Just in case anyone else is running into the same problem finding bird bands (they're kinda expensive and not too many places have them), I figured maybe I'd post this and try to help someone out. I'm gonna have a flock of about 45 chickens, and zip-ties only come in a few colors. Rather than have to zip tie all kinds of color combos onto my chicken's legs, I got some skinny zip-ties and some beads with threading holes big enough for the zips. I got neon plastic beads(neon so they stand out), 500 ct for something under $2-$3 (maybe less, don't remember LOL!) from Wal-Mart, and there are 6 different colors. By just using 1, 2, or 3 beads I can come up with more than enough combos for my flock, and they're very lightweight. I just put one on my 5wks, just to try it out since I don't really need to identify them just yet, and she hasn't even noticed. Not only that, but it's kinda cool to see your birds with beaded bracelets!!!!Just an idea. I'm sure someone else has already thought of it, props to them, but just in case here it is. Oh, by the way, since the beads take up some of the inside diameter of the zip-tie, compensate and get zips long enough. You can always trim them!