Leg bands for chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by xitaa, Aug 4, 2007.

  1. xitaa

    xitaa In the Brooder

    May 18, 2007
    Does anyone where to buy Bands for banding chickens? The grandchildren are all trying to identify "their" chickens, plus they are going to a bird watch banding clinic in the their home town. Grandmother who needs help
  2. Anne

    Anne Songster

    Feb 11, 2007
    Bellingham, WA
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2007
  3. firechicken

    firechicken Songster

    Jul 11, 2007
    Covington, GA
    The people I just bought my chickens from had different colored zip ties on their chickens and turkeys.
  4. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Songster

    Jul 21, 2007
    Those zip ties are wonderful chicken identifiers! I think they're called different things in different areas. We call them cable ties. They come in a variety of colors and you can get them in Home Depot or any hardware store.
  5. twincreekfarm

    twincreekfarm Songster

    Jul 20, 2007
    Vandalia, OH
    I just bought the leg bands from Cutler, and they are nice. My chicks are almost 4 weeks and I got a size 7 which are loose on them a little but as they grow they won't constrict, the band expand some. They were reasonable and they even find ways not to make your shipping costs higher than the product you order. Mine a red and numbered and then we made a list by the coop to know who was who.
  6. GoodEgg

    GoodEgg Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    NW Florida
    I have been wondering about those bands. This is probably stupid question, since nobody has said anything about it but ...

    Do the chickens peck each other's legs if you put bands on? Mine seem crazy to find any little thing "out of place" and will peck it. I would like to identify some of mine that I can't tell apart (I have several of most of the breeds) but I didn't want them to peck each other.

    Sorry for butting into this thread!

  7. Alleyoops25

    Alleyoops25 Songster

    May 14, 2007
    I have also been trying to find leg bands for our chickens. I would stay away from ebay. They have some in the back of A mcmurray catalog. But I found some on a web site. For the same price or less on this site you can buy enough of the leg bands to never agian have to worry about getting them. Let me look up the website real quick and I will post the adress once I find it agian.
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Someone on here used Velcro strips as leg bands and they were not only cute but cheap!

    As for them picking on their legs. They will pick at them and others will pick on them, but they will eventually get bored and accept them.
  9. twincreekfarm

    twincreekfarm Songster

    Jul 20, 2007
    Vandalia, OH
    My chicks pecked at them here and there, but mainly the first few hours. They are loose but not soo loose that they dangle around. I have some extras if anyone is willing to pay just the shipping costs for them. I had to buy 25 and I only have 13 chicks, so #'s 14-25 are avialable. I think these will fit most young chicks not sure to what size (age) but they are a plastic band that is springy. I read in one catalog that full grown hens wear an 9 and roosters an 11. My have enough play in them to last a few months.
  10. khable

    khable Songster

    Mar 16, 2007
    LaGrangeville, NY
    I just got the Velcro cable straps. They were very inexpensive and came in an assortment of 5 different colors. I have 6 chickens so it was perfect for me!

    They have been on for about a week now with no problems. Few pecks here and there but not a problem.

    I would reccomend them for those of us that only have a few to tag.


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