Leg bands for new birds

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by owler, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. owler

    owler Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 11, 2010
    Northen NJ
    How old do the chicks need to be before you put leg bands on?
  2. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 6, 2009
    I dont leg band but I would say when they are 16 weeks old. After you have culled and they are almost grown.
  3. ShysCreations

    ShysCreations Chillin' With My Peeps

    If using the ABA legbands, once placed on the leg...they're intended to be permanent. I was using size G on my bantam cochins and silkies but am moving to H. H is larger and allows the birds to grow up more...show their stuff before I have to place a permanent legband on keepers.
  4. curliet

    curliet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2008
    west Michigan
    I've used some plastic leg bands that I got from Family Farm and Home here in MI. They are shaped like a key ring thing, and will easliy fit on a young bird, and expand to fit them as they grow. I use different colors just to designate the year the birds hatched or were obtained. Red for spring 2009, and white for spring 2010 for example. That's really the only reason that I use them for now, but I can see that if I had a large flock they could be used for many reasons.

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