Leg bands... can't decide between 2 options... any experience?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Des R, Mar 4, 2017.

  1. Des R

    Des R Chillin' With My Peeps

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    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

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    So glad you asked! [​IMG] I have used both, my first was the plastic zip ties - very easy to put on but the numbers rubbed off after a couple of months - frustrating! So now I use the metal bands. A bit more difficult to put on, unless your birds will hold out their leg for you [​IMG] I wrap them in a towel with their head covered and it works pretty well. The metal bands have endured rain, snow, mud etc. so save your $$.
     
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  3. Des R

    Des R Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for replying, that's exactly what I was worried about. Are these the type of metal bands you use?
     
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    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes - the pliers to apply them are sold separately. It's a bit pricey, but worth the durability..
     
  5. Des R

    Des R Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Perfect, ordering now. Thanks again!
     
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    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

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    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    I got all excited when I saw numbered zip ties, then I saw your post. [​IMG] Looks like I won't be buying the numbered zip ties. Thanks for posting your experience!
     
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    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes - it's a shame b/c they are so easy to use. Perhaps they will work on more permanent marking - I did let them know about it [​IMG]
     
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  10. Des R

    Des R Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The bandettes are what almost bought, I really like the idea of them. But I found a few people who said their birds would loose the bands if they free ranged with trees and branches and such, which mine do. I also had the concern that I have difference sized breeds, requiring a few different sized bands.. which is what led me to these options. I'll follow up after I have them on the girls if you are interested...

    Do you have any problems loosing the bandettes?
     

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