How big will my chickens' legs grow?

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  1. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been wanting to mark my 2 month old b.o.'s since i have such a hard time telling them apart.

    The leg bands aren't available in our area, so i decided to try using zip ties that i colored with permanent marker.

    I was thinking that i could put them on loosely to give them room to grow.

    How much more should i expect their little legs to grow?

    Can i put the zip ties on loose and reasonably expect to keep from having to replace them for a few months?


    Any advice is welcome.

    Thanks [​IMG]
     
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  2. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you know as chickens legs grow the zip ties will eat into the legs and ruin the leg if not watched closely
    it is a lot of work to pick them up every few days

    at maturity they will them be left loose so it doesn't eat in to the leg
     
  3. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:right, i understand that they will grow. but that's why i want to put them on loosely.

    i edited my original question so maybe it's more clear.

    how much are they going to grow (their legs)?

    and how loose can i afford to fit the zip ties?

    thanks, beth
     
  4. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Well I put them on so lose that I could have pulled them off if I put their toes in, but the chicks never lost them.

    I put em on when they were less than 2 weeks old, they are over 3 weeks now and I'm going to change them just as soon as I can get DH to hold them down for me (he's asleep right now)
    Since I only have 2 chicks wearing them, and my chicks are more like pets I handle them a lot, it's no problem for me to check them every day.
     
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  5. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:they're now 3 years old? or 3 months?
     
  6. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    3 weeks! sorry!

    photo dated 4/20 chicks were 10 days old:
    [​IMG] pretty loose

    Today they looked like this (top legs) photo dated 5/3 chicks are 23 days old:
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    Pix taken only 13 days apart so in the beginning you have to change them pretty often.
     
  7. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh!

    Thank you very much, Tala!

    That is very helpful information.
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