Leg banding questions!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Anabariful, Aug 28, 2017.

  1. Anabariful

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    My silkie chicks are 17 days old today and so I decided to start banding them for breeding and show purposes.

    I use colored zip ties on the left leg to show which breeding stock they came from and left plenty of room for growth without too much for a concern with snagging. I will be closely monitoring them and swapping out with new bigger ties as needed.

    On the right leg, I use the ABA leg bands in size G which was listed as bantam/Silkie size on the ABA website. My concern is that they might be too small when the chicks turn into adults. :S This is my first time banding so I'm a little nervous as I want to do it correctly and what's correct for the chicken's growth size. I compared the G band to one of my "juvenile" 4/5 month olds and the seems like it would fit but my silkies, like most, are heavily feather all the way down the shanks and I worry with the feathering, it might be too small?

    Anyone use the American Bantam Association bands? Is G really the correct size? Should I size up to H? (I bought some H as a just in case). Also, can anyone confirm the ABA band size for LF English Orpingtons?

    I will post some pictures of the chicks wearing the bands so everyone can see. :)
     
  2. Fanci Feathers Marans

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    Are they spiral bands?
     
  3. Anabariful

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    No, they're a solid plastic closed band that you apply as a chick so they grow into it & it becomes permanent unless you cut it off.
     
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  5. Fanci Feathers Marans

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    I didn't know silkies had extra toes... huh.

    Okay, well one thing you can do is check them every so often, pick one up and check. The roos especially.

    A lot of the big breeders like to use wing bands.

    My marans use a size 11
     
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  6. Anabariful

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    Yes, they have 5 toes! Hah! :D

    I will be doing frequent checks but just wasn't sure if another Silkie breeder could chime in & confirm that G was the correct size. Thank you though. :)

    Size 11 in just the regular bandettes or in the ABA band?? Which band?
     
  7. Fanci Feathers Marans

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    Oh. ABA, not APA. So you have bantys. Oops, nevermind. The sizing isn't the same...
     
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    Yes, Bantam Silkies haha.. ;) .. I know that the sizing is weird. You'd think all bands were created equal but I've seen many different sizes and shapes, even for the similar looking bands. :(
     
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    On a different note, does the APA sell bands??
     
  10. Fanci Feathers Marans

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    Not that I know, but I haven't been on their site much, either. I may have a similar problem soon. I need to tell chicks apart as they hatch...

    How many silkies do you have?
     
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