Leg bands

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Erin80, May 23, 2017.

  1. apryl29

    apryl29 Crossing the Road

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    I wouldn't use hair bands (loom bands) b/c they will peck at them and they will eat them if they come off.
     
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  2. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Free Ranging

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    I would definetly not use elastic... if its too small at any point, it will put pressure on the leg, perhaps cutting off blood. Besides if/when they pick off those flimsy elastics and eat them... which they will. Chickens can't help but eat everything they can.
     
  3. OnnieMae

    OnnieMae Chirping

    I did not think of that. Thank you!
     
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  4. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Free Ranging

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    The clip on ones look/sound too small to me, for standard sized chickens. I like the zip type as you can make them the correct size for your bird no matter what. And if your birds are young and still growing, you just keep an eye on it and change it out for a bigger one if/when they get too small.
     
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  5. OnnieMae

    OnnieMae Chirping

    I'm going to buy these: https://www.amazon.com/Nylon-Cable-..._rd_wg=Gg9J5&refRID=C2RJ1EGZBDYGAVECYGZ4&th=1

    The 4" should be good right?
     
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  6. apryl29

    apryl29 Crossing the Road

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    Yes, you put the pointy end in the flat side of the square end and pull until it's the right size (it's one way so if it doesn't go in and click then just flip it the other way). Just make sure you don't pull it too tight b/c it can and will cut off circulation. I used a TON of these to build my run. They're very strong and need to be cut off. You'll need to take pair of scissors or wire cutters with you when you're putting them on to cut off the end.
     
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  7. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    If all you want them for is to mark just a few birds, you can buy a multi color pack at Walmart for around $1.50.
     
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  8. Pat Mcaffee

    Pat Mcaffee Chirping

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    I am cheap and use colored bread ties. Do not use zip ties. Even if they have not grown too tight on the chicken, they are still very annoying for them.
     
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  9. Abriana

    Abriana Spicy Sugar Cookie

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    Be careful with leg bands that they don't become too tight or work their way up the chicken's leg and restrict movement. It can be months before this is noticed and can cause injury and a lot of pain for your birds. Always check to make sure they are comfortable and not too tight.
     
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