Identification leg bands, What size for a Chicken?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by r4eboxer, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. r4eboxer

    r4eboxer Crooked Creek Poultry

    Sep 20, 2011
    I'm going to purchase the Bandettes that do not need the tool to attach, there are different sizes, 7/16 etc. What size for an adult chicken? Thanks, I also need sizes for ducks, geese and turkeys so if you know I'd appreciate your input.
  2. ChucktheChick

    ChucktheChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 24, 2012
    The coop
    Search them on ebay!!!!
  3. r4eboxer

    r4eboxer Crooked Creek Poultry

    Sep 20, 2011
    Thanks for the reply, yes I have found a site, I was just wondering if anyone knows what size I should order for a chicken. I I'm just going to order all three sizes and hope one fits.
  4. ButchGood

    ButchGood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2012
    Central Texas
    I use different colored zip ties
  5. nab58

    nab58 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2013
    zip ties? I'm assuming you cut off the end? At what age can you put them on and not worry about them getting to tight as the bird grows?

    Any pics you can share?
  6. lesgo54

    lesgo54 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2012
    spencer, tn
    ok, im new to chickens. my ???is why do u put legbands on chickens
  7. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2008
    I have size 11 bandettes, but wish I'd purchased size 9. Mine are way too big for my Leghorns, and still a bit big on larger hens like barred Rocks. I don't band roosters.
    These are the numbered bandettes.
    lesgo54, you band chickens for identification. When you just have a few birds, you can probably tell them apart by sight. But I have 70 full grown, plus more in the pullet pen, plus more in the incubator, and some under a broody hen, and a broody hen with chicks, and some in a brooder. And for breeding, it matters to me who breeds with whom. For example, I keep dark Cornish as broodies. They all look alike. Any that don't go broody by 18 months old are culled, so I need to keep track of who is broody and who isn't. Also, I have several cohorts of different aged birds in the hen house at a time. Production breeds get culled in the fall of their second year, heritage breeds in the fall of their third year. But they all look alike--so I have different colored bands for different aged birds. We also band chicks in the brooder, to keep track of what mating they were from. Finally, if you have 50 Red Sex Link hens, it's much easier for me to say to my husband "go take a look at number 26--she look OK to you?" Than to try to describe the bird--"she's the one with the red and white feathers" LOL

    Hope that helps!
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