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.