How do I get the bands off??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bleachcse, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. bleachcse

    bleachcse Hatching

    Apr 13, 2008
    I bought my chicks at Atwoods today, and they are all banded. How do I get the bands off without hurting the chicks? I tried to mess with it to get it off, but I can't seem to figure it out and I'm too afraid of hurting them. I will post some pics sometime so someone can tell me what kind I have. I know 3 of them are EE's, and then 2 are black and one is yellow. I'm not sure what they are, and I know you need a pic.
  2. Justino

    Justino ♪♫ Rockin' Rooster ♪♫

    Dec 21, 2007
    pics? try sissors? idk ive never expirienced this!
  3. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    You can cut the bands with a pair of wire cutters, just be careful.
  4. McGoo

    McGoo Songster

    According to the type, you 'might' be able to unwind them. I had my dh hold the chicken and I unwound it. The one that I had on my gal was like a plastic coated wire that was wrapped around about 1 1/2 times. Not sure if that is what you've got. I guess wire cutter would work, but I might opt for the unwinding. [​IMG]

    It's best to have another helper to figure it out. IMO
  5. If you do not have a helper wrapping them in a big towel so they cannot flop around helps to.
    That is how I was able to get the ones off of my two that had them.

    They were a wrap around plastic band. On one of my pullets it was growing into her leg [​IMG]

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