A few other people in my 'area' (few hours away) went in on a gosling order together from metzer farms. Originally, they were supposed to be shipped for arrival on April 1st, but one of the breeds didn't hatch well, so we had to wait. It was then supposed to be sent for April 29th arrival. I called them on Monday to change my credit card info, and asked to make sure they would have them this time. Not only would they have them, but they had them that day! So this morning I went to the P.O. and picked up the babies. They were not expected until next week Wednesday, so I get to keep all of them till then So here is my problem. There are 4 pilgrim and 4 american buffs, 2 males and 2 females of each. The only ones I can readily identify are the female pilgrims, the buffs and male pilgrims look very similar. They came with colored leg bands to mark the breed and sex of each, but I have to remove these since the goslings grow so fast. How do I remove the bands?? They look like they are basically a piece of heavy wire, and I don't want to hurt them! Second dilemma is how do I mark the goslings so that when their real parents come to get them, I'll know who's who and what's what?? I was thinking of using some colored permanent marker on their toenails, would that work?? Is there a better way to do it? I don't have any leg bands to switch them with. Thanks for your help!