Leg Bands for Tracking Growth

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by alohachickens, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. alohachickens

    alohachickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 14, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I'm working on a breeding project right now, and am having trouble keeping track of my chicks from hatch to adulthood, and have been thinking of using colored leg bands to track their growth. Problem was, all I saw online was assortments of leg bands in ONE size. But, I wanted the same color in ALL sizes, so I could band the chick's leg with one color - let's say purple - and just move that same color up in size, on the same chick, to track the growth the entire way. Which would mean I'd need a tiny purple band, a bigger puple band, an even bigger purple band, etc etc etc.

    Well, I couldn't afford to buy bands in ALL the sizes! So, I talked to a seller on Ebay, and she set up a "buy it now" for anyone interested. It's for a set of leg bands in progressively larger sizes, in the same set of colors. So now when my chicks are born, I'll mark each one with blue, red, yellow, pink, etc, and have all the sizes from 4-12 in the same set of colors.

    Don't know this seller; simply emailed and asked her if she'd do this for me. There was a note on her auctions that she was willing to do "special orders". She said yes, and I thought it was so nice of her to do this. I wanted to share this info, in case other folks working on breeding projects would need the same thing. Here's the link to her auction:


    Hope I put this in the right forum, moderators feel free to move it if needed . . . thanks!
  2. Hodawg

    Hodawg Chillin' With My Peeps

    You might try Lowe's or Home Depot or an electrical supply house. They'll sell zip ties in various colors. As the bird groes, simply snip off the old zip tie and replace with another, just slightly looser.

    Beers y'all,
  3. 2 britts

    2 britts Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 26, 2011
    East Tn.
  4. chickendales

    chickendales Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2011
    wing bands can be put on at a young age and are for ever
  5. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    Quote:Save yourself a lot of time and money and get yourself 100 wing bands and the wing band applicator. For around $5.00 give or take, you can band 100 birds only one time instead of 4 to 6 times.

    Last edited: Nov 18, 2011
  6. upthecreek

    upthecreek Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2009
    South Alabama
    "Chickendales" said it : simply use wing bands !!!!! they have different numbers and will be there for the chicken's lifetime .............. it's that simple
  7. Outlier

    Outlier Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 2, 2011
    Central OK
    Another option...toe punch
  8. jarcoo0153

    jarcoo0153 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2010
    Levelland, Texas

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