I looked on the website, and it looks like the fee is something new. I had birds necropsied there in the past and IPA was paying. Apologies for misleading information! I live alone also. I start the zip ties by passing the end through the fastener and pulling it up enough that the loop gives just enough room to hold the toes together and send them through. Then I tighten it just enough that it won't come off, and change it as the chick grows.