how do you mark your hens by age?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by hoppy, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

    May 5, 2007
    central maine
    I am thinking of buying colored bands for my hens so I can tell who is 1 yr old and who is 2 or 3yrs old. what do others do? I had one chicken that someone used a zip tie to band her and it grew into her leg causing her to always hop (hense my name Hoppy).
    I don't want this to happen to any birds I band. I do let mine free range in the warm months so it needs to be a safe method and most of my hens are indental.
  2. bowhunter92

    bowhunter92 Hatching

    Mar 18, 2009
    we have always used zip ties just make sure they are loose enough and check them every few months
  3. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    Bands can dig into legs too if put on still growing birds. They are less likely but still can happen. You need to check the bands frequently if you have birds that are still growing. I don't have a problem yet telling which birds are what age.
  4. vermontgal

    vermontgal Songster

    I've heard of some people who just buy a different breed each year -
    All the RIR are 3 years old
    All the BO are 2 years old
    All the BR are 1 year old
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
  6. with zip ties and different colored beads
  7. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
  8. newchickmom

    newchickmom Songster

    Nov 8, 2007
    Lafayette, Indiana
    I only band the ones that have names and use a color starting the same as their name. [​IMG]
    I use the spiral type bands. They come in sizes according to breed size and they can expand more if the bird gets a little bigger.
  9. spook

    spook Songster

    Even with wing bands you will need to check them often while a bird is growing. There is no easy answer.
    Also if your dealing with bio security, all in, all out on birds... no more said [​IMG]

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