Back in September, i saved up my pennies and spent a small chunk of money on leg bands for my flock. I bought the numbered spiral bandettes, i think they're called. They're plastic and wrap around the chicken's leg. I also bought the little colored spirals for my chicks because i thought i could put them on and easily take them back off again. Well, the numbered bands keep coming off! Or worse, they end up caught on the chicken's foot and causing a wound! I'm very frustrated with this. I bought the appropriate sizes for my breeds, and i expected this to be a helpful endeavor....so that i could track each chicken, etc., etc. The little spirals for the chicks stay on just fine, but when i want to take them off, i'm finding i have to cut them off. They aren't flexible enough to sort of unwind off of the chick's leg. I'm mostly venting here, but now i'm thinking about investing in the metal numbered bands with that you have to have a special tool to put on. Any advice? I would really like to be able to keep up with my chickens and not worry about losing bands in the dirt or having injuries because of them. I want a solution that will stay attached to the chicken with injuring it. Is that too much to ask?