Leg Bands Being Pecked

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by tracecom, Jul 31, 2014.

  1. tracecom

    tracecom Songster

    Jan 16, 2010
    I have 10 BCM chicks and 3 RIR chicks. I wanted to put leg bands on them when they were very small, but had trouble getting the right size. Now, they are six weeks old and I finally got some bands to fit.

    Yesterday, I put an orange band on one of the BCM pullets, and the rest of the flock went crazy pecking at the band. Even the pullet with the band was pecking at it, so I removed it.

    I wonder if I put bands on all 13, will they stop that behavior? Has anyone else had this problem, and what did you do?

  2. EggresiveAli

    EggresiveAli Chirping

    Sep 3, 2013
    Hi there,
    I've never put leg bands on my birds, but I assume if you put them on all 13 of the birds, that should maybe stop it.
    They will probably all peck their own, and give up after a while.
    As long as a bird isn't getting hurt and pecked by the others, it should be fine.
    Good Luck!
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I used zipties on my chicks, avoiding the color red....they all picked at them at first.

    One even tipped itself over by grabbing and pulling on it's own band and pulling it's leg out from under it, that was funny.
    After a day or so they left them alone most the time.

    I don't know if the orange color(close to red) is more attractive to them, or it's just something new to check out.
    My bet is, they'll stop once they realize it's not something they can eat....and I do think it would be better to put the bands on all or at least 3-4 of them to spread the attention around.
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2014

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