I need help: Leg Bands for Chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Kelly G, Jul 10, 2008.

  1. Kelly G

    Kelly G It's like herding cats!

    Hi, All!
    I use to breed and raise canaries - I even hand raised two so I could enjoy really tame canaries & it was a blast to enjoy them! Anyway, I banded all my canaries to be able to assure I could identify each individual for breeding & record keeping. Can this / is this done for chickens, too? Where can you buy these bands and are they put on the same way? Any info would be appreciated - THANKS!
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2008
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I use Velcro, cut into strips that I wrap around a leg several times. On occasion they can get them off, and a small piece of medical tape around the band on the leg will keep it there if you have a chick who is picks at it till it comes off. Velcro is in the sewing/craft dept and comes in all sorts of sparkly, cool colors.
  3. spatcher

    spatcher Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    Virginia - Southside
    Contact "Aussie Sharon". I think she has the knowledge you need and leg bands as well!
  4. BowChickaBowMow

    BowChickaBowMow Songster

    May 16, 2008
    Northern Michigan
    I used zip ties from the hardware store. They're the tiny mini size.
  5. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    A search can give you several places that sell legbands. I don't know who's is cheapest but MM hatchery sells them also.


    Since I don't need numbers for ID or breeding but sometimes do like to keep my eye on a certain group, or chicken, I use the different colored zip ties that you can find at hardware stores. They often come in large and small sizes.
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2008
  6. AngelzFyre

    AngelzFyre Songster

    Sep 18, 2007
    Pell City, Alabama
  7. Chick_a_dee

    Chick_a_dee Songster

    May 23, 2008
    Peterborough, ON
    Berry Hill Limited ships to the US, and they have reasonable rates... and sell all kinds of leg bands, every kind imaginable. They have a website, just google them.
  8. ericbrbr

    ericbrbr In the Brooder

    Jun 28, 2008
    I also use colored zip ties, the small ones and they work great just put them fairly loose for growing room.

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