Leg Bands

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by BikerBabeRules, Nov 3, 2008.

  1. BikerBabeRules

    BikerBabeRules Chillin' With My Peeps

    216
    0
    129
    Feb 13, 2008
    Vermont, USA
    Hi,
    Who can recommend a good leg banding system for identifying birds? I think I'm good with a number system and just keeping a log of each # and their info in a ledger or something so I guess I'm looking for just the brand or type of leg bands. Also, do you keep changing the band as they grow?
    Thanks
     
  2. Becaco

    Becaco Chillin' With My Peeps

    124
    0
    119
    Mar 31, 2008
    I don't put bands on until they start to lay. And I don't change them, but sometimes they do loose them. Don't know how that happens.
     
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    16,266
    772
    406
    Nov 18, 2007
    Florida
    My Coop
    I used zip ties when the birds were little, but they grow so fast. When they were a couple if months old I switched to the colored plastic spiral leg bands. Below is the place I bought them. They have different types of leg bands. They have a chart for the proper sizes for the different breeds of birds.

    I bought my leg bands from:

    "The Easy Chicken Poultry and Supply"
    http://shilala.homestead.com/tags.html

    Kelly Chewning
    1602 Salem Road
    DuBois, PA 15801

    (814)-583-5374

    Email: [email protected]
     
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    16,266
    772
    406
    Nov 18, 2007
    Florida
    My Coop
    Guideline Chart for Bird Leg Band Sizes
    Band Size # Physical Size Fits
    2 1/8" Canaries, day old Quail
    3 5/32" Parakeet, 1-4 week old Quail, Doves, Cockatiels, Guinea keets
    4 1/4" Baby Chicken, Coturnix Quail, small Pigeon, adult Bobwhite Quail
    5 5/16" Pheasant hen, Tumblers, medium Pigeon, Homers, Wood Duck
    6 3/8" Pheasant cocks, month old Chickens, large Pigeons, Chukar Partridge
    7 7/16" Ringneck Pheasants, Mallards, Wild Ducks, Bantams, Feather Leg and Runt Pigeons
    9 9/16" Wild Ducks, Pheasants, Leghorn hens, Ancona, Silkie, Gamebirds
    10 5/8" Wild Turkey, Minorcas, Cross breeds, adult Guineas
    11 11/16" Rock hens, Wyandottes, Rhode Island Red hens, Leghorn cocks, medium Ducks: Runners, Swedish, Harlequin
    12 3/4" Wild Geese, Rocks, Turkey hens, Geese, Jersey Giant cocks, Orpingtons, larger Ducks: Pekins, Rouens, Muscovy
    14 7/8" Canada Geese, Turkeys, Honkers, Jersey Giant Cocks
     
  5. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    5,928
    46
    293
    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    Personally I will never again use zip ties or any other solid band on a chicken because of the numbers of injuries and loss of birds experienced. I now use nothing but BANDETTES. If they hang up on anything they spring open. Almost every poultry supply carries them and they are not expensive.
     
  6. BikerBabeRules

    BikerBabeRules Chillin' With My Peeps

    216
    0
    129
    Feb 13, 2008
    Vermont, USA
    [​IMG] thanks...i just ordered some bandettes prior to reading this post for the exact same reason. I'm thinking size might be wrong for grown birds. We'll wait and see, thanks again.
     
  7. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I use the leg bands from strombergs. I get 100 for $9.95 total w/ shipping. They are aluminum bands with numbers, and they can adjust to sizes 9,10,11,12, and 13. Or you can get the larger size which is sizes 13-16 I think.
     
  8. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

    2,121
    16
    211
    Feb 10, 2008
    Eastern NC
    We use colored zip ties but as stated you have to adjust them as the bird grows. We never sell a bird with a band on no mater how much people will claim they will watch them. Once the bird gets to adult size the bands will last and hold their color for years. The last bag we bought was from tractor supply and it was $7 or 8 for 150 ties. In red, blue, black, clear, yellow. That gives you all kinds of combo's for marking.

    Steve in NC
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by