy212

    Murphy212 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2013
    Same here, banded all 11 and by next morning, all had been picked off. At least they had something to do in the evening instead of watching TV. :) Still trying to tell the Barred Rock from the Australorps.....maybe when they get all their feathers.
  10. fiddlebanshee

    fiddlebanshee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2010
    Frederick, MD
    I could tell my dominiques (very similar to BR) and australorps apart by the big white fluff that the australorps had on their butts. Almost as if they had an egg sticking out their behinds. The dominiques (BR) don't have this.

    Here's a picture of what I mean. (NB: This is not one of my pictures but one I found on the feathersite.com.

    I have never been able, however, to tell my three australorps apart. They are practically identical.

    With my next batch of chicks I may try the legbanding.

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