Leg band numbers at shows?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Gallusfarm, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. Gallusfarm

    Gallusfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,

    So I'm thinking about exhibiting at our state fair this year. I got the entry form, an they want leg band numbers... Well we don't use those (yet) as we have a tiny flock. Do you just use any number? So for my 1st entry, he'll be number 1? Sorry, I know this is a dumb question, but I just don't know.

    If other exhibitors use the same number, how do the judges keep it all organized? Do you get an exhibitor number? Like if I was exhibitor 25, the 1st bird would be 25-1??

    Thanks!!!
     
  2. gvntofly05

    gvntofly05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I or my kids haven't shown recently, but from what I can remember when I was younger, they HAVE to be banded for the show.
     
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  3. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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  4. Gallusfarm

    Gallusfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Cool idea with the bead. Thanks. So you can use any numbers that you want?
     
  5. ()relics

    ()relics horse/dog shrink

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    most likely they are looking for some type of permanent leg band. Numbers shouldn't matter. They are more than likely used just to identify the bird at the show. But it can also be used to insure that the specific bird that you check-in on show day is the same bird that you pre-registered and the number will also match any blood testing that may have been required. I would ask the show superintendant for specifics.
     
  6. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    Definitely. You can also use the "color-code" system, at least, that's what I've used before without an issue.

    I usually start with a letter than a number...for example:
    Bl-1 Usually my blue cockerel
    Bk-1 Usually my black cockerel

    Then I count up for the hens. Or, if I wanna throw a wrench in my fun:
    Bl-1-1 for the blue cockerel's "best" hen and so on.
     
  7. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Quote:WOW--What a neat idea! And most of the hobby/craft stores have numbered and lettered beads at low cost.
     
  8. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    The legbands are to identify birds, and all show entry forms I have seen ask for the band #. I have yet to find a show that actually requires them, as in not allowing a bird without a band. The one time they are most needed is on hens/pullets in a trio so that the judging between the hens/pullets is obvious. They can also be used in a case of disputed ownership, but that is not common, and many of the bands are not permanent.

    Pigeon shows typically require permanent bands; poultry shows do not. The majority of folks use numbered bandettes; some use metal bands of one sort or anohter, and some use permanent plastic ABA bands.

    My advice is to either leave the band # spaces blank or call the Show Superintendant and ask.
     
  9. TK Poultry

    TK Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just use a plasitic leg band....they don't even have a # on it. every generation gets a new color. and every roosters chicks get a new color. that is how I keep it all straight
     

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